Local Workforce Development and Job Training
The West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center (WOCC) was launched on July 1, 2014 as a satellite operation of the Downtown Oakland Private Industry Council’s Comprehensive One-Stop Career Center. The WOCC location is actually housed in the same building as the West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Room 209. Since its launch, the WOCC has served 3,844 people as of May 1, 2015 and is currently averaging 387 individuals a month. Officially, the WOCC has enrolled 104 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) clients and has placed 32 individuals with local employers. The mission and focus of the work done at WOCC is to teach and assist people with getting a job and keeping it. They help identify dislocated workers who may be eligible for training opportunities funded with WIA monies; obtaining federal dollars is a primary focus the work.
The future vision of the WOCC is a big one. Program offerings include a variety of workshops that include:
- The Standards of Successful Interviewing
- Computer Classes for entry level, intermediate and advanced users
- The Fundamentals of Starting a Business
- West Oakland Wednesdays. Every Wednesday something new and interesting will be happening. Food Trucks, Tai Chi, guest speakers, walking tours of the Victorians of West Oakland and walking tours to see and learn about the wide variety of beautiful palm trees that live in West Oakland are just some of the offerings available.
- How to Tap into the Hidden Labor Market
- Understanding Local Labor Market
Overall, the WOCC exists to serve the people of Oakland who are in need of jobs, job training, building their computer skills, developing a network of friends and associates, and equally important, building strong relationships with the broad spectrum of employers in Oakland and the greater Bay Area. The WOCC is also an official location where folks eligible for CalFresh benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) can apply and receive this important benefit.