San Bernardino County expands jobs outreach
SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board will offer employment and training services to the city of San Bernardino as part of a plan approved Tuesday by the County Board of Supervisors.
The city and county previously operated separate job training and assistance agencies under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The consolidation follows a request from state officials.
“We’re honored to provide these vital services as part of our steadfast commitment to the City of San Bernardino and its residents,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “This kind of employment assistance is vital for residents and the City. We welcome the opportunity to take on this critically important responsibility.”
San Bernardino residents seeking employment and training assistance will be welcome to visit America’s Job Center of California at 658 E. Brier Drive, Suite 100. Services include career planning and counseling, on-the-job and vocational training, personal coaching, resume assistance and workshops on interviewing and dressing for success, officials said.
“The assistance provided by the WDB will be a tremendous asset for the City, improving our quality of life and transforming our community,” said Mike Gallo, who serves on the Workforce Development Board as well as the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education.
Reg Javier, the County’s Deputy Executive Officer for Workforce and Economic Development, said the arrangement creates:
• An expansion of youth service providers and a focus on foster youth;
• Development of a pilot program that provides work experience for students in career pathways and students struggling in a traditional school setting;
• Opportunity to host a job fair in the city this spring;
• Expanded outreach to businesses and other stakeholders in San Bernardino.
It also sets up an opportunity for the Workforce Development Board to add community leaders to standing committees, Javier said.
“We’re eager to help San Bernardino city residents prepare for job and career opportunities,” Ramos said. “We also recognize that by doing so, we incentivize businesses to expand here, which creates even greater opportunity for the community as a whole.”