Aerial shot of Carquinez Strait

Apply Now! Layoff Aversion Funding for Small Businesses

If you are a small business in need of assistance due to the adverse financial impacts of the pandemic, you can now apply for a Layoff Aversion Grant. If you have questions, click on the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more information, call the WDBCCC COVID-19 Resource Hotline at 833-320-1919 or email

Click here to learn more and to apply online.

Complimentary Human Resources Hotline for Employers

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Contra Costa County businesses with a NO-COST HR HOTLINE!

Call 1-888-599-7645 M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and click here to download the informational flyer.

Skill Up Contra Costa

Free Online Career Training Now Available For Jobseekers

The WDB is making virtual courses available in response to the Coronavirus outbreak by providing free access to online career training via Metrix E-Learning System through its “Skill Up Contra Costa” initiative.

Click here to sign in and start your free online training now!

COVID-19 Resource Hotline for Businesses and Jobseekers

As part of our Bounce Back Contra Costa campaign, the WDB is providing information and resources to help businesses and employees / jobseekers navigate through this crisis.

Call 1-833-320-1919 M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, or click here to email us.

Laid Off / Furloughed Employee Resource Webinar

Get your questions answered about Unemployment Insurance, healthcare coverage, and additional resources from the experts at the WDB and the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 2 pm.

Click here to register for the Laid Off Webinar and click here to download the informational flyer.


The Workforce Development Board’s mission is to “support a robust network that creates and promotes dynamic education systems, high-performing businesses, and a prosperous local economy with an abundance of high-quality jobs and skilled workers to fill them”.

A prosperous economy implies, and requires, that everyone is part of that prosperity. We do not and cannot do this in a vacuum, and unless we all benefit – no one benefits.

Often what we intend to do and what we actually accomplish are not aligned, and unless we are part of the solution we are part of the problem. We must be willing to look at our complacency and complicity in the structural racism and inequity that exists in each of our systems and organizations.

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is not only willing but committed to being part of the solution. Toward that end, the WDB will be supporting and participating in several efforts to bring light and change to the issues surrounding race and equity in our system.

A Team of 5 Workforce Development Agencies received a grant from the State of California Workforce Accelerator Fund for a Project called Workforce Community Solutions.  The project is focused on breaking down workforce system silos to increase economic equity across the 3 county region (San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties).

The project offers opportunities for workforce, education, asset development, justice, CBOs, businesses, philanthropy/government, and our partners to identify strategies to close the racial and gender income and wealth gaps for our most vulnerable community members.  To this end, we will hold a series of online regional events to share effective models and strategies, and increase collaboration and communication across the region.

Past Events

From Equity to Emancipation: Moving Toward Liberatory Economic Advancement

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 9:30-10:45am

HOPE SF is the nation’s first large scale transformation and reparations initiative aimed at creating thriving mixed-income communities without mass displacement of its original residents. This session will take a deeper dive into how HOPE SF is approaching economic mobility and advancement through an anti-racist lens. Specifically, we will explore how HOPE SF uses people-centered implementation and data to ensure its Black and Indigenous households experience holistic wealth.

Facilitated by Saidah Leatutufu, Director, Economic Advancement, HOPE SF, Office of San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed

Register here:
Equity to Emancipation

2020 will be noted as one of the most important years in our county’s history. As we struggle with health, economic, race and equity pandemics, my hope is that we learn from our past and commit with all our hearts and energy to work towards creating an inclusive culture that supports equitable economic opportunity for everyone to not just survive but to thrive.   


Black Lives Matter

Say Their Names: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and on and on and on….


Donna Van Wert

Workforce Development Board Executive Director  

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