CCC Core Training

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Community service and volunteering are an essential part of a Corpsmember’s personal and professional development.

The CCC’s Core Training program provides Corpsmembers with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the CCC and beyond.

Corpsmembers who complete the Core Training program and a full year in the CCC may be eligible for the CCC Brad Duncan Scholarship. Core Training includes the following courses:

COMET: All applicants must complete Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training (COMET) to become official members of the California Conservation Corps. COMET is an intensive training program that emphasizes essential soft skills for the work setting and prepares applicants to become successful Corpsmembers through training on topics such as proper tool use, roadside safety, First Aid and CPR, injury and illness prevention, and CCC policies (including sexual harassment prevention and other EEO-related topics).

Conservation Awareness: The Conservation Awareness Program (CAP) furthers Corpsmembers’ appreciation for California’s natural resources and helps them understand their roles as conservationists, consumers, and citizens. It is intended to help Corpsmembers understand the “why” behind the work they do.

Career Development: The Career Development and Transition program (CDT) prepares Corpsmembers for future employment, college education, and/or technical education. During this 36-hour course, Corpsmembers research careers, translate their CCC skills and accomplishments onto resumes and cover letters, practice interview skills, apply for employment, and engage in professional workplace practices.

Work Ethic Development: Corpsmembers receive regular performance evaluations from their supervisors. These evaluations provide consistent feedback on a range of work skills, including dependability (e.g. attendance, punctuality, and honesty), work site relations (e.g. cooperation and adaptability), and program performance (e.g. work safety and quality and quantity of work).

Community Service and Volunteerism: To earn the CCC Brad Duncan Scholarship, Corpsmembers must perform at least 48 hours of volunteer service during their first year in the CCC. Volunteerism helps Corpsmembers understand the value and importance of serving their communities as active citizens. Volunteer time takes place in local communities, typically in the evenings or on weekends.