Santa Maria CCC

Santa Maria CCC
705 West Cypress St.
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Tel: (805) 549-3561
FAX: (805) 549-3583

John Muir Staff

 Lynn Souza
Lead Teacher


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 Santa Maria CCC offers corpsmembers an educational program that makes a positive impact in the lives of our students, as well as the community.
JMCS Santa Maria is located in Santa Maria.  The school partners with the California Conservation Corps and students work a 40 hour week performing a wide variety of natural resource restoration projects while also attending 11 hours of weekly academic instruction in the evenings. This program is a non-residential community of approximately 20 program participants, ages 18 to 25 and hailing from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

JMCS Santa Maria offers students a high quality, individualized, and standards-based high school curriculum. Students are allowed to work at their own pace and to choose the means through which they learn. Each student's strengths, areas for growth, learning style and interests are assessed and help shape the most supportive, engaging and efficient path to graduation. Students receive broad support from school and partner agency staff as they learn vocational, social and leadership skills while working towards their high school graduation.

JMCS Santa Maria exposes our students to a positive educational experience by allowing them a say in how their learning takes place and by fostering a safe and respectful environment in which to learn. Many of our students have negative past associations with learning; we've found that changing these perspectives on education can affect their futures in a powerful way.
All JMCS Santa Maria students are California Conservation Corps program participants. Since 1976 the CCC has been helping Californians ages 18 to 25 forge a brighter future by developing work and leadership skills while also helping to preserve our state's natural resources.

Students engage in CCC projects that include fish habitat restoration, trail construction/maintenance, tree planting, exotic invasive plant species eradication, fuel reduction, threatened species protection, fire/flood emergency response, etc. Project sponsors include CA State Parks, US Forest Service, local municipalities, CalTrans, CalFire, and CA Fish & Game.

Through our system of standards-focused project-based assessment, students incorporate their meaningful work experiences into their high school coursework. They thus achieve a deeper understanding of the environmental service they are providing and academic instruction is made relevant to their everyday lives.

In addition, there is a wide variety of training available to students that includes: paid CalTrans internships, HAZWOPER Certification, Commercial Class B Driver License, Chainsaw certification, Leadership Training, Conservation Awareness training, Career Development training, First Responder CPR, Food Handler's Certificate, Water Safety, Flood Response Training, Fire Emergency Camp Support, and Defensive Driving Certificates.

Students from our program have gone on to employment with: CalTrans, National Forests, The National Park System, CA State Parks, CalFire, and local municipalities.