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1. Register to Vote
2. Select Orange County Conservation Corps as your charity.
3. Come back every day in March to vote again

Vote daily through March 31

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The Golden Envelope Program allows members of the community to vote for their favorite participating charities to earn a share of up to $2 million in free advertising in the Orange County Register newspaper. This allows local nonprofit organizations to share their stories and raise awareness for their causes. Voting goes through March 31, 2015.

Join us for a roundtable discussion about finding a job.

On Friday, February 27 from 11:45am – 12:45pm, the Young Invincibles will host the California Jobs Tour at the OCCC Charter School.  The goal of the YI is to obtain feedback from youth participating in programs like the OCCC regarding their experiences in finding a job, keeping a job, and all of the obstacles they have faced in the process.  Their organization will use the feedback to help make policy changes and push for continued support at all levels of government for programs like OCCC.  The format will be a roundtable discussion for our youth to express their experiences with the job market and it will be facilitated by Young Invincibles.  We are seeking approximately 20 Corpsmembers, charter school students and grant participants to be part of this roundtable discussion.  You do not have to be attending the charter school to participate.  See flyer below for more information:


The OCCC is Hiring!

You heard that correct, the Corps is hiring 25 – 30 new corpsmembers right now! Don’t wait!

Work Crew

We have several work crews working throughout Orange County that need help making our county a better place.
Come in to our office at 1548 East Walnut Ave in Fullerton to fill out an application. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and from 8AM to Noon on Fridays.

Back to School

Back to School

The OCCC Charter School began classes on August 18th. Here are some exciting things about this school year:

Taking a Byte out of LearningNew Lab

In order to best serve this wide variety of students, the OCCC Charter School offers over 100 courses online in addition to classes in a traditional classroom setting. Students work independently in the OCCC’s state-of-the-art computer labs or from home, which allows a flexible schedule and accommodates other responsibilities, such as work schedules and childcare. Students check in with teachers every day for accountability and guidance. The online classes include quizzes, exams, vocabulary games, videos, etc., allowing students to learn the material and assess their progress through different avenues.

This innovative program provides the opportunity for students to take a wider variety of classes and allows students that enroll well after the beginning of a semester to accumulate credits without struggling to catch up in a class that is already halfway done.

Meet Some New Team Members

The OCCC Charter School has some new faces. Meet three new education staff members:

InouyeRegistrar Kelly Inouye taught for twelve years before getting her administrative credential and joining the OCCC Charter   School. Her experience so far has been “busy – a lot of learning, a lot of fun,” she said. “The people are fun; the students are fun.” She is enjoying working with adult students and appreciates their drive to learn. “They’re eager,” she said. Her goal this year is to “jump into the job” and work as a team with the rest of the staff. “I’m excited about all the things I’m learning, learning how a school runs, how excited the students are,” she said.

Barbre English Teacher Debra Barbre has many talents. In addition to having taught 7th grade English, guitar and broadcast journalism, she is a singer and guitarist. Her eclecticism shows in her curriculum and assignments. In her Writer’s Workshop class, assignments include a resume and cover letter, poetry, a hypothetical thank you letter for a gift the student disliked, a bucket list project, and a picture chart of students’ lives. She has teamed up with Math Teacher Elmira Calalo, who helps them format their projects on the computer. Debra enjoys connecting with her students and making the material interesting. Her goal is to get her students to read: “Reading is the key to everything. Hopefully we’ll make them readers.”

Reyes After ten years in the Air Force, Science Teacher T.J. Reyes wanted more time with his three kids, so he went to Vanguard University to get his teaching credential. “I felt a call to teach,” he said. “It’s in my blood.” His father and several other relatives teach. He taught and substitute taught for several years before joining the OCCC Charter School team. He particularly enjoys the counseling aspects of teaching. He says there is “no fun” in teaching straight science without connecting it to his students’ lives. He feels that the important part of teaching is connecting with his students and telling them “what life is really like.”

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!