Bee file, 2013. Glenn Spencer, a laid-off Campbell Soup Co. worker, checks out job postings at the Sacramento Works Career Center.

Job Front: Centers increase services for job hopefuls

Published: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 7:56 am

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency is creating centers and adding on-the-job and other skills training to its countywide network of career centers.

SETA and Sacramento Works announced the changes July 1, in what officials say is a response to a growing gap in workforce skills.

Workers will need more access to education and training, according to SETA, and the agency is anticipating the demand.

"Before, you would only go to one of our career centers. Now, we're putting more money into training and trying to serve more people in an intensive way through training," SETA spokeswoman Terri Carpenter said.

Sacramento Works' career shops are now a mix of career centers offering job search and placement assistance along with financial aid.

There are also training centers for occupational skills and GED preparation and on-the-job training with community and trade group partners.

All are focusing on helping job seekers build skills for careers in administration, information technology and health care.

"These are the three big clusters that have the mix of opportunities and the best wages for growth," Carpenter said.

Five Sacramento Works One-Stop Career Centers across the Sacramento area and in Galt will offer skills assessment, career coaching, job search assistance, job placement services and scholarships for training.

Sacramento Works Training Centers at another eight locations – from Sacramento to Citrus Heights to Elk Grove; and from Del Paso Heights to south Sacramento and Galt – are offering job readiness and hands-on occupational skills training along with computer literacy and GED preparation.

Meanwhile, Sacramento Works On-the-Job Training Providers – including Asian Resources in Sacramento, the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership in Rancho Cordova and the North State Building Industry Association in Roseville – are teaming up to match employers with on-the-job trainees.

SETA is also working with the Elk Grove and Sacramento City unified school districts and partnering with the Center for Employment Training, a longtime area skills school.

"There is no wrong door," Carpenter said. "We're working together."

For more information about programs and services provided by the Sacramento Works Career and Training Centers, call (916) 263-3800 or visit

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Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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