HEBER– Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) and the Imperial County Department of Social Services-Family Stabilization Self Sufficiency Division (ICDSS-FS/SSD) are honoring local employers for their exemplary practices in hiring and supporting individuals from their collaborative transitional employment program.
Five local employers from the Imperial County will be honored on Wednesday, May 25, for their efforts to promote economic stability and self sufficiency for local families.
Project WORK is a joint effort between IVROP and ICDSS-FS/SSD to provide transitional employment services for welfare to work recipients. This program provides an opportunity for participants to develop invaluable employment experiences and allows employers a no cost opportunity to observe and train potential employees.
The companies recognized for dedicated partnership with the program, are ARC Imperial Valley, Burlington Coat Factory, Cardenas Market, Las Chabelas/The Courtroom and Imperial Heights Health Care and Wellness Center. Gabriel Aguirre project coordinator of IVROP-Project WORK, stated at the recognition ceremony at Joy Seafood Grill:
“The continued partnership between IVROP, ICDSS and the local employers of Imperial County serves to make a direct positive impact on the lives of the participants in our program, reinvestment into our local economy and the development of a prepared workforce. “
IVROP Superintendant Edwin Obergfell spoke at the luncheon, endorsing and supporting not only the work of the collaborative but also the commitment of businesses in supporting career technical education and workforce development activities in Imperial County.
“IVROP provides Career Technical Education as well as Family Development and Stabilization services throughout the Imperial County with partners such as DSS, One Stop, IID and ARC of Imperial Valley. We also strive to improve and enhance our services by working close with our stakeholders. A critical stakeholder for us is the employer community. This luncheon is being held to recognize and appreciate our partners. ”
In addition to the five honorees, over 60 other businesses were in attendance and recognized for their dedication and commitment to supporting the local workforce and building the local economy.
The unemployment rate in March 2016 for the Imperial County was reported at 18.6%, compared with a state rate of 5.6%; serving as evidence for the need of programs to support families working towards economic self sufficiency. This labor market information also emphasizes the enormous contribution partnering employers are making to the local workforce through IVROP Project WORK.
About the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program
The Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) is a non-profit, public education service which provides free, practical, hands-on training, career guidance, job placement assistance and other supportive services to youths and adults. IVROP, one of 72 ROPs in California, is a joint powers entity formed by the Brawley Union High, Calexico Unified, Calipatria Unified, Central Union High, Holtville Unified, Imperial Unified and San Pasqual Valley Unified school districts, and the Imperial County Office of Education. IVROP provides training to acquire entry-level jobs, update/improve job skills, prepare for advanced training in education, prepare for a college major, earn credits towards high school graduation and earn a certificate of demonstrated competencies. All IVROP classes are open to any Imperial County resident regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, or income level. IVROP provides community and cooperative classroom training in local businesses and industries for a limited number of classes. IVROP provides additional academic and supportive services to youth and adults. Employers may participate in Program Advisory Committees and receive customized training.