This Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County blog brings you the latest on workforce development partnerships and innovations that are driving an equitable recovery in Contra Costa County, California.


The Employee Surge That Didn’t Happen

Our last article covered the employment phenomenon known as “The Great Resignation” or “The Big Quit.” To gain insights, we conducted an employer survey from January 31 through April 15. More than 100 businesses in Contra Costa and surrounding counties responded, revealing quite a bit.

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The ‘Great Resignation’ in Contra Costa County

Whether you call it the “Great Resignation” or the “Big Quit,” American workers are leaving their jobs in record numbers. In November 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a record-setting 4.5 million employees nationwide quit their jobs, following several months of similar highs. In the same month, 428,000 California workers voluntarily separated.

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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.

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Optical Assistant Training Program Leads to Good-Paying Job, Helps Fill Optician Needs in Contra Costa County

The Optical Assistant Training Program at Martinez Adult Education is a no-cost 16-week program that trains students for entry-level jobs as optical assistants at Walmart, Costco, Warby Parker and other opticians. Because the program allows students to work while they learn it has drawn great interest from prospective students. It’s attractive to employers because of the steady pipeline of qualified workers it provides.

Students in the Optical Assistant Training Program at Martinez Adult Education practice using lensometers.

Contra Costa Health Ambassador Program Pathway to Permanent Healthcare Jobs

The Health Ambassador Adult Pilot Program, which launched January 2021 through a partnership between the WDBCCC, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services and Contra Costa Health Services, strives to get vulnerable populations to work performing critical community services, while building the skills and experience necessary to gain entry to the health field, which is one of WDB's priority sectors.

Sabrina Villaro poses on the job as a Health Ambassador.

Ambassador Program Helping to Attract Young Talent to Manufacturing Field in Bay Area

The AMBayArea Manufacturing Ambassadors Program sends ambassadors from manufacturing companies into high schools, including those in school districts with large numbers of underrepresented and diverse populations. This is important for the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) as we focus on achieving equity in the Contra Costa workforce. Learn about this program and how it helps employers and students.

High school students listen as a worker at Creative Wood explains how to make a rounded reception desk during a Manufacturing Day factory tour in 2019.
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