Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes we run into challenges that can stop us in our tracks, but there is help!
If you are interested in seeking work that requires higher levels of education there are a multitude of opportunities to get necessary credentials through Bakersfield Adult School, Community Colleges, and Universities in Kern County.
- Find the best option for you through Career One Stop’s Training Options chart comparison which explains options along with expected timeframes and how options will help you!
- Interested in getting a GED? Bakersfield Adult School has GED Preparation Classes.
- Here is some helpful information for GED Preparation.
- Kern County Library’s main library, Beale Memorial, has a GED Testing Lab too!
Here are some helpful support services for job seekers who might struggle with language barriers in their job search.
- The Bakersfield Adult School offers low-cost ESL Language Skills Courses to assist in meeting the needs of learners at various skill levels of English language proficiency – register now!
- The Kern County Superintendent of Schools has many English Learning Development Resources for children and adults!
- The Department of Labor has many Spanish Speaking Resources available to help.
- Employers’ Training Resource provides a List of Educational and Training Resources for ESL Classes.
There are lots of work options that could be a perfect fit for you.
- America’s Job Center has a list of assistance programs and support for you on their Resources for Clients with Disabilities page!
- Also, State of California’ Department of Development Service’s Path Point program provides Life Skills Programs and Job Support Services for employment integration for persons with developmental disabilities.
- The California Department of Rehabilitation offers Specialized Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
- Are you interested in working while on disability benefits? Find support and learn how benefits are affected by a job here.
There are many support systems you can obtain due to your military service and/or veteran status.
- The Kern County Veterans Service Department is the best place to start! KCVSD provides information and help with benefits and job assistance programs.
- Kern Patriot Partnership connects veterans with employers that have pledged to give Veterans first consideration when hiring.
- CalVet / CalTAP provides Employment Resources for Veterans.
- Career One Stop has a Veterans Job Matcher.
- Career One Stop hosts a one-stop Veteran and Military Transition Center for employment, training, and financial help.
Did you know there are a variety of transportation services that serve areas all across Kern County and beyond?
Community Action Partnership of Kern’s (CAPK) 2-1-1 Kern County connects callers with information and referral specialists who can help refer them to a variety of services in Kern County.
- 2-1-1 Kern County helps low-income residents with transportation options, as well as providing ways to pursue educational goals, secure and retain employment, maintain adequate housing, access medical services, obtain utility bill payment subsidies and residential weatherization assistance, contract hunger and food insecurity, obtain childcare and preschool education, and engage in personal and family development opportunities to build and achieve individual and family self-sufficiency.