SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.

County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Announces Business Survey Results that Point to Economic Growth

Workforce DevelopmentSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board surveyed 1,400 local businesses to identify trends in future hiring and growth. The results indicated that companies are recovering and beginning to hire in the County’s top demand industries: manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s business services team meets regularly with employers both to offer no cost services to support their needs and to gather information on employment trends,” says Brad Gates, Deputy Director for Business Services, Workforce Investment Board. “We are seeing continual upward trends in the County, especially in logistics and transportation and manufacturing. As more industries regain their footing and start hiring, the County’s economy will continue to gain momentum and grow.”

A recent comparison of data from third quarter 2011 and third quarter 2012 showed that both the transportation and logistics and the manufacturing sectors are recovering, with many employers planning to hire. In transportation and logistics, 33 percent of the businesses surveyed in the third quarter reported that their sales are increasing, and zero percent of businesses answered that their sales are declining.

This is a significant increase compared to the third quarter of 2011, when only 26 percent reported increasing sales and 14 percent reported declining. The Workforce Investment Board has identified transportation and logistics as an in demand employment sector.

“With such a boom in transportation and logistics, it only makes sense to for us to strategically focus our limited resources in this and the other growing industries. We want to work with the County’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce that will continue to build growing industry sectors,” states Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.

The manufacturing industry shows a similar trend; sales and employment have increased significantly. Thirty-nine percent of employers surveyed reported that sales are increasing and 41 percent of employers reported that employment trends are increasing, this industry is growing quickly.

Along with the rise of these business sectors, a recent survey also shows that the local unemployment rate is inching down each month.

“The County’s economy is starting to pick up momentum thanks to significant growth in our major industries. The continued support of our Workforce Investment Board and its business services team will keep our economy in a positive direction,” said Chair Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor.

Services such as process improvement consulting, employee training, On-the-Job training, and recruitment are available at no cost to businesses in San Bernardino County through the Workforce Investment Board. For information on upcoming training classes, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Member and San Bernardino County Resident Honored with ASPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 20, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Audrey Mathews, County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Member, has received the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 19, at the Hilton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La., during ASPA’s Annual Conference.

The ASPA Lifetime Achievement award recognizes one person in the nation who has dedicated their life to public service and gone above and beyond in his or her service to the community.

Audrey was honored for her more than 35 years of work in local and state governments as a professor, budget director, planning commissioner and consultant. Currently, her significant talents are benefiting San Bernardino County and California at large, where she is focusing much of her attention on client and workforce fiscal circumstances.

“This award is truly an honor,” states Mathews. “I am grateful and humbled that I would even be considered in the same category of those who have been recognized for this award before me. I have dedicated my life to helping those in need in the communities where I live, work, and play. I never thought of my life’s dedication to the public service as something remarkable. I’m just doing what I was born to do: mentor and provide a helping hand to those in need of my services.”

Audrey currently sits on the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, serving on the business resources, economic development, youth council, and finance committees as well as chair of the legislative committee. With her help, the Workforce Investment Board continues to help numerous local businesses find and train employees by connecting them with local job seekers. The legislative committee advocates and educates others about the implications of pending legislation on our community.

She also works with the County’s Planning Commission, for which she has served as Chair. In addition, Audrey serves as a legislative advisor to the National Association Workforce Boards and the California Workforce Association. She has written workforce initiatives and testimony that was submitted to the Senate and House subcommittees on workforce issues.

“It is a joy to work with someone as dedicated and knowledgeable as Audrey,” says Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.

Along with her committee work, Audrey is CEO of Mathews and Associates, an organizational behavior and diversity management consulting firm. Audrey currently works as an adjunct Professor Emeriti at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has developed diversity management, economic development, and budget and finance curriculum for the Public Administration department and Park University in Kansas City, Missouri. Furthermore, Audrey has authored books and articles in her focus areas and serves on several local boards. She has also worked as a consultant for numerous companies, including accounting firms and airports, and served in several important administrative positions in the City Compton, Beverly Hills and the District of Columbia.

Audrey is a 2007 National Academy of Public Administration Fellow. She received her Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Development from California State University, Northridge.

“Her education and experience make her a leader in her field, but what really sets her apart is her heart. The care she has for her community and its citizens shows through the passion and time she puts into all of her work. It is no surprise that she is being honored with this lifetime achievement award,” Sandy Harmsen added.

About the American Society for Public Administration:
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is one of the oldest organizations in the United States dedicated to the professionalism of public service at all levels of government. It is the largest, most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. For more information, visit http://www.aspanet.org/ .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Hi-Desert Medical Center Meets Staffing Needs with Help from The Workforce Investment Board

On-the-Job TrainingSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — By leveraging the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County’s On-the-Job Training program, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has recently added six full-time registered nurses and saved $25,000 in hiring and training costs.

Once challenged by the economy, the Hi-Desert Medical Center is now flourishing with help from the Workforce Investment Board. The company has used the Workforce Investment Board’s business services to maintain their 600 person staff in the past, and recognized that the On-the-Job Training would make it possible to achieve their staffing goals.

The Workforce Investment Board offered the Hi-Desert Medical Center a number of services including recruitment assistance, job advertisement, On-the-Job Training and strategic planning. Offered at no cost to the employer, these programs reduced hiring costs and increased productivity.

“When we learned about the On-the-Job Training program, it sounded too good to be true,” said Lionel Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer for Hi-Desert Medical Center. “The financial and professional support provided by the Workforce Investment Board’s program reduced our expense, limited our risk, and helped us recruit excellent employees at no cost to us. It was the answer to our growing pains.”

The On-the-Job Training program reimbursed the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a portion of a new hire’s wages during the initial training period. Now fully trained and having completed the probationary period, all six employees have been permanently hired on full-time at $28.04 per hour.

“Hi-Desert Medical Center is a perfect example of how the Workforce Investment Board programs assist employers,” stated Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “On-the-Job training bridges the gap for a business that needs to expand their workforce.”

The Workforce Investment Board also offers many free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance matching finding job seekers with the skills employers are seeking.

In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is helping the county to create a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce,” said James Ramos, Third District Supervisor. “We are proud of their efforts.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About Hi-Desert Medical Center:
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District distinguishes itself as the leader for healthcare services of the Morongo Basin. A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services.

Hi-Desert Medical Center has more than 90 physicians in 25 medical specialties and over 600 employees. Licensed by the State of California and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association, the hospital holds membership in the California Healthcare Association and the Hospital Council of Southern California.

