1 Volume 4, Issue 3 September 2017 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Courier Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Cements Partnership Agreement with Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Jimmy H. Copeland, Center Director, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center In late August, 2017, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC) signed an agreement with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) that will train and mentor youth in wilderness stewardship. SAWS was founded in 2010 to respond to a regional need for stewardship focused on federally designated wilderness. It works with the national forests in the mountain regions of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to provide stewardship through four program areas: field crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers, and education. This collaboration will provide Oconaluftee Job Corps students the opportunity to earn crosscut saw, trail maintenance, Leave No Trace, and customer service credentials, all of which are components of wilderness stewardship. Students enrolled in the program will also participate in sessions that explore camping, situational awareness, and safety in the back country. This is an exciting collaboration that will increase interest and an awareness of the value of the nation s natural resources within our youth. Student connection with nature is imperative. Oconaluftee stu (continued on page 2) SAWS was an exemplary experience. It made me appreciate the finer things in life. If life was complicated, the wilderness made things simple. says SAWs participant Henry Heard. Photo by Oconaluftee Job Corps. Thank You to Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Students and Staff! William Helin, Acting National Director, Job Corps National Office It is nothing short of amazing how much students at all Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (JCCCCs) have contributed to wildland fire efforts, public lands conservation projects and work in local communities. The numbers speak for themselves: Students contribute to wildland fire efforts. All 26 JCCCCs have wildland fire crews or camp crews. JCCCC students contributed 369,000 student hours towards wildland fire support in fiscal year (FY) 2016 resulting in $6.7 million in student earnings. Students also contributed to 33,824 acres of fire activities, including wildfire fighting and hazard fuels (burning). So much has also happened and is still happening in FY17 and we will soon finalize those numbers. The value of additional fire support, particularly when regular resources have been exhausted, cannot be underestimated. Job Corps fire crews and camp crews are vital support for the fire militia. Students contribute to public lands conservation projects. In addition to assisting in wildland fire-related activities, in 2016 students contributed over 40,000 hours in support of multiple U.S. Forest Service mission areas including maintenance and improvement of facilities, recreation, and fuels management. Students serve as good neighbors in their communities. JCCCC students have also provided significant services to their local rural communities. They have picked up trash, built and refurbished buildings, built signs and trails, coached community youth organizations, and volunteered student services for community festivals and events. In 2016 students provided 62,000 hours ($1.4 million). Major kudos to students and staff at all JCCCCs. The U.S. Forest Service and Department of Labor leadership recognizes this great work. We will always be learning and getting better all the time. THANK YOU for all this great work!
2 Page 2 Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Cements Partnership Agreement with Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Corps Center (continued from page 1) Jimmy H. Copeland, Center Director, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center L-R: Oconaluftee Job Corps Center Director Jimmy H. Copeland and Oconoluftee Job Corps student Henry Heard, a participant in SAWS. Photo by Oconaluftee Job Corps. dents will have the opportunity to make this connection and also position themselves for future career opportunities with natural resource stakeholders and the federal government. "SAWS is excited to build this partnership with Oconaluftee Job Corps over the coming years. We are looking forward to the opportunity to enter the Job Corps classrooms and incorporate our knowledge and skills surrounding wilderness and conservation into the students' lessons, said SAWS Program Manager Katie Currier. We will work closely with the [Oconaluftee Job Corps] Center to place students in seasonal positions that provide vital on the ground' work to our public lands. These seasonal positions will help to prepare them for their future careers." Just recently, Oconaluftee Job Corps student Henry Heard participated in a work based learning opportunity with SAWS. SAWS was an exemplary experience. It made me appreciate the finer things in life. If life was complicated, the wilderness made things simple, stated Heard. Henry s hard work has paid off, and he was recently accepted into the Schenck JCCCC s advanced fire management program, located on the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Students Turn Out In-force for the 2017 Farmers Feeding the Hungry Sweet Corn Pick On August 25, 2017, 70 Pine Ridge Job Corps students and 12 staff members were a significant contingent of the nearly 200 volunteers who spent the afternoon picking ripe, sweet corn in fields near Hemingford, Nebraska. This is the second year of this event in Nebraska. Volunteers hand pick the sweet corn and package it in mesh bags before loading them onto pallets. The pallets were then loaded onto three semi-trucks and distributed to foodbanks throughout the state. Each semi-truck holds approximately 75,000 ears of corn, which can feed close to 25,000 people. This event is unique in that it provides fresh produce to those in need. The event is organized by Simplot Grower Solutions. Right-click on the link below to read the story: farmers-feed-the-hungry/article_d85e32be-8e6f-11e7-99cf f660ef.html
