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Attend the South Monterey County Job Fair in Soledad on November 10th!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Salinas, CA — Dozens of employers from multiple industry sectors are expected To attend the South Monterey County Job Fair at the Soledad Community Center on November 10, 2021, 4pm7pm. The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB), the City of Soledad, and the Soledad Parks & Recreation District are teaming up to sponsor the in-person event to help people get back to work locally. “We are strongly committed to serving South Monterey County and are pleased to be partnering with the City of Soledad on this job fair. We look forward to seeing job seekers and employers from all South County
communities there and giving them the opportunity to connect,” said MCWDB Executive Director, Christopher Donnelly.

Retail Industry Virtual Job Fair planned for October 20, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Salinas, CA The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) is teaming up with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Salinas United Business Association, and the Small Business Development Center for a virtual Retail Industry Job Fair on Wednesday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. utilizing the MCWDB’s Premier Virtual online event platform.

As the region continues to re-open, the job fair will help employees find opportunities to return to work and help small and large retail businesses recruit employees to support their operations during the busy fall and winter months and beyond. “We’re gearing up for a big holiday rush,” said Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, Paul Farmer. “We want to ensure that businesses have enough staff in place to serve our visitors,” he said. The retail industry suffered losses in Monterey County during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many downturned areas and small businesses bearing much of the area’s retail losses. Industry professionals are relieved that the sector is seeing a comeback in 2021. “We are very excited about the recovery of the retail industry and the return of old and new customers returning to retail businesses,” said Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Interim CEO, Monica Lal.

Monterey Cadre to host Sustainability Fair on Saturday, September 25            

Event to highlight local sustainable resources and organizations

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s Cadre Program will hold an outdoor Sustainability Fair on Saturday, September 25 from 10am to 2pm at 344 Salinas Street in Salinas. The event is the capstone project for the group, that graduates on October 1.  The event will feature sustainable products and businesses, sustainable resources and organizations, a giving closet and volunteer opportunities.

“We’re bringing sustainability to our community!” said Monterey County Workforce Development Board, Executive Director, Chris Donnelly.  “The Cadre participants have worked very hard to learn about event planning as well as sustainability and stewardship to our community. The Workforce Development Board  is very proud of this Cadre program and the hard work of the Cadre participants and the staff.”

Joby Aviation job fair highlights openings for entry-level technicians

September 16, Salinas, CA — The Monterey County Workforce Development Board is partnering with Joby Aviation, a company developing an electric aircraft, to highlight more than 20 positions the company is seeking to fill for entry-level technicians.

A virtual job fair will be held for Joby Aviation on September 28, 2021, 4-6pm PDT, during which attendees can chat with a member of Joby’s recruiting team and submit a resume for consideration for Technician positions. It is also an opportunity for attendees to learn more about Joby’s electric aircraft and sustainability-focused mission.

Joby is hiring Technicians familiar with electrical wiring and electro-mechanical assemblies for its expanding facility in Marina, CA. Minimal experience is required.

EDD Reminds Californians About Ending Federal Unemployment Programs and Highlights Other Vital Benefits that Continue

EDD continues to remind Californians that most federal extended unemployment programs expire September 4 and the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension ends September 11.

September 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. is the expiration for most federal unemployment benefits:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) (also known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplement)
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

Federal rules allow those who still have FED-ED weeks available to continue receiving benefits as late as 11:59 p.m. on September 11, 2021. Similarly, if a claimant’s PEUC benefits end September 4—and that person has not already had a FED-ED extension and now qualifies for one—EDD will transfer them to FED-ED until September 11.

Claimants should continue to certify for benefits if eligible. Any weeks of unemployment that occurred before these programs expire can still be paid retroactively if a claimant is later determined to be eligible for those weeks of benefits.

The federal government does not allow benefit payments for weeks of unemployment after federal unemployment programs end, even if claimants have balances left on their claim. A person who has no income in the past 18 months does not have enough wages to qualify for a new regular state unemployment insurance claim. EDD has a calculator to estimate any potential benefit available.

The federal programs extending unemployment benefits in California expire for an estimated 2.2 million people. Another approximately 500,000 Californians will continue on regular state unemployment insurance, but without the $300 federal PAC supplement. EDD is sending claimants whose federal benefits are ending a second round of notices this month with links to other vital benefit programs that continue beyond September 4.

Monterey County Job Seekers and Employers connecting through virtual job fairs

Workforce Development Board invites job seekers to September 15 virtual job fair                                     

Hiring is booming across Monterey County as employers pull out the stops to find job seekers willing to work in every industry sector.  The Monterey County Workforce Development Board is helping by organizing another online, virtual job fair on Wednesday, September 15 from 10:00AM-1PM.

“As Pandemic Unemployment Insurance expires, the Monterey County Workforce Development Board is ready to help job seekers get back to work and is encouraging them to consider online job fairs.  We hope that those who were drawing unemployment insurance will take the opportunity to attend our upcoming virtual job fairs to find gainful employment.” said Monterey County Workforce Development Board Director, Christopher Donnelly.  “Employers are anxious to meet job seekers at these events and we’re happy to make them happen.”