For more information, visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center at http://www.hdmc.org/ .

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 Board of Supervisors 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 Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Safety First, Then Jobs for Northwest Pipe

process improvement programSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Employees of Northwest Pipe, a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe, have completed the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (SBCWIB) process improvement program. Completion of this program has done more than increase employee productivity and safety, it has created new jobs.

Northwest Pipe enrolled 12 employees, including both management and staff, in the training program focused on technical and safety operations. Each participant was trained using Simple Organizational Excellence Methodologies to systematically and continuously improve their business operations by reducing waste and increasing operational efficiencies. By reducing waste, a company can improve employee safety, production output, production capacity, and employee morale.

According to Amy Byrnes, Northwest Pipe’s Human Resource Manager of the Adelanto Facility, the Workforce Investment Board training gave Northwest Pipe an effective foundation for their employees to improve job productivity and safety. “The training has had a concrete impact on overall safety in our workplace; a goal established by our top management for each individual employee. The technical knowledge employees received from the program has supported greater productivity, and that has helped us grow. We have added three temporary positions, which we hope to convert into full-time positions.”

The Workforce Investment Board provides this and other training programs for businesses in San Bernardino County at no cost, to support employment opportunities for local residents.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s training programs serve County businesses and our community by upgrading the skills of our local workforce and helping local companies thrive,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The training programs are one of the many ways we support local businesses and their employees.”

Northwest Pipe’s executive management plans to send additional employees to the training. This type of training is just one of many resources the Workforce Investment Board offers employers, all of which Northwest Pipe has successfully utilized.

“We value the Board and its support, information and services, especially its recruitment services when we have open positions to fill,” said Byrnes. “The training helped our employees feel valued and demonstrates we are investing in them, so it has also been good for morale. Improving morale, productivity and increasing safety is great for helping our company thrive and grow.”

“The training programs offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board demonstrate how we can partner with local businesses to help them improve productivity, enhance worker safety, and ultimately create new jobs,” Chair Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor said.

Services such as process improvement consulting, employee training, On-the-Job training, and recruitment are available free to businesses in San Bernardino County through the Workforce Investment Board. For information on upcoming training classes, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org.

About Northwest Pipe Company:
Northwest Pipe Company is a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe and tube products. The Water Transmission Group is the largest manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. With five Water Transmission manufacturing facilities, the Group is positioned to meet North America’s growing needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Water Transmission Group serves a wide-range of markets and their solution-based products are a perfect fit for applications including: water transmission, plant piping, energy, tunnels, river crossings, structural, industrial and construction. The Tubular Products Group operates three technologically-advanced ERW (Electric Resistance Weld) mill facilities. Tubular Products portfolio serves a wide-range of markets and its quality certified pipe and tube products are good for applications including: oil and gas, structural industrial, fire protection, low pressure and agricultural. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.nwpipe.com/ .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Recruits Unemployed Young Adults for @LIKE Project

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is recruiting unemployed young adults, ages 18 to 24, for the launch of the Linking Innovation Knowledge and Employment project (@LIKE). @LIKE is a collaborative effort among three of the region’s Workforce Investment Boards, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties. The program serves young adults who have not been in school, working or serving in the military for at least 90 days.

This initiative will address career challenges young adults currently face. Factors such as the high cost of post secondary education, competition with more experienced adults for entry level jobs, and a lack of awareness regarding career and training options. These issues have left young adults at a severe disadvantage. Funded by a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund, the project will give participants the skills and credentials needed to secure and maintain employment.

Recruitment is already underway for interested young adults who meet the entry criteria, and will continue for the three-year length of the program. Young adults seeking a high school diploma or GED, college counseling, job skills training or employment are encouraged to apply. Transportation and supportive services are available on a limited basis. Applications can be submitted to Emily Petrus at epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov.

“The County’s Workforce Investment Board programs help young adults gain the education and technical skills they need to enter the workforce prepared to succeed,” Chair, Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor said.

Roger, a young adult from San Bernardino County, knows firsthand the challenges of the current economy. After facing steep competition with more experienced workers for entry-level jobs, he entered a program similar to @LIKE, funded by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board. Although he considered college, he could not afford it and felt he had no options. Roger attended workshops and was placed with a career counselor. His career counselor introduced him to a construction training program, which gave him the skills needed for employment.

“Like Roger, many local young adults face overwhelming obstacles to employment,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The @LIKE program will offer college and employment preparation workshops to enhance basic skills, assist with academic credit recovery and explore career options.”

A case manager will partner with each participant to develop an educational and career plan, foster career development and coordinate individualized services. In addition, each participant will have a life coach to help with personal issues and individual growth. Paid work experience, occupational skills training, internships, and entrepreneur workshops are also available as part of @LIKE.

Roger shared how the Workforce Investment Board program impacted him. “It helped me realize I have great potential. The training I received has allowed me enter a career field I’m passionate about and pursue professional opportunities I never knew were available. I am very thankful for this amazing program.”

For more information about the @LIKE program call (909)387-9859 and ask to speak with a Youth Team member or email epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov. To apply, visit http://www.atLIKE4U.com/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Helps C-PAK Industries Hire the Right People at the Right Time

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — C-PAK Industries, Inc., a leading custom rotational molding company in San Bernardino, recently expanded its team by hiring 8 employees through the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s On-the-Job Training program.

“This assistance from the Workforce Investment Board allowed us to anticipate needs and enhance our business growth,” said Candice Etchepare, general manager of C-PAK. “In our business, it is challenging to hire in anticipation of increased demand. The Workforce Investment Board’s support allowed us to take a risk on new employees, which paid off when our workload increased.”

On-the-Job Training reimburses employers for a portion of a new hire’s wages during an initial training period. The Workforce Board handled the recruitment and screening to identify qualified new candidates which reduced the time and expense of hiring new employees.

“The employee pre-screening and recruitment services provided by Workforce Investment Board saved us significant cost in selecting new hires,” said Etchepare. “Instead of stressing existing employees, paying a lot of overtime and playing catch up, we hired competent new employees and stayed on schedule. We will continue to work with the Workforce Investment Board for these services.”

According to Etchepare, the employees recruited by the Business Resource Team showed a stronger desire to work. “The retention rate of employees recruited through this program has been higher than those we have found through many other sources,” she said.

