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Application Now Open!

 

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open Monday, January 9, 2023 and will close on Friday, March 17 at midnight.

Open to students from Sacramento City College, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Woodland Community College. For more information, attend an information session.

Information Session Dates & Registration Link:

Questions? Email the Sacramento Valley College Corps representative at WCC.

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Woodland Community College is proud to be among the selected 45 campuses statewide for the inaugural #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program. Woodland Community College, along with Sacramento State University, and Sacramento City College form the regional Sacramento Valley College Corps or SVCC.

Led by the California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps initiative has three goals:

  • Engage college students in meaningful service to build leadership and civic responsibility;
  • Promote academic success and economic well-being with students from diverse backgrounds; and
  • To support the work of community-based organizations in key local priorities: K-12 Education, Climate Action, Food Insecurity.

About College Corps

As a College Corps Fellow, you will serve 450 hours in an area of K-12 Education, Food Insecurity, or Climate Action over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year (September 2023-June 2024). This roughly equates to 15 hours a week.

As a College Corps fellow, you’ll receive:

  • Up to $7,000 living stipend (throughout the term of service or $700/month) + $3,000 Education Award upon completion of 450 service hours.
  • Real-world job experience and skills to add to your resume.
  • Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities.
  • Connections with fellows across the state via the virtual platform and regional events.
  • An academic course (1 unit per semester) designed to support your professional learning throughout the experience.
  • A sense of community and accomplishment in working toward the common goals of improving our community.

Eligibility

Students selected should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant
  • Qualifies for a State Cal Grant
  • Needs to work part-time and/or borrow student loans to meet their educational costs
  • Is an AB540-eligible student with a California Dream Act application on file (no work authorization required)

Additionally, Fellows are required to:

  • Be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate student at Woodland Community College
  • No minimum GPA, but must be in academic good standing (not on academic probation)
  • Commit to the program for the full 450 hours during the academic year

Service Areas

Fellows will work with K-12 schools, food banks/pantries, or climate action organizations to build healthier and more equitable communities across California. They will do this in a variety of ways:

  • K-12 Education: Serve as a tutor to K-12 students at local schools and/or organizations that provide tutoring services.
  • Food Insecurity: Serve at food banks, food distribution centers, or centers providing access to community members facing food insecurity.
  • Climate Action: Serve with local organizations that are focused on positive environmental change.

The College Corps staff will do their best to match accepted fellows with their top field choice, however, it is not guaranteed.

Information Sessions

Past information sessions:

Kick-Off Event

Learn more about climate action, education, and food security through keynote speakers and find out how you can make an impact in the region in a service internship while being paid. Meet some of the host sites and find out about specific positions and opportunities.

College Corps FAQ

What is a fellow and what is a fellowship?

Selected undergraduate students will be referred to as College Corps fellows throughout the duration of the program.

The fellowship refers to the year-long commitment and service completed with an external community partner. As a College Corps fellow, you will be assigned an external community partner to work with and complete a majority of the 450 hours of service with this community host site.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the application by March 17, 2023. The application will include some short answer questions.
  • Open to students from Sacramento City College, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Woodland Community College.
  • Once you start this application you cannot save and come back later. Please be prepared to complete your application in one sitting. Any started applications that have not been submitted will automatically submit after one week.
  • There are three short answer questions to consider in advance:
    1. Why do you want to be a Sacramento College Corps fellow?
    2. How would participating in the program help you achieve your personal or professional goals?
    3. Being dependable, flexible, and empathetic are important qualities to be a successful College Corps fellow. Tell us about a time when you showed those qualities.
  • Students awarded a fellowship position will be notified via email.
  • Students who accept the fellowship program will be required to attend an information session and asked to complete additional materials, such as resumes, to share with the host sites along with additional agreements. A background check will be conducted prior to final acceptance into the fellowship.
  • Students who accept the fellowship must enroll in a 1-unit class each semester of the 23-24 academic year, focused on community service, leadership, professional development and civic engagement.

Will this impact my financial aid?

We encourage you to connect with Financial Aid if you have questions about how this program will impact your specific situation.

When will I hear about selection if I am a WCC student?

Thank you for your patience as we read your applications and match with host sites. You will be notified via email. Each student will be notified with an acceptance letter, an alternate letter, or a decline letter. Please know that whatever your status is, we are here to help support you in finding your next career development and/or service opportunity. We anticipate these letters going out at the end of April. If you are accepted, you will then be asked to select three potential host sites by the beginning of May.

Are first-year students eligible to apply?

Yes, incoming first year students can apply once you have enrolled.

Can current College Corp Fellows reapply to serve a second term?

Yes, College Corps Fellows can reapply.

Is there a separate application for College Corp returners?

No. All students complete the same application. However, some questions are only applicable to returners. For example, listing the number of hours served when the application is submitted and uploading a plan about how the 450 hours will be completed by the end of the academic year.

Is the application deadline the same for College Corps returners?

Yes. The application closes on the same date for everyone.

Are College Corps returners required to attend an informational session?

Yes. All students must attend one informational session to be eligible for the fellowship.

How does transportation to host sites work?

Please be sure, in the application, to share any transportation needs you have and to indicate how far you can travel and whether you have transportation. We are working hard to ensure placements that are within a reasonable distance, and we understand that now every fellow has access to personal transportation. Don’t let transportation be a deterrent to applying.