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  • Rep. McNerney Tours EASTBay Works

    Sep 22, 2015
    Congressman Jerry McNerney toured the EASTBay Works One-Stop Center in Brentwood on Wednesday, August 19th. On the tour the Congressman saw firsthand the resources that the One-Stop Center provides for job training in the community and spoke with Center employees about how they connect people with those resources to prepare them for the workforce. These resources include free computer workstations and telephone lines that any job seeker may use for job searching and resume building purposes.
  • SBDC Alumni "Pay It Forward"

    Sep 22, 2015
    There are many benefits to being a client of the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Most know about our no-cost events, training and advising, but many are not aware of the potential for community-building, networking and even business development opportunities.
  • Youths Participate in Internships with EBMUD

    Sep 22, 2015
    Earn and Learn East Bay received a donation of $30,000 from Phillips 66 to fund 20 youth from John Swett High School to participate in paid summer work experiences. JSHS youth who attended Supervisor Federal Glover’s Youth Summit on May 9, 2015 signed up for a chance to participate. The Contra Costa County Office of Education Youth Development Services coordinated the internships for the Phillips 66/John Swett youth with employers that included East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD), East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) and the Contra Costa County Libraries.
  • WDB Programs Featured at Department Roundtable

    Sep 22, 2015
    The Workforce Development Bureau was featured prominently on an Employment and Training Services Panel sponsored by the Information and Assistance unit of the Employment and Human Service Department (EHSD). Maureen Nelson, Assistant Administrator, America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) touched on WDB’s regional projects, the Opportunity Act and the services offered in the career centers.
  • AJCC Annual Meeting - Summer 2015

    Sep 22, 2015
    On July 14, 2015, Approximately 60 individuals from America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) came together to hear about the key concepts of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). After a welcome from Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) Director Kathy Gallagher; who spoke on the Act’s call for closer collaboration with welfare-to-work programs, attendees heard presentations on regional efforts, labor market trends, partnerships and business services. Donna Van Wert, Administrator of the One Stop Consortium, spoke on One Stop redesign from the perspective of programs and services, while Stephen Baiter, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, asked the audience to think
  • Executive Director's Message - Summer 2015

    Sep 22, 2015
    As the 2015 summer draws to a close, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDB) has been mirroring the “Fast Forward” theme that was the subject of the California Workforce Association’s Meeting of the Minds conference in Monterey in early September. Here in the East Bay, the East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (EBAMP) has been moving forward very fast, with more than 200 business leaders, policy makers, and other partners attending the first-ever East Bay Manufacturing Summit this past Friday, September 18 in San Leandro. The summit was headlined by Rich Wells, Vice President of Operations, Canada and USA North for The Dow Chemical Company and also included panel discussions featuring strategic partners from Tesla Motors, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO Biz), the California Labor Federation, as well as local community college and nonprofit partners.
  • Executive Director’s Message – May/June 2015

    Jun 25, 2015
    As we officially enter into the 2015 summer and prepare to put hundreds of young people to work in what often might be their first job through Earn & Learn East Bay, it is worth pausing to reflect on the remarkable trajectory of our region’s economy and labor market over the past five years. During the summer of 2010, in the depths of the Great Recession, the East Bay’s unemployment rate peaked at 11.3% as even the most highly skilled people found themselves out of a job, in many cases having to think about transitioning into new careers for a reshaped economic landscape. Fortunately, the high-wage, high-growth industry sectors that characterize the Bay Area’s economy have helped the East Bay become one of the most vibrant regions not just in California, but nationally, as was highlighted last week in a piece from KTVU that included interviews with job seekers at one of our local EASTBAY Works American Job Centers of California.
  • Small Business Invests in Retreat for Women

    Jun 25, 2015
    For any start-up, a noteworthy milestone is the owner’s first paycheck. For Michelle Long, owner of Bloom Retreat in Walnut Creek, the key to sustainability was evolving her concept and growth strategies with the steadfast support of the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
  • Veterans 'Stand Down' Event Planned for Contra Costa County

    Apr 21, 2015
    In an effort to connect homeless veterans in Contra Costa County to the services they need to get back on their feet, Delta Veterans Group is hosting a four-day "Stand Down on the Delta 2015" event in Antioch this September.
  • Executive Director's Message - March/April 2015

    Apr 20, 2015
    We recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Association of Workforce Boards’ (NAWB) annual forum, which was attended by more than 1,400 workforce development champions from around the country. This year’s theme was “advancing workforce innovation,” which allowed for a strategic focus on the major policy changes resulting from the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
  • Executive Director's Message - Feb. 2015

    Mar 07, 2015
    February has been a busy month for the Workforce Development Board. On Feb. 6, we launched our summer initiative for youth called Earn & Learn East Bay. In collaboration with the non-profit Contra Costa Economic Partnership, our goal for Earn & Learn East Bay is to connect hundreds of youth ages 16-21 to summer jobs, internships and other high-quality work-based learning experiences, such as industry-lead summer camps.
  • Executive Director's Message - Jan. 2015

    Jan 26, 2015
    On Jan. 9, Gov. Jerry Brown released his administration's proposed 2015-16 state budget. It contains significant funding for adult education, career pathways at the K-12 and community college level, apprenticeship programs, and pilot programs, like Slingshot, that are aimed at addressing regional barriers to employment.
  • Executive Director's Message - Dec. 2014

    Dec 17, 2014
    As 2014 draws to a close and we look toward a new year that will bring exciting changes to our public workforce system, I would like to acknowledge the Workforce Development Board’s accomplishments and highlight what is in store for 2015.
  • Advanced Manufacturing in Contra Costa County

    Oct 14, 2014
    According to conventional wisdom, “we don’t make things in America anymore.” But this is not completely true. “Made in the USA is making a comeback. Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years.
  • Executive Director’s Message

    Oct 09, 2014
    The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the nation’s unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in six years and we’re seeing a similar trend here in Contra Costa County, where jobs are now in considerable abundance across nearly every sector of the economy.
  • Restaurant Owners Increase Sales by 20 Percent

    Oct 08, 2014
    Los Tacos De Pancho originally started in 2001 by Francisco and Carmen Lopez in Concord. The owners are respected members of the local community and were awarded the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award by Small Business Association of Contra Costa.
  • DMC Job Fair Helps Employees Find New Opportunities

    Oct 08, 2014
    In July, Doctors Medical Center of San Pablo (DMC) announced that, due to fiscal challenges, it was planning to downsize and lay off hundreds of employees.