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.

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 course, Corpsmembers get to know themselves better, research their options, and bring it all together using practical applications, including resume development and interview skills.

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 and punctuality), work site relations (e.g., cooperation and adaptability), and program performance (e.g., work safety and technical skills).

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.