Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties provides CalWORKs Professional Employment Preparation (PREP) services throughout Ventura County. Goodwill conducts PREP at four locations, with one conducted in Spanish. PREP services include: orientation, an employment portfolio, vocational testing, job search techniques, life skills presentations, job readiness, work experience, job development and placement, and guest speakers.

Goodwill has been providing these PREP services in Ventura County since 2010 and enjoys an excellent track record. Goodwill has trained and experienced staff providing these services and serves 750-1200 positions for CalWORKs clients annually. Goodwill ensures a high PREP completion, vocational assessment and employment placement rates.

In response to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), California created the California Work and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program-a "work-first" program that provides support services to help recipients move from welfare to work (WTW) and toward self-sufficiency. To encourage prompt transitions to work and sell-sufficiency, CalWORKs emphasizes the importance of moving recipients promptly to PREP, a structured group process to help welfare recipients find a first job, and, as needed, to the later steps in CalWORKs' sequence of activities.

The four PREP locations are:

West Oxnard
635 S. Ventura Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 382-6562

Santa Clara Valley
725 E. Main St.
Santa Paula, CA 93063
(805) 933-8300

4651 Telephone Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 654-3470

East County
980 Enchanted Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 955-2282

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