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Media Source Link http://mediasourcelink.com San Bernadino Workforce Media Tue, 10 May 2016 17:40:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Survivor reinvents career http://mediasourcelink.com/survivor-reinvents-career/ Tue, 10 May 2016 17:40:31 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3896 Screenshot 2016-05-09 16.58.26Liberata Ashilevi was a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide who immigrated to the United States as a refugee.  As a resident of Loma Linda, she turned to the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board’s America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) for help with building her career. Today she enjoys working in the Loma Linda University Medical Center Operating Room caring for others.

Though she was a certified physician’s assistant in Zambia, Liberata took a housekeeping job when she arrived in the United States.  When she was laid off from this position, she felt she had nowhere to turn.

“When I was laid off, I panicked,” Liberata exclaimed.  “When I arrived at the San Bernardino America’s Job Center of California and met their staff, I became hopeful about my future.”

Workforce Development Specialist Nidia Vargas was assigned to handle Liberata’s case. The two women soon formed a bond that Liberata says is everlasting.

At the AJCC, Liberata received career counseling, and help with her job search, resume, and interview skills.  The Workforce Development Board also provided funding for her to earn her Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certificate, to put her on a new career path, and assisted with travel to classes and job interviews.

As a result of the service she received, Liberata was well prepared to answer questions volleyed to her by the Loma Linda University Medical Center Operating Room Technician position interview panel.  Her first call to share the good news was to Nidia at the AJCC.

“It is always heartening to hear success stories such as Liberata’s,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.  “It is validation that the County is serving its residents well, and working to attain countywide prosperity.”

Liberata has already received a promotion and looks forward to a successful career.  She has embraced the American Dream with a contagious exuberance.

“Our staff’s care and concern for the people we are helping lends to successful outcomes for job seekers,” said Workforce Development Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen.  “This is an example of how our staff members are truly dedicated to helping others achieve their goals.”

About the Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County

The Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County (WDB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The WDB 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 in line with the Countywide Vision.

The Workforce Development 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 Development Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.

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Tim Young Underground http://mediasourcelink.com/tim-young-underground/ Mon, 02 May 2016 20:03:54 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3892 For small business owners, the expense of hiring and training new employees can make the difference between turning a profit or not.  One such business owner is Tim Young of Tim Young Underground, a family-run construction company.  After acquiring a great new housing project, the company needed to hire additional staff.

Tim maximized the business benefits of the San Bernardino County Workforce Development On-the-Job Training Program which provides partial wage reimbursement to employers during a new hire’s designated training period, up to 90 days.  “When I heard the program would pay half of the new hire’s wages, it was very appealing to me because it would save me money,” Tim said.  Shellie Swanston from the Workforce Development Board’s Business Services Team made all the necessary arrangements.  This included interviewing and hiring a new employee, finalizing the contract and bank paperwork for the company to receive the reimbursement via direct deposit.

Tim was so impressed with the program that he signed up for it a second time.  “This was tremendously helpful to our business.  I was able to obtain highly motivated employees to join my team,” Tim recounted. The program serves as a benefit to job seekers as much as it does employers by providing them the opportunity to earn money while being trained in a new profession or skill.

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Workforce Development youth selected for national initiative http://mediasourcelink.com/workforce-development-youth-selected-for-national-initiative-3/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:07:21 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3886

Courtesy Photo The Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa (CRY-ROP) was one of four agencies selected nationwide to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT), a national initiative designed to get more youth with disabilities to partner with advocates and organizations to improve their opportunities for disabled young adults. Pictured from left are Fernando Olivarez, Nicole Drazin and Branley Acevedo who represented the agency in Washington, D.C. recently.

The Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP) was one of four agencies nationwide selected by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). YouthACT is a national initiative designed to get more youth with disabilities to partner with advocates and organizations to improve opportunities for disabled young adults. The initiative is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth). Program funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a nationally recognized leader in workforce issues, and is often used as a model for other boards across the country. CRY-ROP, one of the San Bernardino County WDB youth service providers, now joins the national ranks on the youth perspective, serving as a testament to how the Workforce Development Board’s funded youth employment programs are making a positive impact on the lives of at-risk youth. CRY-ROP’s YouthACT team is working with teams across the nation to discuss and plan leadership, advocacy and transitional strategies for young adults.

“I am proud to be named the adult partner for the YouthACT team out of Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa ROP. The partnerships between youth and adults that the program creates are powerful forces,” said Nicole Drazin, placement specialist. “As we collaborate, we are creating a new energy in our communities that will pave the way to better opportunities for transitioning youth.”

The Workforce Development Board is making efforts to gain input from youth about what they need during their transitioning years. This input helps provide the right opportunities, services, and support for this population.

YouthACT aims to increase positive youth-adult partnerships where young people and adults work together, share information and learn from each other. All individuals in the partnership have the opportunity to engage in planning, decision-making, and action consistent with their own interests and skills.

“It’s imperative for us to point youth in the right direction to succeed in life during their transitional years,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “Colton Redlands Yucaipa ROP is a voice for our San Bernardino County youth community and their needs will be heard at the federal level.”

In 2016, the YouthACT team and peer leaders from CRY-ROP’s WDD-funded employment program will be making presentations at community and school organizations on how students with disabilities can advocate for themselves and their families, and identify short and long term plans to support personal and career goals.

“We are very proud that one of our youth service providers was selected as one of four national cohorts to be the voice for YouthACT. This is a testament to the high caliber of our Workforce Development Board funded youth programs,” said Workforce Development Executive Director Sandy Harmsen.

 

Source: http://iecn.com/workforce-development-youth-selected-national-initiative/

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Workforce Development Board a “hidden gem” http://mediasourcelink.com/workforce-development-board-a-hidden-gem/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:46:28 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3882 “A hidden gem” is how Evan Cohen, President and CEO of Quality Marble and Granite in Ontario, describes the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board.  Cohen received assistance through the board’s On-the-Job Training and recruitment services.

“One of the challenges a small company like ours faces is the inability to pay the same rates as larger companies,” Cohen explained about quality recruitment.  “The Workforce Development Board was extremely helpful in getting good people in here at comparable industry wages through their On-the-Job Training program.”

Candidates from the Workforce Development Board became qualified employees when they completed training at Quality Marble and Granite. Cohen has retained nearly a dozen employees.

The federally-funded On-the-Job Training program provides partial wage reimbursement to employers during a new hire’s designated training period, up to 90 days.

“Our Business Services Team is charged with ensuring that businesses in our County receive supportive services necessary to achieve and maintain success,” said James Ramos, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman.  “It’s incumbent on us to foster industry and job growth to develop a vibrant economy.”

Darren Cook, Workforce Development Board Business Services Representative, works closely with Quality Marble and Granite.  According to Cohen, he is a team player.

“Through Darren we have a County employee rooting for us and supporting us by providing the resources we need to succeed,” Cohen said.  “The County proved it has my best interest at heart.”

Other Workforce Development Board services available to businesses in San Bernardino County include a free human resources hotline, lean operating specialists, business advisors, workshops, recruitment services, labor market data and more.

“Our Business Services Representatives go above and beyond to ensure the businesses they work with are provided with impactful services,” said Workforce Development Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen.  “Evan and Darren’s relationship is just one example of how personal connections are formed between the County and local businesses.”

As an active member of the business community and one who has benefited tremendously from its services, Cohen eagerly promotes the Workforce Development Board.

“There are fantastic opportunities for businesses to succeed in this county,” Cohen said.  “The Workforce Development Board is one of the great gems of our region.”

About the Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County

The Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County (WDB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The WDB 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 in line with the Countywide Vision.

The Workforce Development 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 Development Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.