In addition to its recruitment and On-the-Job Training programs for local business, the Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team offers layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs.

“Helping local companies like C-PAK grow and creating opportunities for local job seekers is how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board continues to support the local economy and community,” said Janice Rutherford, Chair and Second District Supervisor.

Additionally the Business Resource Team offers business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance finding job seekers with the right skills. In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors and the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with C-PAK is a great example of how we can serve businesses in this county,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “Combining On-the-Job Training funds and human resources support is an effective way to help local businesses grow, retain employees and recruit qualified job-seekers.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About C-PAK:
C-PAK Industries is a custom rotational molding company that opened in San Bernardino, Calif. in 1999. C-PAK came into existence because customers needed a rotational molder solely dedicated to servicing the needs of companies that outsourced their rotationally molded products. They needed a molder that focused on the quality of product, reliability of delivery, and cost competitiveness that would let them gain and keep the competitive edge in their respective industries. C-PAK Industries believes that excellence in manufacturing will assure its position as the supplier of choice for its customers. For more information, visit the C-PAK website at http://www.c-pak.net/ or call 909-880-6017.

About the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (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 Board of Supervisors 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 Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Patton Sales Corporation Expands – Workforce Investment Board Contributes to Company’s Success

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Patton Sales Corporation, a steel service center and manufacturer based in Ontario, has expanded its business, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced today.

Two years ago, Patton Sales Corporation was in danger of laying off employees. Owner Jon Novack needed to diversify his business, but funds for the necessary new equipment, employees, and training were in short supply.

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County contacted Novack about an On-the-Job Training program, which would reimburse the company for a portion of a new hire’s wages during a specified training period. The Workforce Investment Board would also help recruit the new employees.

Patton Sales Corporation hired eight people through the On-the-Job training program. The money saved through this program gave the company the confidence to make capital investments in equipment that would help the company grow. Two years later, Patton Sales Corporation has announced its expansion, where it opened a 15,000 square foot facility that employs six people.

“Without the help of the Workforce Investment Board, we would not be where we are now,” said Novack. “The programs helped us avoid layoffs and save more than 20 jobs. We eventually were able to expand our business, and we hired eight people through On-the-Job Training programs offered by the Workforce Investment Board.”

The Workforce Investment Board assists many others with finding gainful employment and building a career locally. Patton Sales Corporation also hired three more staff members in Ontario as drivers and administrative staff to support the new location.

“Patton Sales Corporation and its employees are among many finding success with help from the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County,” said Sandy Harmsen. “The Workforce Investment Board offers a wide range of services to support the County’s employers.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers a variety of services including: employee recruiting and prescreening, workshops and process improvement programs, and the WIB has the ability to connect businesses with federally funded On-the-Job Training, a program that offers a wage reimbursement for part of an employee’s earnings during a set training period of up to six months.

“Our County Workforce Investment Board is a national model recognized for supporting employers while simultaneously helping workers keep their jobs and giving new opportunities to job seekers,” said Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Chair and Second District Supervisor. “These programs are vital to our region’s economic recovery.”

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SBWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Commissions Study to Identify County’s Demand Employment Sectors

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board conducted a study to identify the top demand sectors for employment in San Bernardino County. The results showed that manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction are the top five industries that will be seeking a skilled workforce in San Bernardino County to fill available jobs.

The Workforce Investment Board commissioned a study by the ERISS Corporation so it can focus its limited resources in the county’s demand industries, working with the county’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce.

The Workforce Investment Board convenes stakeholders from businesses, community based organizations, government and education to develop a highly skilled workforce in San Bernardino County. It works closely with the business community to fund training programs that meet the needs of local companies and the types of skills they seek. It also helps individuals build sustainable careers in living wage jobs.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has always taken a leadership role in identifying and bringing community stakeholders together to help formulate the best long-term strategy for the use of federal dollars in our local economy,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair, Board of Supervisors. “As we enter a growth period after the recession, we will orient our support to train job seekers for the job opportunities available with local businesses.”

The research study was conducted on behalf of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board during the first quarter of 2012. Its goal was to make recommendations for industry clusters with growth potential for the local area. The project included dedicated industry surveys, secondary quantitative research, and significant qualitative research. The analysis resulted in a series of recommendations for industry clusters and policy opportunities for the county.

“As the lead organization in the county convening stakeholders to solve workforce issues in San Bernardino County, the Workforce Investment Board will strategically deploy its resources to connect businesses with the workforce they need,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The timing of these results could not be better, as it allows us to lead the county in aligning with the state’s workforce strategy so we can work together to create a better employment picture in San Bernardino County and in California.”

As a policymaking body that administers federal funding locally, the Workforce Investment Board reviews various research studies on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is serving the key business sectors in San Bernardino County that are driving employment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The 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 Board of Supervisors 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 Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the county’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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East End Job Fair Will Offer Hundreds of Great Jobs for San Bernardino Area Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At a time when good local jobs are in high demand, the Inland Empire East End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will offer local job seekers the chance to meet with dozens of employers and access hundreds of job opportunities.

The Job Fair will be held Tuesday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carousel Mall, 295 Carousel Mall, in San Bernardino. Information about the Job Fair for employers and job seekers may be obtained at (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

The Job Fair’s co-sponsors include the City of Colton, the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce, the California State University San Bernardino Career Development Center and the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone.

The East End Job Fair has already attracted more than a dozen local companies seeking to fill more than a hundred job openings. Participating companies include US Foods, County of San Bernardino Pre-School Services Department, States Logistics, Synergy Companies, Ashley Furniture and American Medical Response. The jobs offered will include full-time and part-time positions in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, transportation, shipping and logistics, manufacturing, medical, retail, service, and sales.

States Logistics of Buena Park is seeking to hire more than 50 new employees at the Job Fair for staffing and management of their warehouse and customer service departments.

“We have had consistent success finding qualified new employees at the San Bernardino area Job Fairs and our company is growing, so we have a lot of positions to fill,” said Linda Chambers, HR Manager of States Logistics.

Steve Wilkinson, Operations Manager for Service Brothers Transport, will participate for the first time in a local job fair because of the access to local job seekers. “We are looking for people from the local area to work out of our office in San Bernardino. There are a lot of good people in that area and we want to support the community there by hiring at the Job Fair.” The rapidly growing transportation and shipping company will be looking for eight new drivers and a mechanic.

