La Cooperativa Campesina de California is a job training, employment and service resource network made up of advocates and service providers focused on bettering the lives of farmworkers and their families. There are five (5) member organizations, with over 80 offices, who work with La Cooperativa. They are located up and down the state of California, but they can especially be found in the rural areas where agricultural workers live and work. The member organizations are the Center for Employment Training (CET), the California Human Development (CHD), the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC), Employers’ Training Resource (ETR) and Proteus Inc.
The services provided by La Cooperativa’s member agencies include:
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Training
- Adult and family literacy training
- General Education Development (GED) training
- Vocational education
- Basic education
- Emergency services
- Job placement
Some of the member organizations also provide:
- Immigration & Citizenship services
- Energy savings assistance
- Disability Services
- Treatment and Criminal Justice services
- One-Stop Career Centers coordinated by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration
By reading on, you will find a brief overview of La Cooperativa’s member organizations, including where they are located and some of the services each of them provide to agricultural workers.
The California Human Development Corporation (Northern California)
The CHD works with La Cooperativa to improve the lives of farmworkers and their families through education, vocational training, English literacy training, basic and life skills training, on-the-job training, emergency services and adult work experience. The completion of the training listed above will lead to a job placement, and will also lead farmworkers and their families to have more productive and prosperous lives. For eligible farmworkers, the CHD offers temporary housing assistance as farmworkers move from seasonal to year-round employment. Assistance provided through this program includes hotel vouchers, rent, mortgage, utility bills, and other shelter needs.
Continued on next page The CHD recently began operating a mobile classroom called Jobs on Wheels that serves rural farmworkers in Northern California. This mobile classroom offers ESL instruction, pesticide safety training and job training for upgraded agricultural careers. The Jobs on Wheels program works with agricultural employers to bring on-site programs to the farmworkers.
Also offered to farmworkers, is vocational training through Anthony Soto Employment Training Centers (located in Santa Rosa, Stockton, and Marysville). These vocational skills include truck driving, welding, fork-lift operating, shipping and receiving as well as other skills.
If you would like more information about vocational training, or information about education, housing services and more, and you are located in Northern California, contact the CHD at (707) 523-1155, or visit their website at http://californiahumandevelopment.org/ to find the nearest CHD office that can assist you.
Central Valley Opportunity Center (Central California Valley)
The CVOC operates many employment, economic development and social service programs in central California. The service area for the CVOC covers the counties of Stanislaus, Merced and Madera. The CVOC Migrant Seasonal Farmworker services include vocational education, remedial education, English language education, housing assistance, emergency supportive services, transportation, emergency food assistance, health care, child care, energy assistance programs and more.
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
The website for the CVOC is http://www.cvoc.org/home.html. There, you can find more information about the services and programs they provide.
The Center for Employment Training
The CET has 17 centers located in five states. In California the centers are located in Coachella, El Centro, Gilroy, Oxnard, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Maria, Soledad, Temecula and Watsonville. The CET offers hands-on training to adults including job counselors and developers who can assist you with development of your resume as well as interview support. They offer referrals for child care while parents are working, supportive services for food and health care, legal services and classes including GED training. They also offer vocational education training with different classes offered at each location. Along with these services, the CET specializes in Immigration and citizenship services. A few of these services are:
- Family Visa petitions
- Consular processing
- Translations of Documents
- Application assistance
- Mock interviews
- Citizenship classes
To locate the nearest Center for Employment Training to you, visit their website: http://cetweb.org/for-students/locations/. You can also call 1-800-533-2519 to speak with a representative.
Employers’ Training Resource
If you live in Kern County, there are many ETR locations near you. They are given funding support through the National Farmworkers Job Program to support farmworkers and their families. To help farmworkers, they offer English as a Second Language classes, GED classes, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker and Job Search workshops. They also work closely with One- Stop Career centers to provide counseling, vocational training for in-demand jobs, work experience, assistance with job search, access to services needed for job search, referrals to openings, and supportive services.
To locate the closest Employers’ Training Resource center to you, call toll-free (800) 203-2623, or visit http://www.etronline.com/contact-locations.asp. There you will find a list of the centers with local addresses and phone numbers.
Proteus is an education, employment and community service organization which provides services to the Central Valley (Tulare, Kern, Fresno and Kings) as well as Northern Los Angeles. Along with the vocational training and other services listed above, Proteus works with the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs to host farmworker safety programs. For those people without a means of transportation, Proteus provides a Mobile Employment Center which could help provide you with:
- Internet access
- Skills assessment
- Resume and interview help
- Job search assistance
Visit the Proteus website to find a service center near you at http://www.proteusinc.org. You can also call 1-888-776-9998 to speak with a Proteus representative.
Voice of the Fields and La Cooperativa Monthly Radio Show
La Cooperativa and its members are committed to helping agricultural workers become better educated, self-sufficient residents of California. La Cooperativa and its member organizations receive support from California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). They also work with the EDD to stay updated on employment news and information. La Cooperativa develops, with support from the EDD, this Voice of the Fields Newsletter. Each month, this newsletter is distributed across the state to keep you informed about issues that could affect many parts of your life. In addition to the newsletter, La Cooperativa hosts a monthly radio show that expands on the newsletter topics. To find information about the radio show, or to learn more about La Cooperativa, visit their website at http://www.lacooperativa.org/. There, you will also find links and information about the members and services mentioned above. You can also call (916) 388-2220.