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April 1, 2022 Update
The County Update publishes once a week on Fridays and also as needed to share important news and resources. #SBCountyTogether
In Today’s Update:
• Second booster vaccines for 50-plus and immunocompromised approved by FDA
• U.S. Education Secretary visits InTech in San Bernardino County
• Call for art for Mental Health Month
• Arrowhead Regional Medical Center honors physicians on Doctor’s Day
• Be sure to DUMP and DRAIN for mosquitoes after recent rains
• Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector receives multiple awards for excellence in financial reporting
• Calico is hoppin’ with Easter fun
• Probation Department celebrates Women’s History Month
• Havon is the Pet of the Week
Second Booster Vaccines for 50-plus and Immunocompromised Approved by FDA
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals. The FDA’s authorization was followed by a recommendation and updated booster guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, as well as local clinics and pharmacies, are offering second booster doses. If you are eligible, make an appointment for a second booster dose at myturn.ca.gov or vaccines.gov.
The FDA’s latest amended emergency use authorization applies to the following groups:
The CDC also recommends an additional booster for anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for their first shot and have already received a booster dose at least 4 months prior.
COVID-19 continues to decline in San Bernardino County from a high of 31 percent in January to 1.2 percent this week. Let’s keep those numbers dropping.
“In order to maintain the highest level of protection from COVID-19 infection, I encourage anyone who is eligible for the next round of booster shots to get it,” said Dr. Michael Sequeira, San Bernardino County Public Health Officer. “We know that vaccine effectiveness drops over time, so get the shot. It will help protect you, your family and the community.”
In addition to second boosters, the federal government launched a new website with information about vaccines, testing, masks, and the level of COVID-19 spread in communities. Visit covid.gov for more information.
If you or someone you know has questions about COVID-19 in San Bernardino County or are interested in learning more about the free COVID-19 testing or vaccine services that may be available to you, please visit the county’s website at sbcovid19.com or call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 909-387-3911.
U.S. Education Secretary visits InTech in San Bernardino County
The U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Congresswoman Norma Torres and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond toured the Chaffey College InTech Center in Fontana on Tuesday, March 29.
“This is community development at its best,” Cardona said. He expressed that this visit demonstrated that this type of programming and commitment need to be the rule across the nation. He lauded the investment commitment by industry partners and the adaptability by the community college.
Thurmond also emphasized the importance of students earning while they learn because that can be the opportunity they need to enroll in programs like the ones offered at InTech.
The County’s Workforce Development Department is a proud supporter of the InTech Center, which has been heralded as a model for the nation in terms of the public/private collaborative efforts to build programs that prepare our workforce for skilled trades.
For more information about InTech, visit intechcenter.org.
Call for Art for Mental Health Month
The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is collecting artwork now through May 31 that highlights mental health and wellness in honor of Mental Health Month in May! Send DBH your artwork for a chance to be featured on DBH’s Mental Health Month website, social media and the in-person Meet the Artist event on May 4 at the San Bernardino County Museum Fisk Gallery.
Accepted artwork includes paintings, digital art, sketches, sculptures, comics and written art such as poems and spoken word that are 500 words or less.
Note: Artists interested in showcasing their artwork at the Meet the Artist event must submit their artwork by Friday, April 15.
To submit your artwork and learn more, visit CelebrateMHM.com or call (909) 386-9720.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Doctor’s Day
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) recognized its roughly 400 attending physicians and 200 resident physicians and clinical fellows on National Doctor’s Day with a special grab-and-go breakfast in honor of National Doctors’ Day on Thursday, March 30. In addition, the hospital’s Medical Staff Office and Graduate Medical Education program distributed mugs to physicians throughout the hospital.
Doctors’ Day highlights the contributions made by physicians to individual lives and communities throughout the United States. In 1990, President George Bush signed into law a Joint Resolution of Congress establishing March 30 as National Doctors’ Day, setting aside a special day to express gratitude to physicians for their compassion in ministering to the sick, promoting good health and the advancement of medical knowledge. The date chosen was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery on March 30, 1842.
