The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps Career Pathways Program (CPP) provides out-of-school young adults the opportunity to prepare for a career in public works. Youth work on a crew for six months, performing stream maintenance for the Sonoma County Water Agency- they work alongside a County crew doing the same work and learning the skills and knowledge from them.
For the next six months each youth works in a paid internship in one of several fields, including Water operations, Water Education, Water Environmental, Water Stream Maintenance, light and heavy Fleet Mechanics, and Regional Parks. Concurrently, the participants engage in complementary training, education, and career exploration opportunities provided by Conservation Corps North Bay, the lead support agency for CPP participants and internship supervisors.
The final six months are tailored to the needs of the youth. This may mean extending the internship 6 more months to allow for the youth to obtain maximum skills and knowledge of their internship position. The participants may attend SRJC classes to obtain a certificate or knowledge that will enhance internship success or moving toward employment within the County department youth are interning in.
To hear more about an internship from one of the participants themselves, watch a video!
What Participants Say:
“I’ve learned I have a true knack and passion for fixing broken things. In such a short time I’ve already accomplished so much during my internship, even more than I could have imagined for myself.”
-Jonae A., CPP Intern with Sonoma County Fleet Operations
What Project Hosts Say:
“Conservation Corps North Bay and the Career Pathways Program provide an invaluable resource for our disadvantaged youth of today and we are privileged to partner with them on such an important endeavor!”
-Robert Scott, Assistant Fleet Manager, Sonoma County Fleet Operations Division
Katie Greaves, Director, Employment & Training Division, Sonoma County Human Services Department
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