3 Page 3 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Camp Crews Make a Difference During a Busy Fire Season Columbia Basin and Curlew Job Corps camp crew members unload used fire hose at the Norse Peak Fire on the OkanoganWenatchee National Forest. As of September 12, 2017, 460,000 feet, or approximately 87 miles of hose, had been used on the fire. Columbia Basin and Curlew camp crews were responsible for re-reeling the hose. Photo by Alicia D Bennett. In August 2017, Trapper Creek Job Corps camp crew member Nadiya Ward illustrated a can do attitude on the Lolo Peak Fire in Montana. She was described as being like a busy bee in camp," constantly working and getting things done. Photo by Trapper Creek Job Corps. Centennial Job Corps Center camp crew members construct a sound barrier wall for the yurt of the incident command yurt on the Norse Peak Fire on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Photo by Alicia D Bennett. Anaconda Job Corps Camp Crew #3 provided a forklift and heavy equipment operator at the Meyers Fire, Philipsburg, Montana. Trapper Creek Job Corps Camp Crew #9 was also deployed to the fire. The Meyers fire incident management team recognized both camp crews and presented them with certificates of appreciation. Photo by Anaconda Job Corps. (L-R) Anaconda #4 Camp Crew Boss Jeremy Perlinger works with two carpentry students to construct tables and benches for use at Incident Command Post. On the Meyers Fire near Philipsburg, Montana. Photo by Anaconda Job Corps.
4 Page 4 Boxelder Job Corps Center Assists Black Hills National Forest with Conservation Projects Beth Doten, Public Affairs Specialist, Black Hills National Forest For the seventeenth year, youth from local tribes and the Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center are working with the Black Hills National Forest on natural and cultural resource conservation projects throughout the summer. Through a participating agreement, youth ages are given the opportunity to be part of the Youth Natural Resources Program (YNRP) and play an active role in the management of the Forest. YNRP and Forest employees recently worked on Watch the video on the Blackhills National Forest Facebook Page at: VIDEO: Bearlodge/YNRP Fence Project constructing a buck and pole fence around a riparian area on the Bearlodge Ranger District in order to maintain riparian soils and vegetation, stabilize stream banks, protect willows and improve hydrologic functioning. This project is important to protect the habitat for all wildlife species that depend on riparian areas, said Matt Stefanich, wildlife biologist, Bearlodge Ranger District. We hope the installation of this fence will also allow the stream bank to reestablish itself. We still have some work to do to finish the approximate 3.5 acre fenced area, but we were able to get a good start, said Stefanich. I would recommend it (YNRP) because it s hard work, a good experience and teaches you new things, said Adonis Lone Elk, a YNRP crew member. It s about meeting new people and having fun, said Tokahe Yellow Hair, a YNRP crew member. Other YNRP projects occurring this summer include building and repairing trails and bridges, removing noxious weeds, planting trees, enhancing streams, installing docks and more. Interview with Boxelder Job Corps Center Youth Natural Resources Program Crew Member Chad Long Crow, Jr. Approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide, the 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest is the perfect landscape to build a lasting connection with nature. No one knows this better than the tribes who have for centuries called this place home. In its 17 th year, the Youth Natural Resource Program (YNRP) employs youth from local tribes and the Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC) to assist with natural resources and cultural resource conservation projects. This partnership between the federal agencies and several tribal partners not only assists the U.S. Forest Service with sustaining our nation s forests and grasslands, but encourages local, tribal youth to remain engaged with the land. YNRP projects are varied and include important and time-sensitive work such as rehabilitating damaged trails, constructing fences and bridges, and restoring protected habitats and landscapes. YNRP Participant Chad Long Crow, Jr., 19, grew up in Lower Brule, South Dakota as part of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. A welding student at Boxelder JCCCC, Chad recalls enjoying traditional dancing and sports as a child. For Chad, the YNRP has provided an invaluable experience and lasting lessons. What made you attend or who recommended that you attend Job Corps and why did you select Boxelder JCCCC? If you previously lived on tribal lands, was it difficult to adjust to life off the reservation? I heard about Boxelder JCCCC on the radio. [Adjusting to life off the reservation] wasn t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. How did you become involved in natural resources/firefighting/forestry/urban forestry? I was volunteered [to participate in YNRP] for my outstanding work ethic. How have your views on nature and the environment changed now that you are a Boxelder JCCCC student? [My views] have changed a lot considering how much I learned about how water flows and the beautiful damage it can cause. Also, among other things, [I learned] about how nature works. What would you tell tribal youth who are thinking of entering Job Corps? It s a great program. It teaches you a lot and you get the chance to meet a lot of great people from other countries. What do you love most or find most exciting about your job? I love being outdoors and getting to work on trails that are in bad condition. It s also a great way to stay in shape. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Working for Union Pacific, welding on train tracks and train cars. Do you have any other thoughts/interests that you would like to share? If your dreams don t scare you, they re not big enough.
