Program will train jobless for careers in demand industries

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (January 6, 2014)—The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board announced that it will use a National Emergency Grant to fund new paid training opportunities for unemployed residents.

Requirements to qualify for training are minimal: adults receiving unemployment benefits for six months or more are eligible for this no-cost program operated by the Workforce Investment Board. Eligible participants will receive career counseling and opportunities for On-the-Job Training in the area’s demand sectors. Additional paid work experience opportunities are also available through the Workforce Investment Board to those who do not meet these qualifications.

“For many of San Bernardino County’s unemployed, securing a good job in the current economy will require a career change,” said Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen. “This grant allows local job seekers to identify and train for a new profession while receiving a paycheck.”

On-The-Job Training will be focused in the area’s demand sectors: healthcare, energy and utilities, construction, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing. The goal is for participants to receive an offer for permanent employment after the training period is complete.

“With 13,000 San Bernardino County residents losing unemployment benefits this month, an increase in On-the-Job Training, funded by federal dollars, is a strategic move to close our region’s skills gap and offer residents excellent employment,” Harmsen added.

For information about no-cost training provided to residents by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, contact 1 (800) 451-JOBS or visit

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 WIB 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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