SAN BERNARDINO (July XX, 2014) – Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, Sandy Harmsen, was recognized  by the Desert Regional Consortium for her work in partnering with local colleges to boost job creation.

The Desert Regional Consortium represents 13 community colleges and two community college districts in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It serves to regionally collaborate, promote and plan career and technical education and workforce and economic development in the Inland Empire/Desert Region.

Harmsen was nominated for excellence in partnership by Kathy Dutton of Chaffey College for providing valuable and innovative programs targeted to assist local residents in building the necessary skills to secure employment.

“I’m very grateful to receive this recognition on behalf of the Workforce Investment Board,” said Harmsen.

“Our partnerships with local colleges and industry leaders ensure that we are providing the very best service to our community residents and employers.  It is through these collaborations that the Workforce Investment Board can develop training programs to build the skilled workforce and the employers in our County need.”

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford added, “Strong, effective partnerships, not only with colleges, but with local businesses and community based organizations, are key components in delivering the right candidates to expanding companies, and meeting the needs of our growing industry sectors.”

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit Also follow us on: Facebook; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube


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