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Sylvia Cramer http://mediasourcelink.com/sylvia-cramer/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:46:55 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3879 Employer: Ukiah Valley Medical Center]]> After 23 years of employment at the same medical company, Sylvia Cramer, who has a PhD, was laid off.  She is the sole income earner of her household, as she is married to a disabled veteran who cannot work.

Sylvia received collaborative assistance from the Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department in the form of job search assistance and resume writing.

Sylvia was offered a position as Wellness Director at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.  She earns an impressive $49.50 per hour, equivalent to just over $102,000 a year, and was given a $10,000 relocation package.  “I want to thank the Workforce Development Board staff at the America’s Job Center of California for their time, support and professional guidance over the past few months,” Sylvia said.   “It gave me fortitude and hope to stay with the grueling job hunting process.”

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Priscilla Zerr http://mediasourcelink.com/priscilla-zerr/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:46:11 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3876 Employer: Desert Valley Hospital ]]> Priscilla Zerr was homeless and couch-surfing at friends’ homes, living on $4,500 a year she received in the form of alimony.  She had plans to become a respiratory therapist, but could not afford the training.

At the Workforce Development Board High Desert America’s Job Center of California, Priscilla received individual counseling, career assessment, and skills training.  Additionally, she received funding to attend American Career College in Ontario.

Priscilla graduated from respiratory therapy school and passed all the medical boards in the span of just one month.  The next month she was offered two positions.  She currently works at Desert Valley Hospital earning $25 per hour as a per diem respiratory therapist.  She was extremely grateful and wrote a letter to Workforce Development Specialists Dina Santangelo and Steven Sessler, thanking them for the positive impact they had on her as she progressed through the program.

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James Kennedy http://mediasourcelink.com/james-kennedy/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:45:17 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3873 Employer: Omega Extruding Corporation]]> James Kennedy was released to his parents in Fontana after his 10-year incarceration in Texas.  He successfully completed the WDB’s Reentry Program and was determined to obtain employment.

James received career counseling, job placement help and access to the resource room at the Workforce Development Board West Valley America’s Job Center of California,.  He supported other job seekers by providing them with contact information he had acquired during his job searches.

James was hired by Omega Extruding Corporation as a materials handler. His eagerness and determination led to his promotion to leadsman, and he now interviews and hires candidates.

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Kassandra Wilson http://mediasourcelink.com/kassandra-wilson/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:44:05 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3871 Employer: Inland Christian]]> Kassandra Wilson, a single mother, moved to the Inland Empire to care for her ailing father.  She was a certified nursing assistant, but the positions she was offered paid $11 an hour, not enough to support her, her son and father.  Kassandra wanted to train to become credentialed as a licensed vocational nurse, but could not afford the tuition.

The Workforce Development Board provided assistance with LVN training as well as NCLEX training that enabled Kassandra to pass the state exam.  She received her credential as a licensed vocational nurse.

Kassandra works full-time at Inland Christian earning $21 per hour with full benefits.  Her future endeavors include completing the Registered Nurse program within the year.  “Completing the RN program is the last of my goals,” Kassandra said.  “I feel truly blessed for the assistance I received that has helped me move forward in my career.”

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Recent study identifies job categories which will see growth in Inland Empire http://mediasourcelink.com/recent-study-identifies-job-categories-which-will-see-growth-in-inland-empire/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:52:45 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3862 A recent study has identified several job categories which will see much growth in the local area in the coming years.

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) commissioned Virginia-based Chmura Economics and Analytics to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Inland Empire.

Of the eight identified industry sectors, six are forecasted to grow in the Inland Empire: healthcare and social assistance; transportation and warehousing; manufacturing; construction; utilities; professional, scientific and technical services. These are industries the WDB has previously established as target sectors.

The analysis was designed to determine what necessary actions should be taken to assist growing industry sectors and strengthen the workforce talent pipeline. The findings were presented by Kyle West, Applied Economics and Technology Advisor at Chmura Economics.

West explained there is a higher probability of driving long-term employment gains due to the forecasted growth sectors. For example, the insurgence of growth in the construction sector shows an abundance of jobs available in the skilled trades. This is a major opportunity for the local workforce to build careers as an alternative to traditional post-secondary education.