5 Page 5 Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Students Construct a Little Free Library Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservatoin Center s Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Reading to Lead committee recruited students from the carpentry, painting, and welding programs to build the Center s very own Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are built on the concept that a person can borrow a book and return it once they ve read it. Mingo s library will be yet another resource to make books available to Mingo Job Corps students and encourage them to read. (L-R) Destiny Anderson, Destiny McIntyre, Beau Williston, Chris Rich, Eric Payne, Gloria Wilson, Brandan Powers, and Dylan Reynolds. Photo by Mingo Job Corps. News from the World of Civilian Conservation Centers Jacob Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center hosts the first Regional Opportunity Summit where government officials, local politicians and potential future enrollees of the Job Corps program brainstormed partnership opportunities to provide better, more comprehensive services to the citizens of Eastern Tennessee. Right-click the link below to read the story and watch the video: Great Onyx Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center student Cantessa Maria Briggs competes on America's Got Talent. Photo by Great Onyx Job Corps. Weber Basin Job Corps participated in the July 24, 2017, Utah Pioneer Day Parade in Ogden, Utah, commemorating the arrival of the first group of pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, (Back row L-R) Fernando Caballero, Daniel Phillips. (Front row L-R) Scott Radmacher, Jonathan Chatterton, Rachael Corso, Conner Mumford, Jason Horne, Tyler Robertson, and Jean Dixon. Photo by Weber Basin Job Corps. On July 29, 2017, Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Fire Crew 15 participated in the Deadwood, South Dakota Days of 76 parade. The students shared firefighting history with parade spectators by highlighting an antique firefighting hose reel. Photo by Boxelder Job Corps.
6 Page 6 Columbia Basin Job Corps Holds Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate its Japanese Culinary Program On August 24, 2017, the Columbia Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center formally opened its Japanese cuisine culinary program after accepting a donation of a high-end commercial steam cooker from Mitsubishi Aircraft. The culinary program will be led by Japanese master chef and cuisine ambassador Takeyuri Suetsugu. Right-click on the link below to read the story: ARTICLE/ Japanese Master Chef Takeyushi Suetsugu, flanked by some of his students, cuts the ribbon formally accepting the gift of a commercial steam cooker as part of Columbia Basin Job Corps' Japanese cuisine program. Photo by Charles H. Featherstone/Columbia Basin Herald. Boxelder Job Corps Center Once Again Helps Deadwood Paint the Town In June 2017, Neighbor Works Dakota Home Resources asked Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center s (JCCCC) Painting Instructor Tim Raftery and his students to volunteer for Deadwood, South Dakota s Paint the Town. Neighbor Works Dakota Home Resources is a non-profit organization providing assistance to residents of the Black Hills and western South Dakota who need help repairing their homes. Each year it selects elderly and/or disabled families to provide assistance in maintaining their homes outward appearance. This year, Boxelder Job Corps students painted a single family home in Deadwood, South Dakota. This annual event helps members of the community and enables the students to improve their skills with ladders, scaffolding, and painting techniques. Boxelder Job Corps Center Electrical Students Bring Nemo Community Center Up to Electrical Code Under the watchful eye of their instructor, Marlin Alt, Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC) electrical students completed a number of overdue upgrades to the electrical system of the Community Center in Nemo, South Dakota. Electrical students installed 120 volt receptacles and light fixtures near the cooler and freezer, assembled and installed ceiling fans, rewired noncompliant wiring, and replaced an outside receptacle with an approved GFCI outlet, all in accordance with the National Electrical Code. Thanks to their efforts, local residents can continue to enjoy the Nemo Community Center safely.
