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Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers

Job Corps graduates honored for their excellence and commitment to service

Each year, The Corps Network honors a select group of Corpsmembers from 130 Service and Conservation Corps at its annual conference. At the 2019 Corps Network National Conference in Washington, D.C. Trapper Creek Job Corps graduate Levi White and Weber Basin Job Corps graduate Abdusalam “Abdu” Ibrahim were two of only six young men and women honored.

Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center brick masonry students operating a tuckpointer near a brick wall.

Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center brick masonry students operate a tuckpointer in a hands-on workshop sponsored by Massey Tuckpointing and Masonry, St. Louis, Missouri on February 28, 2018. Photo by Mingo Job Corps.

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.

A map of the United States showing the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers.

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