The report shows since 2012, 88 percent of employment growth in the Inland Empire has been driven by the six projected growth sectors. Three industry clusters forecasted to grow rapidly in the near future are construction, healthcare and utilities.

The regional employment rate is expected to rise 3.5 percent over the next year, a statistic that outperforms the state of California and the nation. Additionally, the local population is growing at a rate that is double that of California, particularly in the minor age group 18 and under.

“There is an opportunity to elevate the quality of life in this region because of the projected population of young people entering the workforce and the correspondent rise in employment options,” explained West. “It’s incumbent on this region to guide youth to successful career paths, then tremendous economic gains will be reaped.”

The Workforce Development Board has various programs for youth aged 16 to 24 designed to help them achieve academic and employment success. Participants receive services such as occupational skills training, counseling, internships, job placements, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, and support services.

According to West, manufacturing is deemed the most important sector of economic activity as it has widespread economic impacts. Statistics report the average wages are 20 percent higher than the average of all industries. This is a good opportunity for the growing population of young workers who would replace scores of retiring workers, West said.

Source: http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/business/recent-study-identifies-job-categories-which-will-see-growth-in/article_3f2c1484-0000-11e6-bcba-7380f85a6cdb.html

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Workforce Development youth selected for national initiative http://mediasourcelink.com/workforce-development-youth-selected-for-national-initiative-2/ Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:54:13 +0000 http://mediasourcelink.com/?p=3866

The Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa (CRY-ROP) was one of four agencies selected nationwide to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT), a national initiative designed to get more youth with disabilities to partner with advocates and organizations to improve their opportunities for disabled young adults. Pictured from left are Fernando Olivarez, Nicole Drazin and Branley Acevedo who represented the agency in Washington, D.C. recently.

The Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP) was one of four agencies nationwide selected by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth  to participate in the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT).  YouthACT is a national initiative designed to get more youth with disabilities to partner with advocates and organizations to improve opportunities for disabled young adults.  The initiative is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth). Program funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a nationally recognized leader in workforce issues, and is often used as a model for other boards across the country.  CRY-ROP, one of the San Bernardino County WDB youth service providers, now joins the national ranks on the youth perspective, serving as a testament to how the Workforce Development Board’s funded youth employment programs are making a positive impact on the lives of at-risk youth.

CRY-ROP’s YouthACT team is working with teams across the nation to discuss and plan leadership, advocacy and transitional strategies for young adults.

“I am proud to be named the adult partner for the YouthACT team out of Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa ROP.  The partnerships between youth and adults that the program creates are powerful forces,” said Nicole Drazin, placement specialist.  “As we collaborate, we are creating a new energy in our communities that will pave the way to better opportunities for transitioning youth.”

The Workforce Development Board is making efforts to gain input from youth about what they need during their transitioning years.  This input helps provide the right opportunities, services, and support for this population.

YouthACT aims to increase positive youth-adult partnerships where young people and adults work together, share information and learn from each other. All individuals in the partnership have the opportunity to engage in planning, decision-making, and action consistent with their own interests and skills.

“It’s imperative for us to point youth in the right direction to succeed in life during their transitional years,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.  “Colton Redlands Yucaipa ROP is a voice for our San Bernardino County youth community and their needs will be heard at the federal level.”

In 2016, the YouthACT team and peer leaders from CRY-ROP’s WDD-funded employment program will be making presentations at community and school organizations on how students with disabilities can advocate for themselves and their families, and identify short and long term plans to support personal and career goals.

“We are very proud that one of our youth service providers was selected as one of four national cohorts to be the voice for YouthACT.  This is a testament to the high caliber of our Workforce Development Board funded youth programs,” said Workforce Development Executive Director Sandy Harmsen.

Source: http://www.westsidestorynewspaper.com/workforce-development-youth-selected-for-national-initiative/

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