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About AmeriCorps (Learn More)

AmeriCorps is a national service program where people of all ages serve their communities across the country. We serve to meet our nation's critical unmet needs in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs. Copper Country Education Corps (CCEC) is dedicated to serving our local community, focusing on education in elementary schools and pre-school's across the Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service program often called "the domestic Peace Corps" that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds the chance to make a difference in their communities through service. In return for a year of service, members receive a living allowance, education award, healthcare benefits, education loan forbearance, professional training, and childcare benefits (if eligible).

What are the benefits of becoming a AmeriCorps member?

For full-time members:

  • a living allowance of approximately $1100 per month

  • an education award (see more info here)

  • Student loan forbearance during your service term

  • Monthly professional development training

Where is CCEC AmeriCorps located?

You will find CCEC in the western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Currently, our members serve in Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties.

Our office is located at:

BHK Child Development Board
700 Park Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

Where do members serve?

Our members serve in preschools and local elementary schools.. See Locations for more specific information. 

What do members do?

Duties vary slightly from site to site, but all members serve to meet our primary focus: literacy and math support and school readiness.

Elementary sch​ool members tutor and mentor students who need additional support to achieve proficiency with early literacy and math skills. Preschool members increase adult-child interaction, improve the quality of the learning environment, promote literacy and math activities, and focus on building phonemic awareness skills so that children are prepared for success when they reach kindergarten.

How do I get involved?

Each year, CCEC recruits a new team of members. Members must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen, or a US national/lawful permanent resident. Applicants must be willing and able to commit to one school year of service, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Applicants are accepted throughout the year. Service typically begins in early fall, when the school year starts.

Interested? Download our application or contact us for more information.



CCEC members have served at the following locations:

  • Adams Township Schools

  • Baraga Area Schools

  • BHK Preschool Centers

  • Chassell Township Schools

  • Copper Country ISD

  • Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools

  • Elm River Township Schools

  • Hancock Public Schools

  • Houghton-Portage Township Schools

  • L'Anse Area Schools

  • Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw Public Schools

  • E.B. Holman Elementary School

Elementary Education Members

Members based in area elementary schools will serve under the supervision of a lead teacher, principal, or superintendent. Members serve directly with students and school personnel to identify the most urgent literacy needs and initiate programs to meet those necessities. They also provide a variety of services, such as tutoring, mentoring, parent involvement, developing extracurricular activities, and coordinating various opportunities for other community members.. To serve effectively, members must be able to listen, lead, and inspire young people to take an active role in shaping their own futures.

Preschool Members

Members serving in early education settings will help in classrooms by assisting directly with children and enhancing the quality of care by increasing the adult-to-child ration, daily routine, and quality of the learning environment. Members will focus on literacy skills and school readiness. Members will also spend time helping with children with diverse disabilities and working with parents to ensure the best educational experience for the children. Other roles may include, recruiting parent volunteers, coordinating parent activities, setting up special events, and coordinating various opportunities for other community members.


Service Projects

Every year CCEC members join forces to plan three major service projects. Extra volunteers are always welcome! Typically the service projects are as follows:

Make a Difference Day:

Each year on the last Saturday in October, CCEC members take part in this National Day of Doing Good. CCEC participates in and plan a different service project annually, while it changes every year the commitment to improving the community stays the same. Make a Difference Day is a national effort sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine to encourage service in the community. In the past, CCEC made blankets for foster children, helped improve a Halloween party for the elderly, cleaned up local nature trails, improving playgrounds, and a blood drive. The planning for this event begins in September.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service:

Every January, CCEC members coordinate and implement a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., one of America's most important civil rights leaders. The specifics of this project also changes each year, but again the focus remains: improving the community. Past projects have included holding an essay and poster contest for youth, visiting the elderly, diversity presentations, food and clothing drives and creating a mural with youth. Planning for MLK Jr. Day projects begins in December.

Russ Mawby/ Final Service Project:

The month of June provides another opportunity for members to assist the community. Past activities have included assisting Copper Country Habitat for Humanity, Bridgefest, and Camp 911. For 2017 we planned a Russ Mawby Signature Service Project, the Hancock Beach Restoration. AmeriCorps members and community members came together to smooth out new sand, build a new retaining wall, paint, and get the beach ready for the summer.



Apply to serve with CCEC:

Call Marcy Erickson (906) 487-6600 ext61600, and ask for an application to be sent to you.


Click the link below, print, fill-out, and mail to CCEC.


Contact Us

Marcy Erickson
Program Director
(906) 487-6600 ext61600
E-mail: maericks@bhkfirst.org

700 Park Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931


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