Chief Executive Officer Katharyn Muniz Bandoni, Senator Lou Correa, Board of Directors, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce and Corps members were just some of the people who attended the ceremony.
Corpsmembers are 18-25 year old low-income young adults living in some of the poorest communities in Orange County. More than half are the main source of financial support for children or other adults. The vast majority of corpsmembers are minorities. Many face significant barriers to achieve academic success and to escape poverty, including lack of stable housing, job readiness skills, and low self-esteem and confidence.
While corpsmembers face these challenges at home and in their neighborhoods, each weekday the wake up – often before dawn – to start their day with the Corps. These young men and women are resourceful and dedicated, learning new skills out in the field and working hard in the classroom to attain their high school diplomas.
The young men and women who join the Corps have plans for themselves, their future, and their families. The Corps is a place where they gain the support to put those plans into action.
The Orange County Conservation Corps initiated an on-site education program in 2002. Since then, over 400 high school dropouts have earned their high school diplomas.
All Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School teachers are fully credentialed by the state of California and are passionate about working with students that have struggled on various levels in the past:
- The school provides first-rate California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) preparation as well as California Standard based instruction in all academic subjects required by the state.
- OCCC Charter School students improve their scores more on the CAHSEE than all other 10th grade high school students in California.
- They provide their students with small class sizes designed around each student’s learning style and competency level, one-on-one counseling , career planning, real world and hands-on application opportunities.
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