Employment and Job Training

This page includes information on potential employers, CA employer incentives, and job training.

The map below displays companies whose national corporation has a non-discrimination policy for ex-offenders. Click on the markers to find locations/telephone numbers or to get directions.

About the Work Opportunity Tax Credit:

DID YOU KNOW? The state of California offers incentives for employers to high ex-offenders! Many don’t know about it so it is important you familiarize yourself with the options. Please see the links below for more information, including how employers can get money from the government for hiring you. Dont be discouraged by the amount of forms, some are for your employer. Questions? Call 1-866-593-0173 to speak to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Center.

About the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
Frequently Asked Questions about the WOTC
Employer Guide Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Employer Brochure
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Job Seeker Brochure
Individual Characteristics Form – Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit (IRS 8850)
Instructions for Form 8850

Job Training Resources:


Cal Jobs in an online resource that allows employers and employment-seekers to post and review job listings, resumes, etc. Employers can even use Cal Jobs to FIND employees.

CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work

CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work is an employment program serving eligible adult recipients of cash aid. The program helps CalWORKs participants find jobs and become self-sufficient. Services include: personalized employment plan, work experience, job search workshops, vocational training, college work study, adult education, job readiness assistance, and monthly job fairs. Call or visit their website for more information.

2045 40th Ave; Capitola, CA 95010(831) 464-6286
18 West Beach St; Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 763-8700

Helpful center for job search, training, licensing, and career exploration.  Drop-in to use the computers, internet, faxes, telephones, newspapers, copy machines, and other resources.

The EDD in Capitola and Watsonville offers MANY services that will be helpful for MANY people. Through the EDD, individuals can access CalJobs and America’s Job Bank, an online listing of available jobs. The EDD offers resume workshops, displaced workers programs and NAFTA programs, a career center that offers technical support, fax machines, etc. Youth Services and Job Searching workshops are also available. Drop in services include computer access, telephones, copy machines, etc. Please call for more details. (Appointments with staff can specifically help parolees)

Center for Employment Training
10 Blaca Lane, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-4551
7800 Arroyo Cir. Suite C, Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 287-7924

ET is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty & dependence on public aid by making hands-on job training available to youth and adults of all educational levels & backgrounds, but especially to those most in need and hardest to serve. The mission of CET, an economic and community development corporation is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency.

Homeless Garden Project
(831) 426-3609

P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

A group of volunteers created the Homeless Garden Project in 1990 to provide a place of safety, beauty, and work opportunities for people who were homeless.  Today, the project provides a bounty of activities at the 2.5 acre organic garden, attracting a wide variety of individuals living in Santa Cruz County. Job training program for homeless adults includes agriculture, crafts, retail, etc.  Drop-in or call for an appointment. Bilingual staff  is only available Wednesday-Friday.

Job Training and Mentorship Program
(831) 721-4771

This program provides training and skills to help individuals get and keep a job. It informs individuals of current, open positions in the community, and can give advice and guidance for up to sixth months while individuals look for or are on the job.

Kelly Services
1414 Soquel Ave #105, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 425-0653
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Kelly services is a temporary job placement agency that offers placement in clerical, administrative, and professional job placements. Requirements include a valid drivers license and a birth certificate or Social Security Card. Visit the website to email a resume, or call for an appointment.

Labor Ready
5157 Soquel Dr
, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
(831) 475-9292
Drop-in hours are Monday-Friday 7am-9am.

We put people to work in industries that include: Construction, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Retail, Events and hospitality, Waste and recycling, Transportation etc. We are always in need of dependable people who are ready to serve the growing needs of our customers. Labor Ready is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply for employment. If you are interested in our temporary employment opportunities, please call 1-800-24-LABOR. Visit the website for more details.

2001 40th Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 724-7775

Manpower is a temportary employment agency. With 4,100 offices in 82 countries and territories, we can assist in landing your next job, wherever it may be. You’ll gain experience with some of the world’s premier organizations and work in a way that fits your lifestyle.  Please visit our Job Search page and select the destination country in order to learn about Manpower’s current job opportunities and how to apply for them. Call for more information.

Natural Resources and Employment Program (NREP)
A Community Action Board Program
Santa Cruz: 501 Soquel Ave Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 |(831) 457-1741
Watsonville: 406 Main St. Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076 | (831) 457-1741 x 120

This program provides individuals with paid work in the fields of environmental enhancement and conservation services. Crew work on many services including revegetation, stream clearance, trail construction, road maintenance, etc. Call above number for more information.

Public Safety Dispatcher
Jobs offered by Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Communications Center
495 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 471-1000

The Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Communications Center is continuously hiring safety dispatchers. This job includes excellent benefits, training, and more. Its definitely not your regular desk job. Call or click on the link for more application details.

