Programs

In-School Youth Programs

ILP

Independent Living Program

An eight week instructional class focusing on life skills, post –secondary education , employment and self-sufficiency. This collaborative program between CRD and the Department of Human Services is design to assist foster youth transition to independence.

Quest 4 Success

Quest 4 Success is a program that offers eligible 11th and 12th grade students that attend participating Kern High School District continuation high schools an opportunity to receive paid work experience twice a year. Students are required to attend an after-school pre-employment class taught by a credentialed instructor where they can receive miscellaneous high school credits. They are also monitored for school attendance and progress throughout the school year. Incentives, paid work experience/project-based learning courses, and supportive services are available to Quest 4 Success students to provide motivation to stay in school and graduate.

Out Of School Youth Programs

ACT

Adolescent Career Transition

ACT is designed to assist youth age 18-24 who are emancipating from the foster care system achieve self–sufficiency. Vocational training followed by up to 250 hours of paid work experience is coupled with life skills courses to assist youth with the transition to adulthood. Referrals to this program are made via Department of Human Services which continues to work with CRD staff to ensure the success of the young of paid work experience in the industry of training. The areas are Warehouse Worker and Materials Handler, Building Industries and Welding. Incentives are paid to participants during the classroom training.

BCCT

Blue Collar Career Training

This program is designed to provide occupational skills training for high school graduates ages 18-24 followed by up to 250 hours of paid work experience in the industry of training. The areas are Warehouse Worker and Materials Handler, Building Industries and Welding. Incentives are paid to participants during the classroom training.

CS²

Careers, Schools, Success

CS² is designed for high school graduates ages 18-24 who need life skills and vocational training to successfully transition into self-sufficient adulthood. CS² consists of vocational training in the youth’s area of interest. Successful completion moves participants to up to 250 hours of paid work experience in the private sector coupled with ongoing workshops to reinforce soft skills. Job search assistance is available to those who have not yet found unsubsidized employment.

REAP

Re-entry Education Attainment Program

Recognized by US Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition with a 2002 PEPNet award, REAP is designed to give high school drop-out youth age 18 to 24 the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED, learn employability skills through vocational training and paid work experience, and improve self-esteem. Staff motivates, encourages, and assists REAP clients in the re-enrollment process that eventually leads to self-sufficiency. Participants are monitored for school attendance and progress throughout the year and are provided with life/soft skills, career exploration, incentive stipends, and supportive services to help motivate them to stay in school and graduate.

Adult Programs

Careers 4 Success

Career 4 Success is a paid work experience program consisting of up to 250 hours of paid work experience, work readiness, and academic enrichment. Careers 4 Success participants may be placed in a variety of occupations and worksites. Placements are made with considerations of English language skills, occupational skills, interest, transportation and child care.

FOP

Farmworker Opportunity Program

CRD provides assistance to qualifying farm workers 18 and over and their dependents (18+) who have the legal right to work in the United States and are income eligible. FOP provides up to 250 hours of paid work experience in Greater Bakersfield .Those in need of educational enhancement are enrolled at BAS.

PWEX

Paid Work Experience

CRD works in conjunction with Department of Human Services and Employers’ Training Resource to provide 6 months of paid work experience to Cal WORKs recipients who are working their way to self-sufficiency.

Career Technical Programs

Welding

This introductory course is the first course in a three course pathway prepares students with occupational skills in welding and materials joining. Emphasis is placed on four position welding techniques (flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead) utilizing Oxy-Acetylene welding (OAW), Shielded Metal-Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten-Arc Welding (GTAW) and Gas Metal-Arc Welding (GMAW) processes. Students guided through related job readiness skills by taking personality/ aptitude assessments, learning employability skills, researching specific jobs and preparing a resume for job seeking. Safety, communication skills and teamwork is embedded into the curriculum.

Students will learn…

  • Basic Safety/ SP2 Certification
  • Bonding metals using the ARC process
  • Cutting and grinding
  • Shop procedures and shop discipline
  • Basic Oxy-Fuel Operations
  • Skills to bond together using S.M.A.W. (STICK) and G.M.A.W. (MIG) welding process
  • Knowledge of certification standards for welding
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Auto Technology

Auto Technology is a NATEF certified advanced program for students seeking specialized training designed to meet standards set by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This program will prepare you for entry level automotive related jobs. You may qualify to receive on-the-job training through internships at a local auto repair shop. Students will be forklift certified at the completion of the class.

Students will learn…

  • Basic Safety/ SP2 Certification
  • How to write a service repair order
  • Perform an oil change
  • Perform vehicle safety checks
  • Check front end alignments
  • Evaluate engine codes
  • Workplace etiquette and survival
  • Learn more…

Warehouse Worker

The Warehouse Worker program provides students with the essential knowledge, skills, and experiences related to career opportunities in supply chain distribution. Students will learn and work with industry-standard equipment and procedures, including receiving safety and forklift certifications, as well as have opportunities for hands-on work-based learning.

Students learn how to:

  • Basic Safety/ SP2 Certification
  • How to write a service repair order
  • Perform an oil change
  • Perform vehicle safety checks
  • Check front end alignments
  • Evaluate engine codes
  • Workplace etiquette and survival
  • Learn more…