Bringing People & Opportunities Together
WDB Welcomes New Executive Director
The WDB is pleased to announce that we have a new Director, Rebecca Evans. Rebecca has a passion for Workforce Development which is reflective in her career path; serving as the Executive Director for the Ventura County Civic Alliance and as the Workforce and Training Policy Manager with Ventura County Behavioral Health Department. In her current capacity as Senior Manager for Adult and Family Services, she has overseen Homeless Services, Homeless Management Information System, RAIN Transitional Living Center, Veterans Services and WIOA programs. Rebecca brings years of experience committed to working with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to drive workforce and business needs.

Veterans Services
What Can We Do For You?
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is an important part of our economy, and with an estimated 30,000 veterans in our community, the men and women who have served are also a critical part of our workforce. Captain Douglas King, Chief of Staff Officer, NBVC and WDB member and Mary Navarro-Aldana, Field Office Manager, EDD, Workforce Services joined Tom Spence on KVTA to discuss how Ventura County is working to ensure that veterans have the Resources Available to translate their skill-sets into the private sector. 

Hill & Woolsey Fires
Business Recovery Resources
Many businesses throughout Ventura County experienced losses during the devastating Hill and Woolsey fire events. The Workforce Development Board (WDB) wants businesses to know that whether impacted by fire damage or interruption of commerce, the losses are tangible. Local, state and federal programs are available for both individual and business support.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the resources available and locations of nearby disaster relief offices.

Partner Focus:
Ventura County Education Summit
For the first time, Ventura County’s top educational institutions joined forces with local business leaders on November 26th to showcase career-related educational programs and explore new ways educators and businesses can work together to prepare students for careers in local industries. The Summit also marked the launch of the 2018 Education Report to the Community. California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands and the Ventura County Community College District created a report offering a full view of the stated of education in the region.

WDB Member Reappointments
At its November 6th meeting, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the reappointment of three current WDB members for three-year terms: Captain Douglas King, Chief of Staff Officer, NBVC, Victoria Jump, Director, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, and Alex Rivera, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Milgard Manufacturing, Inc. These members represent an amazing, combined 26 years of service with the WDB! Members of the WDB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government, and community-based organizations.

BGC of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme
Youth Empowerment Success
The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme has been a successfully running Job Ready Accelerated Program since its inception in 2004, providing youth with the training and skills needed to be successful in a variety of career paths. Mariela was uncertain what direction she wanted to take until she got on course with YEP and her career path became clear. CLICK HERE to follow her story.

Connect Ventura County
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The Workforce Development Board administers federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act funds that help to support America’s Job Center of California locations and other free adult, youth and employer programs and services in Ventura County.
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