Supervisor Roberts Continues To Make Jobs His Priority

Urban Corps begins $1.7 million fire prevention program; $25 million medical training initiative kicks off

Through his role as the Vice Chairman of the San Diego Workforce Partnership Policy Board, County Supervisor Ron Roberts has made it a priority to create opportunities for San Diegans to gain valuable work experience, employment and participate productively in our local economy. 

On Oct. 19, 2010, Supervisor Roberts announced an initiative he spearheaded with the Urban Corps of San Diego County that will provide fire mitigation and prevention work experience to young adults, ages 18 to 25 years old. 

This job training program will be funded partially by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Money for the effort will come from $1 million in Workforce Investment Act dollars and $700,000 leveraged by the Urban Corp from its partners.

This program will aid low-income, distressed workers with little-to-no work experience in gaining the skills necessary to compete for future job opportunities. Participants will receive up to 1,000 hours of paid work experience supplemented by $500 of supportive services during the time of their training.

And, just a few weeks earlier, on Oct. 6, Supervisor Roberts announced that the San Diego County has been awarded a $25-million grant to help create local jobs within the health care industry. 

The County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency and San Diego Workforce Partnership will receive the only Health Profession Opportunity grant in the state and the largest award amount in the nation. The grant will provide $5 million per year for five years and will be used to fund "The Bridge to Employment in the Health Care Industry Program." 

This Bridge to Employment program will help existing welfare recipients and other low income adults earn certificates and degrees in health-related professions where current and future job openings have been identified. Program graduates will be ready to work in hospital and emergency services, medical laboratories, medical offices, out-patient services, and the long-term care industry.