ARMC would like to thank its doctors, residents, fellows and advanced practice professionals for their hard work and continued dedication to San Bernardino County.
Be Sure to Dump and Drain After Recent Rains
Mosquitoes need very little standing water to lay eggs that can hatch in a day or two depending on the temperature outside. Recent rains combined with warm weather act as a perfect environment for mosquito breeding.
Please remember to DUMP & DRAIN standing water after the rain to reduce breeding habitats for mosquitoes. To learn more about how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program.
Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Receives Multiple Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Ensen Mason, the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC), was presented with three major financial reporting awards on Tuesday during the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.
“I am honored to once again receive this recognition for financial reporting excellence,” Mason said. “The Controller Division staff, under the leadership of Chief Deputy Controller Vanessa Doyle, works very hard every year on these reports. Their dedication and professionalism reflect very well on my department, San Bernardino County government in general, and reflect the highest standards of public service.”Ensen Mason, the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC), was presented with three major financial reporting awards on Tuesday during the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.Ensen Mason, the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC), was presented with three major financial reporting awards on Tuesday during the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.
- The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945. The certificate has gained widespread recognition as the premier indicator of excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This marks the 33rd consecutive year that ATC has received this program’s award.
- The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program was established in 1991 by GFOA. This is the 15th consecutive year that ATC has received this program’s award, recognizing ATC’s efforts to develop a high-quality popular annual report that is designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the public.
- California State Controller Betty T. Yee awarded ATC with the State Controller’s Award for Counties Financial Transactions Reporting for achieving the highest quality in California governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the 15th consecutive year ATC has won this award, and the 16th year overall.
ATC has made both reports accessible to the public online at www.sbcounty.gov/atc.
Calico is Hoppin’ with Easter Fun
Regional Parks’ Easter Celebration event is back at Calico Ghost Town. Join us on Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for family-friendly fun. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny or eat a special pancake breakfast with eggs and bacon at the Calico House Restaurant from 8 to 11 a.m. There is something for the entire family to enjoy.
Probation Department Celebrates Women’s History Month
The San Bernardino County Probation Department celebrates Women’s History Month with women who have paved the way in Probation. We recognize all the women who serve our community and those who continue to uphold the standard of excellence.
Havon is the Pet of the Week
Havon is a 7-year-old male pit bull terrier mix awaiting a loving home. His ID number is A758084. He is at the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter in Devore.
For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/acc or call (909) 386-9820. The Devore Animal Shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore.
Job Openings and Hiring Events in San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has jobs that will be opening on Saturday, April 2.
We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval. Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up- to -date recruitments.
For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.
The CEO of the Ontario-based company, BJ Patterson, says his marketing strategy changed after attending the free seminar.
“Before attending the workshop, the only social networking tool I used was LinkedIn. I didn’t have a clue about how to use social media for promoting business,” Patterson said.
“Now, I can honestly say that at least $7 million of our sales have directly come from social media in the last three years. All it takes is an investment of my time,” he added.
BJ Patterson launched Pacific Mountain Logistics in 2009 and said building a brand from scratch seemed like a daunting task.
“We have taken our brand from nothing to being in the top three third party logistics companies in the Inland Empire,” he said. “This achievement comes as a result of our visibility in the market. Our company profile visibility has increased due to the publicity from social media. I’ve had so many new orders from people saying they’d reached out after reading one of our online posts.”
Pacific Mountain Logistics’ annual sales now reach $10 million and they employ 120 people.
The Social Media Marketing Workshop for Business that Patterson attended is just one of many monthly seminars organized by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The free workshops aim to help local companies grow, or address employment issues such as changes in the law or policies for staff development.
“We receive tremendous feedback from business owners on the support provided by the free seminars, which help meet our Countywide Vision of fostering entrepreneurship and encouraging business development,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
At the WIB social media workshop Patterson was shown how to set up his profile, and learned how all his social media accounts could be tied together, providing a wider reach. Most importantly, he says, he learned how to use Google alerts to create valuable and interesting industry content in his blogs.
Other recent workshops held by the Workforce Investment Board include the 2015 Labor Law Update, Top Ten Ways to Stay out of Court, Employee Handbooks, How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation, Don’t Fire Them, Inspire Them, and Managing Stress and Burnout in the Workplace.
“The workshops provide an ideal opportunity for local business owners to learn strategies for success and stay up-to-date on new laws coming into effect,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.
To learn more about free workshops or other business services please call (800) 451- JOBS; for a list of events, visit www.sbcountyadvantage.com.
The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will host the High Desert Regional Job Fair on Aug. 20 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville. This event will offer businesses the chance to meet, interview and hire highly qualified and experienced staff to fill full and part-time positions.
Job seekers are encouraged to attend armed with resumes and ready to meet prospective employers. There is still time for employers to register to participate.
“It is our priority to connect employers and job seekers in San Bernardino County to create more opportunity for our residents and businesses to thrive,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Our vision for this county includes facilitating access to prosperity for all who choose to reside here and enjoy the county’s unique advantages.”
Last year’s job fair attracted 1,325 job seekers, ages 18 to over 65. More than 700 job openings were offered by companies specializing in a range of industries including warehousing, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, education, construction and hospitality.
“Our job fairs are effective in helping local business find great local candidates,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “It is a great opportunity for employers to enjoy a one-stop shop for their recruitment needs.”
The job fair, “Local Jobs for Local Residents,” will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 20 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds at 14800 7th Street, Victorville.
To secure a free booth, please register at http://conta.cc/1K72LZc. Employers must book their place by Aug. 18.
Priority entrance at 8 a.m. is available for job seekers through early registration. Please visit the America’s Job Center of California, located in Victorville at 17310 Bear Valley Road, Suite 109, Victorville, or call 1-800-451-5627.
Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook;Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.
The good news comes as the region prepares for the annual Inland Empire Manufacturers’ Summit which is co-sponsored by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.
The event is being held at the Riverside Convention Center on February 19 and is expected to attract more than 500 participants.
“Manufacturing is one of the important industries in our region and we are proud to be supporting this important summit to ensure on-going job creation in this field,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.
The annual summit is organized by the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE), which helps local manufacturers find solutions to problems like employment training, research, regulation compliance, and import and export issues.
The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has had a long standing relationship with the Manufacturers’ Council and works in partnership to enhance the knowledge and skills of employees in the industry.
“With almost 87,000 people employed in this sector, earning an average of $50,000, this industry plays a key role in the success of our local economy,” said James Ramos, Chairman of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
While expansion in the industry is welcome news, analysts also foresee a skills gap in the coming years due to an increase in workers eligible for retirement. Nationally, around two million jobs will be left vacant as many engineers and machinists come to the end of their career.
One local company already seeing the effects of this change is Vista Metals Corp. of Fontana where hiring managers turned to the WIB for help with recruitment.
The company employs 240 staff members at its plant in Fontana, but HR Manager, Sheryl Baez says a large percentage have been with the company for up to 30 years and are beginning to retire.
“We are constantly recruiting to replace these workers with the next generation of skilled manufacturing staff,” Baez said.
The company recently hired three production staff through the WIB’s On-The-Job Training program which helps businesses offset the cost of training new employees.
“Finding workers with the right skills is always a challenge for us,” Baez continued. “The Workforce Investment Board program has been very beneficial to us, but not just from a monetary point of view. The WIB staff work hard to match us with the right employees and support the trainees to ensure they are successful. We will continue to work closely with the WIB and local schools to help us find the employees we need.”
Workforce development is one of the key issues under discussion at the upcoming Annual Manufacturing Summit, as well as the impact of new technology and resources for growth.
