About Us

The CCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Educational Corporation. The organization was established to provide high school aged students the opportunity to experience what it would be like to become a Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer or Emergency Medical Technician.

In recent years, several school boards throughout the country have reduced and/or eliminated high school vocational training programs that were traditionally offered as an alternative to college.

The CCA strives to promote an emphasis in education as well as provide basic vocational training. The program is designed to give the students who attend a head start when applying to college and/or attending certification programs to become Firefighters, Police officers, Deputy Sheriffs, Park Rangers, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Our program is intended to mentor the students and assist them in evaluating their options for the future. We stress higher education and devote approximately 50% of camp time in the classroom. Our goal is to expose the students to the many facets of a public service career in a controlled, safe, and fun setting.

Many people are not aware of the hurdles that must be overcome before becoming a Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer or Emergency Medical Technician. Our weeklong camps not only prepare the students for these careers, but also offer an experience that helps prepare them for the hurdles they may face in any profession.

Our program is designed to help identify and improve areas in their skill set as well as help to learn to utilize their strengths before leaving high school and entering college or a career. The guidance that they receive will help lead to a productive and successful future. The established training focuses on critical thinking as well as teaches students how to deal with conflict. The students will enhance their people skills and learn how to overcome resistance with verbal communication.

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