Civicorps Job Training Center Opens in West Oakland

From left to right: Davith Mouen, Supervisor Jeff Hurley, John Nesby, Sandra Loun, T’mari Gray, Anthony Dykes. John Brunfield, Chardi Allen, Supervisor David Murphy, Dion Kinnick.

Civicorps will hold its official opening of its new headquarters at 1425 5th St. across from the West Oakland BART station on Thursday, Feb. 28. Civicorps has provided educational and employment opportunities for 50,000 underserved Oakland youth and young adults since it began 1983. The organization helps young adults, ages 18-24, obtain a high-school diploma, find work at a living wage and pursue post-secondary education and training. The Job Training Center was purchased and is being renovated with Prop. 84 funds through the California Conservation Corps. The 15,000-square-foot building will house job training activities and academic classes. Each day, 60 Corpsmembers gather at 7:30 a.m. After physical training, they receive their daily paid job assignments in regional parks, trails, streams and along highways. They also attend classes they were previously lacking. “Last year, 82 percent of the students went to college, and the rest directly into jobs. The Job Training Center will increase opportunities for Corpsmembers to earn industry recognized certifications that will help them to find well paid jobs upon graduation,” said Civicorps Executive Director Alan Lessik. “Civicorps is the only organization in the East Bay that offers paid job training work experience and an accredited high school diploma in the same program,” said Civicorps Board President Rita Isaacs.
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