Manufacturing companies wishing to attend the Summit on February 19 can register online at
To learn more about how On-the-Job Training can help your business, please call (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
*The WIB’s quarterly Business Services Report showed manufacturers in the county recorded a 23 percent increase in sales during the last quarter, while four percent had plans to expand.
**The most recent Economic Report on the Inland Empire by Chmura Economics and Analytics showed 86,544 people in the region are employed in manufacturing, earning an average of $49,083.
The 2008 recession hit the company hard – reducing the number of trucks in operation from 65 to just 40. However, with business booming again the firm has now returned to running a full capacity fleet.
In the last six months, Valley Bulk, Inc. has hired five new drivers through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s On-the-Job Training program.
The program reimburses employers who hire workers with a skills gap, those who may not have the level of experience the company initially asks for – paying up to 50 percent of the new employee’s salary while they learn the new position.
“I wouldn’t normally take on drivers without experience but I found this program to be a win-win situation for both the employee and our company,” said Lloyd McCoy of Valley Bulk, Inc.
McCoy learned about the On-the-Job Training program from a newly qualified driver who came into their Victorville offices to apply for a job.
“I explained that employing a driver without experience would mean another driver having to spend several weeks with him to train him, which would be at a cost to the company. However, when he told me he was eligible for the WIB program, and how it works, I was happy to give him a job.”
McCoy has since employed four more drivers through On-the-Job Training and believes the program is extremely beneficial to small companies like Valley Bulk, Inc.
“I feel it’s important to help newly qualified workers because it’s often difficult to get a job with no experience. Without the Workforce Investment Board I would not be able to offer this opportunity. I will continue to use the service as long as it’s available.”
Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board said, “Small companies like Valley Bulk, Inc. benefit immensely from the On-the-Job Training program which is why they use the service over and over again.”
Valley Bulk, Inc. now employs a total of 100 staff and delivers across California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
“The On-the-Job Training program provides opportunities for businesses to grow and for residents to learn new skills and earn a paycheck at the same time,” said James Ramos, Chair of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “It’s yet another example of how the WIB is working to support businesses and job seekers.”
To learn more about how On-the-Job Training can help your business, please call (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
The electric solar power installer has seen a 40 percent increase in sales since 2013 resulting in the need to hire more staff.
Owner Don Young was alerted about the no-cost recruitment and training services offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and made inquiries.
“I was surprised to hear that my company would be reimbursed for the cost of training new employees during their first three months of employment. That is a huge benefit for a small company like ours, both from an operational and financial point of view.”
Within the last year, Don has hired two solar panel installers and two office processors through the WIB’s On-the-Job Training program.
The federally funded On-the-Job Training program provides partial wage reimbursement for the designated training period, usually the first 90 days of employment. The goal is to help alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies hiring new employees, thereby supporting company growth.
Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director for the Workforce Investment Board commented, “It is wonderful to see small companies like Smart Solar Power enjoying a sales increase in a difficult competitive market and we are glad to be helping Mr. Young expand his business.”
Smart Solar Power employs a total of 12 staff and installs solar panels on both residential and commercial properties across the Inland Empire. Don Young credits the company’s success to its friendly, family-approach and passion for good customer service, instead of the hard sales strategy that many solar electric firms take. “The business is doing well and I feel we have been blessed,” said Young.
For information about the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s no-cost programs for businesses and residents, contact (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board announced today that it still has paid internship vacancies available for recently qualified healthcare students.
This will allow medical graduates with no previous experience to gain the training and skills they need to be offered a permanent position and establish a career. The internships are On-the-Job Training positions designed to become full-time, regular positions after 90 days.
The Workforce Investment Board was awarded the Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant from the California Workforce Investment Board in the amount of $266,150 to help place 40 individuals in professional level positions in a growing industry.
The grant is designed to assist dislocated workers who have lost a job due to a layoff or company closure. The goal is to provide paid work experience for those who have earned certification in the medical field but are finding it difficult to get back to work.
