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San Jose Conservation Corps

Course Description

In June 2023, San Jose Conservation Corps launched its inaugural one-week immersion California Naturalist certification course for its workforce development program Corpsmembers in Environmental Projects, Resilience Corps and Zero Waste programs. Using a hybrid of online assignments and in-person field trips, Corpsmembers were able to participate in hands-on and field based activities that focus on experiential learning and exploration of the Santa Clara Valley's natural resources with the ultimate goal of increasing the knowledge and commitment for environmental stewardship.

Dates: San Jose Conservation Corps will offer 3 California Naturalist immersion courses for their workforce development program corpsmembers on April 29th - May 3rd, July 29th - August 2nd and October 28th - November 1st.

Contact: Josselin Villegas-Gomez, jvillegas-gomez@sjcccs.org 

Organization Description: For over 30 years, the San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School has focused on the development of the personal, professional and academic skills of young adults in Silicon Valley to prepare them for fulfilling and financially sustainable careers. Corpsmembers in the workforce development program gain skills in green-collar jobs while students at the Charter School receive personalized attention to earn their high school diploma. Corpsmembers complete projects in natural resource conservation, zero waste operations, tiny house construction and emergency services, contributing to a more resilient community and environment.