The San Jose Conservation Corps has trained thousands of 'at-risk' students to raise themselves out of poverty, gang-influenced lives or substance abuse and become productive members of our community.
In the SJCCCS Construction Class, they develop specialized knowledge and skills required of workers employed in the construction industry. The program is a professionally accredited training program and industry recognized from NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research), and upon completion of the course, students are entered in a National Registry that provides certificates and wallet cards.
The training includes a full range of construction skills. For example, in Carpentry, students build mock up wall framing units and later build rafters to place onto a unit, and Electrical they begin by wiring new outlets and corresponding switches an progress to the more complex installation of 3 way switching and circuit breaker installation. Our other learning units include plumbing skills, green construction, concrete form setting etc.
Students have been meeting with potential employers for interviews and offers have been made to the students of $18 / hour for their newly learned skills and dedication to the trades.
Thanks for the continuing support of staff, donors, employers and of course, the students for their hard work.