7 Page 7 Oconaluftee Job Corps Center Signs Partnership Agreements with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian (EBCI) North Carolina State Cooperative Extension and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Jimmy H. Copeland, Center Director, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center On August 31, 2017, an agreement was signed capturing the collaboration of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian (EBCI) North Carolina State Cooperative Extension and Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC). This agreement provides a framework for Oconaluftee Job Corps to provide support in the cultivation of crops, irrigation, and planting of food for both the Center and local communities. The EBCI North Carolina State Cooperative Extension Program will provide training for youth in the areas of pesticides, canning, financial literacy, and cultural horticulture. This collaboration allows youth to give back to their community and learn of the cultural significance of natural resource awareness and value. It also allows youth to learn skills that will impact their lives and the environment. Ronald Chumper Walker, Director of the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension stated, The Oconaluftee Job (L-R) Oconaluftee Job Corps Center Director Jimmy Copeland and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian (EBCI) North Carolina State Cooperative Extension Director Ronald Chumper Walker sign partnership agreement. Photo by Oconaluftee Job Corps. Corps Center and Cooperative Extension have been a part of the Cherokee Community for some time. It is important for programs like ours to work together so that the knowledge and expertise of such long standing programs can benefit not only each other, but our community as a whole. I am excited to see the results. Earlier in August, Oconaluftee Job Corps signed partnership agreements with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Cherokee Agency and Cherokee Central Schools. Those agreements will increase fire and non-fire training and work-based learning opportunities for Eastern Band of Cherokee youth and create pipelines for Cherokee youth and young adults to acquire training in multiple vocational areas to include natural resources, fire and forestry, certified nursing assistant, office administration, electrical, building, and construction technology. I am excited about our partnership with the Oconaluftee Job Corps, said BIA Superintendent William McKee. I am reminded Pine Knot Job Corps Students Volunteer on the Blue Heron Ghost Train. of a Henry Ford quote, Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. We are looking forward to great success in this joint effort. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oconaluftee JCCCC have a long and mutually-beneficial history including collaboration on fire suppression efforts to protect homes and businesses on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee land boundary. The BIA agreement came less than a month after a complementary agreement with the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, which will also offer a variety of hands-on training and work-based learning opportunities to Oconaluftee students along with a direct, sustained connection to the land. This experience will help provide them with knowledge and skills needed to be competitive for entry-level positions across multiple land management agencies. On the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2017, Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC) students Christopher Deal, Amber Faust, Mauricio Pintado, Joshua Pitts, David Walker, and Marvin Weekes assisted National Park Service rangers with the seventh annual Blue Heron Ghost Train. The six Pine Knot students dressed up as old fashioned coal miners for the event. Three of the students, Amber Faust, Joshua Pitts, and Marvin Weekes, helped to set the ambiance for the patrons on the train ride down to Blue Heron while students Christopher Deal, Mauricio Pintado, and David Walker did the same on the return trip to the train depot. All six students helped to escort patrons to different locations around Blue Heron where they were entertained with ghost stories from five different story tellers.
8 Page 8 Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Participates in National Service Disaster Response Simulation Pine Ridge Job Corps students played the role of "volunteers" during a June 28, 2017, wildfire disaster exercise and simulation organized by Disaster Services Unit (DSU), the Nebraska State Office, Senior Corps, Serve Nebraska and agencies and organizations across Nebraska that deliver disaster training. The Dawes and Sioux County RSVP, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Pine Ridge Job Corps Center came together to practice their response to a disaster situation. This training included Volunteer Reception Center exercises and simulations and provides more rural communities with the skills to become self-sufficient if they have to wait for state or federal assistance in the days following a local disaster. Weber Basin Job Corps Students Volunteer at the 2017 Nature High Wilderness Adventure Camp Six Weber Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center students and two staff members supported the 2017 Nature High Wilderness Adventure Camp at the Great Basin Station, Ephraim Canyon, Utah, this past summer. The Weber Basin Job Corps students assisted in the preparation of the daily meals and also participated in activities at the camp. ral resource learning experience for high school aged youth living in Utah. It introduces students to a day in the life of a natural resource professional. Nature High Wilderness Adventure Camp is a week long, natu- Young participants spend the week in the field with profes- (L-R) Weber Basin Job Corps staff member Drew Webster, students Phaidra Peoples, Yomira Balderrama, Correy Strine, Joseph Hutchings, Brady Mitschelen, and Connor Mumford, and staff member Jack Jones. Photo by Sierra Hellstrom. sionals in areas such as hydrology, rangeland conservation, wildlife biology, soils and forestry, to learn about the complexities of public land management. (L-R) Weber Basin Job Corps students Phaidra Peoples and Yomira Balderrama helped release farmed fish into ponds. Photo by Sierra Hellstrom.
