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California Resilient Careers in Forestry

Developing resilient careers in forestry for Californians.

The emerging forestry and fire safety sector has the potential to grow into a $39 billion industry while protecting communities, landscapes and natural carbon stores in forests, yet there are shortages of thousands of workers in relevant well-paying jobs with benefits. To address this need, the Foundation was awarded a $21.5 million grant by the US Economic Development Administration as part of its Good Jobs Challenge to support the “California Resilient Careers in Forestry” project. This four-year project to scale a system for training and placing qualified workers into high-quality jobs in the forestry and fire safety sector will help expand the industry’s talent pool and diversify the field.

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Smog Check Referee Program

Improving air quality statewide.

The Smog Check Referee program, managed by FoundationCCC in partnership with the Bureau of Automotive Repair, was created to improve the smog check process and help reduce air pollution for all Californians. Referee centers are operated on local community college campuses and perform emissions inspections and other specialized testing   that industry is not authorized to perform. Referee facilities provide a wide array of resources for California motorists associated with smog checks and repairs.

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Smog Check Referee Student Technician Training

Providing real-world training for automotive students.

Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Automotive Repairs, the Student Technician Training Program (STTP) is building the future workforce of smog technicians. The STTP supplements the required courses and conventional automotive technician training students receive at California Community Colleges, and provides additional education in the areas of safety, communication, and administration. Combined with the core skills training, this additional support ensures students learn the essential skills necessary to become a gainfully employed, high-performing, professional technician in today’s automotive test and repair industry.

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