At the recent High Desert Job Fair, more than 75 employers offering more than 1,400 job opportunities met more than 1,600 applicants. Job seeker Sean Lunsford was among the first in line at the event and earned an interview with a Rancho Cucamonga company. “With online job searching and applying, you can’t meet people face to face,” he said. “This event gave me the opportunity to ask employers about the organization and how my talents and skills could fit into their culture.”

“Because our County’s employers are committed to hiring locally, our Job Fairs are a great way for employers and job seekers to meet face-to-face,” said Sandy Harmsen Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “Our Job Fairs give businesses a way to efficiently access large numbers of qualified workers and find the human resources they need to grow and be successful.”

Numerous local companies attend the Job Fairs annually with many returning to find new workers each year since 2008. Eduardo Cruz, Human Resources Manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. has attended the Inland Empire West End Job Fair for the past four years. “This is great exposure for our company as well as a great way for us to meet prospective applicants,” he said. “We’re very committed to hiring within the community and create a strong, loyal workforce.”

“The East End Job Fair will bring together local businesses and our community’s skilled workforce to help businesses grow and positively impact our county’s economic vitality,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Job Fairs help local business find qualified job seekers in the community which creates opportunities for county residents to work close to home. This not only supports our economy, it also reduces the need for residents to commute long distances and that improves our air quality and reduces traffic congestion.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451- JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB 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.

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 Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen Appointed to Chair California Workforce Association

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Executive Director Sandy Harmsen was appointed to Chair of the California Workforce Association’s Executive Committee. The committee facilitates the direction and management of the Association.

The California Workforce Association is a nonprofit membership organization that develops public policy strategies and builds local capacity to address critical workforce issues across California. It represents Workforce Investment Boards that are responsible for developing locally-based workforce strategies and solutions through a network of One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce partners.

“Sandy has led the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to national prominence and we are thrilled to have her leadership aboard CWA,” said Barbara Halsey, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association. “Sandy cares deeply about her work and feels a personal connection to the workforce and employers that need support during this time of recovery.”

Harmsen was appointed to Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development in January 2008. She oversees 130 employees and the operation of the county’s three Employment Resource Centers. Services available at these centers are offered under the Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act and are administered by the County’s Workforce Investment Board.

“Sandy’s 15 years of proven experience with San Bernardino County has earned her statewide recognition,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Under her outstanding leadership, the County’s Workforce Investment Board has partnered with community organizations, businesses and educators to strengthen our workforce and help put people back to work.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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New Employment Resource Center in Victorville Offers Central Location for Training, Placement and Career Services

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced it opened a new Employment Resource Center in Victorville.

Moving from its former location in Hesperia, the new Employment Resource Center is now located at 17310 Bear Valley Rd., Suite 109, Victorville. It has four classrooms, the first computer lab with Wi-Fi and several interview rooms for use by local employers seeking new hires.

The Employment Resource Centers help county residents re-enter the workforce or transfer their skills from shrinking industries to expanding industries. These vital services are offered at no cost to residents and include job training, job placement, job search, career counseling, resume writing and interview training as well as access to computers, printers, telephones and copy machines.

The Workforce Investment Board operates three Employment Resource Centers, located in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and now Victorville. Last year, these centers served more than 78,000 job seekers and provided more than 8,500 services directly to local employers.

In addition to the comprehensive service offerings to job seekers, the Centers offer expert employment advisors and business service representatives to help recruit and hire trained and skilled employees. The Centers also help local employers access funds and programs to support their businesses such as customized training programs or On-the-Job Training funds.

“The new ERC will help us continue to be an effective resource for businesses and those seeking work in our community, especially with our new central location,” said Harmsen. “The new ERC offers more of the outstanding training and hiring resources for which the Workforce Investment Board is known. It will continue to help job seekers in our area access much needed job training and job placement.”

The Workforce Investment Board is planning an official Grand Opening celebration of the new Employment Resource Center for the community to be held next Spring.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The 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 Board of Supervisors 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 Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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County Residents Find Opportunities at 2012 Inland Empire West End Job Fair

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept, 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At six o’clock in the morning, Sean Lunsford was the second person in line for the Inland Empire West End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board at the L.A./Ontario International Airport. A few hours later, he walked out with an appointment for a job interview.

“With online job searching and applying, you can’t meet people face to face,” he said. “This event gave me the opportunity to ask employers about the organization and how my talents and skills could fit into their culture.”

After speaking with a recruiter for a Rancho Cucamonga company, Lunsford came away with a real lead. “It feels like this will be a good fit,” he said. “I have great people skills as well as the technical background, and not too many IT people have both.”

Executive Director Sandy Harmsen of the Workforce Investment Board thanked the 78 employers that brought over 1,400 job opportunities to this year’s event.

“Many of our county’s employers are committed to hiring locally,” said Harmsen. “The Workforce Investment Board holds several job fairs throughout the year, and at these events participating businesses successfully find and hire the qualified workforce they need to grow and serve their customers.”

This is the fourth year Eduardo Cruz, human resources manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. has attended the Inland Empire West End Job Fair. He has hired two employees through On-the-Job Training funds and regularly utilizes the HR hotline provided to local employers at no-cost by the Workforce Investment Board.

“This is great exposure for our company as well as a great way for us to meet prospective applicants,” he said. “We’re very committed to hiring within the community and create a strong, loyal workforce.”

The jobs offered include full-time and part-time positions in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, manufacturing, medical, retail, service, sales, security and law enforcement.

“The collective efforts of the local cities, chambers of commerce, media, and faith organizations helped make the Inland Empire West End Job Fair possible,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Such successful collaborations help local job seekers find employment closer to home, enabling them to support themselves and their families. These job fairs equally support businesses as they seek out a skilled workforce that will help them grow and sustain our county’s economic vitality.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB 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.

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 Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Employers Save and Create Jobs through Process Improvement Program

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Process Improvement Program, with Deisell Consultants, LLC, has saved 1,709 jobs and allowed local employers to potentially create 215 new jobs.

Jeff Rogina, warehouse manager of VIP Solutions, a subsidiary of Vocational Improvement Program, Inc., lead the process of updating the company’s software and inventory systems. It was an important component of their growth and ability to serve and provide jobs.

“I was in the process right when I received the notice from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board of its process improvement program through Deisell Consultants, LLC,” Jeff said. “It was the perfect solution at the perfect time.”

