News

Hiring Event Brings 172 Applicants for Jobs with Energy Efficient Company

Recruiters from Volt Workforce Solutions engaged with 172 job applicants at a recruitment event on Thursday, February 16 at Oakland PIC’s Downtown Oakland Career Center. Read more…

Volt recruiter Noela Campbell talks to job applicants about requirements for open positions with an energy efficient car company.

Volt recruiter Noela Campbell talks to job applicants about requirements for open positions with an energy efficient car company.

 

Oakland Exceeds State Performance Goals in Workforce Development

vet-job-fair-11212016_7The State of California recently released a 2015-2016 performance report on local workforce development areas. This report reflects that workforce service providers in the City of Oakland – including the Oakland Private Industry Council, The Unity Council, ASSETS Senior Services as well as youth providers – exceeded state performance goals in job placement, job retention and average wages.

Read more…Oakland Exceeds State Performance Goals

 

Domino’s Pizza Hires for Supply Chain Center

DSCF0743 DSCF0749

 

West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center Hosts AT&T Recruitment

IMG_2092
IMG_2095 (1)IMG_2091

 

To Our Oakland Family…

oakland-heart

 

Hundreds of Job Seekers Attend Veterans Job Fair Aboard USS Hornet Museum

The Veterans Job Fair welcomed 200 job seekers aboard the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda on Thursday, Nov. 10. Read more

vet-job-fair-11212016_7 vet-job-fair-11212016_4

 

Safeway Hires 148 People for New Grocery Store

DSCF0674

The computer resource lab at Oakland PIC was bustling with Safeway staff as they assisted job candidates through the online application process during two Safeway Job Fairs held on Wednesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

With the opening of a new Safeway store at 51st and Broadway in Oakland, recruiters conducted interviews, background checks and drug screenings for 288 job seekers on August 17 – which included unemployed applicants, people laid off by WalMart in Oakland this year, and enrollees in the Oakland Housing Authority Jobs Plus Pilot Program in partnership with Oakland PIC.

“We are excited to host Safeway during this job fair and to see job seekers getting hired,” said Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland PIC.

Read more and see additional photos

 

Department of Transportation Hosts HAZMAT Training at West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center

A classroom full of students participated in a two-day HAZMAT training with the Department of Transportation at PIC’s West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center August 8-9, 2016. During this training opportunity, students learned transportation regulations, vehicle safety, packaging rules and procedures, and emergency response.

The training equipped students with valuable skills that they can apply in various job positions such as a driver, packager, dock worker, warehousing and construction. Students that successfully completed the two-day training also received a Department of Transportation Card.

hazmat-training-class-4

See additional photos

 

West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center Hosts Tesla Hiring Event

Recruiters with Volt Workforce Solutions, (l to r) Jessica Quezada, Lindsey Cook, and Noela Campbell, help a job candidate during the Tesla hiring event at the West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Recruiters with Volt Workforce Solutions, (l to r) Jessica Quezada, Lindsey Cook, and Noela Campbell, help a job candidate during the Tesla hiring event at the West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Opportunity was abound at the West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center on Monday, May 9, 2016 as the center hosted a hiring event for Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley company that produces energy-efficient electric cars. Several job candidates that attended the event were eager to take advantage of the job opportunities with Tesla.

Tesla is currently hiring for production associates, forklift drivers, material handlers, warehouse workers and general labor positions. The motor company has over 14,000 employees, according to recent reports.

Read more

 

Highway to Work End of Year Celebration

Congratulations to all of the young ladies that completed our Highway to Work Program!

DSCF0410

DSCF0342  DSCF0387 DSCF0357 DSCF0384DSCF0380DSCF0374 DSCF0396 DSCF0403-ReviseDSCF0363DSCF0391

 

 

State EDD Director Patrick Henning Visits Oakland Career Center

We welcomed California Employment Development Department (EDD) Director Patrick Henning to our Downtown Oakland Career Center on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Click here for more photos.

EDD Director (3) EDD Director (4) EDD Director (1)

 

Helping Others Find Hope through Adversity

Stacey Harris with his son. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

 Stacey Harris with his son. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

Stacey Harris is on a mission to provide for himself and his son in this challenging economy. As a single father who is also struggling to find stable and affordable housing, securing a good job makes all the difference.

Harris and his son have been homeless, sometimes staying with friends.

Along his journey to find stable employment, Harris has attended the career center at the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC) where he says counselors helped him develop his résumé, with transportation costs and support in finding stable work. He recently enrolled in truck driving school through help from the PIC.

“Between taking care of my son, trying to find work and trying to find stable housing,” he explained, “to say it’s challenging is an understatement. It’s not easy finding stable living conditions in Alameda County. I just want to be able to take care of my son.”

Read more

 

PIC Partners with Flax art & design in New Oakland Store Opening

The art supply company Flax art & design is entering a new era in the business’s 78-year history with the opening of its new store in Oakland at 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Howard Flax, the third generation owner after his father and grandfather, is looking forward to embracing the art and community culture in the East Bay.

Along with this exciting new venture comes a chance to partner with local businesses and the artist community.

Oakland PIC youth intern Teaira stocks the paper display at the new Flax store in Oakland. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

Oakland PIC youth intern Teaira stocks the paper display at the new Flax store in Oakland. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

Oakland PIC youth intern Sarah.

Oakland PIC youth intern Sarah shelves a paper display at the Flax store in Oakland. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

Oakland PIC youth intern Jatae stocks shelves at the Oakland Flax store.