Regional Occupational Training (ROP)
809-H Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 479-5333

The Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. ROP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education offered in cooperation with county high school districts and the local business community provides job training for youth 16 and older and adults. ROP works closely with local employers and many classes offer on-the-job training (internship). While there is no formal placement process, follow-up studies of our students indicate program completers have a high rate of job placement. Call for more details.

San Jose Job Corps
3485 East Hills Drive, San Jose, CA 95127
(408) 973-3163 or Toll-free 1-877-388-3731

At San Jose Job Corps, students receive the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce – at no cost to them or their families. Services include all kinds of job training, GED classes, work-based training, links to career centers, job placement, monthly stipends, up to 420 dollars of clothing, and more. Visit the link above for more detials, requirements, and enrollment information.

Santa Cruz Jobs
Online Resource-No Office
For Customer Support and Sales Contact:
Phone: (831) 316-0054

SantaCruzJobs.com is a part of the Workin.com network of locally focused job sites. We pride ourselves in offering easy to use, cost effective solutions for employers and job seekers in our local communities. Santa Cruz jobs offers online job listings in Santa Cruz county and surrounding areas for people seeking employment.  Register for the ability to post resumes for potential employers to view.

Select Personnel
480 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 768-8237
Drop-in hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm.

Select Personnel is a temporary employment agency that offers a variety of job placements. Founded in Santa Barbara in 1985, Select Staffing has offices nationwide and is California’s largest independent staffing company.  Select Staffing is also part of The Select Family of Staffing Companies, a top 10 industry leader. CAll or visit for more information-bring resume if you have one.  Must bring driver’s license or a state issued ID card and birth certificate and or social security card.

Shoreline Occupational Services
350 Encinal S, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-6415

Welcome to Shoreline Workforce Development Services, the education, training and employment division of Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc. We provide workforce development services designed to assist people with barriers to employment as they maximize the use of their abilities in the competitive labor market. We also assist people who may be vocationally disadvantaged due to changes in the labor market, job loss, etc. Our services include evaluation, situational assessment, vocational exploration, classroom and on-the-job training programs, placement assistance and supported employment. Our goals are to work with participants’ abilities rather than their barriers to employment. We provide a positive learning environment to assist people acquire skills for competitive employment. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you in obtaining your vocational plan goals.

Skills Center
133 Mission Street Suite 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 421-9900 ext. 232

This is a non-profit organization that provides programs and businesses that train, employ and support people with developmental disabilities. Jobs have competitive wages, benefits, etc. Please call or visit for application information.

State Department of Rehabilitation
Capitola: 1350 41st Ave. Suite 101, Capitola, CA 95010 | (831) 465-7100
Salinas: 1000 South Main St. Suite 205, Salinas, CA 93901 | (831) 769-8066
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. The department provides technical assistance, training, education, transportation, and job placement.  Call to apply and attend an orientation.

Volt Staffing
2425 Porter Dr. Suite 11, Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 479-8658

Temporary Employment Agency. Volt is an employer of professionals in a wide range of job classifications. Our expertise is in providing qualified job seekers with challenging and rewarding employment opportunities by matching them with customers who are seeking qualified contingent staff. Volt is recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding staffing services. Since 1950, Volt has provided leading companies with dynamic solutions to meet their human resources needs. We serve Fortune 1000 corporations and are among a select group of staffing companies to be named to the Fortune 1000.  Must call or email to schedule an appointment.

Women’s Venture Project
406 Main St. Suite 202, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 724-0206

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB) developed the Women Ventures Project (WVP) to provide training and placement assistance to low-income women interested in non-traditional occupations (NTO’s) in the building trades, transportation, and public safety fields. The goal of WVP is to provide women with the information, skills, and support they need to enter into living wage jobs such as Carpenter, Electrician or Plumber, Driver or Heavy Equipment Operator, Security or Public Works, etc.  Call to apply.

Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center
North County: 1040 Emeline Street Santa Cruz 95060 | (831) 454 4080
Mid County: 2045 40th Avenue Capitola CA 95010 | (831) 464 6286
South County: 18 West Beach Watsonville CA 95076

This career center has job listings and referrals, resume assistance, a copier, fax, telephone, and computers for job searching, internet access, labor market informance, a resource library, community resource information, child care information, veteran services, GED assistance, occupational training, and more. Call the location near you for more information.


For Job Listings, Click HERE
Occupational Guides, Click HERE
For a Sample Resumes, Click HERE
For a Sample Emplyment Application, Click HERE
For A quick Interview Preparation Guide,  Click HERE

**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**


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