The Workforce Investment Board

of Tulare County



Mission: Our investments and funding strategies advance Tulare County’s economic vitality by growing

the skills and talent of our workforce.


Partnering with community, business

and agencies to reach new horizons....

The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County

Vision: Because of our skilled workforce talent, Tulare County businesses continue to thrive.

2012 WIB Annual Report Contents

Green Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Dislocated Workers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WIB Performance Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WIB Expenditures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WIB Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Youth Council Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .










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Moving Toward A Greener Tulare County Economy


The WIB continued its commitment to growing the green industry

during the 2011-2012 program year. Through regional partnerships, the WIB worked

to bring green training opportunities to Tulare County. In addition to funding from special grants, the

WIB also provided scholarships to 13 individuals attending Solar

training through Proteus, Inc.

High Growth Emerging Industries Grant

The WIB received a second High Growth Emerging Industries

grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant provides funding for projects that spur employment in

high-growth industries like biotech and renewable energy. The

WIB partnered with Kern Community College District to train 49

individuals last year, preparing them for careers as power technicians,

solar technicians, wind technicians and building analysts.

Trainings were held in Porterville, Delano and Bakersfield, with

an emphasis in the Porterville area. This partnership continues

into next year. �

State Energy Sector Partnership

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As part of the State Energy Sector Partnership, funded by the US Department of Labor, the WIB received $86,527 to

provide green job training in an effort to bolster the region’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

Through this grant, the WIB partnered with EdeniQ, a local Research and Development

firm working in biofuels, to provide skills upgrade training to 48 employees.

Grant funds also paid for 6 individuals to receive Solar and Wind Turbine

training. The WIB far exceeded performance measures, more than doubling the

22 trainees originally promised in the grant. �

Valley Go Green Summit

WIB staff and members of the WIB Green Sector Committee also participated in

the planning and implementation of the inaugural Valley Go Green Summit, held

in February of 2012, at Edison’s Energy Education Center. The summit brought together

experts and advocates from a wide variety of green industries, with breakout

sessions that served contractors and consumer alike, in such areas as energy

efficiency, green building, sustainability, and renewable energy and biofuels. �

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Dedicated to fostering jobs that pay family

sustaining wages in Tulare County, the WIB

Manufacturing Sector Committee continued

its work during the 2011-2012 program year

through the following programs:

Employment Training Panel

The Committee and WIB staff developed curriculum outlines

for several areas of training identified by the Committee,

including: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), supervisory

training, and dairy sanitation and laboratory practices for dairy

processors. The PLC training incorporated multi-phase courses:

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. The supervisory training--Introduction to Leadership and Management-

-was targeted to line workers to prepare them for future promotion. All the training was provided in partnership with

College of the Sequoias Business, Industry and Community Services (BICS).

As of June 2012, more than 100 employees representing 11 manufacturing firms in Tulare County have participated in

the ETP training. Surveys of both training participants and their supervisors have been unanimously positive. �

Forums and Workshops

New Initiatives

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WIB, in partnership with California Manufacturing and Technology Consulting (CMTC), offered the Lean Workshop

as a follow-up to a topic presented at the July 2011 Manufacturing Forum. This half-day training session attracted

a standing-room only crowd comprised of management

and line workers from numerous local

manufacturers. The WIB’s partnership with CMTC

will continue through next year, with new training

sessions such as: Sales Force Enhancement, Technology

and efficient and profitable. �

The Manufacturing Sector Committee continues

to explore new projects and programs to further

enhance the composition of the manufacturing

workforce in Tulare County, including implementation

of certificated training in partnership with the

Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC),

development of future ETP applications, and possible expansion of the Manufacturing Council of the Central Valley

(MCCV) to better represent the industrial sector in Tulare, Kings, and Kern counties. �

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Providing Opportunities and Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce


Summer Night Lights

The Summer Night Lights (SNL) program, launched in 2011, keeps selected parks and recreational facilities open during

the summer months in an effort to provide youth with safe, positive alternatives to gangs, violence and drugs. Three

cities helped pilot the program in 2011. As a result of the program’s popularity, SNL expanded to eight cities in 2012:

Cutler-Orosi, Dinuba, Visalia, Tulare, Farmersville, Porterville, Alpaugh-Allensworth,

and Richgrove.

SNL events provide a range of activities targeted to youths and families including

basketball and volleyball tournaments, swim nights, dances, rap concerts, dodge

ball games, resource fairs, and video games played on a large, inflatable movie

screen. Each SNL community plans and implements their own program based on a

common core of goals but tailored to meet specific community needs.

Several of the partnering SNL cities see the program as a valuable means of taking

back their communities and some intend to continue activities throughout the year.