Oakland PIC youth intern Jatae stocks shelves at the Oakland Flax store. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

One community partner is the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), which serves unemployed and underemployed Oakland residents with job and training services. While many loyal employees are following Flax to the new location from San Francisco, PIC will pre-screen for any new jobs as a business service to the employer.

Read more here

 

Pyramid Business Systems Helps Oaklanders Find Tech Jobs

IMG_8036

Taj Jones-Kobayashi does some cabling in an office building.

When Brittany started attending the Pyramid Business Systems Telecom Tech program at Laney College in the fall of 2015, she saw an opportunity to build her skills and find a job in tech, a field she already had an interest in.

In partnership with the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), the Pyramid Business Systems Telecom Tech program enrolled 15 students in August – all minority Oakland residents – equipping them with the skills to install wiring for phone and internet service to homes and businesses.

The program provides soft skills training for job seekers, teaching them about computer systems, cabling and wiring, and how to manage the networks that transmit information across the Bay Area.

Telecom Tech is just one of several programs available to clients at PIC, where job training, support and ultimately job placement and success is the end goal.

The Telecom Tech program guides students on team building, goal setting, time management and other desirable skills that employers seek. The program training funds are sponsored by the Oakland Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) Dislocated Worker Additional Assistance Project (DWAAP).

Twelve of the 15 students in the program were placed in jobs by the end of their training.

“We help employers get those individuals who have soft skills training. We attach actual employers to the program; that’s why it works,” said Jed Silver, president and CEO of Silver CDS, LLC and recruiter for the Telecom Tech program.

Read more here

 

300+ Attend AC Transit Recruitment Event

Over 300 job seekers showed up at the West Oakland Career Center, 1801 Adeline St., on Monday, January 25, 2016 eager to apply for multiple positions with AC Transit. AC Transit was seeking several candidates for bus operators, service employees and journey level mechanics. They also held recruitment events at our Downtown Oakland Career Center.

Martha Bonnet, Senior Administrative Assistant with AC Transit, spoke to over 300 job seekers on Monday, January 25 at our West Oakland Career Center about qualifications for three positions with AC Transit.

Martha Bonnet, Senior Administrative Assistant with AC Transit, spoke to over 300 job seekers on Monday, January 25 at our West Oakland Career Center about qualifications for three positions with AC Transit.

Teri Vu, HR Analyst with AC Transit, and Matt Churchill, HR intern, interviewed potential applicants at the Oakland Downtown Career Center for multiple open positions.

Teri Vu, HR Analyst with AC Transit, and Matt Churchill, HR intern, interviewed potential applicants at the Downtown Oakland Career Center for multiple open positions.

 

Ford Freedom Unsung Honors Bay Area Heroes

The Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. was elated to honor African American leaders and organizations in the Bay Area at the Ford Freedom Unsung awards ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 in Oakland, presented by Ford Motor Company.

Ford Freedom Unsung honorees with Pamela Alexander of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland PIC, at the Ford Freedom Unsung Bay Area awards ceremony.

Ford Freedom Unsung honorees with Pamela Alexander of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland PIC, at the Ford Freedom Unsung Bay Area awards ceremony December 8, 2015.

 

Job Seekers Find Work at PIC’s West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center

Left to right: Doug Graves,True Blue, Sacramento Market Manager;Nicole Jalbert True Blue, Recruiting Manager; Kimiko Lewis, entrepreneur; Marilyn Norman, OPIC, Project Director; Clint Bennett, True Blue, Regional Vice President, Melvin Crow, job seeker. Photo by Conway Jones, courtesy of Post News Group.

Left to right: Doug Graves, True Blue, Sacramento Market Manager; Nicole Jalbert, True Blue, Recruiting Manager; Kimiko Lewis, entrepreneur; Marilyn Norman, OPIC, Project Director; Clint Bennett, True Blue, Regional Vice President; and Melvin Crow, job seeker. Photo by Conway Jones.

 

TekPerfect, PIC Raise Skills of Formerly Incarcerated

IMG_20150511_165407-620x620

 

Open House Engages Job Seekers

The Oakland Private Industry Council hosted the first of 3 Open Houses for recipients of unemployment insurance on April 30, 2015. The purpose was to invite job seekers to interview for current vacancies at companies such as Comcast, Target, BART and Mason Tillman, & Associates. In addition, PIC informed job applicants of training resources available to re-train workers who have lost their jobs into new demand occupations. Click here for photos from the event.

 

Women in Business Event

Program Director of the West Oakland Neighborhood One-Stop Career Center, Marilyn Norman spoke at the Women in Business event. Marilyn was part of a panel along with three other amazing women. This event took place at the Greater Baptist Church in Oakland. Marilyn was wonderful in responding to questions and sharing inspirational and encouraging information with all the women in attendance.

Flyer

 

25th Anniversary of the 1989 Earthquake

CEO Gay Plair Cobb and City of Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed attended the 25th anniversary of the 1989 earthquake memorial event held Friday, October 17, 2014 in West Oakland at Cypress Freeway Memorial Park, located at 14th and Mandela Parkway.

Gay 25th anniversary of quake

 

West Oakland One-Stop Honored by Emeryville Chamber of Commerce

The President and CEO of the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce presented the West Oakland Neighborhood One-Stop Career Center with a plaque announcing our membership with the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce!

OPIC new chamber plaque photo1_Sept_19_2014