Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center student Henry Heard completed a wilderness steward internship with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) during which he earned crosscut saw, trail maintenance, Leave No Trace, and customer service credentials. Photo by Oconaluftee Job Corps.
Great Onyx Job Corps
Great Onyx Job Corps painting students spiff up the historic Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, Pennsylvania, on March 11, 2010. Photo by USDA staff.
Connecting Youth to Careers and the Great Outdoors
What Are Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers?
The USDA Forest Service runs the nation’s Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers and like all Job Corps Centers, the Civilian Conservation Centers train underserved youth for meaningful careers.
In addition to equipping young men and women with an education and career technical skills, Civilian Conservation Centers provide them with conservation and wildland firefighting skills training and work experience on public lands.
What Do Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers Offer Young People?
There are currently 5.5 million youth out of work or not in school. Civilian Conservation Centers strengthen rural and urban economies by providing youth with the skills and work experience to obtain and keep a living wage job. Young people between the ages of 16 to 24 who are looking for a path to a successful can:
- Earn a high school diploma or GED
- Earn a vocational certificate in over 30 trades, including wildland firefighting, forestry, information and business technology and construction trades
- Participate in work-based learning with employers in high-growth industries
- Prepare for post-secondary education through partnerships with local colleges
- Refine social and work-readiness skills and have access to career counseling
- Participate in service learning through community and environmental stewardship projects
- Obtain the education and career skills necessary to return to their communities as productive workers, community leaders and entrepreneurs
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.
They harness the enormous potential of young people, helping them fulfill their potential while changing their lives, the lives of their families, and, through civic engagement, their communities. There has never been a time when Civilian Conservation Centers were more necessary or a more worthwhile investment in our nation’s future.