Ready2Open Small Business Assistance Program
The Ready2Open Business Assistance Program has been developed to provide local small businesses that have experienced a loss in revenue due to COVID-19 and qualifying non-profits with financial assistance for the reimbursement of eligible COVID-19-related operating expenses and to cover expenses related to implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures within business. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://reopenmercedcounty.com/ready2open-small-business-assistance-program/ .
SUPPORTIVE SERVICE FUNDING AVAILABLE
In an effort to act swiftly to help workers most impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic, the Employment Development Department (EDD) announced the availability of grant funds to provide supportive services to under-served populations. Due to federal regulations, this funding is available to assist those who are enrolled in WIOA Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker services who have been impacted by COVID-19. For more details, please see the document located here.
RESOURCE CENTERS REOPENING
Beginning Monday, June 8 the Worknet Merced County Resource Center will be re-opening with limited access.
Computers for resume creation and printing, typing testing, and job search will be available by appointment only, in 45 minute increments.
All Merced County and CDC social distancing guidelines will be observed, and the wearing of masks or other facial covering is highly encouraged. For more information about these guidelines, please visit these links:
To protect the safety of Worknet staff, and our patrons, access to the Worknet facility is prohibited if you experience any of the following:
- New or worsening cough
- Sudden lack of taste or smell
- New or worsening shortness of breath
- Sudden onset of unexplained gastrointestinal illness
- Current or recent (within the last 24 hours) fever at or higher than 100.4 F / 38 C.
We thank you for your cooperation and assistance in doing our part to maintain health and safety while helping Merced County get back to work.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE INFORMATION
For EDD services, which includes Unemployment Insurance services, please call (209) 726-5407 or email WSBModestoFieldOffice@edd.ca.gov to receive information or to make an appointment.
ENROLL IN SERVICES AND WORKSHOPS
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Services for Workers
Worknet Merced County puts Merced County residents to work through education, job and training programs. We offer workshops, job search assistance, and many other resources to Merced County job seekers, regardless of income or background — all free of charge.
Services for Business
Worknet Merced County can help you hire and/or train qualified workers and identify available tax credits. Our Business Services Team will work with you to determine the best approach in meeting your organization’s employment and training needs — at no cost.
Services for Youth
For younger job seekers, ages 18–24, EMPOWER, sponsored by Worknet Merced County, provides training in skills like interviewing and résumé building alongside paid work experience, vocational training, and job placement coordinated by peer job coaches.
When I came to Worknet, I didn't have any work experience or skills. The case manager assigned to me and I decided that the best route for me would be to enroll in an office training class. After securing a job through Worknet Merced County, I am now a home owner and have a car. Worknet Merced County is a great resource.
Ana E.Worknet Merced County Client
Not only was I given the necessary tools and services that are required to open a store effectively, but I was also given valuable assistance in such areas as Work Opportunity Tax Credit training and completion. I have recommended to our corporate offices that we should utilize Worknet services for all future store openings.”
Jason FiedmanGeneral Manager, Best Buy
When my unemployment insurance was running out, I visited Worknet Merced County for assistance or advice that they may offer to me. I joined and enrolled in a Computerized Office Technology program. During the same week of finalizing the training course, I was blessed to be hired on by Peri & Sons Farms of California.
Norma L.Worknet Merced County Client