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Frenchburg Job Corps gives student tools to rebuild her life

Kentucky — The character of up-and-coming leaders is shaped by the challenges they overcome. And any story about overcoming challenges in the face of adversity deserves to be told. Nancy Perez Ramirez's is one such story. A 22-year-old graduate of the Frenchburg Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, Ramirez is typical of the students who enroll in a center seeking to better their lives. The eldest of four sisters, she was raised in Arizona by immigrant parents. Her father found work where he could—sometimes spending years away from the family—working in the fields as a landscaper and finally carving out a career in construction. Neither of her parents spoke English and Ramirez had to quickly learn the language to translate for them.

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Oconaluftee Job Corps, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian strengthen communities together

NORTH CAROLINA — Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Tribe have a tradition of leveraging shared resources and expertise. Strengthening this already successful partnership, Oconaluftee recently hosted EBCI Principal Chief Michell Hicks and the EBCI Tribal Council.

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Oconaluftee Job Corps’ advanced forestry training program yields results

NORTH CAROLINA — Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center’s most recent graduation marked a promising milestone for its advanced forestry program. Since assuming leadership of Oconaluftee Job Corps CCC Advance Forestry program in late 2022, Instructor Tavaris Evans has been excelling in training his students for careers in conservation.

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Forest Service Job Corps student’s career takes flight

NORTH CAROLINA — The blades of a helicopter deliver a ringing sensation in the ears as the flight crew prepares for another departure. Onboard is Brendan Altom, a Forest Service Job Corps student from Glenrock, Pennsylvania, who finds himself far from home supporting conservation efforts in the Great Lakes area. Students from the Forest Service Job Corps like Altom add to the nation’s overall wildfire readiness and provide rapid support in the containment of fires. 

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Trade changes strengthen relationship between CCCs and forests

ARKANSAS — In August 2023, Cass Job Corps CCC added Forestry Conservation and Firefighting trade to its curriculum, recharging the center’s relationship with the nearby Ozark-St. Francis National Forest in the process. 


Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. The U.S. Forest Service, modeling the program after the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, played a central role in the creation of Job Corps.

While Department of Labor leads Job Corps, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service operates 24 Civilian Conservation Centers. These centers have a unique mission. They combine the traditional Job Corps program with an opportunity to serve rural America and gain the skills required to conserve the nation’s natural resources. Civilian Conservation Centers provide real life solutions to the challenges of youth unemployment and offer an integrated approach to address the nation’s conservation challenges.

At Civilian Conservation Centers, young people can:

  • Earn a high school diploma or GED

  • Earn a vocational certificate in over 30 trades aligned with industry certifications

  • Forge a career in natural resource conservation, forestry, or wildland firefighting

  • Participate in work-based learning with employers in high-growth industries

  • Prepare for post-secondary education through partnerships with local colleges 

  • Participate in service learning through community and environmental stewardship projects

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Educating and Connecting Youth to Careers and the Great Outdoors

Firefighting and Natural Resources

 

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