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Agency - Opportunity Junction


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Opportunity Junction
Last updated on May 29, 2014

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Opportunity Junction fights poverty by helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families. At Opportunity Junction, technology, literacy and personal development combine with real world experience to put people on the road to economic self-sufficiency.

Description:
The Job Training and Placement Program works with 45 participants per year to intensively train and provide job experience in computer-related occupations. Participants receive training on computer programs like Excel and Word, are instructed on business English and Math concepts, and participate in life skills classes to prepare them for re-entering the workforce. They also have access to case management and counseling services.

Our evening program, the Technology Center, provides free evening adult education classes and assistance in computer basics and English as a Second Language. Volunteers act as teachers, tutors, and mentors. Currently, classes focus on basics, but we hope to expand to intermediate levels in the future. We also provide drop-in computer access and individual tutoring as tutors are available. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday 6-9 p.m. at our location. Students can come at any time to register. Students may come on any evening they choose.

Our office in Bay Point offers career development services. Staff help individuals with resumes, job search, and case management. Free evening classes are also offered at Bay Point, covering basic computer skills and English as a Second Language. Volunteers teach these classes, as well as those in Antioch.

Please contact us only if you are interested in working with us for six weeks or more.

History:
Opportunity Junction is a non-profit organization opened in 2000 as a sustainable solution to Contra Costa County's need to move CalWORKS recipients and other underemployed residents to economic self-sufficiency. Responding to the local demand for workers with strong technical and computer skills, Opportunity Junction trains and then employs participants as part of the DataWorks social enterprise.

Contact people:

 Jacqueline Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Vanessa Cofresi, VIP Fellow, (phone), (email)
Brianna Burkman, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (925) 776-1131

Address:

 3102 Delta Fair Blvd.
Antioch, CA 94509
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.opportunityjunction.org

Directions:

   Nearest Bus Stop: TriDa 380 or 387
Last updated on May 29, 2014

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Opportunity Junction 5 Overall Experience    Experience rating
Working with The United Way helping low income families was very rewarding

 I am an alum of Opportunity Junction and recently volunterred for The United Way during this past tax season. I found it to be very rewarding to help low income families file their taxes for free. I was able to help a number of families who had gone to a paid tax preparer in previous years. Taking the time to look over their return I found they had not been given the personal attention needed to help them receive back the best refund possible. Making these changes and seeing the final result was very exciting to both myself and the tax payer. I look forward to helping The United Way in the next tax season so that I can continue to help low income families receive as much of their earned income back as they deserve.
posted by kimberlymercer07@att.net on August 25, 2009
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