Earn While You Learn!

Enrollment is open to young adults age 18-26. Get started on your high school diploma and/or job training today!

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About the High School Diploma Program

Welcome to AOA @ Civicorps. In partnership with ACOE’s Opportunity Academy (AOA), Civicorps offers an educational program that meets your academic needs and allows you to co-enroll at our Job Training Center. Upon completion of a baseline of onboarding activities, students will be allowed to move into paid Job Training, earning $15.06/hour and gaining valuable occupational skills – working towards graduation while getting paid!

Financial aid, childcare assistance, housing assistance, transportation and professional clothing stipends help set you up for success at school and at work.

After graduation, Civicorps helps you secure a paid internship, pre-apprenticeship, or union apprenticeship and/or enroll in college.

To get started, please fill out this Interest Form.  We’ll contact you, and then get you enrolled with Opportunity Academy.  Got questions?  Please review the below FAQs, or contact Danny Swift at dan.swift@cvcorps.org or by phone at (510) 407-5705.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to work at the Job Training Center while I go to school?

Yes, we’re a conservation corps that engages in education and job training together.  You have the option to work full-time (32 hours/week) or part-time (16 hours/week).  If you’re not interested in or able to work while you’re in school, this is not the right program for you.  Please talk to us and we’ll introduce you to an appropriate education option.

Do I need a COVID-19 Vaccine to enter the program?

Yes. Beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021, all incoming Corpsmembers will be required to submit acceptable proof of fully or partially vaccinated status. Incoming Corpsmembers who have not submitted acceptable proof of either full or partial vaccination status shall not be allowed to begin employment until they submit proof of compliance.  Please let us know if you need help finding a free vaccination.  See our full Vaccination Policy here.

Do you support students with IEPs or 504s?

Yes.  We will continue to support all scholars through a variety of mechanisms which align with Individual Education Plans.

How long does it take to complete the program?

You’ll move at your own pace through the program, and your completion time will depend on how many credits you earn per semester, your academic level upon entry and other factors.  We’re here to help you get it done at the pace that’s right for you with all the support you need.

I attended some semesters or years of high school and have credits. Can I apply them towards graduating from AOA @ Civicorps?

Yes. You will need a minimum of 130 credits to earn a California issued standard high school diploma.  The average student can earn 1 credit per week per course. One (1) credit is equal to approximately 15-20 hours depending on student skill level and curriculum assigned.

I’m a returning student, do I have to work at the JTC?

We encourage everyone to join the Job Training Program, however, if you attended Civicorps Academy for 90 days or more, we will allow you to finish your high school diploma without co-enrolling at the JTC.  Please complete the Interest and Return Request Form and we’ll get you started.

What kind of high school education does AOA @ Civicorps offer?

AOA offers an Independent Study program.  Click here to learn more about AOA’s Independent Study program and what it entails.

What other kinds of services will be available to me?

We have a whole team dedicated to supporting you with counseling, housing and childcare referrals, health and wellness resources, and more.  Our Support Services Team is central to our ability to provide Corpsmembers with wrap-around support.

What resources do you have for English language learners?

Civicorps is dedicated to serving students whose primary language is not English by offering a concurrent program to appropriately meet the needs of the English Language Learner.  English Language Learners will be identified and given support during the enrollment process and transitioned into Opportunity Academy according to an individualized plan.