This June, young adults in the California Conservation Corps navigated 30 feet across the graduation stage to receive their high school diplomas. For many, this straight-forward journey represents a more difficult path in which the CCC guided them through.
“I was supposed to graduate high school back in 2017 with all of my friends,” said Corpsmember Issac Rey, (pictured middle left). “But I dropped out. I let a lot of people down, especially myself.”
After bouncing between jobs, working as a dishwasher and packer, Issac joined the CCC to pursue his love for the outdoors and transform his life. He said, “I knew right away that this was the place for me to be.”
Each day, following ten hours of project work in the field, Issac received two hours of individualized mentorship and completed school assignments with one of the CCC’s partnered charter high schools. Fast forward seven months, and he now has his diploma in hand.
“I just want to make my dad proud and show him that, even though, I made a couple mistakes along the way, there’s a way for me to correct it,” said Issac.
Earning a diploma—and getting paid a monthly stipend while doing so—is just one of the many career building opportunities available in the CCC. Corpsmembers can also take community college courses and gain hands-on training related to careers in firefighting, forestry, culinary arts, and more.
“I’m really interested in becoming a park ranger,” Issac said. “Having the diploma and certifications I earned during the year is even better for me. Everything is lining up for me. I’m walking proof. If I can do it, then you can do it too.”
If you, or someone you know, is ready to take the next step on a path to success consider enrolling in the CCC today!