Update on a New Education Partner from Tessa Nicholas, Executive Director

April 30, 2021

I am very happy to report that at its board of directors meeting on Tuesday, April 27, the Alameda County Office of Education voted 6-1 in favor of the material revision to the Opportunity Academy charter. This material revision to their charter will allow them to add a site here at Civicorps beginning July 2021 so that we can transition students while keeping them in our Civicorps space and community. Long in the making, this is a watershed moment that feels bittersweet as we arrange for the next phase of our education program.  Fortunately, with clarity and support from ACOE’s Board, we will confidently continue with transition plans.

As we look to the future, it is wonderful to know that our agency partners share our same goals.  Steven Currie, Diversity and Inclusion HR Analyst from EBMUD wrote:

EBMUD is a committed employer partner of Civicorps because of the invaluable job training and education services they provide to the East Bay’s diverse communities. This new partnership with ACOE will position Civicorps to expand paid job training opportunities and establish stronger pathways into rewarding careers at EBMUD, within the broader regional water/wastewater industry, and with other public and private sector agencies in need of a skilled and experienced land management and/or grounds maintenance workforce. We are looking forward to building more training and employment opportunities with Civicorps and believe that the partnership with ACOE and Opportunity Academy will support those possibilities.

I am very excited about the resources and energy we will now have to expand our job training and job placement programs, but I also recognize how difficult change can be.  Thank you to everyone who continues to serve Corpsmembers and students on a day-to-day basis and through this transition.