Flatwoods Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Flatwoods Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Flatwoods JCCCC Saw WorkThe U.S. Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (JCCCCs) nationwide, including the Flatwoods Job Corps located in Coeburn, VA.  These JCCCCs span seven Forest Service regions, 22 national forests and grasslands, and 18 states with a capacity to house, educate, and train over 6,200 enrollees.  The Forest Service manages these centers under an inter-agency agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  One hundred and twenty five Job Corps centers are located throughout the nation. 

The mission of Forest Service JCCCCs is to train eligible youth, ages 16 to 24 with educational, social and vocational skills, while assisting in the conservation of the Nation’s public natural resources.  JCCCCs were created to tackle two of America’s social problems—resource degradation and youth unemployment.  Dating back to the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service has a history of involvement with employment programs with a rich legacy of land stewardship.  The talents of Job Corps students are enlisted in a diverse array of Forest Service programs, although its students are most widely known for their program contributions in urban forestry, hazardous fuels reduction, construction and firefighting.   

JCCCCs prepare students with the skills they need to meet a demanding and ever-changing workplace built on a foundation of accountability, commitment, and positive social skills.  Job Corps’ rigorous vocational training program, combined with a demanding academic curriculum prepares students to excel in the 21st century workforce.  Eligible youth, who meet income and suitability requirements, enter the Job Corps program voluntarily.  In addition to offering students the chance to complete their GED or high school diploma and to take college classes, JCCCCs offer vocational training in more than 30 occupations, in some cases through pre-apprenticeship programs run by international trade unions.  As first responders during local, state, and national disasters, Forest Service Job Corps students also are trained by local Forest Service units to assist during national emergencies, including those caused by wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and tornados.  

Forest Service Job Corps is a program of opportunity.  The majority of its students come from low-income communities, both urban and rural, who are seeking pathways to prosperity.  After completing training, graduates return to their communities as productive workers, consumers, community leaders and entrepreneurs.  The work that occurs each and every day by Job Corps students and staff showcases our nation’s wise and continuing investment in the conservation of America’s natural resources. . .not just our land, but our young people’s lives. 

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests host the Flatwoods JCCCC