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Advance NCCC: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the Southeast Region campus in Charleston, SC closing and if yes, when?
    Yes.  The members of class XIII that completed their term of service during a ceremony on April 30, 2007 is the last class to serve from this campus.  The campus is operating a Summer of Service Charleston program for young people ages 14-17 in July.  The campus will officially close September 30, 2007.
  2. Why is the Southeast Region campus closing if the NCCC is in the budget?
    The NCCC program is implementing a number of reforms that are designed to decrease the cost per member and result in stronger annual and long term performance measures.  The cost reduction components of the reform plan targeted our largest operational expenses: salaries (22 positions) and facilities (the Southeast and Capital Region campuses).The 22 positions include the positions at the Southeast Region plus the service learning coordinators and one operations position each at the remaining campuses. New positions have also been created to accommodate expanded enrollment at the remaining campuses and at headquarters as certain functions are centralized.
  3. Are there other reforms and if yes, what are they?
    -Address the ongoing member diversity challenges – achieve 50% economically and other disadvantaged circumstances member enrollment goals by 2010
    -Shift the program emphasis to disaster services – 60% of all service projects through 2010 – and provide leadership to this issue area as a Corporation for National and Community Service strategic initiative
    -Enhance leadership development opportunities for members
    -Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the program including a cost benefit analysis and a review of short and long term performance measures
  4. Will the states in the Southeast Region be able to have teams after the campus closes?
    Yes.  The NCCC regions have been realigned to accommodate the closing of the Southeast Region campus and a three-campus structure.  The three remaining campuses in the Western, Central and Eastern (previously Northeast) Regions will serve additional states and will increase member enrollment in FY 2008, funding permitting.   A Gulf Coast Region consisting of five states will be served by all three regions.  Operational leadership and coordination for the Gulf Coast Region will be provided by a five member staff team led by a project director, Jules Hampton.  The states served by each region are:

    Western Region: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific Territories

    Central Region: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska

    Eastern Region: Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Gulf Coast Region:  Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, & the Texas Gulf Coastline
  5. What is the President's budget proposal for FY 2008?
    The NCCC is funded at $11.6 million in the 2008 President’s Budget.
  6. How much should the budget be to support a five campus structure?
    The NCCC has operated five campuses in prior years with approximately a $25 million budget.  This funding level supports approximately 1,150 members.
  7. What is the Summer of Service program?
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is sponsoring a Summer of Service (SOS) initiative that promotes the engagement of youth between the ages of five and 17 in a service experience during the summer vacation.  The NCCC is operating three residential team based SOS 2007 programs of 100 members each ages 14 to 17 at three sites: Charleston, SC; Denver, CO, and New Orleans, LA.  SOS participants will be exposed to a mini NCCC experience over a three week period in July and will be led by corps members who are selected through an application process.

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