February has been a busy month for the Workforce Development Board. On Feb. 6, we launched our summer initiative for youth called Earn & Learn East Bay
In collaboration with the non-profit Contra Costa Economic Partnership
, our goal for Earn & Learn East Bay is to connect hundreds of youth ages 16-21 to summer jobs, internships and other high-quality work-based learning experiences, such as industry-lead summer camps.
Over the next few months, the WDB will be looking for summer opportunities for local students enrolled in career pathways as well as disconnected youth who are not currently in school or employed.
Of course, our youth providers simply cannot provide these opportunities to youth if we do not have a robust cadre of employers throughout the County who support Earn & Learn through their willingness to take on youth as interns or employees, or financially sponsor their participation in a summer opportunity.
To see my video op-ed about Earn & Learn East Bay, please click here.
In an effort to serve adult and youth job seekers in central Contra Costa County, our business services team, AJCC staff and our partners from the Employment Development Department, hosted a very successful career fair at Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Concord on Feb. 25 that drew more than 500 people. Nearly 40 employers and 20 resource providers met with job seekers to take resumes, discuss open positions, and share information about training opportunities.
I want to personally thank our sponsors of the event - Mt. Diablo Adult Education, the City of Concord, Dow Chemical and Costco. It is exciting to see companies actively hiring as our economy rebounds, and the WDB is proud of its role to connect talent with opportunity.