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Employment and training resourcesMost people know that when they lose their job they can sign up for unemployment insurance benefits — if eligible — through the Employment Development Department by calling or applying online. It's not necessary to go to the main office in Stockton.

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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:00 pm

However, a majority of the people may not know that the EDD and other agencies provide training and job-search assistance as well. Here are some agencies available to job seekers and what they offer:

Employment Development Department

(800) 300-5616

What's offered:

Job training services in partnership with state and local agencies, listings of job fairs and employment events, job listings.

WorkNet (CHDC Center)

631 E. Oak St., Lodi

331-2081

Applications: Filling in the blanks - Learn what employers are looking for in an application and how to deliver it.

Determining your destiny: Exploring career options - Let WorkNet staff help you discover your potential.

Presenting the package: Are you presenting yourself to employers in your best light? Find out.

Interactive interviewing: Find out the underlying reasons employers ask the questions they do.

Is your resume working for you?: Discover what your resume is saying about you and how to make it say the right things.

Secrets of a successful job search: Uncovering the secret job market and how to tap into it.

Additional Job Seeker Services:

Finding the right job: Place your resume online and "surf the Web" for job openings in San Joaquin County, the State or around the nation.

Labor market information: Research the type of jobs that interest you. Explore information including wage levels, skill requirements, educational background and more in San Joaquin County.

Basic skill testing and skills improvement: Take advantage of our 50-minute assessment that will measure your reading and math skills. If you need to improve your math and reading skills or even get your GED, we can help.

Available training opportunities: If you qualify, you may receive vocational skills, work experience or on-the-job training. We can also assist you in locating schools which offer low and no-cost training.

Other services offered by WorkNet Partners:

Specialized services for veterans, migrant and seasonal farm workers and other individuals with special needs.

Apply for Medi-Cal, no-cost health coverage for children up to the age of 18 and pregnant women.

Assistance with applying for TANF/CalWORKS food stamps.

Apply for Healthy Families, low-cost health coverage for children up to the age of 18.

Unemployment insurance information.

Assistance in locating child care, transportation, legal, housing, domestic violence or other services you may need to help you get and keep a job or begin and complete your education or training.

Delta College Career Center

5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton

954-5675

What's offered:

Resume programs, job announcements, EDD sign up help (Tuesdays and Thursdays), job search assistance, job counselors.

Online job resources www.edd.ca.gov www.jobjournal.com www.lodinews.com (click on the "Jobs" tab) www.careerbuilder.com www.monster.com www.centralvalleyjobs.com www.flipdog.com hotjobs.yahoo.com www.simplyhired.com www.job.com www.jobserve.us/Central_Valley_CA_Job s.htm www.sjcworknet.org/

Staffing services' Web sites www.expresspros.com/us/ www.valleytemps.net www.hedyholmesstaffing.com www.premierstaffingstockton.com www.pridestaff.com

Source: News-Sentinel staff.

Tuition-based vocational schools in the area

C&H Truck Driving School

5262 W. G Street, Banta

830-7731

California Human Development Corp.

2895 TeePee Drive, Stockton

235-2070

Courses offered: Shipping and Receiving, Truck Driving, Welding

Emergency Medical Sciences Training

1801 E. March Lane, Stockton

461-5550

Courses offered: EMT Paramedic

Freedom's Truck Driving School

808 N. Center St., Stockton

581-0620

Goodwill Industries

129 S. Grant Street, Stockton

466-2311

Courses offered: Janitorial Skills training, Office Technology training, Retail

Heald College

1605 E. March Lane, Stockton

473-5200

Courses offered: Accounting, Business Admin, Business Software Applications, Computer Business Administration, Computer Technology, Networking Technology

Humphreys College

6650 Inglewood Avenue, Stockton

478-0800

Courses offered: Accounting Clerk, Executive Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistant, Legal Office Administration

MTI Business College

6006 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton

957-3030

Courses offered: Medical Office Specialist, Medical Receptionist, Microcomputer Specialist II, Microcomputer Specialist IV

National Training Institute

1035 W. Robinhood Drive, Stockton

472-0900

Courses offered: Office Service Technology, Telecommunications Equipment Technician

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

17036 S. Harlan Road, Lathrop

951-8500

Courses offered: Internet Professional Program, Microsoft Certification System Engineer 2000, Novell CNE 5

Northern California College of Construction

315 Fyffe Street, Stockton

242-5400

Courses offered: Heavy Equipment Operations Mobile Crane, Heavy Equipment Operations Level I, Heavy Equipment Operations Level II, Heavy Equipment Operations Level III

Railroad Training Services

3727 Metro Drive, Suite B, Stockton

465-4635

Courses offered: Railroad Freight Car Repair

Western Pacific Truck School

1002 N. Broadway, Stockton

472-1500

Courses offered: Substance Abuse Counselor Certification

Source: Employment Development Department.

When times go beyond tough

Agencies exist in San Joaquin County to help those who are starting to feel the pressure of joblessness and other problems. But navigating the mazes can be difficult.

"Many times families won't know what services are out there and what's available to them," said Kimberly Cox of Community Partnership for Families. The nonprofit organization acts as a case worker to help struggling families find the resources they need.

Cox said that CPF works with so many agencies, that they are able to help just about anybody, whether they need food, tax preparation assistance, mental health help or others.

"Their best bet is going to be to sit down with one of our case workers and do a personal assessment. It's our goal to stabilize the family and their situation," Cox said.

More information can be obtained by visiting www.cpfsj.org or by calling Community Partnership at 339-1183. Those in need can also visit the Lodi CHDC WorkNet Center at 631 E. Oak Street.

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