The program receives funding from the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for food and other incidentals. All other program

and staffing costs are provided by SNL partner organizations. The WIB supports the program through staffing and

hiring youth to work at the events. �

Collaborative Youth Development Programs

The WIB and its Youth Council have long-held a vision to unite Tulare

County’s youth-serving organizations through an integrated youth

development system that responds to the needs of Tulare County youth.

This collaborative system would look beyond individual silos of funding to

more effectively and efficiently achieve the common goal of preparing the

county’s youth

for a successful

transition into adulthood.

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To that end, the WIB adopted

two collaborative models

– Youth@Work and the

Youth Connect Network –

that integrate WIB-funded

youth programs and other

community initiatives

focused on college access,

high school graduation, career transition and work readiness.

The Youth Council worked with Full Capacity Marketing to

develop logos and outreach material to further advance this

important collaborative work.

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Youth@Work, Connect-Empower-Achieve: Youth@

Work integrates several WIB-based youth programs

to empower youth with resources, leadership training

and support to navigate successfully into the world of

work. It is comprised of a team of dedicated workforce

professionals who offer academic and career-oriented

information, mentoring, and work-based learning




Youth Connect Network, Collaborate-Innovate-

Transform: This network, led by the Youth Council,

is a broad-based community initiative that supports

innovative strategies to help Tulare County youth

achieve success. This network fosters community

conversation, alignment, collective action, and

intermediary support for initiatives that increase

opportunity and achievement for all youth. �

Healthcare: Securing Economic “Vitals”

The healthcare industry is vital to Tulare County.

It provides rewarding career opportunities,

family-sustaining wages, consistent worker

demand, keeping residents healthy and

productive. The WIB’s Healthcare Sector Committee is

committed to growing the industry. To that end, the Committee

initiated several new projects during the 2011-2012 program year,

while maintaining its successful track record on existing projects.


The WIB received a grant from the State of California Employment Development Department in May of 2011 to

launch a training program in Tulare and Fresno Counties for Community Health Workers (CHWs), also known as

“Promotores.” During this program year, thirty-five students completed 118 hours of rigorous training on a range of

topics: communication, health care terminology and administration, nutrition, cultural issues, advocacy, and basic

first aid.

Most of the trainees were new to the field. Upon completing the training, all participants were able to enter full-time,

on-the-job training and work experience in the healthcare field.

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The Promotores training program not only helped workers launch a

meaningful career, but it will continue to provide ongoing benefits

by improving health outcomes in Tulare and Fresno Counties. CHWs

educate rural residents about healthy habits, disease prevention, and

navigating the healthcare system. Elia Escalante, graduate of the program

in Tulare, said, “These unique gifts we all have allow us to shine

bright and I know we will be a beacon of light in our community.”

Partners in the Promotores training program included the WIB, College

of the Sequoias (COS), California State University-Fresno, Fresno Regional

Workforce Investment Board, and various health care provider

entities. �

Healthy Pathways

The Healthy Pathways project was launched in the spring of 2012

as a collaborative effort with the objective to “grow our own” health

care professionals. The project brings together diverse stakeholders

in Tulare County’s healthcare sector – the WIB, Tulare County Office of

Education (TCOE), the Tulare County Office of Vocational Education (TCOVE), community and private colleges in

the region, and numerous high schools – to share resources and work toward a common goal.

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The collaborative aims to align supply and demand in the industry’s workforce by connecting healthcare providers

with various high school and post-secondary programs that prepare students for a potential career in healthcare.

Healthy Pathways partners have developed an adaptive communication

framework to address communication gaps and achieve the overall objective

of developing more “homegrown” health care providers. The group is also

committed to continuing the Growing Health Leaders Conference, which

provides hands-on, work-based learning activities for students in Tulare and

Kings Counties. �

Healthcare Training

The WIB and its One-Stop partners provided job training in the healthcare

field to nearly 200 workers through Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

scholarships. Participants received training in the areas of: Certified Nursing

Assistant, Psychiatric Technician, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Medical Assisting,

Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Registered Nursing and Perioperative Nursing.

The WIB and One-Stop Operators partnered with local adult schools, community

colleges and private training providers to deliver this training. Some of the

training partners included: COS, Dinuba Adult School, Porterville Adult School, Porterville College, Tulare Adult School,

Visalia Adult School, and San Joaquin Valley College. �

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Critical Assistance to Dislocated Workers

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Committed to strengthening Tulare County’s economy, the WIB places a high priority

on assisting dislocated workers.

Workforce layoffs continue to rise in the wake of the recession of 2008. Individuals affected by workplace closures

nearly doubled in 2010, rising from 1,153 individuals in 2009 to 2,246 in 2010.