9 Page 9 What Can Civilian Conservations Centers Do For Your National Forests and Grasslands? Sample Work Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers National Forest Systems Recreation Trail construction, trail maintenance Recreation site improvements: painting (signs, picnic tables), facilities maintenance, construction, brush removal, mowing, trailhead maintenance) Installation of picnic tables, fire rings Kiosk construction and installation Forestry Pre-commercial thinning, tree planting, timber marking Stream maintenance -gabion installations Nursery work -tree lifting and packing, seedling planting Cone collection The Forest Service is facing critical shortages of workers. Job Corps is an ideal source from which to recruit and improve the diversity of its permanent workforce. The partnership between the forests and Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (JCCCCs) can benefit both parties through development of Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities that provide on-the-job training for students and help the Forest Service meet mission critical project goals. Looking to add professional, trained, youthful, diverse staff to your project or office? Forest Service JCCCC students or Mobile Corps can be a valuable addition to your next project. Mobile Corps projects are larger scale, multi-student and/or multi-center projects. These projects have ranged from painting/maintenance at Grey Towers National Historical Site to building smaller buildings and campsite projects, and construction of ranger stations and staff housing. A formal application process must be completed for project consideration. Job Corps students are eligible for federal employment. As students they can be hired using the Pathways Program. They may also qualify for the Public Lands Corps Act (PLC). Students are able to compete through the traditional federal hiring ; however, using these two authorities can expedite JCCCC student hiring. Contact Cyndi Szymanski at or at: for additional information. Wildlife/Fisheries/Hydrology/Soils Install Inserts for Red Cockcaded Woodpecker Boundary marking of Red Cockcaded Woodpecker area Snag/grouse drumming log creation Mid-story removal Gabion installations Infestation surveys Carpentry, painting Engineering Heavy equipment repair and maintenance, auto maintenance Electrical, plumbing, welding Brick and concrete masonry Fashion stone foundations for forest portal signs Stream inventory Boundary/landline location, marking, inspection and maintenance Road Maintenance - sawing and chipping for site clearance on FS roads Greening of Job Corps Centers, research stations, and district offices Collbran Job Corps culinary arts career technical training. Photo by Collbran Job Corps. Centennial Job Corps students construct a bridge. Photo by Centennial Job Corps. Cass Job Corps heavy equipment career technical training. Photo by Cass Job Corps. Front desk operator /services Administrative Data input, clerical, computer installation (Job Corps IT Team), record keeping State and Private Forestry Fire suppression, rehabilitation, mop-up, catering Prescribed fire Data collection Inventory Research Harpers Ferry Job Corps cement masonry career technical training. Photo by Harpers Ferry Job Corps. Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Job Corps painting career technical training. Photo by LBJ Job Corps.
10 Page Conserving America s Natural Resources for over 50 Years Job Corps is the nation s largest residential, educational, and career technical training program that prepares economically disadvantaged youth, ranging in age from 16 to 24, for productive employment. USDA Forest Service operates 26 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (JCCCCs) with a capacity to house, educate, and train over 4,000 enrollees. Students attend academic and vocational classes and learn critical life skills in preparation for long-term employment, careers in natural resources, continued education or military service. Alicia D. Bennett Public Affairs Officer/Editor Job Corps National Office 1617 Cole Boulevard, Building 17, Lakewood, CO Phone: Assistant Editor: Joy Nasados Program and Policy Analyst The JCCCCs provide a unique opportunity for at-risk youth to take control of and steer their lives in a positive direction and contribute to the conservation of the nation s public natural resources. JCCCCs are associated with national forests or grasslands and are operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in partnership with the Department of Labor (DOL). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC or call (866) (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) (Local or Federal relay), (866) (Relay voice users). To subscribe to the Courier, send your address to: We re On the Web:
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