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Joining forces and finding jobs: CalFresh Employment and Training focuses their efforts to help the unemployed

Published August 7, 2019
CalFresh clients have an even better chance of finding good jobs now, thanks to some teamwork.

The CalFresh Employment and Training (CFET) program is partnering with the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC), the Shasta County Probation Department, Shasta College and Tri County Community Network to expand their services.

CFET helps CalFresh recipients prepare for and find employment. If the participant already has a job, they can use the employment and training program to help them get a better job or find a long-lasting career. In April, the CFET team helped 29 clients get jobs.

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Not only do the programs teach common skills like resume building and interview skills, but also “soft skills” including empathy, self-awareness, adaptability and resilience.

“We see people who don’t realize how important it is to look your best for job interviews. During our program, we help them with that,” said Cassie Zucco, an Employment and Training Worker. “Some participants were never taught basic skills about obtaining and maintaining employment when they were young, so they just don’t understand how to apply for employment.”

CalFresh Employment and Training participants can also often use a good dose of self-confidence.

“Recently, a hiring event was held at Bridge Bay Resort,” said Zucco. “All eight of our participants who attended were offered jobs that day. When they all came back to the Opportunity Center there was so much joy, excitement and self-confidence in each one of them. I saw smiles on a couple people that have never smiled in class.”

The positive relationships with community partners have been essential to the program’s growth. The Probation Department’s Day Reporting Center will provide these job services for CalFresh recipients who are on active supervision. Tri County Community Network has an English as a second language (ESL) program and will start an employment and training program for CalFresh recipients in eastern Shasta County this year. 

Both CAPCC and Shasta College have created more in-depth programs. CAPCC is starting up to three locations for Shasta SparkPoint Academy, a financial wellness program. Shasta College will provide education, training and employment services through two programs: Step-Up and Better.Jobs. Their goal is to assist CalFresh recipients with ESL classes, high school completion, technical education and certifications and education toward a career. Better.Jobs serves CalFresh recipients with disabilities, GED, ESL, reentry into the workforce and career technical education. CAPCC’s program focuses on unemployed or underemployed families with children, and Shasta College Step Up program targets adults with criminal backgrounds and/or a history of substance use.

The CFET program is voluntary and is open to individuals receiving CalFresh benefits who are not actively involved in CalWORKs Employment Services. To learn more about Shasta SparkPoint Academy, contact Barb Jackson at 378-6060 or bjackson@shastacapcc.org. To learn more about CFET, visit their new webpage.

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