Congrats, Class of 2014!

Graduation banner by Angel Rojas.


Class of 2014

Building a Strong Foundation: Graduation 2014


Though the OCCC has provided high school diplomas since 1998, the Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School’s second graduating class, comprised of 83 graduates, celebrated their accomplishments on June 27 at Irvine Valley College.

Valedictorian Jorge Rodriguez-Giron

Valedictorian Jorge Rodriguez-Giron

The OCCC Charter School teachers had nothing but praise for Valedictorian Jorge Rodriguez-Giron. English Teacher Raechel Sormillon said he was “one of the school’s finest people” as well as the top student. Without being asked, he always helped others understand the material. Emotion marked his speech, much of which he ad-libbed, despite the prepared sheets he brought to the podium. “Since I came to the US, my dream has always been to be successful. I always think that being successful is what you’ve got to think every day,” he said. “It’s been hard, but it’s never too hard. Therefore, I have put all my effort into achieving my dreams.”


The Honorable Federico P. Aguirre, a Superior Court Judge for Orange County, gave a far more hands-on speech than the typical keynote address. Dressed in a baseball cap and flannel shirt, he began mixing concrete. As he started scraping it onto bricks, he explained that his father was a bricklayer. As he stacked the bricks, he told the graduates to build a strong foundation: where they come from, their experiences, their education are what their lives are built upon and cannot be taken away. As he finished, he removed his flannel shirt, revealing a white dress shirt, donned a suit jacket, and picked up a gavel, saying that instead of a trowel, this is his tool now.

Keynote Speaker Judge Federico P. Aguirre

Keynote Speaker Judge Federico P. Aguirre

A high school diploma is the latest brick these graduates cemented to their wall – an accomplishment on which they can build their futures.

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

OCCC Spring Job & Resource Fair

The OCCC is holding another
Job & Resource Fair.

Are you between the ages of 18 & 21 and
looking for a job?

Interviews on site!

  • Bring your ID, Social Security Card and Resume.
  • Dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume
  • Meet and interview with employers
  • Receive information about community resources

Are you an employer looking for enthusiastic, hard working young people to shape into your ideal employees?

Come meet them by having a table at the Orange County Conservation Corps Job and Resource Fair!


May 30, 2014
From 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


1548 E. Walnut Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

Want More Information?

Please contact Susan Soria
Call 714-956-6222 Ext. 233

OCCC Job Fair & Open House

Edgar @ Goodwill

Do you know any young people looking for work?
Who want to know what the OCCC program is about?
Who may or may not have finished high school?

Please let them know the Orange County Conservation Corps is having a Job Fair and Open House!


18-25 Year Olds
Looking for Work
No Experience Required


APRIL 3, 2014
From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1548 East Walnut Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

Want More Information?

Please Contact Susan Soria
Call 714-956-6222 Ext. 233

Click here to view printable flyer.

Sacramento Field Trip

Three of our top corpmembers traveled to our state capitol last week to participate in Government Education Day and learn more about what goes on in Sacramento.  Thank you Lou Correa and Jano Dekermenjian for showing us around!

Sacramento - we have arrived!

Sacramento – we have arrived!

Capitol steps

Capitol steps

Meeting with  Allan Mansoor

Meeting with Allan Mansoor


Meeting with Tom Daly

Meeting with Tom Daly


Jano Dekermenjian

Jano Dekermenjian

Senate Floor

Senate Floor

Corpsmembers Solving California Budget

Corpsmembers Solving California Budget


Too much learning - need a break ;-)

Too much learning – need a break ;-)

Corpsmembers Headed to Sacramento

Gov Ed Day
Corpsmembers Josie, Jonathon, and Josue with Director of Programs Lena Skiba on their way to Sacramento for Government Education Day.

OCCC Charter School Has a New Website!

We’re kicking off 2014 in style with a brand new OCCC Charter School website! We hope it will be an inspiration to future students and a source of valuable information for the whole OCCC Charter School community. Check out our monthly calendar for upcoming events and keep an eye on our blog for a mix of school news, student success, encouragement, life lessons and humor. It’s going to be a great year!

Christmas 2013

Here are some photos from our 2013 Corpsmember Christmas Party. Smiles all around!

Happy New Year!!

Mandela quote

OCCC Wins Project of the Year!

Grafitti Removal

The OCCC’s Adopt-A-Channel project has been selected as one of 3 projects to win the Project of the Year Award from The Corps Network.

The Corps Network is a direct descendant of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps and provides national leadership and support to it’s 127 nationwide member corps.

Read more about the award and the Corps Network at the links above.

OCCC Charter School Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

On Friday September 27th, 2013 we held our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
The Daily Titan ran a nice news story about the ceremony.
Read the article here: