After receiving a top score of 98.75 out of 100 on its Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board Rural Westside Adult & Dislocated Worker application, West Hills College Coalinga’s One Stop Service Center will continue to offer services to Adult & Dislocated Workers for the next four years, dependent on the center meeting yearly goals.

WHCC’s One Stop Service Center, located on the West Hills College Coalinga campus in Coalinga and at the district’s North District Center in Firebaugh, offers many service to adult and dislocated workers. There are also satellite locations in Mendota and Kerman. Services offered include everything from resume and job search assistance to career counseling and skills training.

“What this proves is that the work we’ve been doing is important and we have been successful in delivering the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in the community that we serve,” said Cecilio Mora, Coordinator of Special Grants and head of the center. “West Hills College is one of the only community colleges in the Central Valley that offers these specific services.” 

The One Stop Service Center provides skills training, job readiness preparation, resume assistance and more and also assists with job searches.

The center works closely with state and local partners, including the Employment Development Department and Department of Social Services to offer valuable services. The center also works closely with local employers, including Coalinga State Hospital to connect participants with job opportunities.

Mora said the center also makes it possible for many adult and dislocated workers to seek an education or return to school in order to start a new career.

“We often help them to come back to school and get an education,” he said. “We help them apply and even fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).”

The center’s approval as the Westside’s Adult and Dislocated Worker Services Provider means that the center can continue providing services and receiving funding for the next four years. The high score is based on how well the center met WIOA requirements and met targeted goals over the past several years.

The center on the WHCC campus and at NDC is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.