NOTE: Before means prior to WIA funding and After means post WIA funding.

Rollie Heschong, Owner, Joshua Tree Landscape and Maintenance

Joshua Tree Landscape & Maintenance which handles clients across three counties successfully grew from two employees to 14 with the WIA-funded On-the-Job Training program and hiring assistance.

Before

  • In 2010, two employees and $120,000 in sales
  • High Insurance and hiring costs hampered growth

After

  • San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team helped with hiring, employed HR hotline and On-the-Job-Training funds to bring on 12 new employees
  • In 2011, grew to 14 full-time and 30 seasonal employees
  • Client base grew to 200 in 30 cities across Southern California
  • Sales projection are $750,000 in 2011 and over  $1 million in 2012
  • New employees bought homes and cars
Steven and Ryan Andrews, CEO and CFO of Products Techniques, Inc.

Products Techniques, Inc., a 65-year old manufacturer of coatings for the aerospace industry (PTI) was saved from layoffs and closure when they participated in the WIA-funded Business Consulting Program that helped them become ISO 9001 certified.

Before

  • The company needed ISO 9001 certification or would lose 80% of its customer base
  • PTI d not have the resources to undergo the process and faced layoffs or closure

After

  • Through the WIA-funded Business Consulting Program, PTI worked with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting®
  • Within six months, PTI received ISO 9001 certification and reinvested resources to upgrade software systems and install new equipment and
  • PTI retained its customers and employees
Terry Klenske, President and CEO of Dalton Trucking

Dalton Trucking employs more than 200 employees and with WIA funds was able to hire and train six new employees who were receiving unemployment and cash aid.

Before

  • Dalton Trucking hit hard by recession causing 30% increase in fuel surcharges and tougher regulations
  • Needed to expand staff to maintain fleet of 100 trucks

After

  • San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s STEP and On-the-Job Training programs allowed Dalton to hire and train new employees
  • Helped take residents off costly county assistance and unemployment
Jon Novack, Co-Owner of Patton Sales Corporation

Facing a decline in the steel industry, Patton Sales Corporation hired and trained eight new employees through On-the-Job training for a new division it opened in 2010. The division was profitable within four months and all eight employees are still with the company.

Before

  • The recession sent steel prices plummeting and business slowed dramatically
  • Considering opening a new division to diversify the business but hesitated due to costs of hiring and unstable economy

After

  • Business Resource Team of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board stepped in and offered no-cost hiring assistance and wage reimbursement through WIA On-the-Job Training programs
  • Patton hired eight new employees who were retained full-time after the training period ended
  • Four months after opening the new division, Patton realized profitability
  • One year later, 20% of Patton’s workforce is from WIA funded training programs
Bill Clarke, Vice President of Operations and Training at Technical Employment Training, Inc.

Technical Employment Training, Inc.’s (TET) first class was launched with an investment of $190,000 in WIA funds. Twenty-seven of the first 31 students were placed into jobs. Direct return on investment to the government in federal and state taxes is estimated at nearly $300,000 in just one year.

Before

  • Skilled and certified machinists are in strong demand by local manufacturers but in short supply
  • A 501(c) 3 business-education cooperative, TET offers students 630 hours of On-the-Job Training to earn two National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 certifications.

After

  • Technical Employment Training, Inc. launched its first class with $190,000 WIA funds through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board
  • In the first class, 31 students completed the program in December 2010. 27 were placed into jobs or had pending job offers from local businesses
  • The direct return on investment to the government in federal and state taxes is estimated at nearly $300,000 in just one year
  • After its first year in operation, TET enjoys an 80% job placement rate
Lennie Alvarez, veteran retrained via the Desert Green Veterans Grant

Lennie Alvarez struggled to find work after he was laid off from the construction industry. He received skills assessment, career counseling and job-training through the Desert Green Veterans Grant obtained by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to retrain him as a heavy equipment operator and transfer his skills into a growing industry.

Before

  • 170,000 construction workers were laid off in San Bernardino County
  • Alvarez was laid off from construction job and at the age of 52, he felt he had no options

After

  • Alvarez discovered new career opportunities at the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Employment Resource Center in Hesperia, CA
  • He received career mentoring and job placement support and qualified for the heavy equipment operator program through the Desert Green Veterans Grant
  • Alvarez received his certification and is now enrolled in a program to receive his Class A license as a heavy equipment operator.
Ashley Harrison, completed the WIA Youth Program

Ashley Harrison couldn’t find a job in an economy with youth unemployment estimated around 30 percent .  She entered the WIA youth program and received life skills training, work experience and an entry into the professional world through WIA Youth on the job training. She is now a full-time college student and part-time team member of the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency.

Before

  • No prospects for finding a job and was competing with better skilled dislocated workers for entry-level positions
  • Enrolled in the Summer WIA Youth program and received career mentoring and training through the PAL Center

After

  • Hired by the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency
  • Full-time student at Cal State San Bernardino
Malena Castillo, Employee at Patton Sales Corporation

Malena Castillo needed to quickly find a job to support herself and her son. Through a recruitment fair held by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team, she was hired by Patton Sales Corporation. Her training period wages were funded by the WIA On-the-Job Training program.

Before

  • Single mom with a son, laid off and applied for unemployment
  • Nearly evicted from her apartment
  • Attended recruitment for Patton Sales Corporation hosted by the San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board

After

  • Hired at Patton through WIA’s the On-the-Job Training program
  • Two years later, Castillo is promoted to sales and trains all new cashiers