Job seekers need to register in advance on the Premier Virtual platform at:  https://pvapi.premiervirtual.com/s/0W94rx  Job seekers are encouraged to prepare for the event by creating a resume in PDF form, then join online anytime between the hours of 10AM-1PM on the 15.

“Employers from a wide variety of industries participate in our monthly virtual job fairs, including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, IT and more.” said Donnelly.  “Job seekers have the opportunity to apply for all kinds of jobs, at all levels; entry level, middle and advanced positions.

The virtual job fair is free, easy, safe and convenient for everyone.  Job seekers that need help upgrading their resumes or practicing interview tips are encouraged to contact the One Stop Career Center at (831) 796-3335 or email MontereyEmploymentHelp@EquusWorks.com in advance of the recruitment.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Under CARES ACT expires next month

America’s Job Center expands hours to put people back to work

On September 4, 2021, the federal unemployment insurance program, known as the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance benefit, created under the CARES Act will expire in California and across the states. “Starting today, over three million California workers impacted by the expiration of these critical federal programs were notified by the Employment Development Department (EDD).” said Monterey County Workforce Development Board Director, Christopher Donnelly.

As such, the Monterey County Workforce Development Board has expanded hours for job seekers at all three of its One Stop Career Centers (as known as America’s Job Center of California) in Monterey County. “Our Career Centers in Marina, Salinas, and Seaside are open for business from 10AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. We’ve expanded our hours to serve our community and hope that job seekers will take full advantage of our program and services,” said Donnelly. “We’re asking job seekers to contact us to set up appointments with our talent coaches as soon as possible.

Monterey County employers flock to virtual job fairs

Virtual events provide job seekers with one stop convenience

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 – Salinas, CA   Know a business that’s looking for employees?  More and more employers are turning to the Monterey County Workforce Development Board to engage with job seekers online utilizing the agency’s virtual online job fair platform.  Numerous local employers are hiring and are gearing up to use the Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s new Premier Virtual online platform to meet job seekers at a virtual job fair on Wednesday, August 18th from 10:00AM-1PM.

One Stop Career Center also known as America’s Job Center is open for business 10AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday beginning on August 9

Job seekers can find assistance in three locations across Monterey County

Friday, July 30, 2021 Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Workforce Development Board has expanded hours for job seekers at all three of its One Stop Career Centers (as known as America’s Job Center of California) in Monterey County. “Beginning on August 9, our Career Centers in Marina, Salinas, and Seaside will be open for business from 10AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. “We’re glad to be expanding our hours to serve our community and hope that job seekers will take full advantage of our program and services,” said Chris Donnelly, MCWDB Executive Director. “We’re asking job seekers to contact us to set up appointments with our talent coaches as soon as possible,” said Donnelly.

Locations include:

  • Monterey Peninsula Education Center at Marina, 289 Twelfth Street, Marina, Room 402, (831) 597-2858.
  • Three Salinas Square, 344 Salinas Street, Suite 203, Salinas, (831) 796-3335.
  • Seaside Adult School, 1295 LaSalle Blvd. Seaside, (831) 708-6484.

Marina Job Center is Open!

Monterey County Workforce Development Board partners with Monterey Peninsula College in Marina to serve job seekers

Monday, July 12, 2021 – In partnership with the Monterey Peninsula College, the Monterey County Workforce Development Board(MCWDB) has opened a new Job Center located at MPC’s Education Center in Marina at 289 Twelfth Street, Room 402.

Now job seekers and students can access a variety of employment and training resources, including current job listings, computer and internet access, labor market information and career exploration assessment, online training, career coaching, job search assistance, and resume development. The MCWDB invites job seekers to drop in or call (831) 597-2858 for an appointment.

“Youth and adults from Marina and beyond will be able to more easily access our services in this new location, thanks to the generosity of Monterey Peninsula College. This type of collaboration demonstrates how strong regional partnerships can benefit the communities of Monterey County,” said Chris Donnelly, Executive Director of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board. “We hope that students, veterans, and all members of the community come take advantage of the services at the Marina Job Center.”

Marina Job Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.  Job seekers are asked to call the center to schedule in-person appointments.  The new job center is part of the One Stop Career Center (also known as America’s Job Centers of California) network in partnership with the Monterey County Workforce Development Board.

Monterey County Workforce Development Board invites employers to join upcoming 2021 virtual job fairs

Are you an employer who is currently hiring? The Monterey County Workforce Development Board can help! The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) has a new virtual recruitment platform, Premier Virtual, that is available for Monterey County employers to utilize at no charge.

“We are pleased to offer our local employers the opportunity to reach out to job seekers through this new online platform,” said MCDWB Business Services Manager, Jerry Hernandez. “The Premier Virtual platform is the easiest way to host virtual career fairs and online hiring events. We provide employers with training in advance of all events and are here to walk them through the process, step by step. It’s free, convenient, easy, and safe.”

