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Job Resource Help Guide – Workforce Investment Board

High School Dropouts Cost California $1.1 Billion Annually in Juvenile Crime Costs

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Job Resource Help Guide – Workforce Investment Board

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Nurturing Job Growth

One of the most compelling issues facing San Bernardino County today is the need to generate job growth and match a skilled workforce with area employers. The County Board of Supervisors holds as a highest priority for the region, any and all support of jobs-related programs and efforts.

County departments and programs hold job fairs and related business creation events throughout the County year-round. The frontline organization in this effort is the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), whose mission is to increase employment opportunities in San Bernardino County.

This employment-focused Board represents local business and industry, as well as several public agencies and members, are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The goal of WIB is to strengthen the local economy by developing the county’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

Meeting regularly and identifying demand industries that employ large numbers within the county, the WIB accesses federal stimulus funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act which provides resources for training programs tailored to job development and increasing skills so that the local workforce may be ready to meet the needs of regional businesses.

Ready Resources

In tandem with the WIB, the County Workforce Development Department operates three Resource Centers dedicated to preparing residents for in-demand local jobs. Provided free to residents, resources available include reference materials, career videos and internet access to thousands of job postings, as well as one-on-one career counseling, skills assessment, training programs and placement assistance through the centers.

The resource centers also assist job seekers with supporting items such as transportation cost assistance, uniforms and tools. The Workforce Investment Board has used $8 million in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding to offer training and supportive services for adults and dislocated workers, with a focus on local demand occupations. More than 4,000 county residents are receiving skills training with this funding. This board also utilized $7 million to train, place in jobs and subsidize wages of more than 1,800 youth in the county over the summer.

The Board additionally has a focus on employer support, growth and longevity and partners with local businesses to also provide them with resources and training. To date, $1.2 million of stimulus funding has been obligated for lay-off aversion and business retention services while also offering services customized to their industry including business assistance workshops, seminars on incentive programs, help with identifying cost reductions, finance opportunities and increasing sales. The WIB also provides local businesses with help in training employees, including subsidizing new hire wages for up to three months.

Making Jobs Happen

Residents are able to easily connect with these resources by calling 1 (800) 451-JOBS or visiting www.SBCounty.gov. Residents are also welcome to visit any Employment Resource Center. The County Workforce Development Department operates several locations in the County:

658 E. Brier Drive, #100
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 382-0440

15555 Main Street, Suite G-4
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 949-9526

9650 Ninth Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 941-6500

Any resident or business owner in need of assistance is encouraged to access these important resources. The Board and County place a high priority on strengthening the region, by keeping services to residents and businesses a primary focus.

High School Dropouts Cost California $1.1 Billion Annually in Juvenile Crime Costs

A recent study finds that cutting the school dropout rate in half would save $550 million and prevent 30,000 juvenile crimes a year. Law enforcement urges more dropout-prevention programs.

High school dropouts, who are more likely to commit crimes than their peers with diplomas, cost the state $1.1 billion annually in law enforcement and victim costs while still minors, according to a study released recently.

The California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara found that cutting the dropout rate in half would prevent 30,000 juvenile crimes and save $550 million every year.

This study demonstrates the immediate impact dropouts have on both public safety and the economy. If California could reduce the dropout rate, it could subsequently reduce the juvenile crime rate and its staggering impact on the state budget.

Drop out statistics are notoriously difficult to pinpoint, but according to the state Department of Education, nearly 19% of students don't graduate from high school. In Los Angeles County, the figure is more than one in five, and at some L.A. schools, fewer than half of students graduate within four years.

The California Dropout Research Project previously studied the economic effect of not finishing high school and found that for each group of 20-year-olds who fail to complete high school (roughly 120,000 per year), the economic loss is $46.4 billion.

Law enforcement applauded the research and urged more intervention programs to target students at risk of dropping out. The connection between dropping out of school and juvenile crime is very clear. The simple fact is if kids aren't in school, they're much more likely to be on the streets causing trouble, engaging in criminal activities such as burglary, thefts, graffiti and arsons.

This past October, the governor signed legislation, SB 651, which would require the state Department of Education to produce an annual report that accurately depicts the number of students not finishing school. The report would also identify early signs that a student might be on the path to dropping out, such as truancy. Such indicators would allow schools to target at-risk students.

Dropout prevention is crime prevention according to “Invest in Kids”, a bipartisan effort of law enforcement officials and crime victims. "Schools need better tools for identifying potential dropouts so they can target interventions at the kids who need them most. The savings from reduced crime could be used to fund drop-out prevention efforts. Interventions pay for themselves. The state will see $2 in savings for every $1 invested.”