Our Workforce Development Department offers businesses, job seekers and youth with innovative employment and training services. We bring together leaders from all corners of the employment market to provide a variety of resources that enhance the competitiveness of our local workforce.
ONE-STOP EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
CSET provides workforce development services that assist local businesses to thrive, while training residents of all ages to find their path to good jobs. These services are funded by the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB), Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging, and others. CSET is the WIB's One-Stop Operator for the Employment Connection-a proud partner of America's Job Center of California Network-in Visalia and Porterville, with satellite services in Tulare.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Call or visit a one-stop location or visit the Employment Connection online at www.EmploymentConnect.org.
Each location is equipped with a Resource Room including computers, printers, and internet access. Businesses attend specialized workshops to speak with job seekers who learn about employment opportunities. Youth gain work readiness and leadership skills, plan for college and careers, and gain valuable experiences through work-based learning.
LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
304 E. Tulare Avenue, Tulare
1063 W. Henderson Avenue, Porterville
For Partner-Referred Individuals:
Job seekers referred for service by the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency are eligible for and encouraged to take advantage of individual career coaching, job readiness training, occupational skills training, on-the-job training, and paid work experience.
Please ask your case manager how the workforce development programs can help you. Any Tulare County resident can become eligible for service by contacting an Employment Connection. Please ask for an “informational greeting” to find out how.
Businesses use the Employment Connection to screen, hire and train prospective employees. Services include:
- Job Postings and Workforce Pipeline Development
- Employee Screening and Recruitment
- Specialized Services for Laid-Off Workers
- Access to Labor Market Trends, Statistics and Economic Data
- On-The-Job Training Reimbursement of 50-75% for Qualified Businesses
Welfare to Work:
CSET operates a Welfare-to-Work program in Visalia, Tulare, Porterville and surrounding areas. The program is designed to help individuals who are receiving Cash Aid Welfare to find and maintain stable employment and ultimately become self-sufficient.
The program begins with an intensive week of job readiness training. Career Coaches and Job Developers meet with participants to create a resume, improve interview skills, learn about proper behavior in work settings and much more. The rest of the time in the program is spent eliminating barriers to employment, reinforcing job readiness and job searching. CSET staff is there every step of the way to provide assistance. For more information, call your welfare case worker or contact us at the number below.
Debbie Castro, Director
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
CSET is dedicated to the development of the next generation of Tulare County residents and strives to develop programs that empower our local youth. Through service learning projects, mentorships with community leaders, workforce training and college campus visits, CSET's Youth Development Department provides youth an opportunity to engage with their communities and dream of a better future for themselves.
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YOUTH DEPARTMENT PARTNERSHIPS
PORTERVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (PUSD)
CSET has been in partnership with PUSD for the past 28 years and is proud to offer employment and training services to students in their Pathways programs. According to PUSD's Pathways website, "the PUSD Pathways provide rigorous academic core blended with demanding technical curriculum to prepare students for success in college and careers."
Services provided by CSET's Youth Development Department are made possible by our WIA/WIOA programs. Students are trained to become certified tax preparers through CSET's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and then offer cost-free tax return assistance to the local community. In addition, CSET provides internship opportunities to Pathways students at our various sites during the Spring, Summer and Winter breaks.