Ventura, Calif.–The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) announced the re-opening of the America’s Job Center of California location in Oxnard and the affiliate East County office in Simi Valley. The Oxnard office also reopened with some welcomed changes.
America’s Job Center of California is a direct link to resources that help choose and pursue careers. The centers provide free access to a host of employment-related resources to help individuals find rewarding careers. They can receive assistance with resume preparation, training referrals, view job openings and employer information and learn about in-demand occupations. Customized training in the region’s in-demand occupations and assistance with tuition and books is also available. Services are available in English and for English language learners.
The centers now have more comfortable sitting areas and newly designed meeting rooms where a staff member and job seeker can discuss job opportunities in private. All job seekers have free access to Internet service, computers, and printers. The office has also implemented COVID-19 safeguards to minimize the risk for visitors and staff. Services remain available virtually for those who prefer it.
“More than ever, people are looking to change careers or acquire new job skills,” says WDB Executive Director Rebecca Evans. “There is a profound shortage of qualified workers. Our staff is ready to guide job seekers through the process so they can find those rewarding, good-paying jobs.”
The job centers have also seen large numbers of people hit hard by the pandemic who struggle to get back in the workforce. For example, a 19-year-old was laid off after five months of work because her employer had to close its doors due to COVID restrictions. A 21-year-old hasn’t been able to find work once he was let go after his employer’s business slowed. Both came to the centers seeking assistance to better their skills and find jobs that match their experience levels.
“Our centers are comprised of partners who all provide services to job seekers,” says Norman Albances, WDB Assistant Director of Operations. “From state government agencies to for-profits, educational institutions and non-profits, our job centers are here to invest in our community. We all work together to invest in the lives, families, and futures of our Ventura County residents.”
Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary and virtual services are available.
The America’s Job Center of California comprehensive center is at 2901 N. Ventura Road, 3rd floor, in Oxnard. The Simi Valley location is at 2900 Madera Road, Simi Valley. For more information call 805-204-5186 or email [email protected]
About the Workforce Development Board
The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County administers federal funds to support America’s Job Center of California locations and other free job seeker, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County is a proud partner of America’s Job Center of California network. Equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you have limitations hearing or speaking, dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). For more information, call 805-477-5306 or visit http://workforceventuracounty.org.
Diane Zakian Rumbaugh
Rumbaugh Public Relations
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