California Conservation Corps (CCC) Career Pathways

CCC Career Pathways

One of the ongoing goals within the CCC is to develop career pathways for corpsmembers to better enable their successful transition from the CCC. CCC Career Pathways consists of project work, education and training in specific career paths leading to related occupational options. Some of these pathways include project work in natural resources/forestry, energy/energy technology, and emergency management. The CCC is working in partnership with the California Community Colleges to develop these and many new meaningful career pathways.


Before applicants become members of the California Conservation Corps, their experience begins with a Basic Orientation and Training. This training is called COMET or the Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education and Training. Once trainees complete the COMET session, they're ready to be assigned to one of many project crews.

In addition to learning basic work skills, the CCC offers a Core Training Program throughout a corpsmember’s stay. Required trainings include Conservation Awareness, Career Development Training, Work Maturity Skills Training, as well as Community Service and Volunteerism.

The CCC also offers Specialized Training in job-specific areas that enhance a corpsmember’s learning opportunity and skill level. These trainings are offered during the work day and in the evenings. These specialized courses provide a deeper understanding and skill development, complementing what is learned through the “on-the-job” training.


Employers today are placing more emphasis on education when hiring entry-level workers. The CCC wants its corpsmembers to enter the working world with the education they need to be successful, and the Corps’ educational program is designed with that in mind.

When they enter the CCC’s education program, corpsmembers participate in a standard academic assessment. This assessment allows staff to determine the educational needs of each corpsmember.

Nearly half of our members join the CCC without a high school diploma or GED. Corpsmembers without a high school diploma and those who have passed the GED test but do not have a high school diploma are required to attend high school for a minimum of 10 hours a week after the workday. These corpsmembers are enrolled in the High School Program with either the John Muir Charter School or the National University Academy.

Corpsmembers with a high school diploma are also expected to advance their education. Corpsmembers who possess a valid high school diploma are required to attend educational courses for a minimum of three hours a week after the workday. Adult basic education and general college courses are made available to these members as well.


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Call your local CCC recruiter at: (707) 725-9453