Above: Collbran Job Corps students and instructors practice their preservation skills at HistoriCorps’ Hog Park Guard Station project on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, 2019.
We are excited to announce that HistoriCorps has partnered with the Forest Service to teach preservation skills to a new generation of students. These students will put their newly learned skills to use at select Forest Service recreation sites this year. The students hail from Job Corps, a program administered by the Department of Labor, that provides free job training and education to a diverse group of youth ages 16-24. Job Corps graduates go on to enjoy meaningful careers in a variety of industries, including construction (which we know a thing or two about!).
The HistoriCorps Job Corps Program (JCP) is just one more way that we are working to engage people in saving places for public benefit. Job Corps students, in addition to learning hands-on preservation skills, will be exposed to Forest Service sites in and around their communities. They’ll learn first-hand about the historic recreational facilities available to them, while learning the skills necessary to repair and maintain them for all to enjoy. Who knows? You might even see the JCP in your neck of the woods!