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Core Training Program

The CCC’s core training program includes instruction in Career Development, Conservation Awareness, on the job Work Ethic Skills development, and Community Service and Volunteerism. The CCC offers many types of trainings to help CMs become successful within the CCC and its core training program. These trainings include high school and GED, personal growth, life skills, work maturity knowledge, technical skills, career guidance, job search, conservation awareness, leadership, and higher education.  Meaningful work assignments and staff instruction help corpsmembers understand the “why” behind the work they do. The Core Training Program classes teach them how to use their skills to build a pathway to a better job after the Corps.

The Career Development Training is designed to prepare Corpsmembers for transitioning to future employment, higher education or career technical education.  The focus is on understanding the job market, applying for employment, interviewing for the jobs and being successful while in the job. This is accomplished by conducting career research, learning how to look for a job, writing resumes with appropriate cover letters, building better interview skills, and preparing for employment after the Corps.
Corpsmembers are encouraged to pursue higher education through the community college system, technical schools, and/or apprenticeship programs. Corpsmembers learn how to research higher education opportunities, complete applications, apply for financial aid and prepare for entrance examinations during CCC education days, community speakers, career development classes and from CCC staff. 

Conservation Awareness Training teaches corpsmembers about environmental principles, conservation practices and, more importantly, the "why" behind the work they do. This course is designed to instill a lifelong conservation ethic in corpsmembers, to create an environment in which conservation is learned, modeled, and practiced.
The main components of this course include the importance of conservation, understanding natural resources, ecology, and learning practical conservation measures that lead to a responsible lifestyle respectful of the Earth.

Strong work ethic skills are taught through project work and the corpsmember monthly evaluation process. Corpsmembers are evaluated  by their direct supervisor in three different areas:


Dependability --  attendance, punctuality, uniform and personal hygiene, and honesty;


Work Site Relations -- Ability to accept constructive feedback from supervisor, Cooperation with Peers and Staff, and adaptability toward change;


Program Performance -- quality and quantity of work, follows oral and written instruction, work safety.  


In addition to the evaluation process corpsmembers are required to design and implement an Individual Development Plan with their supervisor. This plan lists the corpsmember’s goals and objectives while in the CCC and beyond.

Community Service and Volunteerism is a vital part of the corpsmember experience.  All corpsmembers are required to complete a minimum of 48 hours of community service during their first year in the CCC. This volunteer time takes place within the local communities during non-paid time, typically in the evenings or on weekends. This volunteerism is designed to help members gain an understanding of their communities and their supporting organizations.
Service activities vary widely and are usually organized by the corpsmember or the Corpsmember Advisory Board. In addition to developing a strong sense of service and helping the community, the time volunteered by corpsmembers enables them to complete their requirements for CCC and AmeriCorps Scholarships.