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Monterey Bay CCC

Monterey Bay Operation CCC
30 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
Tel: (831) 768-0150
Fax: (831) 901-6755
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Corrie Lucchesi

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The young women and men of the Corps work hard protecting and restoring California's environment and responding to disasters, becoming stronger workers, citizens and individuals through their service.


"Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions... and more!"

John Muir Charter School at the Monterey CCC offers corpsmembers an educational program that makes a positive impact in the lives of our students, as well as the community.
Students at the CCC Monterey Bay Center are enrolled in the California Conservation Corps, a one year program to develop employable skills and habits while working on conservation projects. John Muir Charter School began its partnership with the CCC Monterey Bay Center in 1999. The strong partnership between JMCS and the CCC is key to the success of students. Students arrive with a wide range of academic skills and accomplishments. Each student works with the teacher to identify their goals and academic needs and together they develop a plan that leads to a high school diploma. Teacher to student ratios are small, allowing each student to have individualized and/or small group instruction. CCC and JMCS staff meet regularly to discuss students' progress both at work and in the classroom. Teachers will visit work camps called SPIKEs to connect the classroom to their work. Classroom course work can vary but there is an emphasis on developing skills that will assist them in life and at work. Our counseling program allows students to meet weekly with a counselor to help them navigate life’s roadblocks. Students often remark that they've never had a school experience with so much support.
Student Corpsmembers in the CCC Monterey Bay have a range of opportunities available. On resource crews they will work on projects with our various sponsors in the majestic Monterey Bay Area. The work is dynamic and challenging. It may involve fire fuel reduction, wetland rehabilitation, trail work, highway maintenance, emergency response,and more. Corpsmembers are trained in First Aid, CPR, Flood fighting, Fire Camp Support and HAZWOPER. They also have opportunities to get certifications in Leadership, Chainsaw Operations, Blue Card (State Drivers) and a Class B CDL. Corpsmembers provide 48 hours of community service during their year. Scholarships are available upon successful completion of the CCC that can be used for college or vocational schools. If a student wants to continue developing within the CCC, they can promote within the crews or join the special Prop 39 Energy Crew providing energy audits and retrofits to school districts in the bay area. There are also internships at CalTrans with tree crews and electricians, as well as at Central Coast Energy Services providing home weatherization for low income houses. It is common for JMCS and CCC alumni to find fulfilling employment after graduation due to the skills and certifications earned while in the program.
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Brenda Harriman 
Brenda Burks-Herrmann
Center Director
(831) 768-0150
Hard Work, Low Pay - By Jay Morse

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