San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Assists Residents and Businesses through Economic Recovery

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) — The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declared September 2012 to be Workforce Development Month. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will be recognized for its programs that assist job seekers and businesses when they have nowhere else to turn.

“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board has been a lifeline to thousands of residents whose lives were impacted by the economic downturn,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Board makes resources and services available to our local businesses in need, and to young people who are seeking help to overcome their own personal hardships.”

In the 2011 program year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board trained 3,370 customers using federal funds to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors. The board’s Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local employers. They provided valuable services such as employee recruitment assistance, lay-off aversion programs, process improvement services that saved and created jobs, business workshops and On-the-Job Training funds that reimbursed wages to employers during a specified training period.

“We are still in a vulnerable period of economic recovery,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the board. “Unemployment crept up in July 2012 and there is still some hesitation to hire. We are mitigating that gap with our business-friendly programs and resources, while partnering with educational and community organizations to assist job seekers, youth and veterans to receive training and work experience.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit

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