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"Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions ... and more!"


Corpsmembers from the San Diego Center are creating a fire line by removing dead wood and undergrowth. Defensible space is created to contain the fire and prevent it from further spreading.

“The Urban Corps Charter School has been an instrumental part of our mission, serving our Corpsmembers and providing an opportunity to advance their educational goals”. 


                                              - Rhody Soria, CCC District Director

"Our San Diego corpsmembers benefit every day from their participation in the Urban

Corps Charter School,” said CCC Director Bruce Saito. “We cannot help but be impressed by the level of professionalism and commitment.”

The California Conservation Corps (CCC) - a state agency - is the oldest and largest state conservation corps program in the nation.    From a small beginning, the CCC has grown to its current size with residential and nonresidential sites throughout the state.


Modeled after the original federal Civilian Conservation Corps created in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt, today's California program was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 7, 1976. 

The San Diego Center is nonresidential with 90 Corpsmembers who commute daily to the center.

All San Diego Corpsmembers receive training in basic fire camp support and flood fighting to assist throughout the state. Along with fires and floods, local crews have responded to earthquakes, oil spills, biological emergencies and more. Out-of-state responses include Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

The San Diego Center also operates the Los Piños Center, which is located in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore. The Los Piños camp specializes in fuel reduction projects in the greater Riverside County area




March 2016 - District Director Rhody Soria with CCC and Urban Corps  Corpsmembers, joining Assemblymember Toni Atkins in Sacramento for the annual Corps Government Education Day.


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