“The California Conservation Corps allowed me to not only be part of the work but also start talking to people that can help me get through the door,” said Corpsmember Azucena “Oz” Peraza.

During a CCC Statewide Trails project at El Capitán State Beach, Oz used chisels, hammers, and drills to build new pathways for park visitors to enjoy. All the while, they became exposed to numerous career opportunities offered by California State Parks.

“We were working directly with the State Parks’ Statewide Trails Crew,” said Oz. “I didn’t know they existed until I started working with the CCC.” In addition, Oz connected with rangers who visited the project site, which gave them direct insight into their career of interest.

Each year, the California Conservation Corps helps many young adults like Oz develop job skills, navigate career opportunities, and earn scholarships to support personal and professional growth.

If you, or someone you know, wants a career conserving California’s outdoor spaces consider enrolling in the CCC today.


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