Vocational Improvement Program, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities by providing them with meaningful work opportunities to achieve personal growth and independence. VIP Solutions is a fulfillment, transportation and logistics and storage company.

Jeff worked with Deisell Martinez, a certified lean Six Sigma black belt, to review the company’s existing spreadsheets and inventory systems to create a streamlined and efficient process.

“Our clients include Kmart, Sears and Ace Hardware,” Rogina said. “When we can improve all facets of our services, we increase our customer retention and become an attractive solution to new clients.”

After the six-month project, VIP Solutions landed a project with Kmart and are looking forward to expanding into a new facility.

“When we grow, we can create new jobs for disabled adults,” Rogina said. “The results from the process improvement program through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will benefit us for years to come.”

For the past two years, Martinez worked successfully with 50 employers located throughout San Bernardino County. She has seen a marked shift in optimism among businesses.”Businesses are productive and positive about their long-term prospects,” she said. “Instead of worrying about survival, they’re now looking at ways to stabilize their growth and remain lean and efficient.”

Earlier this year, Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board testified before Congress about the effectiveness of the Process Improvement Program.

“Our County Workforce Investment Board is a national model recognized for supporting employers while simultaneously helping workers keep their jobs and giving new opportunities to job seekers,” said Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “These programs are vital to our region’s economic recovery.”

“We are very excited about the results from Deisell Consultants, LLC,” said Harmsen. “These numbers represent employees who were not only to keep their jobs, but also take a stronger role in their company’s future. Also, when employers can offer positions to people who have been out of work, it gives hope and opportunity to everyone.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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California Governor Appoints San Bernardino Residents to California Workforce Investment Board

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed two of its members to the California Workforce Investment Board. They are Michael Gallo, 54 of San Bernardino and Joseph Williams, 36, of Redlands.

“Mike Gallo and Joseph Williams have been instrumental in our county Workforce Investment Board’s success,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “They both bring creativity and business acumen to the board, which is most effective in helping employers as well as job seekers through the economic recovery. I am very excited to see that their talents and wisdom will also move California’s economy in the right direction.”

Gallo is Vice President of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education and serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee on the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. He was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of Technical Employment Training, Inc. as well as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Kelly Space and Technology.

Williams has been Chief Executive Officer at Youth Action Project since 2007. He was a Re-Entry Coordinator and Employment Service Specialist at the County of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office from 2004 to 2007 and was an Employment Service Specialist at the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Department from 2003 to 2004. Williams was an Employment Service Analyst at the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Business Resource Office from 2002 to 2003.

“The California Workforce Investment Board will advise the Governor on jobs and workforce development,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “Mike and Joseph have the practical experience and the insight to make California a vital place for businesses as well as the workforce.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested in the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Assists Residents and Businesses through Economic Recovery

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declared September 2012 to be Workforce Development Month. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will be recognized for its programs that assist job seekers and businesses when they have nowhere else to turn.

When Tyresha White’s father passed away, she and her family were stunned. As one of seven children, White needed to help her mom with her younger siblings. But she didn’t have a job and was turned down by potential employers due to her lack of work experience. Hope came from the Workforce Investment Act youth program funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board has been a lifeline to thousands of residents whose lives were impacted by the economic downturn,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Board makes resources and services available to our local businesses in need, and to young people like Tyresha who are seeking help to overcome their own personal hardships.”

White enrolled in the PAL Center in 2011, where she not only received work and life skills training, but she also found her life goal to become a Physician’s Assistant. She also received assistance with bus passes and gas money as well as food vouchers for her and her family.

“I completed the certified nursing assistant course and I’m now working at Country Villa Hacienda and I will begin my general education courses at San Bernardino Valley College,” White said. “I no longer depend on anyone else and I hope that I’m making my Dad proud.”

In the 2011 program year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board trained 3,370 customers using federal funds to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors. The board’s Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local employers. They provided valuable services such as employee recruitment assistance, lay-off aversion programs, process improvement services that saved and created jobs, business workshops and On-the-Job Training funds that reimbursed wages to employers during a specified training period.

“We are still in a vulnerable period of economic recovery,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the board. “Unemployment crept up in July 2012 and there is still some hesitation to hire. We are mitigating that gap with our business-friendly programs and resources, while partnering with educational and community organizations to assist job seekers, youth and veterans to receive training and work experience.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/.

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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LVNs Graduate from Workforce Investment Board Partnership with Kaiser Permanente

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has stepped in to fill the need for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) by partnering with Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers. Ten employees comprised the third class of graduates from the Pathways to LVN Program in May 2012. The training was provided by Chaffey College.

The Pathways to LVN Program provides Kaiser Permanente staff members with an opportunity to not only enhance their skills and advance their careers, but also enhance the level of service received by patients. When Suzie Aguirre learned about the opportunity to participate, she jumped at the chance.

“This gave me the opportunity to further my education and become an LVN,” Aguirre said.

Through Workforce Investment Board funding, Aguirre received help with tuition and the cost of books and supplies.

“With everyone’s help and family support, I graduated,” she said. “I am very proud of myself and of this positive outcome.”

According to the Workforce Access Matrix website, there is forecasted growth of 26% in San Bernardino County’s need for LVNs. The Matrix is a cooperative effort between the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) Alliance for Education, and the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

LVNs play a vital role in the outpatient primary care setting. The role of the LVN is to perform technical tasks such as medication administration and wound care. The LVN’s licensed scope of practice allows them to cosign physician orders, manage patient messages, and further participate in Kaiser Permanente’s clinical goals and initiatives.

In January 2010, the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center partnered with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and Chaffey Community College to start the first Pathways to LVN Program in San Bernardino County. The program is an 18-month/three-semester curriculum that provides an educational opportunity for qualified Medical Assistants to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. The program targets employees who live in San Bernardino County.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente serves our county’s residents and businesses by funding training programs to upgrade the skills of our local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Pathways to LVN is just one of the ways we use federal funding to support local businesses by upgrading the skills of existing employees so they can serve the organization at a higher level.”

“We are very proud of Suzie Aguirre and all of the graduates who successfully completed this program,” said Josie Gonzales, chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center is an example of how we can work together to bring opportunities to job seekers and employers.”

The next class from the Pathways to LVN Program will graduate December 2012. San Bernardino County residents who are interested in Workforce Investment Board training programs may contact their local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About Kaiser Permanente:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.4 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to www.kp.org/newscenter.

Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana and Ontario Service Area has provided comprehensive, affordable health care to the Inland Empire for nearly 70 years and serves approximately 430,000 members. The Fontana and Ontario Service Area includes the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Fontana and Ontario, and medical offices in Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Claremont, Montclair, Chino, San Bernardino, Victorville, Redlands, and Upland.

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Businesses Surveyed Indicate Growth and Hiring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) surveyed 2,220 local businesses regarding growth, employment trends and quality of workforce for the region and industry sector. The top three industries in the County – healthcare, transportation and logistics and manufacturing – indicate hiring and business growth is expected.

The WIB continues to support and assist businesses during the upward trend through its Business Resource Team and Employment Resource Centers. Many of the employers surveyed, participated in programs implemented by the WIB including job fairs, On-the-Job Training grants, process improvement and no-cost workshops.

“The businesses surveyed are reporting an increasing need to hire, plans to expand services, products or physical space and improvements in the quality of the local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “This is valuable data that will steer our Business Resource Team to continue working with these employers, as well as reach out to additional business to help them hire, train and employ our county’s residents.”

The WIB and its Employment Resource Center teams use this report to determine which employment sectors are growing and where to focus training funds to assist job seekers who want to enter long-term careers.

The findings included:
* In the West Valley region, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 24 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the Deserts, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 16 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the East Valley, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 23 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In Healthcare, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 26 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Transportation & Logistics, 19 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 19 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Manufacturing, 22 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 25 percent reported they were planning expansion.

“The vital support the Workforce Investment Board provides the local business community definitely addresses our current unemployment rate of 11.9 percent,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “As the WIB continues to help our employers grow their businesses and create more jobs, we offer greater opportunities for our residents to find well-paying careers closer to home.”

Employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Places 279 Youth in Summer Jobs

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 28, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board partnered with the Department of Behavioral Health to place 279 youth in summer jobs with local employers. The grant paid the wages to County youth ages 18-25 years old and provided transportation assistance as well as work readiness training prior to starting their jobs.

“This grant is affording these young people valuable hands-on work experience that will help them in their future endeavors,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “This is a great shot in the arm for both our employers and our youth.”

Hana Song, President of Le Tip in San Bernardino and Owner of Digital Color World, hired an intern to assist the board members of Le Tip. She has mentored three youth through Operation New Hope, a youth service provider with the Workforce Investment Board.

“All of the members feel that our intern, Ty Crawford is such a great blessing,” she said. “He has been instrumental in helping plan a mixer this summer. He took the initiative to work with The Yard House to host our event, which is unheard of.”

She hopes that when the summer program ends, they will be able to keep Crawford a bit longer.

“Not many people understand how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth program and Operation New Hope help youth and the business community,” she said. “Ty has gained such confidence, which is needed in a tough economy. Business owners and organizations need talented, young workers to assist in their operations.”

“The employers who have participated in this program have not only received great benefits, but they have also made a significant investment in our future workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “By training and mentoring our youth, they are helping to create the next generation of employees, community leaders and entrepreneurs of our County.”

The project will conclude on June 30, 2012 but employers who are interested in partnering with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to offer future work experience may contact Emily Petrus at epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov.

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

More information: http://www.sbcounty.gov/wib/ .

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Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County Appoints Four New Members

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County, a public-private volunteer board that oversees the use of federal dollars to train the local workforce to support local employers, announced five At-Large members appointed by Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor.

Lowell King has worked with Goodwill Southern California for more than 17 years. Including Los Angeles County (North of Rosecrans), Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Goodwill Southern California serves the largest region in the United States. King has served as the Regional Operations Officer for Goodwill Southern California in the Inland Empire since 2001 and was instrumental in merging Goodwill Industries of the Inland Counties and Goodwill Southern California. He also serves on the board for the San Bernardino County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), St. Bernadine’s Hospital, Community Benefits Initiative Committee, Inland Empire United Way, Hands On Inland Empire and Non-Profit Executive Network (NEN).

Steven J. Lantsberger has served as the City of Hesperia’s Economic Development Director since 1998. He also acts as the City’s Director of Real Estate, Deputy Executive Director of the Hesperia Housing Authority, and Manager of the Hesperia Enterprise Zone. In 2009, he led Hesperia’s successful efforts in securing California Enterprise Zone (EZ) & Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) designations. Lantsberger is a Certified Economic Developer, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). He is a member of numerous state and federal economic development and real estate associations including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Richard Sierra was born and raised in Fontana, CA. He joined Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 783 in 1976. From 1976 to 1996, he was employed as a construction craft laborer working on various projects located throughout Southern California. In June 1996, he was first elected to office at LIUNA Local 783 as Secretary/Treasurer and in July 2003, he was appointed to serve as Business Manager.

Richard Edwards was born in San Bernardino and is a 35-year resident of Redlands, CA. He is a graduate of San Bernardino Valley College, Sonoma State University, University of Redlands, and University of California at Los Angeles. Edwards was an adult education instructor for San Bernardino Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District for 20 years. Edwards is also the President of the California State Pipe Trades representing over 40,000 pipe trades workers. He is the former Chair of City of Redlands Housing Commission. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern California Pipe Trades Trust Fund, Inland Refrigeration Trust Fund, The Chairman of Inland Refrigeration Journeyman and Apprenticeship Training Trust and the Plumbing Industry Progress and Education Trust. He currently is Business Manager, Financial Secretary/ Treasurer of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 364, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

“Our San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board has a national reputation for excellence due to the active leadership and team work of its members,” said Chair Gonzales. “These dedicated men and women, collectively representing business, government, and community organizations, bring their best to the table.”

The Workforce Investment Board partners with the County’s largest industry sectors to identify the needs of workforce and employers and support training programs that prepare residents to enter careers in growing industries. Through the County’s three Employment Resource Centers, the Workforce Investment Board also provides job search and placement services and workshops as well as career counseling services.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has become a national model due to the efforts and creativity of our members,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the board. “Their decisions impact the lives of thousands of at-risk youth through our Workforce Investment Act Youth program as well as adults and veterans who find career and training opportunities through our three One-Stop Employment Resource Centers.”