The key medical professions of focus include, but are not limited to, Registered Nurses, Sonographers, Licensed Vocational Nurses and X-Ray Technicians. Traditionally, these jobs would be offered to candidates with more work experience.
“This is an excellent opportunity for newly licensed candidates to get their foot in the door at a local medical facility,” Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen commented. “This grant funding provides a connection to employers that these candidates need.”
Tina Soto, 42, from Victorville, is a great example of the program benefits. She was unemployed for three months before the Workforce Investment Board placed her in an On-the-Job Training position with Bright Now! Dental Center in Barstow this summer.
Dr. Hector Magpayo was impressed with her skills and work ethic and offered Tina a permanent job after 90 days.
“I’m so happy to be working again,” said Tina. “Even though I am a qualified Registered Dental Assistant, it was difficult for me to find a job. I am so grateful for the assistance I received.”
Dr. Magpayo said the program works well, “Sometimes small offices like ours cannot take the risk of spending the time and money on training a new employee. Tina is an excellent fit for our practice and that was an important factor – the applicant was matched well with our business.”
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford added, “This healthcare grant is another example of how the Workforce Investment Board is placing residents in excellent jobs, while meeting the needs of demand industries.”
Licensed medical professionals hoping to take part in this opportunity should contact the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board at 1(800) 451-JOBs or visit www.csb-win.org.
The number of businesses participating in the On-the-Job Training program offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board is on track to surpass last year’s numbers. The On-the-Job Training program assists workers with finding employment, and reimbursing employers that hire workers who lack experience or training. The program pays up to 50 percent of a new employee’s salary, saving the company money normally spent on training.
“A small business is not an institution designed to train employees,” said Greg Hudson, president of Lifetime Solutions, a plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor located in Victorville. “If I send a new employee out with a skilled technician, the technician will to have to slow down to train the new employee, so productivity may be lost. It’s more cost-effective to recruit employees with experience.” “At the same time, finding qualified, experienced employees is challenging,” added Hudson.
The On-the-Job Training program allowed Lifetime Solutions to hire three inexperienced employees in the past year. The program eased the burden of new employee training. Hudson said the Workforce Investment Board allowed him to take a chance on people not as highly skilled who could become great employees.
The program has grown exponentially as more local businesses discover how useful it is. During the most recent program year ending in July, 259 people were placed into On-the-Job Training; which is an increase from 219 the prior year.
“This is the type of practical program our businesses are clamoring for,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “The number of participants is up to 90 in the first three months of this fiscal year. So, clearly this is a service that is needed by our businesses.’’
The demand for the program comes from San Bernardino County’s growing industries, which covers a range of transportation, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and energy and utilities. The wide variety of positions in these areas offers options for job seekers as they search for work in demand fields.
“On-the-Job Training represents an opportunity to use our resources to solve specific challenges our businesses face, while providing well-paying positions for our residents” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Janice Rutherford said.
This is an example of how Government Works.
To learn more about how On-the-Job Training can help your business, please call (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will host “Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace,” an employer workshop designed to provide solutions to businesses with human resources issues.
Many employers find themselves confused by what is considered a reasonable accommodation and what is a reasonable request by an employee or group of employees. In this interactive presentation the Workforce Investment Board will discuss:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
- Religious Accommodations
- Dress Code Accommodation
- Reasonable Accommodations for different leave laws
- What to do when an employee requests a reasonable accommodation
The workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 12 at the East Valley America’s Job Center of California, 658 E. Brier Drive, Suite 100 in San Bernardino. Check-in is at 9:45 a.m. All employer forums and parking are free of charge; seating is limited. For more information, please contact: Maryann Acuna at 909-383-9932 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register visit http://hrworkshopnov12.eventbrite.com.
The Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide employers in San Bernardino County with access to a free human resources hotline for questions at 1-800-399-5331.
For more information call: 1-800.451.JOBS (5627) or visit www.csb-win.org or fax your completed job order to 909-387-9880.