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Sequoia Community Corps
Our mission is to provide young men and women with Job Training, Education, Leadership & Environmental awareness through performance of community & conservation work projects.
Click here to read the fifteenth edition of the Sequoia Community Corps newsletter, Corps Connection.
The Sequoia Community Corps (SCC) is a project of Community Services Employment Training, Inc., a private nonprofit corporation, serving Tulare County for the past 30 years. The SCC has been successfully operating in Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties for over 20 years and has provided over 4,000 young adults with valuable job training and educational opportunities. In addition, the SCC assists local agencies and businesses in meeting critical needs of the community such as park development, construction of low-income family housing, recycling, and natural resource conservation in local recreation areas. Some prominent SCC programs include:
Conservation and environmental stewardship are key components of the SCC. Corpsmembers learn essential career skills, develop leadership qualities, and become environmental stewards.
With funding through the CalRecycle, the SCC has built an infrastructure that promotes and provides convenient recycling of beverage containers throughout Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties and surrounding mountain recreation areas including Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
Our corpsmembers are responsible for servicing all containers in a timely and efficient manner, operating a full-time Recycling Center, multiple buyback centers and educating more than 14,000 K-12 students about recycling in schools and at SCICON, an outdoor science and conservation camp.
E-Recycling Solutions is a social enterprise of CSET. We provide an environmentally safe and convenient solution to dispose of obsolete and unwanted electronics.
Prepare for good jobs in the construction industry through programs such as YouthBuild and the Construction Trades Training Program. Gain hands-on training in public works projects, industrial work, and residential housing construction. Corpsmembers are trained in cement, framing, electrical, plumbing, finish carpentry and other skills.
Partners include Self-Help Enterprises, Tulare County Resource Management Agency and the Building Industry Association. Corpsmembers earn equipment certifications for bobcat, boomlift, backhoe and forklift. Many graduates go on to work in construction related jobs.
Weatherization and Energy-Efficient Programs
These programs provide free weatherization services to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes in Tulare County. Weatherization services may include the installation of air conditioner vent covers, attic venting, floor and ceiling insulation, low-flow showerheads, weather stripping, water heater blankets, caulking, filter replacements, pipe wrap, and shade screens.
SCC corpsmembers attend specialized training that prepares them to provide quality services. A SCC certified supervisor works with corpsmembers, who are responsible for improving over 2,500 homes. These services reduce monthly energy bills, ensure safe carbon monoxide levels, and make homes more comfortable and energy efficient.
To learn more about the Sequoia Community Corps, please choose one of the links below or call CSET at (559) 732-4194.