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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, 8:30am to 5:00pm, 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 start your 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, 8:30am to 5:00pm, 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) every Thursday at 2 pm.

Click here for the Laid Off Webinar.


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.

Event #1:  Digging Deeper: Redefining Equity in the time of health, economic & racial pandemics

Thursday, July 23  1:30-3pm


The confluence of pandemics brings into focus the need for regional efforts to move past exploring an equity framework to doing the work to put equity in practice. This first session will ground us in data about the current state of equity in the Bay Area and highlight the need for policies to shift this reality. Leaders from various fields will discuss equity responses to the impacts of COVID-19, both health and economic, and the racial justice uprisings happening in many Bay Area cities and all over the country.

Panelists include:

  • Darlene Flynn, Director of Oakland’s Office of Race and Equity
  • Shakirah Simley, Director of San Francisco’s Office of Racial Equity
  • Policy Link TBA

Moderated by: DJ Brookter, Executive Director, Young Community Developers

Event #2:  Equity in Practice

Thursday, July 30  10am-noon


Workforce Development is a system that has contributed to the racial inequities that exist in the U.S., unintentionally and intentionally. This panel will help us understand the roots of systemic racism and oppression, and how we in Workforce Development sustain them. How do we challenge our thinking about the long-term ramifications on the community impacted by our work? How do we take accountability, and hold other leaders accountable, for creating a more equitable economy? We will look at local models anchored in equity designed to change systems.

Panelists include:

  • Adrienne Kimball, Rubicon Programs
  • Joshua Arce, San Francisco Office of Economic Development
  • Saidah Leatutufu, HOPESF
  • Allison Collins, SFUSD School Board

Moderated by: Sheryl Davis, Director of San Francisco Human Rights Commission

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  

Building Futures

Changing lives, one individual, one family, one business at a time.

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Bid Opportunity

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