Project Description:

Project ESP-eranza will accelerate employment and reemployment strategies for populations that face barriers to employment, to approximately 100 WIOA eligible adults in Imperial County. This will be accomplished by providing supportive services to students that are enrolled into qualifying Industrial Training Programs at Imperial Valley College and local ETPL providers. 

Description of Services:

Based on the needs of our service area Project ESP-eranza will provide the targeted population with case management, paid work-based learning opportunities, job readiness preparation and training, supportive services, and Labor Market Information in support of Career Technical Education (CTE) industry certification attainment. Project ESP-eranza will employ best practices to accelerate training, break down workforce system barriers and ultimately qualify participants for current and future quality jobs. 

Project Goals:

The project’s goal is to support 100 vulnerable Imperial County adults (18+) to attain 
industry recognized certificates in targeted career pathways. After successfully completing their certification process Project ESP-eranza will assist in acquiring job placements in “quality jobs” for participants. The jobs will be in high demand industry sectors such as Construction, Electrical, Welding, HVAC, and Truck or Bus Driving careers that provide family sustainable wages. The overarching outcome of the project is to increase hope, equity, employment opportunities, and positive participant outcomes for the targeted participants. These overarching outcomes directly address the project’s intent to sustain meaningful partnerships to increase long-term employment of the target population(s) and create systemic change.

Eligibility/Targeted participants:

100 Imperial County WIOA eligible adults (18+) that are working to attain industry recognized certificates in targeted career pathways. Including English language learners, the homeless and housing insecure, immigrants, justice –involved individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and other target population impacted by coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19).


Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 15% Governor’s Discretionary funds 

Length of Funding:

Year-round services commence between February 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:
687 W State Street
El Centro CA 92243

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