West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center: Job Support for Local Residents

The West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center (WOCC) was launched on July 1, 2014 as a satellite operation of the Downtown Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc., Comprehensive One-Stop Career Center. 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 as of May 1, 2015. The center is averaging 387 individuals a month. Officially, WOCC has achieved enrolling 104 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) clients and have 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. Identifying dislocated workers who may be eligible for training opportunities funded with WIA; federal dollars is a primary focus the work.

The team at WOCC is small yet mighty. Erdenetsetseg (Erica) Damdin, Executive Assistant and Front Desk Greeter; she is fluent in Mongolian language and Russian. Erica handles all office administrative and clerical matters of the program as well as job coaching clients and assists with teaching the necessary computer skills associated with a successful job search. Erica’s artistic acumen is evident in the beautiful, aesthetic features of the Career Center. Erica is an inspiration to all who know her. Kwanzaa Duviyani wears many hats all of which are essential to operating the Career Center that include: Case Manager, Resume Writer, Community Resource Specialist, Job Coach and an advocate for our population of job seekers who have returned to the community of Oakland after incarceration. Marilyn Norman, Project Director comes to this Career Center with over 20 years of progressive experience as a Workforce Development Specialist.