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

More information online: https://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Honoring Our Vets Green Job Fair, Workshops, Barbeque and Celebration Set for Flag Day, June 14

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will host, “Honoring Our Vets,” job fair on National Flag Day, Thursday, June 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 18000 Yates Road in Victorville, Calif. There will be employment workshops, a barbeque and a honor guard celebration for veterans and their families. For a complete schedule of the day, please visit www.SBCountyVets.com.

Employers will be on hand to discuss job opportunities and may interview prospective candidates on site. Workshops will explain the latest resources available to San Bernardino County veterans. An honor guard celebration will follow, including dinner provided at no charge to the first 1,000 veterans.

“San Bernardino County has one of the largest veteran populations in the state and we hope this event sends a message of support,” said Brad Mitzelfelt, Vice Chair and County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor. “We hope to see as many veterans as possible attend and find great opportunities.”

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board makes serving veterans a top priority. Its veteran portal – www.sbcountyvets.com – offers one location for information about job training, placement and services for veterans.

This event is designed to celebrate the return of our heroes and connect them with careers now that they are home. Workshop topics will include the future of green jobs, how to become an entrepreneur, supportive services and the county’s career services for veterans.

“Employers who have hired veterans through our programs often report how impressed they are with the skills and training veterans bring to their companies,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of Workforce Development for the County of San Bernardino. “Our county’s brave men and women have done their part to serve this country, and it is our turn to connect them with the skills they need for successful careers.”

The County of San Bernardino has three Employment Resource Centers located in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Hesperia, the Workforce Investment Board that provides job training and placement services and resources to the men and women who served in the armed forces.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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Youth Job Program Available for San Bernardino County Youth

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced on the heels of the Y4 event on Friday, April 27 that unemployed youth may apply for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth program. The program gives eligible youth access to educational and career opportunities and job skills programs through adult and peer mentoring and counseling. The goal is for all participants to obtain valuable work experience, GEDs and certifications.

Applicants up to the age of 21 must be a resident of San Bernardino County and a senior in high school or out of school. The program is designed for at-risk, low-income youth. The youth programs may have additional qualifications and may be contacted for further details.

The WIA youth program is funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2012. More than 500 positions are currently open; applicants should visit www.SBCountyJobOps.com to find the local youth program in their community.

An annual tradition, Y4 provides WIA youth participants with high-energy presentations, career building workshops and opportunities to meet with local employers. More than 600 San Bernardino County youth gathered at Citizens Bank Arena to celebrate the completion of program year 2011-2012.

“A year ago, half of my students needed GEDs and only a few had jobs,” said Kristi Evans, youth employment specialist with the Mental Health Systems Needles Center for Change. “Now 90% of them have earned their GEDs and have received certifications. They couldn’t have done it without the support of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth job training program.”

Evans left for Ontario at 5:00 a.m. to drive 22 youth to the celebration. She was determined that after all of their hard work and dedication to the WIA youth program, they take part in the celebration.

“This year’s Y4 event was an awesome opportunity to celebrate the year-long commitment made by 665 courageous young men and women, who chose to take charge of their future,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “I was honored to speak to them and share a little bit about my life and my challenges. I wanted them to know that if I can make it, they can too!”

“These young people should be proud of their accomplishments, but the journey has only begun,” added Gonzales. “Hopefully, the resources and motivational speakers at Y4 will help them as they work towards their own personal and professional success.”

The Roadtrip Nation Experience RV was also part of the Y4 celebration. This year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board partnered with the Roadtrip Nation Experience to provide an intensive curriculum. By giving students the tools to interview and film someone in their career of interest, the Roadtrip Nation Experience empowers students to define their own roads in life; to relate what they study to their real-world experiences; and open doors to different pathways and possibilities.

“Our success is due to the dedication of staff and the youth service providers who implement the Workforce Investment Act program across the county,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “They work with our youth participants daily and devote themselves to help each individual achieve his or her goals.”

Y4 was hosted by County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County.

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 WIB 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.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Seeks 60 Entrepreneurs

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board invites dislocated workers, veterans and county residents 18 years and older who want to launch their own Internet or service-based business to enroll in an entrepreneur training program. The board will fund training for 60 participants and the deadline to enroll is May 18, 2012.

“Entrepreneurship is a viable career alternative for dislocated workers,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, small businesses produced the largest amount of employment in 2010, generating 72.1 percent of net new positions.”

The Workforce Investment Board is partnering with Empact (www.iempact.com) to provide the training necessary to start a business with little start-up capital. Attendees will learn how to develop their business inexpensively while creating enough profit to earn a living wage.

The training requires a one-year commitment. Each participant will receive a full-day of training followed by weekly trainings for the first month, and monthly virtual trainings for the remainder of the year. Each participant will be assigned a mentor to support them throughout the program.

“Entrepreneurship is vital to San Bernardino County’s economic growth and prosperity,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “I encourage residents who are thinking of starting their own businesses to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn proven, real life tools shared by successful entrepreneurs.”

To apply, San Bernardino County residents may visit one of the three Employment Resource Centers to take the assessment. To find the nearest location, please visit www.sbcstartup.com or call (800) 451-JOBS.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Department of Workforce Development, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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Bishamon Industries Corporation Retains Ten Jobs and Is Ready to Take On Competition

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Robert Stone, vice president of Engineering and Manufacturing at Bishamon Industries Corporation, received a letter from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board about the LEAN Manufacturing Program with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Bishamon Industries Corporation faced increased competition with their EZ Loader product, which could have translated to lost sales and lost jobs. With the introduction of the new model, they needed to make sure they could efficiently produce and deliver this product before the competition stepped in.

“The EZ Loader is our premier product and if we lost market share, it would cost us valuable employees,” Stone said.

CMTC came in and showed the company areas of improvement in assembly and welding. Employees were excited to share their ideas and work as a team with the consultant and executives for the good of the entire company.

“We’ve already seen growing sales for our new EZ Loader and the hard work has paid off,” Stone said. “By shipping our product in two days, we will maintain our competitive edge.”

Through the LEAN Manufacturing Program, Bishamon retained 10 jobs. Additionally, Stone also utilized the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Business Resource Team to recruit and hire a shipping supervisor. “They found a great person for us who plays a very important role in satisfying our customers,” Stone said.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s LEAN Manufacturing program effectively helps local businesses retain employees and hire additional personnel,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

More information: https://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Helping Employers With Federal Funds Makes Good Business Sense

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of San Bernardino County was recognized by the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for innovative business-friendly programs. The WIB was asked to present to congress how it used Workforce Investment Act funds to encourage job retention and hiring.

