Within the Corpsmember Development Department, our Transition Team provides services to Corpsmembers transitioning from the Corps to their next steps related to educational and/or vocational pursuits.

When Corpsmembers have obtained basic work experience, life skills programming, and vocational training, the Transition team works to adequately prepare them full-time employment and/or post-secondary education.

Post-Secondary Services

At the LA Conservation Corps, we know that preparation is the key to success. This is why we have a dedicated team of staff to support corpsmembers in a variety of services related to post-secondary education. We support our corpsmembers in the following ways:

  • College and Careers Class – In this class, corpsmembers assess their career interests, identify a career of choice, and plan their pathway to success. Students set academic goals, create education plans, and learn about financial aid options. 
  • College Workshops – Throughout the year, corpsmembers participate in workshops such as Cash for College, Study Skills, Time Management, and Organization with guest speakers currently attending college or recently graduated.
  • Campus Tours – College campus tours are scheduled on a quarterly basis so that Corpsmembers get a sense of what college environment is right for them. We’ve taken Corpsmembers to Cal State LA, USC, UCLA, LATTC, Cal Poly Pomona, and other local LA institutions.

Vocational Services

During the first month of program enrollment, Corpsmembers receive basic safety and tool training, as well as receive OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid certification. Throughout a Corpsmember’s experience, they can take advantage of a multitude of vocational training offerings and job-related activities:

  • Vocational Trainings – Trainings include: MC3, HAZMAT/HAZWOPER, forklift, chainsaw
  • Driver’s Education – Written exam classes are offered to all Corpsmembers; those who need help with behind-the-wheel lessons are eligible to apply for FREE lessons year-round.
  • Union Tours – In addition to offering quarterly union hall visits, Corps staff take Corpsmembers to employers’ offices to expose them to various career paths and industries.
  • Hiring Events – The Corps hosts employers and colleges for the annual College & Career Fair. Additionally, the Corps promotes local hiring events and shares job postings with Corpsmembers.
  • Speakers Bureau – Former Corpsmembers and other employers are invited back to speak to Corpsmembers about their career path, giving Corpsmembers real life examples and contacts of employment success stories.

Work Readiness

Corpsmembers receive intensive workforce development training and develops a professional portfolio which includes a resume, application, and two competency tests in math and customer service. Each participant also undergoes a mock interview with a working professional. Upon completion, corpsmembers qualify for employment opportunities and receive a certificate of completion authorized by the LA Chamber of Commerce.