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College Partnerships

For some of our corpsmembers, the CCC experience may offer the opportunity to attend classes at their local community colleges or online via the Internet.



Since the mid-1980s, the CCC has worked with community colleges to develop a broad range of training and education services.  An example of this is the Los Padres Center (San Luis Obispo) partnership with Cuesta College.  The CCC and Cuesta College are working together to develop courses and standards for technical and academic training.  Some CCC crew supervisors and other staff may be trained as instructors and be able to deliver course material throughout the workday.  The partnership with Cuesta College will ensure that on-the-job training as well as formal or classroom instruction meets academic standards for excellence.



Other locations such as Redding, Monterey Bay (Watsonville) and San Diego have similar partnerships.  Some locations such as Los Angeles and Placer (Auburn) use existing community college courses as part of the technical training incorporated into for specific work projects. In addition to these partnerships, corpsmembers can also further their education by earning CCC Scholarships and AmeriCorps Education Awards.



The following California public education systems compose the post-secondary CCC alternatives:

The California Community College system is the largest system of higher education in the world. It is comprised of 72 districts, 112 colleges and enrolls more than 2.9 million students. Most community colleges provide a variety of services, including academic advising, disabled student services, learning and tutoring, scholarships, child care, basic skills education, workforce training and courses that prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. The colleges also offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.


Eligibility:  High school graduation or 18 years of age


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The California State University system is the largest and most diverse university system in the U.S. It has 23 campuses throughout California.


Eligibility: To be admitted as a freshman, specific high school courses and grades/test scores are measured in an index.  ACT or SAT test is required.


Transfer from a California Community College requires high school requirements and minimum college GPA of 2.0. Without high school requirements, students may complete 60 or more transferable units at community college to transfer.


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The University of California system is among the world’s greatest education and research university systems. Ten UC campuses in California offer programs in more than 150 disciplines.


Eligibility:  Minimum requirements for coursework, GPA and test scores; local requirements: students with required classes and in top 4 percent from high school, top 9 percent, 2012 and beyond; entrance by examination alone with high scores on SAT /ACT.


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University of California Scholarships

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