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26 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
E24: Developing a Talent Pipeline in the Healthcare Sector
In this episode, Rebecca Evans is joined by Lisa Mitchell, Workforce Development Program Director from the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC). HASC is a valuable partner that participates in the WDBVC Healthcare Sector Workgroup. Discover the purpose of industry workgroups, and what the workgroup has been able to identify as the workforce development needs in Ventura County. Lisa also shares her thoughts on the top jobs needed locally and positions that can be career pathways for individuals exploring career choices in healthcare.
9 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
E23: Resources for Veterans and Active-Duty Members
This episode, was originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA Radio and features a conversation about the resources available for veterans and active-duty members. Discover the veteran program and services available through the America’s Job & Career Center in Ventura County, how businesses benefit by hiring veterans, and much more!
26 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
E22: Advancing Careers in the Building and Construction Trades
In this episode, you'll learn about the HRCC: SB 1 Program. The HRCC program aims to advance careers in the building and construction trades as a reliable pathway to the middle class for disadvantaged Californians via multi-craft pre-apprenticeship training. Rebecca Evans, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board, Ventura County, Dawn Boulanger, Executive Director San Luis Obispo County (SLO) Workforce Development Board and Ray McDonald, Executive Director Santa Barbara (SB) County Workforce Development Board discuss the investments being made in pre-apprenticeship training partnerships and reveal how they are collaborating across regions.
13 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
E21: Giving and Gratitude
This episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA Radio, features a conversation with representatives from two vital organizations in the community, the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging and our local food pantry, Food Share of Ventura County. Discover the supports and resources that are available to those in need, during the holiday season and beyond.
7 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
E20: Disability Employment Accelerator
On March 22, 2021, the Employment Development Department announced that Workforce Development Board of Ventura County was awarded $350,000 for the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA), a grant funded through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act. The goal of the grant is to promote employment strategies for People with Disabilities. This program also creates linkages and engages businesses to develop work-based learning programs for People with Disabilities with significant barriers to employment and addresses the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Linda Lara, Disability Employment Navigator, Managed Career Solutions, joins the program to share more details.
12 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
E19: Ventura County Youth Careers Program
Youth are the future workforce and make up a large portion of the service industry and entry-level employees. During this pandemic, youth are the most impacted population with about 17% receiving unemployment. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Ventura County, according to data from the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), 60,530 youth ages 18-24 applied for Unemployment Insurance in Ventura County. The number of youth unemployment insurance claims represents nearly 17% of the whole county's total claims. For this reason and many more, it’s important to outreach to the youth in our community. Joining the program to talk about Ventura County Youth Careers Program are Alex Renteria, Sr. Mission Services Manager, Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and Patty Cervantes: Mission Services Supervisor, Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara .
17 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
E18: The Agriculture Sector- Challenges, Opportunities and Meeting Talent Needs
This episode features a conversation with Rosa Serrato, Director of Talent Strategies for Reiter Affiliated Companies in Oxnard, CA. Rosa shares her perspective as a member of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County and discusses Reiter Affiliated Companies and their role in the local region. Discover the challenges to obtaining the talent that Reiter and the larger agriculture sector needs right now and different occupational opportunities available in agriculture for the local workforce.
16 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
E17: Meeting Workforce Talent Needs in the IT Sector
Stephen Yeoh, Chief of Peace of Mind for Un1teee, discusses stepping into the role of Vice Chair of The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County. He also shares his perspective on the top workforce talent needs in the Information Technology (IT) service sector now, and what he sees as potential needs in the near future.
12 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
E16: Prison to Employment (P2E) Services
In this episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA Radio, Steve Thompson, Assistant Principal, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education and Amy Tyrell, Chef and Case Manager, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education, join the program to discuss the Prison to Employment (P2E) program, which helps build career pathways and reduce recidivism.
14 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
E15: English Language Learner Navigator Program
In this episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA Radio, Jacqueline Govea, Center Director at California Employment Training discusses the English Language Learner Program.
14 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
E14: The County of Ventura Farmworker Resource Program
In this episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA radio, you'll hear the details about the County of Ventura Farmworker Resource Program.
14 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
E13: SB1 Construction Careers Program
In this episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA radio, you'll learn about the High Road Construction Careers program. Discover the program details, and how it will help disadvantaged workers develop a career path in an in-demand field.
11 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
E12: National Dislocated Worker Grants to Address the COVID -19 Pandemic
This episode was originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment on KVTA Radio on the topic of National Dislocated Worker Grants to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s impact on California’s workforce.
17 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
E11: How to Write a Resume That Helps You Get Noticed
Resume expert Dave Mason joins the program to share tips on the best approach to updating your resume, and how to tailor your resume to highlight in-demand skills. Discover the importance of identifying transferrable skills, the ideal length of your resume, and the most impactful part of a resume.
17 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
E10: The Hospitality Industry- Responding and Innovating During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Victor Dollar, Senior Vice President of Sales for Brighton Management joins the program to discuss how Brighton, and the hospitality industry in general, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover what Brighton is doing to ensure the health and safety of their guests, and the changing workforce needs for the hospitality industry. Victor also shares advice for anyone considering travel and hotel stays now and in the coming months.
31 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
E09: An Overview of Naval Base Ventura County- with Captain Kirk Lagerquist
Captain Kirk Lagerquist, Chief Staff Officer at Naval Base Ventura County joins the program to discuss some of the jobs and workforce opportunities that exist on the base, and shares the journey of his own career. Discover some of the unique skills and perspectives that a global base experience can offer. It is best for us to be mindful of the strength, support and diplomacy as well as security that our US Military provides year round. As we honor Veterans Day, is there anything else you would like to share? (this is really open ended for anything you’d like to add)
13 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
E08: Programs for Youth
In this episode, originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday segment for KVTA radio, you'll discover programs and services that are available to help youth succeed.
15 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
E07: New Grant Funding to Support Job Seekers and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
On April 24th Governor Newsom announced that the Employment Development Department or EDD and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency have awarded $10 million to be shared among 42 WDB areas. The WDB of Ventura County was awarded $450,000 from that fund to provide assistance to dislocated workers and layoff aversion services. Here to talk about the ways this new grant funding will benefit Ventura County job seekers and businesses who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are: · Nancy Ambriz: Workforce Operations Manager County of Ventura for the America’s Job Center of California or AJCC · Mary Navarro-Aldana, Field Office Manager, Employment Development Department, Workforce Service *Note, this episode was originally recorded as a Workforce Wednesday broadast on KVTA.
19 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
E06: Equity and Diversity at Work
Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, Ed.D, Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach, Program Director at Cal Lutheran University, joins the program to discuss equity and diversity as they relate to workforce development. Discover how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities, and how organizations can be part of the solution.
13 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
E05: Preparing for a Career in Advanced Manufacturing
In this episode, originally recorded as a "Workforce Wednesday" segment for KVTA radio, Lead Manufacturing Faculty, John Clark, discusses How Ventura College is Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis by offering hybrid online/in-person course training in the discipline of advanced manufacturing.
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