A Year-End Thank You to Our Outstanding Partners
Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to build and rebuild a local economy while ensuring equity and justice in the process. No single organization can do it alone. Fortunately, Contra Costa County has many organizations doing outstanding work, and we at the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County are proud to partner with them.
As we close 2021, we want to shine a light on our partners and thank them for joining us as we work to achieve equitable economic growth in our communities.
Bay Area Workforce Community Solutions is a collaboration of five workforce development agencies (including WDBCCC) in three Bay Area counties. Its mission is to break down workforce system silos and work together to close racial and gender income and wealth gaps for our most vulnerable community members. Read about WDBCCC’s involvement with Bay Area Workforce Community Solutions.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation helps justice-involved individuals gain skills for re-entry into the workforce, among other services. We joined with this department, the California Workforce Association and California Prison Industry Authority in the Prison to Employment (P2E) Initiative. Read about the East Bay P2E Program.
California Employers Association offers a wealth of resources for employers, and we frequently share these offerings in WDBCCC communications. We partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Contra Costa County businesses with a no-cost HR Hotline. Learn about our HR Hotline.
California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a wide array of services with the goal of connecting jobseekers and employers to build the state’s economy. Learn how we partner with the EDD to serve jobseekers and employers.
California Workforce Association (CWA) supports California’s local workforce development boards, like WDBCCC. Among other initiatives, we joined with CALPIA, CWA and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the Prison to Employment (P2E) Initiative. Read about the East Bay P2E Program.
California Workforce Development Board is responsible for the oversight and continuous improvement of the workforce system in California, specifically the administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WDBCCC is funded primarily through WIOA.
California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is a self-supporting, customer-focused business that reduces recidivism, increases prison safety, and enhances public safety by providing offenders productive work and training opportunities. We joined with CALPIA, CWA and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the Prison to Employment (P2E) Initiative. Read about the East Bay P2E Program.
Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium (CCCAEC) seeks to accelerate the academic and career success of adult students. We partner with CCCAEC as part of our jobseeker support efforts.
Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development’s Economic Development office works to encourage investment and job growth within the unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County and supports efforts of its cities to grow business within their boundaries. We partner with the office to support their work, which aligns with our goal to support economic development in Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council (CCCEAC) serves employers by promoting a stronger partnership between the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the business community. Learn how CCCEAC partners with WDBCCC.
Contra Costa County Probation creates opportunities for individuals to experience a positive outcome that strengthens them and makes their community safe. We partner with this department on capacity-building and technical assistance in re-entry work, WIOA employment, and training services, and fair-chance employment opportunities, for their justice-involved clients.
Contra Costa Economic Partnership (CCEP) engages business and civic leaders to make the region a better place to live and work. We joined the CCEP and Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) to help lead the Economic Equitable Recovery Task Force. This effort engages local businesses, community-based organizations and public agencies to develop data-driven strategies to forge an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the Economic Equitable Recovery Task Force.
Contra Costa Health Services seeks to care for and improve the health of all people in Contra Costa County with special attention to those who are most vulnerable to health problems. In 2021, we partnered with this division of county government to launch a program in which previously unemployed individuals became health ambassadors in underserved neighborhoods, promoting COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in their own communities. Read more about the Health Ambassador Adult Pilot Program.
Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) supports local entrepreneurs and small businesses with the tools and insights to start, grow and pivot their businesses. We frequently share SBDC events and services in our communications and partner with the organization to refer businesses from our multiple chamber partnerships and other networks to register for no-cost business advising, training, and SBA loan-packaging support.
Department of Rehabilitation WorkAbility Program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services to help people with disabilities obtain meaningful employment. The WDBCCC works with this department to provide referrals to DOR via our employment and training partners at Rubicon Programs and EDD. We provide WIOA programs and other resources. We share job leads with DOR and collaborate with them on various community employment events. We also provide office space for DOR staff to meet with clients at our AJCC Career Center.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) is a cross-sector, public-private partnership that promotes strategic economic development throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Learn how the East Bay EDA works to create a resilient regional economy.
East Bay Health Workforce Partnership is an employer-led effort working closely with community and education leaders to meet the workforce needs of employers, expand opportunities for local residents, and strengthen the economic and social well-being of the East Bay. We collaborate with the partnership to support healthcare employers and career training in this field, which is a priority sector for WDBCCC.
East Bay Innovations (EBI) is a private, non-profit organization helping more than 500 individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible in their own homes, be successfully employed, and feel a sense of membership in their community. We partner with EBI to share job leads and resources and invite EBI to our community employment and resource events.
East Bay Leadership Council is a public policy advocacy organization that seeks to increase East Bay’s economic vitality and quality of life. We work with this organization to provide workforce development and economic development support and insight in Contra Costa County. We collaborate on events and attend special webinars that the East Bay Leadership Council hosts. We also participate on various committees of EBLC.
Futures Explored creates equitable access to programs, supports and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We join with Futures Explored to partner on employment equity and inclusion forums and other related events that highlight the unique skills and achievement of individuals with disabilities and their champion employers.
Rubicon Programs equips and empowers its participants to develop the economic mobility to move out of poverty. Rubicon Programs, the WDBCCC and other organizations worked together to offer a series of video tutorials for jobseekers as part of our #BounceBackContraCosta efforts. Watch the jobseeker videos.
Scotts Valley Tribal TANF provides culturally relevant social services to eligible Native American families in Contra Costa County, to encourage the formation and maintenance of healthy and self-sufficient families. We partner with this organization to share job leads and resources through our Workforce Integration Network (WIN) partnership.
We look forward to continuing our partnerships with these organizations in 2022 as we collectively work to achieve equity in Contra Costa County.