Veterans Sought For No-Cost Job Training

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– – The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board is seeking 50 veterans discharged from the military during the last four years to participate in free job training programs for local green industries.

“With unemployment still far too high, this program can help our veterans who have recently left the service make the transition to civilian employment,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who served as a U.S. Marine during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. “We encourage veterans to contact one of the County’s Employment Resource Centers for more information as soon as possible because the program has a narrow window to apply.”

The deadline for veterans to complete their no-cost training and obtain a job certification is March 31, 2012. The program is open to a total of 100 veterans, with 50 of those openings reserved for veterans who separated from the military in the past 48 months. Openings for the recently discharged veterans are still available.

The training programs will teach the skills needed for green jobs available with local employers. Green industries include solar panel maintenance and installation, sustainable and recycled products manufacturing, transportation and logistics using alternative fuels and hundreds of other industries according to the grant.

Participants can enter training certificate courses paid for by the grant, or On-the-Job Training, where a portion of their wages are reimbursed while they train on the job.  Welding and HVAC certification courses are currently being launched.  Other training courses will be determined based upon the job interests of the participants.  Post-training job placement assistance is also available.

Interested veterans may apply through their local San Bernardino County One-Stop Employment Resource Centers located in Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino. Accepting training paid for by this federal grant funding does not affect a veteran’s G.I. Bill.

One of the programs developed is at Barstow Community College to train veterans as industrial maintenance mechanics with the necessary skills to work at the expanding Molycorp mine. That program also has openings.

To find the location of the nearest San Bernardino County One-Stop Employment Resource Center, call:

1 (800) 451-JOBS or visit: http://www.sbcounty.gov/csb-win/wia.htm.

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