Workforce agencies deliver hope, stability in dire times

When Martha Espinosa heard the news she was crushed.

Orchard Supply, a long standing staple of hardware and home goods in the City of Fresno, was closing seven area stores leaving hundreds of workers in limbo.

Espinosa, a Business Services coordinator for the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, didn't wait for a phone call or an invitation to step up and do her part to quell the fears many Orchard employees were grappling with.

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Workforce Development Boards of the San Joaquin Valley

The workforce development boards of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern/Inyo/Mono counties work together to align workforce development resources to the needs of target industries that are thriving in the San Joaquin Valley.

These boards share resources, knowledge and expertise to better serve our region. By sharing our stories and working together to address the unique needs of industries in the middle of the state, we hope to expand the impact of our work and ensure that businesses have the skilled workforce necessary for our regional economy to thrive.

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How workforce services
suppport job seekers and
businesses in your community

Subsidized Employment

Subsidized Employment is a program designed to help employees establish work history, demonstrate work success in an employer/employee relationship, and develop new skills.

Training Incentives

On the Job Training (OJT) is a program that provides reimbursement of wages to compensate for the extraordinary costs associated with training new employees.

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is a series of customized, confidential, and convenient services available to businesses during downsizing and restructuring.

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