Another important part of the corpsmember training involves operating a forklift, a high-demand skill necessary to move the massive amounts of recycled material they collect. Viviana Godinez has been a corpsmember for almost a year and says she has met a lot of people, learned a wide variety of skills, and built up her confidence to try new things. “I received a forklift certification and am enrolled in YouthBuild, which focuses on the construction trade and skills. Plus, I also help with other projects. For example, today I am collecting mattresses for recycling. I am a Child Development major at Fresno State but after this exposure to new opportunities, I may be switching to construction.”
Any corpsmember who has not finished high school can attend the on-site YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC) to earn their diploma; meanwhile, high school graduates are encouraged to enroll in local college classes. The education and job training are free of charge, and all corpsmembers enrolled in the LCC will be paid while they are training out in the field, but not for time spent in the classroom.
Julio says he likes to encourage corpsmembers by sharing the LCC motto, Training tomorrow’s leaders today. “That’s what we’re doing here because all of these young people are potential leaders.”
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At Fresno EOC LCC, young adults between the ages of 18-26, will have the opportunity to participate in the following vocational training areas, earning $15 per hour; recycling, solar/weatherization, construction, public lands, and landscaping.
- LCC partners with the Cities and Counties of Fresno and Madera to partner on Amnesty Day collection events for tires and e-waste from residents
- LCC partners with the Mattress Recycling Council on mattress collection events for the public
- LCC partners with the Fresno Metro Flood District to post signage advising residents to not pour oil down flood drains
In addition to developing vocational skills, corpsmembers are required to enroll and progress in an academic program concurrent to their enrollment in LCC’s paid skill-building vocational training programs. Corpsmembers lacking a high school diploma enroll in the on-site YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC). High school graduates are encouraged to enroll in local college classes. Once enrolled at LCC, corpsmembers can receive an AmeriCorps scholarship, which allows them to earn an education award (college scholarship), up to $2,300, while serving their community.
Click here for an application to become an LCC corpsmember.
Click here to learn about the LCC’s Mental Toughness Orientation.
Click here to learn more about how to recycle your e-waste and CRV with Fresno EOC LCC.