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Workforce Investment Board

Government Works: Lowering recidivism with training, employment

Final Government Works StampDid you know the County’s Workforce Investment Board and the Fontana Police Department teamed up to help lower the recidivism rate for early release prisoners and probationers?

The Fontana Police Department’s Re-Entry Support (FRST) team was created to assist previously incarcerated individuals with re-assimilation into society. Nationally, the rate at which this population re-offends and goes back to prison is 75 percent.

The FRST team conducted an assessment and learned that the biggest issue above food, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and housing was lack of employment.

FRST reached out to the Workforce Investment Board to help provide employment services, job coaching, job search assistance and re-connection to the workforce that participants needed. Since September 2012, FRST and the Workforce Investment Board have provided 256 people with medical services, counseling, therapy, support groups, assistance with driver license and social security compliance, social services, shelter, education, occupational skills and employment.

The program has placed over 106 clients in employment.

Recently, the National Association of Counties recognized FRST and the Workforce Investment Board with an Achievement Award for their innovative program.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Government Works: County providing employment, training and skills

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During the first quarter of 2013, the County’s Workforce Investment Board entered into an agreement with the County’s Housing Authority to provide employment and educational services to families eligible under the housing assistance program.

The program has served a total of 123 low-income residents who receive career counseling, employment services workshops, job referrals and job skills enhancement services. The overall program goals are to assist eligible individuals with finding and retaining work, improving skills, becoming self-sufficient, and contributing to the economic stability of San Bernardino County.

On June 12, 2014, the National Association of Counties recognized the Housing Authority and Workforce Investment Board partnership with an Achievement Award in the category of Employment and Training. The award was just one of 31 San Bernardino County received from NaCo this year for our innovative programs, surpassing its own record of 27 NaCo awards in 2011.

This is an example of how Government Works.

 

 

Workforce Investment Board gives support to our youth

EDAAn article in the Victorville Daily Press highlights the mentoring the Workforce Investment Board is doing for young people in the County.

Fabian Mujica, 21, who came from poverty and working in the fields picking vegetables has improved his life by obtaining his education and learning job skills from mentor Werner Von der Heide, who runs the Workforce Investment Board teen program in the Hesperia Unified School District.

Mujica told the newspaper: “Without the help of the Workforce Investment Board, I would not have had these opportunities,” Mujica said. “I gained valuable experience in computer skills, customer service, administration and telemarketing.”

To read the article, click here.

 

 

 

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