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Tahoe CCC

Tahoe CCC
1949 Apache
Meyers, CA 96150
Tel: (530) 577-0850
Fax: (877) 900-1413
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JMCS Staff

Colleen Bye  


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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 Tahoe CCC offers corpsmembers an educational program that makes a positive impact in the lives of our students, as well as the community.
Our mission is to empower students through the advancement of literacy while ensuring students become self-motivated and competent lifelong learners. Our goal is to foster self-understanding and encourage environmental and social responsibility, leadership, innovation, and collaboration. We have a responsibility to teach life skills and personal development in order to create an important foundation upon which a student can progress after high school. The Tahoe CCC John Muir Charter School offers corpsmembers an educational program that makes a positive impact in their lives as well as in the community.

Nestled between snow-capped mountains, South Lake Tahoe’s California Conservation Corps was established 20 years ago. The Tahoe John Muir Charter School has a partnership with the California Conservation Corps where students gain skills in public service conservation work, environmental awareness, and volunteerism within the community. We are committed to creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. Our school honors the diverse backgrounds, abilities, multiple intelligences, and learning styles of each student. In our quest to understand the student and provide meaningful and purposeful instruction, we assess students with an integral and holistic approach that combines academic skills and knowledge, abilities, historical background, ethnicity, social capabilities, personality types, and interests, while implementing the foundational work of Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory, the Keirsey Temperment Sorter, and the Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode Instrument. We tailor lessons to the needs of the students through collaboration and feedback. It is our goal to create a uniquely engaging and stimulating learning community.

Students have an opportunity to advance academically through a multi-modal approach to acquiring and demonstrating knowledge. Our school encourages innovation, model-building, application in real world circumstances, and the advancement and exploration of technological resources and their functions.

By day, students of the CCC work at protecting and restoring California’s environment as public service conservation workers. They follow a strict routine of work, school, and volunteerism. We are honored to provide the educational component to the California Conservation Corps where members develop strong leadership skills, conservation work, and community service.

Our school also offers a program called Career Pathways that provides a coach who teaches career readiness and remediation in math and English Language Arts. This coach also helps to bridge students' transitions to careers within the medical field, agriculture, hospitality, energy or utilities, as well as provides further vocational training opportunities or community college advancement goals.
The Tahoe John Muir Charter School is housed under the auspices of Tahoe's California California Conservation Corps. Our school is based within this residential program where we enroll second chance high school students. These students are rigorously trained in public service conservation work and vocational experience by day through the oversight of the CCC. They are provided room and board. Program opportunities include advancement in leadership, a variety of certifications, career advancement, and an educational plan that guides them towards a successful completion of a high school diploma with the John Muir Charter School.

Our partnership with the CCC has enabled students to gain a wide variety of skills and vocational experience that far exceeds what most programs offer. The certifications and trainings provide a rich vocational experience that serves the community well, including students’ future career opportunities.

• Scholarships: Eligible Corpsmembers may earn scholarships that provide money for post-corps education and training that readies members for employment. There are two types of scholarships available 1) the CCC Scholarship and 2) the Corps Networks AmeriCorps Education Award.

• Lake Tahoe Community College: The relationship with the Lake Tahoe Community College has been successfully forged by Tahoe's CCC Center Director, John Martinez. All corpsmembers are enrolled with the Lake Tahoe Community College. The California Conservation Corps requires physical training through the LTCC where every member is enrolled in a physical training course. Additional courses offered include nutrition and outdoor leadership. Student enrollment has provided the opportunity for JMCS students to transition smoothly into any community college throughout California.

• Past Partnership: Tahoe-Baikal Institute
The Tahoe Center partners with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute assisting in the annual environmental exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Russia. Each year the center hosts the Tahoe-Baikal intern, a corpsmember selected from the CCC statewide to assist this organization.

• Backcountry Trail: Every spring, a select group of young men and women are chosen to participate in the Backcountry Trails Program. For five and a half months, challenging work involving trail building, restoration, and maintenance is done far from the conveniences of modern life and deep into the country.

• Leadership Training Program: Corpsmembers who promote attend a 32-hour Leadership Training Program, coordinated by the CCC Training Unit. Members learn leadership communication styles, delegations techniques, and effective feedback skills.

• CAB: The Community Advisory Board offers students the opportunity to take on leadership roles, collaborate and coordinate with peers, and make changes within their community.

• Australian Exchange Program: This is an international work exchange program with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

• Certifications and Trainings: The CCC offers extensive training opportunities and certifications that are embedded within the program. The following is a list of certifications and trainings corpsmembers are expected to go through:
1. S-212 Wildland Chainsaw Training
2. Red Card Training
3. CPR-First Aid
4. DMV Class C & B Training
5. Blue Card Training/Flood Training
7. Advance HAZWOPER

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