At the Ukiah Center we endeavor to build and challenge our students'
pursuits in the academic world. The tone in our classroom is one of
encouragement. We have a passion for learning and helping every student
to realize the rewarding results that come from rigorous effort. Our
students often comment that they appreciate the individualized teaching
and we often hear, "We feel like you are there for us." Ultimately,
achievement brings success. Success builds self-esteem and self-esteem
opens the door for opportunity. Malala Yousfzai said, "One child, one
teacher, one book can change the world." At the Ukiah CCC Center we
have witnessed this truth, many times.
The California Conservation Corps and John Muir Charter School have
teamed up to make Einstein's quote true - "I never teach my pupils, I
only attempt to provide conditions in which they can learn." The Ukiah
Center offers a program that develops the whole individual. Students'
work centers around salmon restoration, trail building, eradication of
invasive species, CALTRANS, construction, firefighting and emergency
response. With these projects, they are trained to use hand tools and
chainsaws, take proper safety measures and how to care for and keep
their tools. As teachers, we visit the work sites and talk about the
variety of natural species in the work location, the water sources,
demonstrate the physical science involved with a grip hoist and show the
value of a healthy stream bed. Career Pathways and Career Development
prepare the corpsmember with a resume and interview techniques and
education through earned scholarships. Through volunteer work and
leadership opportunities, students realize a desire to lead and serve in
their community. John Muir Charter School and the Ukiah CCC have
prepared the conditions for a corpsmember to learn and grow.