Workforce Development Board invites job seekers to July 21st virtual job fair

Know a Monterey County job seeker who’s looking for work?  Numerous local employers are hiring and are gearing up to use the Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s new Premier Virtual online platform to meet job seekers at a virtual job fair on Wednesday, July 21st from 10:00AM-1PM.

Job seekers need to register in advance on the Premier Virtual platform at: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/8612-monterey-county-july-fair  in preparation, upload a PDF resume, then join online anytime between the hours of 10AM-1PM on the 21st.

Monterey County Job Seekers and Employers connecting through virtual job fairs

Workforce Development Board to utilize Premier Virtual platform to host June 16th job fair

Know someone looking for work in Monterey County?  Several local employers are hiring and are utilizing the Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s new Premier Virtual online platform to meet with job seekers on Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00AM-1PM.  Participating employers include:

  • Hyatt Regency Monterey
  • Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Blaze Pizza
  • The Santa Lucia Preserve
  • Central Coast Cooling
  • Michael’s Transportation Services, Inc.
  • Illusions of Grandeur
  • Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc.
  • Monterey Spine & Joint
  • Victorian Home Care
  • Monterey County Department of Social Services
  • and more.

Job seekers are asked to register on the Premier Virtual platform at: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/8030-monterey-county-june-fair in preparation for the event, upload a PDF resume, then join online at any time between 10am-1pm on June 16.  The event is free.

$840,000 available for small business relief through the Monterey County Workforce Development Board

GRANTS OF UP TO $10,000 AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE SMALL BUSINESSES – ROUND 3 APPLICATION OPENS MAY 17

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) will administer a third round of grants through the Monterey County CARES Small Business Relief Program (SBRP) in order to assist more small businesses throughout Monterey County that have continued to suffer financial losses due to the COVID-19 crisis. In fall 2020, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Monterey demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting small businesses by allocating County CARES Act funds and Cannabis Tax Assignment funds for three rounds of grants. In the first two rounds, the MCWDB awarded grants to almost 250 Monterey County businesses.

Hospitality & Tourism virtual job fair could put hundreds back to work locally... One Stop Career Center has employment and training services to help

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board is encouraging local job seekers to take advantage of the remarkable employment opportunities currently available. “Now is the time for Monterey County job seekers – those unemployed or those looking to change careers – to connect with employers. Hundreds of local employers are hiring right now, and it will be easier to find the job you want now before the job market becomes really competitive in a couple of months when everyone’s unemployment benefits end at the same time,” said MCWDB Executive Director, Christopher Donnelly.

Employers and Job Seekers to connect at monthly virtual job fair... Premier Virtual platform proves useful

Job seekers and employers will have another opportunity to connect this month on April 28 from 10am to 1pm through a free virtual job fair. The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) is making virtual job fairs available on a monthly basis in an effort to connect employers and job seekers and ultimately boost employment countywide. Monterey County’s unemployment rate for February was 10.9% compared to 8.5% across the state.

Hospitality & Tourism Virtual Job Fair planned for May 13, 2021 - Using new Premier Virtual online event platform

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) is teaming up with the Monterey County Hospitality Association, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Monterey County Weekly for a virtual Hospitality & Tourism job fair on Thursday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. utilizing the MCWDB’s new Premier Virtual online event platform. As the region begins to re-open, the job fair will help employees return to work and help accommodations, food services, and tourism businesses recruit employees to support their operations during the busy summer months and beyond.

America’s Job Center aka One Stop Career Center to reopen April 5th, 2021

Do you need help jump-starting your career?  Did you know that America’s Job Center, also known as the One Stop Career Center, can help to get your career back on track?  AJCC will be open, by appointment only, beginning on Monday, April 5th from 10AM-3PM.  The organization will then be open for business on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Workforce Development Board to utilize new online Premier Virtual platform to host Balance Staffing recruitment on March 31st, 2021

Know a Monterey County job seeker who’s looking for work? Balance Staffing is hiring and is utilizing the Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s new Premier Virtual online platform to attract job seekers on Wednesday, March 31st from 10:30A.M.-11:30A.M.
Job seekers are asked to register on the Premier Virtual platform at: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/5965-balance-staffing-recruitment-event in preparation for the event, then join online beginning at 10:30AM on March 31st to learn more.

Monterey County Promotes Workforce Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic with Free Job Training and Certification

Monterey County’s unemployment rate shot up to an astounding 20.2% in April 2020, up from 12.2% in March 2020. This resulted in 41,800 unemployed individuals in April compared to 26,200 in March. The Monterey County Workforce Development Board / (MCWDB) is here to help job seekers and workers counter COVID-19 impacts and find resiliency, by providing free access to Metrix Learning (Metrix) – a dynamic online training platform that assesses job seeker interests and skills gaps, and then creates an individual Training Plan aligned with a targeted career pathway. Read more…

We’ve moved

The MCWDB has relocated its main office to 344 Salinas Street in Oldtown Salinas, Suite 101.  There is parking available on-site.

New location for America’s Job Center in Monterey County

America’s Job Center, also known as the One Stop Career Center, has moved to Oldtown Salinas. AJCC has relocated to 344 Salinas Street in Salinas.  Parking is available on-site.

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