One member agency is the Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc. (CVOC).CVOC is a non-profit employment training and service provider serving the California counties of Merced, Madera and Stanislaus. Agriculture is the leading employment sector in CVOC’s service area. In addition to creating farm employment, the area’s agricultural activities stimulate jobs in food processing, transportation, light agriculture industry, and wholesale and retail trades.
CVOC’s mission is to provide services that improve the quality of life for farm workers and others in need. The agency carries out this mission by partnering with government and private agencies to provide programs geared at breaking the cycle of poverty in Central California. CVOC primarily receives funding through federal, state and local grants.
CVOC has been providing services in the Central Valley that serve farmworker and low-income populations for over 35 years. The agency operates numerous employment, educational, economic development and social service programs. Over the last twenty five years, CVOC has operated major programs for the Department of Labor, Department of Community Service and Development, Department of Education, State of California, local government programs and private foundations.
CVOC services include vocational education, remedial education, English Language instruction, housing assistance, energy payment assistance, emergency supportive services, transportation, emergency food, youth employment, health care acquisition, childcare services and community education services.
One alumni of CVOC who received welding training offered what his experience with CVOC has meant to him by saying, “CVOC helped me find a job after my training. After four months, I have already gotten a raise and I am on my way to being a foreman. CVOC helps workers like me find better jobs with higher pay.”
Because of its service area, CVOC specializes in programs tailored to agricultural communities, including pesticide safety training, crop freeze disaster relief, and seasonal worker dislocation services.
An example of one service is the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program. Through this program, farmworkers and dependents of farmworkers are assisted in obtaining permanent and higher paying employment opportunities. CVOC also provides some emergency services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers, mainly in the form of food and transportation.
CVOC has effectively provided a comprehensive package of services to over a 100,000 customers. The CVOC has three offices within the Central Valley to assist you. They are: Stanislaus Satellite Training Center
Frank M. Torrez Center
1581 Cummins Dr., Suite 100
Modesto, CA 95358
Merced Training Center
6838 Bridget Court
P.O. Box 1389
Winton, CA 95388
Madera Satellite Training Center
455 S. Pine, Suite 101
Madera, CA 93637
To get more info or to see how the Central Valley Opportunity Center may be able to assist you, visit www.cvoc.org.