Member selection is a competitive process. The ratio of applicants that are accepted varies depending on the number of applications received.
Our goal is to complete the selection process within two months of receiving the application. This means that two months after we receive an application, the applicant should know if he or she has been accepted, placed on the wait list or not accepted. However, there are many instances when it may take longer than two months.
All eligible applicants will receive an acknowledgement letter and further information about the program within three weeks of submitting their application. They will be instructed to call a toll-free telephone number to continue the selection process. At this point the applicant will be screened for an interview based on his or her response to several questions about the applicant's willingness to participate in all aspects of the program.
For Team Leaders, the application deadline for the fall cycle is typically April 1st and for the winter the application deadline is typically August 1st. However, members are encouraged to apply early, because selection is continuous and the class may be filled before the application deadline date. Please refer to My AmeriCorps for accurate listings.
There are two deadline dates, one for the fall cycle (which typically falls on April 1st) and one for the winter cycle (which typically falls on July 1st). However, members are encouraged to apply early, because selection is continuous and the class may be filled before the application deadline date. Sometimes these deadlines may be extended. Please refer to My AmeriCorps for accurate listings.
- Atlantic Region: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, USVI, VT
- Southwest Region: AR, AZ, CO, KS, MO, NM, OK, TX
- Pacific Region: AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, Pacific Territories
- North Central Region: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI
- Southern Region: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
NCCC has two program cycles: the fall and winter. The fall cycle campuses typically open in late September / early October. The winter cycle campuses typically open in late January / early February.
There are currently five campuses that serve five regions, located in Denver, Colorado; Perry Point, Maryland; Sacramento, California; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, Iowa.
Members must serve the full ten months and complete 1,700 hours of community service, including 80 hours of independent service. If a member departs the program early, he or she forfeits the education award unless there is a compelling reason, in which case the education award is pro-rated. Details are explained in the member handbook.
NCCC members must meet the age requirement of 18-24 and be able to provide documentation of their status as a US citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien. Members must be able to serve effectively with a team of individuals from and within communities of diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, geographic, and education backgrounds. They must comply with the rules and regulations outlined in the AmeriCorps NCCC member handbook. Members must be able to perform physical labor, sometimes in stressful environments and adverse weather conditions.