In a report titled “Innovative Collaborations between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Local Needs,” the U.S. GAO referenced 14 local initiatives. Two of the initiatives included San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s successful collaboration with Technical Employment Training, Inc. and its Rapid Response Layoff Aversion program.

Executive Director Sandy Harmsen testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety in addressing workforce needs at the regional level.

“Our Workforce Investment Board was able to quickly and effectively take action when our region was hit with business closures and lay-offs that affected thousands of residents in San Bernardino County,” Harmsen said. “We knew which industries would need workers in the long-term. Through the relationships we established with industry councils, businesses and educational providers we have deployed federal funds to save jobs, train workers with skills needed by employers and encourage hiring.”

In 2011, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team performed 27 Rapid Response visits to companies that were laying off employees. More than 1,900 dislocated workers were assisted through Rapid Response which included workshops on understanding unemployment plans, rolling over 401K plans and Cobra benefits. These residents were also introduced to the local Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) for free workshops on job searching, resume writing and interview skills, as well as how they could qualify for no-cost job training programs and job placement support.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board can contribute much to the national conversation on how to put America back to work,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair and Fifth District Supervisor.

“For instance, the WIB’s collaboration with Technical Employment Training, Inc., is a great example of how we are working together to prepare a skilled workforce and provide businesses with the manpower needed to grow and diversify. The Technical Employment Training program trains dislocated and disabled workers to attain two National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 certifications. The fact that 90 percent of its first class was placed in jobs with local manufacturers is an awesome success story worth sharing,” added Gonzales.

Last year, 3,370 County residents were trained last year using Workforce Investment Act funds to enter long-term careers in growth industries such as Health Care, Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing and Environmental Technology.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 created a comprehensive workforce investment system that brought together multiple federally funded employment and training programs into a single system, called the one-stop system.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Youth Take a Roadtrip to Discover Their Career Interests

Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino CountySAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Continuing its support of young people facing obstacles to employment, the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County partnered with the Roadtrip Nation Experience to provide an intensive curriculum to the Year-round Workforce Investment Act youth program.

By giving students the tools to interview and film someone in their career of interest, the Roadtrip Nation Experience empowers students to define their own roads in life; to make school actually matter by relating what they study to their real-world experiences; and open doors to different pathways and possibilities.

“This is an opportunity for our youth to interview specialists in careers they are interested in and find inspiration, as well as practical advice to achieve their dreams,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department for San Bernardino County. “In 2011, 13 youth service providers helped more than 1,320 youth through the Year-Round WIA Youth Program and many of those young people go on to find jobs or higher education that lead to long-term careers.”

“It has been a pleasure working with San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board,” Molly Gazin, Educator Network Coordinator of Roadtrip Nation. “The facilitators are enthusiastic and dedicated to the futures of the youth involved and that is evident in their experience with the program. We’re excited to see the results of the final Roadtrip Projects that they’re hard at work on right now.”

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Act Youth Program gives eligible youth access to services designed to increase educational opportunities, develop better job skills, explore career options, develop leadership qualities, participate in adult and peer mentoring and counseling and obtain valuable work experience.

Students in the program receive career counseling, reading and math remediation, tutoring, alternative secondary schooling, vocational training, leadership development and job placement. They also complete workshops that taught work readiness, problem solving, life skills and computer literacy.

“These youth services prepare students for the future by helping them to earn a degree, certificate or a paid internship, and obtain much needed career skills,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Roadtrip Nation Experience provides each student with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, confidence and an awareness of professional occupations available to them.”

To learn more about the San Bernardino County WIA Youth Program, call or visit one of the youth providers listed at http://www.sbcountyjobops.com/youthservices.html .

Roadtrip Nation, a half-hour documentary television series distributed nationally by American Public Television, airs in southern California on both KOCE and KLCS. Check local listings or visit www.roadtripnation.com/watch for specific airtimes.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

About Roadtrip Nation:

In the summer of 2001, three friends decided to take a Roadtrip to seek their place in the world. The idea behind the Roadtrip was simple: If you don’t know what to do with your life, talk to people who are doing what they love, then ask them how they got there. The trio hit the road in a mechanically unsound Green RV, and three months and 17,000 miles later, had interviewed 85 eclectic individuals.

Since then, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a Movement to help individuals define their own roads in life: Including seven seasons on public television, three books, an online community, and a student network on more than 350 campuses.

In 2009, the Movement expanded into education with the creation of RoadtripNation.org and the development of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, a hands-on, engaging curriculum that guides students through an explorative process to learn about pathways relevant to their own individuality.

Roadtrip Nation is dedicated to inspiring people everywhere to create lives based on doing what they love. For more information, visit roadtripnation.com and roadtripnation.org.

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Grant Expanded to Fund Job Training for Laid-Off Census Workers

Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino CountySAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that a $1.5 million Workforce Investment Act, Multi-Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant has been expanded to include laid-off census workers. This grant has nearly 200 spaces available to fill by the close of June 30, 2012. Census workers who were laid off between September 21, 2010, and September 27, 2011 are eligible to apply at one of San Bernardino County’s Employment Resource Centers.

“This grant will pay for laid-off workers to participate in On-the-Job Training, paid work experience, internships and customized training programs,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and Director of Workforce Development. “It also provides support services for participants such as tools and transportation, depending upon their needs.”

In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau hired nearly 700,000 workers. These were all short term assignments and all were completed by September 2010.

The San Bernardino County Business Resource Team is also recruiting employers to hire through this grant and receive reimbursement for the wages of new employees paid through On-the-Job Training contracts.

“The census jobs, though temporary positions, were a lifeline for many of our residents seeking employment during tough, recessionary times,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Now, through this grant expansion another lifeline has been cast, linking former census workers with services and training to secure more permanent careers in one of our region’s in-demand industries.”

The California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership was formed to address 123 mass layoffs in California that affected 32,527 workers in 19 industries statewide. The partnership expects 5,887 California residents to receive free training paid for by this grant.

The purpose of this partnership is to provide a collaborative response to the retrain and transition dislocated workers. It also aims to help employers in vital economic sectors with employee development.

Employers or job seekers with questions should call (800) 451-JOBS (5627) or visit one of the County’s three Employment Resource Centers located in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia. Information is also available at http://www.sbcountyjobops.com/training.html .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB 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 to 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 Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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