Bringing People & Opportunities Together
National Dislocated Worker Grant
Job Creation & Fire Recovery
The Woolsey and Hill Fires destroyed almost 100,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including many beautiful recreational areas such as parks, campgrounds, and trails. The Department of Labor has provided an emergency grant to create an opportunity for training and temporary jobs for “dislocated workers” in Ventura County. Laura Kistner, Sr. Director of Workforce Services and Alex Renteria, Workforce Services Manager both from Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara joined Patrick Newburn, Workforce Development Board Administration Manager and KVTA host Tom Spence to talk about job opportunities in the “NDWG” program.

Congressman Carbajal Visits the Oxnard AJCC
The America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) in Oxnard welcomed Congressman Salud Carbajal for a visit on March 18th. The Congressman took part in informal discussions with Center partners who provide services to both job seekers and employers. “Employers need workers with the necessary skills (or who are trainable) to tackle increasingly complex jobs while job seekers want careers that are fulfilling and provide a living wage. The AJCC’s in Ventura County are making excellent use of available grant monies to connect employers with qualified job seekers and to help hard-to-employ workers with the leg-up they need,” says Congressman Carbajal. CLICK HERE to learn more about job seeker and employer services on the NEW Ventura County AJCC website.

Prison to Employment (P2E)
Supporting Upward Mobility
There are 34,000 justice-involved and an estimated 42,000 formerly incarcerated individuals in Ventura County. The State of California Workforce Development Board entered into a groundbreaking formal partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Prison Authority and the California Workforce Association to improve employment outcomes for justice-involved members of our community. The WDB convened six planning meetings with over 50 stakeholder organizations in Ventura County to participate in the planning process. CLICK HERE to read the complete P2E Regional Plan.

WDB Members Go To Washington D.C.
The Forum NAWB
WDB staff members Rebecca Evans, Executive Director and Administration Managers Patricia Duffy and Patrick Newburn, joined Board Members Gregory Liu, Chair and Tracy Perez, Vice-Chair for the 40th Annual NAWB Forum in Washington D.C. The Forum gathers the leading voices in the workforce community for three days of dialogue, learning and relationship building. Best practices to remain relevant in the dynamic ecosystem of rapidly evolving skills training was the topic at the center of discussions. “The Forum was a great opportunity to network with like-minded people, connect the dots and reenergize the WDB mission,” said Gregory Liu, WDB Chair. CLICK HERE to listen to Rebecca Evans' Podcast from the event.

BGC of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Success
Youth Empowerment Program
Camdon was in the foster care system and lived in a foster home, but he was committed and determined to obtain his CNA license. While trying to enroll at the Ventura Training Institute Clinical Nursing Assistant program without the financial resources needed for tuition, Camdon heard about the Youth Empowerment Program by staff. CLICK HERE to follow his story.

Workforce Wednesday
Tune in to Tom Spence on KVTA 1590-AM for the next Workforce Wednesday, May 22, at 8:30 AM
Topic: Health Occupations Pipeline Education (HOPE!)

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