OXNARD, Calif. – On Wednesday, February 15th, the Human Services Agency celebrated the grand opening of an Oxnard office designated as an America’s Job Center. The office is one of more than 200 centers throughout California that operate under state and federal law to provide a range of services under one roof designed to meet the needs of job seekers, workers and employers.
John C. Zaragoza, Chair of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and Adriana Kuhnle, a Division Chief with the State’s Employment Development Department, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of Wednesday’s event that sought to educate more than 100 guests about the center’s offerings.
Located at 2901 North Ventura Road in Oxnard near The Collection at RiverPark, the America’s Job Center provides no-cost services to job seekers including help with resumes and interviews; career guidance and workshops; access to job listings; and use of computers and business equipment.
The America’s Job Center also offers resources to employers such as posting job openings; pre-screening potential candidates; customizing on-the-job training programs; and sharing in employee training costs.
Further, the America’s Job Center provides an access point for a range of services administered by partner agencies. Among these partner-led services are unemployment insurance benefits issued by the State’s Employment Development Department; educational programs offered by local youth and adult learning institutions; and specialized services targeted to older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans and others.
In addressing participants at Wednesday’s event, Human Services Agency Director Barry L. Zimmerman recognized the Board of Supervisors’ and the County Executive Office’s support in establishing the America’s Job Center, and stated that the county is “fortunate to house critical public services in a professional, inviting environment that promotes partnerships among government and non-profit agencies.”
Some 3,000 customer visits are expected each month at the America’s Job Center in Oxnard, which is served by Gold Coast Transit’s Route 17 bus.
An affiliate America’s Job Center is located at 2900 North Madera Road in Simi Valley. Additionally, the Human Services Agency operates resource rooms for job seekers at 4651 Telephone Road in Ventura; 725 East Main Street in Santa Paula; 828 Ventura Street in Fillmore; 80 East Hillcrest in Thousand Oaks; and 612B Spring Road (Ruben Castro Center) in Moorpark.
For more information about job seeker, worker and employer services, visit www.vchsa.org
Photo (L to R): Mary Navarro-Aldano (EDD), Supervisor John Zaragoza, County Executive Officer Mike Powers, Adriana Kuhnle and Human Services Director Barry Zimmerman.