The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Announces...
  • Message on Diversity, Equality, and Equity
  • $2.4 Mil for Career Services to help Justice Involved ....
  • Supportive Services for local workers impacted by COVID 19
  • New program for English Language Learners
  • SB 1 Workforce Development program to provide apprenticeship training for our local region
  • Membership Updates
  • COVID-19 Workforce Development Data Report
  • COVID-19 Resources and Information
  • Business Forward Ventura County Website
  • The NEW Ventura County Works! Podcast

Our Message on Diversity, Inclusion, Equality, and Equity

This year the world has again been witness to the brutal unveiling of inequality through the lens of people of color. As a local Workforce Development Board, we want to ensure that our community receives the support necessary to prevent discrimination and racial bias. Organizations are being compelled and inspired to take a closer look at their operations and practices to ensure diversity, inclusion, equality and equity.  We are committed to demonstrating through action as well as policy that Black, Indigenous and People of Color matter in our community.
Our Board is committed to assuring that there is Equal Opportunity Employment for all. The nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provision found in Section 188 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and 29 CFR Part 38 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race; color; religion; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, transgender status, and gender identity); national origin (including limited English proficiency); age; disability, political affiliation or belief; or, for beneficiaries, applicants, and participants only, on the basis of citizenship status or participation in a WIOA Title I- financially assisted program or activity. As a local Workforce Development Board, we will continue to ensure this through our services, contract agreements, job training plans, and policies and procedures.
Achieving racial equity in the workplace will be one of the most important issues that organizations will undertake and it will likely take uncomfortable conversations, but it must happen for change. There are resources and training available and many other ways to learn and address our own biased thinking.

Our Workforce Board will continue to work to ensure greater diversity, inclusion, equality and equity in our Career Services, our Outreach efforts in the community and in our Board membership to ensure that we truly represent the Ventura County region.


Rebecca Evans, Executive Director 
Tracy Perez, Workforce Board Chair


Grant Information

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Awarded $2.4 million To Help Justice-Involved Individuals Enter the Workforce

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) is proud and excited to share that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Ventura County with $2,417,711 to help justice-involved individual enter the workforce.  In partnership with the Ventura County’s Sheriff Office an application for the Pathway Home grant was submitted on April 14, 2020 and announcement of the award was released on July 7, 2020.

The Ventura County Bridges 2 Work (B2W) project will place Employment Specialists at the Todd Road Jail whose focus will be on inmates who are less than 180 days away from release. The WDBVC will implement a Pre-Release Specialized Job Center at the Todd Road Jail to serve up to 300 inmates.  Working as a team with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Todd Road Jail staff, the Employment Specialists will provide career services including; skills assessments, resume preparation, interview training, access to job boards and job placement services, and connections to skills training.  Overall, the strategy is that increased job placement and long-term job retention will decrease the recidivism rate within this population.  The Bridges 2 Work Program aligns with the goal of improving and enhancing services to justice-involved individuals in Ventura County. This goal was identified by stakeholders and written in our Prison to Employment Regional Plan.

The Department of Labor announced a total of 20 awardees in 15 states for a total of $64,395,062 to assist in the transition of justice-involved adults back to work.


Supportive Services for COVID-19

On April 24, 2020, the Employment Development Department awarded additional funding to 42 Local Workforce Development Areas including $450,000 for the County of Ventura.  The emergency funding will provide supportive services to under-served populations with up to $800 per person for basic needs such as childcare, housing, and utility assistance, and transportation costs.  Workers impacted by COVID-19 can also utilize the funding for equipment needed for teleworking and internet connectivity.  The efforts are part of the initiatives by Governor Newsom to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding remains available until September 30th, 2020.

English Language Learners Pathways to Careers

"On June 12, 2020, $1.35 million of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Governor’s Discretionary Funds were awarded to four organizations under the English Language Learners Program (ELL) for Program Year (PY) 2019-20."

Workforce Development Board  of  Ventura County (WDBVC)  has been  awarded $350,000 and will focus on tailoring services to the ELL population through collaboration with partners to ensure successful job placement and retention. Services to be provided include career consulting and supportive services, to assist and encourage ELL participants to attend education and training activities.  The industries of focus include healthcare, business services, clean/green construction, and manufacturing. The program will align partner services to increase the number of participants in pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and other work-based training. Both are goals included in the two-year regional and local plan update.

On July 2020, the California Workforce Development Board announced SB1 Program Awards including region 6, composed of  Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.  The region was awarded $462,506 and will begin a six-month planning period this September 2020.  Grant will commence thereafter through September of 2023. 

The California Workforce Development Board explains the purpose of High Road Construction Careers is to advance careers in the building and construction trades as a reliable pathway for disadvantaged Californians. The investment of pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships partnerships will prepare population in most need and those at-risk.  The focus will include clean and green training which are emerging in-demand skills that will help the future of the workforce.

Workforce Development Board Membership Updates

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County re-elected Tracy Perez as chair and Peter Zierhut as vice-chair starting July 1, 2020. Both will serve one-year terms. We look forward to another great year of leadership and insight! Congratulations!

 The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County welcomes new member, Sandy Smith!
Sandy is currently employed as a Land Use Consultant for Sespe Consulting in Ventura.  He is a Senior Adjunct Professor for the Master’s Program in Public Policy at California Lutheran University. Sandy also serves as the Policy Chair for the Ventura County Economic Development Association, a Member of the County of Ventura Economic Vitality Strategic Plan Committee, a Board Member for City of Ventura Chamber of Commerce, a Member for the Advisory Council of Habitat for Humanity, and as an Executive Committee member for the Ventura County Civic Alliance. 


COVID-19 Workforce Report
Beginning in March 2020, the Workforce Development Board has worked in partnership with the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures, the Ventura County Chamber Alliance and the County of Ventura and City Economic Development leaders in a coordinated response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ventura County.  The WDB team gathers information related to our local Workforce and Employment from our partners at the Employment Development Department (EDD) and through the CalJOBS system to provide the following report each week.

Resources and Information
You may access local COVID-19 resources and information through the


If you're a business you may be interested to know that Ventura County has a Business Resource Hub with access to information and the help you may need!  

Business Forward Ventura County is a countywide initiative and business resource hub committed to delivering economic development support to businesses throughout Ventura County.  Business Forward provides a bridge for The County of Ventura and its ten cities, the Workforce Development Board, the Economic Development Collaborative, and participating Business Resources Providers to collaborate in the production and delivery of resources and services needed for local businesses to thrive.
Supported by the Ventura County Business Liaison, the Business Forward website serves as a central resource hub outlining Ventura County business associations and incubators, Chambers of Commerce, government organizations and other resources that both provide support and prioritize the improvement of industry, economy and equity for our region.

For more information, please call (805) 409-9788 to speak to a Ventura County Business Liason or email

Have you heard?

We have a podcast, Ventura County Works! Listen in as we talk all things workforce development in Ventura County, California. Hosted by our Executive Director, Rebecca Evans.
Episodes feature WDB Chair, Tracy Perez and WDB Vice Chair, Peter Zierhut on how their industries have responded to COVID-19 and the impact on the workforce. Recent episodes feature the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program at Ventura College and a conversation about Equity with Dr. Trudy Tuttle- Arriaga, the Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach, Program Director, and Main Campus M.A. in Educational Leadership & Distinguished Educator in Residence at California Lutheran University.

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