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 personal development and work readiness skills 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 session that prepares applicants to become successful Corpsmembers and emphasizes essential soft skills for the work setting. The first week of COMET is unpaid; during this portion of the training, applicants complete a physical exam and pre-employment drug test.

Conservation Awareness: The Conservation Awareness Program (CAP) is a 20-hour course intended to further Corpsmembers’ appreciation for California’s natural resources and help them understand their roles as conservationists, consumers, and citizens. This course involves 12 hours of classroom time, as well as an 8-hour volunteer project organized by the class.

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 monthly 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: Corpsmembers are required to contribute 48 hours of volunteerism during their first year in the CCC (which may include the 8-hour CAP project referenced above). Volunteer time takes place in the local communities, typically in the evenings or on weekends. Volunteerism is a vital part of the corpsmember experience, and helps Corpsmembers understand the value and importance of serving their communities as active citizens.