Job Seekers

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Our career centers have between 35,000 and 40,000 visits every year from job seekers needing job resources and information.  In 2014-2015, more than 3,500 of our customers were able to avail themselves of computer and resume development/job readiness workshops provided by our staff.  Most importantly, we were able to assist more than 600 customers in getting permanent employment.  The job placements benefitted Oakland residents facing all sorts of barriers to employment, including lack of a high school diploma or credential, disabilities, English as a second language, or perhaps re-entering communities after incarceration.

We also worked with more than 120 clients to set up vocational training to help them secure better employment opportunities.  PIC developed 60 subsidized work experience positions for those needing on-the-job training experience to better prepare for permanent employment. We have developed strong relationships with a number of local employers who provide good paying jobs in growing industries.  We prioritize services to veterans.

PIC also partners with local community colleges (particularly Laney College in Oakland and the College of Alameda) to link their Career Pathways Programs and Career Advancement Academies with job placement opportunities for the students.

PIC has put a great deal of effort into the development of innovative programs to help train and place our customers.  In addition to the basic federally funded program at OPIC’s three career centers (sponsored by the Oakland Workforce Investment Board) which we described above, we have the following specially designed programs for the disabled, for ESL customers, and for reentering persons:

Project Search – in partnership with East Bay Innovations, we present job readiness training and placement services for 10 to 15 persons challenged with significant developmental disabilities;

English as a Second Language Program  – for job seekers with English as a second language, we partner with The English Center to provide job readiness training, vocational training, and job placement services for more than 40 adults over the age of 18.

Subsidized Wage Employment Program – in partnership with the Alameda County Social Services Agency, PIC’s SWEP (program) offers 25 subsidized work experience and permanent job placement for adults 18 or older receiving CalWORKs benefits.

For more information contact:

Mayra Ramirez
Manager, Adult Career Services
510.675.7909 ▪
268 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610