To fight back these trends, the WIB was awarded a $950,000 Dislocated Worker Additional Assistance grant in January

of 2011 to address the issue of prevalent workplace closures.

With this grant, the WIB is increasing efforts to assist

displaced workers transition to new careers in highdemand

occupations. In 2011, the WIB’s Business

Rapid Response Unit responded to 38 local businesses

affected by the economic downturn to initiate

dislocated worker services for 659 affected employees.

The rising occurrence of “dislocation events” has

altered local economic conditions, creating an

increased demand for services. The “Dislocated

Worker Additional Assistance” grant expands the WIB’s

capacity to respond to employer requests for services

to assist employees affected by layoffs. �

“Learn and Earn Training”

In July of 2012, the WIB was one of four National

Emergency Grant On the Job Training (NEG OJT)

providers in California selected to apply for and

receive a second NEG OJT grant. This additional

funding confirms the value added service the WIB

and the Employment Connection One-Stop Centers

provide, in their continued commitment to engage,

long-term, unemployed workers in refreshing their

skills for today’s ever changing labor market.

This grant allows the WIB to provide training and transition services to dislocated workers impacted by prevalent

lay-offs, spurred by the economic downturn. The demand for training displaced workers was evident in the success

of the program offered at the Employment Connection One-Stop Centers located in Visalia and Tulare during the first

round of the NEG OJT grant. During 2011 and 2012, NEG OJT expanded to One-Stop Centers located in Dinuba and

Porterville, enabling the WIB to provide services to all regions of the county.

The WIB benefits displaced workers through the OJT NEG program by matching displaced workers with a friendly

“learn and earn” training opportunity where they gain new skills while earning a regular paycheck. The National

Emergency Grant also benefits businesses by reimbursing up to 50% of the trainee’s wages, during the training period,

to compensate for the extraordinary cost of providing training to individuals. �

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WIB Performance Numbers

Employment Connection Comprehensive Services

Total Users Receiving Saff-Assisted Services

Employment Connect Virtual Services, Total Served

New Users Registering on

Returned Individual Users

One-Stop Performance Categories, Total Trained

Occupational Skills Training

On-the-Job Training

Non ETPL Training

Youth Programs

Total Served, Year Round Programs

WIB Business Serivces

Business Incentive Zone Vouchers Issued

Sequoia Valley Enterprise Zone Vouchers Issued

Cumulative 5 Year Value of BIZ Vouchers













WIB Expenditures 2011-2012

Severe Storm - 2.0%

Rapid Response - 2.2%

Promotores - 2.6%

NEG-OJT - 2.8%

Additional Assistance - 6.6%

SESP - 0.5%

Dislocated Worker

25% Rapid Response - 8.2%

HGEI - 0.5%

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REI-DOL-NEG - 27.9%

Adult - 21.5%

Youth - 25.3%

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Workforce Investment Board Members

Bill DeLain, Chair

Gil Aguilar

Robert Alcazar

Randy Baerg

Tricia Stever Blatler

Jason Britt

Rosa Carlson

Timothy Cheney

Kevin L. Cole

Randy Dennis

Teri Dobson

Mike Ennis

Jeff Fly

Joe Hallmeyer

Mariann Hedstrom

Kerry Hydash

Ronny Jungk

Carolyn Kehrli

Robert Kleyn

George Maness

Jim Vidak

Harroll Wiley

Southern California Edison

Pine, Pedroncelli & Aguilar, Inc.

Proteus, Inc.

Warren & Baerg Manufacturing, Inc.

Tulare County Farm Bureau

Tulare County Health & Human Services

Porterville College

SEIU 1000

IBEW Local 100

Fresno Fire Department

Tule River Workforce Development Department

Tulare County Board of Supervisors

Turning Point of Central California, Inc.

Ken’s Stakes & Supplies

Visalia Lumber Co.

Family Health Care Network

BEW Local 100

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District

Sate of California Department of Rehabilitation

Veteran’s Employment & Veteran’s Opportunity Day

Tulare County Office of Education

Bank of the Sierra

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Youth Council Members

Robert Alcazar, Chair

Martha Alexandros

Ruben Alvarez

Dina Antunovich

Danette Franz

Juan Guerrero

Renee Huntsberry

John Kelly

Kathleen Kelly

David Maciel

Linda Olmedo

Benny Rivera

Randy Wallace

Proteus, Inc.

Tulare County Office of Education/SEE

Porterville Unified School District - Pathways

Tulare County Probation Department

Tulare County Health & Human Services

Proteus, Inc.

United Staffing Associates

University Preparatory High School


College of the Sequoias

Community Services Employment & Training

Tulare County Office of Education/SEE

Tulare County Office of Education

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309 West Main Street, Suite 120

Visalia, California 93291

Tel: 559.713.5208

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