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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Helps Dialysis Center Expand Staff Through No-Cost Programs

Programs save employer almost $7,000 in hiring and training expenses

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (June 28, 2013)—Recently, Desert Cities Dialysis needed to hire new employees; however all of its applicants were recent graduates who required extensive training. Manager Zabelle Cosson recognized that the County of San Bernardino’s recruitment services and On-The-Job Training program could offset costs of finding and training the right people.

The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) screened all applicants and referred the most qualified to Desert City Dialysis. The WIB’s On-The-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period. Through these no-cost programs, Desert City Dialysis hired and trained two employees saving almost $7,000.

Assistance from the County of San Bernardino WIB made it possible for Desert City to grow quickly and hire locally. “The Workforce Investment Board helped us find and train the right employees,” shares Cosson. “Both employees are still with our company and are excelling in their positions.”

Desert City Dialysis is one of many high desert businesses served by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.  “The Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team.  The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement assistance that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training programs and recruitment services.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers for high-demand industries and built relationships with 2,800 businesses,” stated Chair and Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy.”

Businesses interested in learning more about or enrolling in the no-cost services provided by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board can visit www.csb-win.org or call 1—800-451-JOBS.

About Desert Cities Dialysis, High Desert Nephrology

Desert Cities Dialysis, with offices in both Victorville and Barstow, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with kidney disease and kidney disorders. Their staff is composed of licensed physicians, social workers, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and certified dialysis technicians who provide care and support for our patients and their families.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www. facebook.com/SBWIB Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB

The California Wellness Foundation Honors Health Education Leaders Committed to Underserved Communities

Sora Park Tanjasiri, Kevin D. Williams and the Late Antronette K. Yancey Receive Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

Pictured here (left to right) are honoree Sora Park Tanjasiri; honoree Kevin D. Williams and honoree Antronette Yancey’s long term partner Darlene Edgley

Pictured here (left to right) are honoree Sora Park Tanjasiri; honoree Kevin D. Williams and honoree Antronette Yancey’s long term partner Darlene Edgley

Los Angeles (June 25, 2013)- The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) honored three inspiring leaders in health education at its 11th annual Champions of Health Professions Diversity Awards ceremony for their successful efforts to improve the health and wellness of California’s most underserved communities. Sora Park Tanjasiri, an educator and researcher at the department of health science at California State University, Fullerton, has guided minority students into health professions, while addressing health disparities through community-based research programs. Kevin D. Williams of Berkeley Youth Alternatives organizes 27 programs for at-risk youth and young adults, and provides direction to graduate-level students entering the public health field. The late Dr. Antronette K. Yancey was a professor in the department of health services and cofounder of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at UCLA.; she was tireless in her commitment to ensure that research findings would be translated to community programs and policy to transform lives.

In recognition of their efforts to mentor and inspire students and better serve the health and well-being of California’s underserved and disadvantaged communities, each honoree received a cash award of $25,000. As one of the only California Foundations making grants in this area, TCWF has awarded more than $49 million to increase the diversity of the health workforce though a variety of approaches, including research, scholarship, loan repayment programs and leadership recognition.

“It is a tremendous privilege to recognize these stellar individuals for their outstanding commitment to communities of color and their groundbreaking work to increase the ethnic diversity of the health care workforce,” said Crystal D. Crawford, TCWF program director.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities.

Since its founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 6,919 grants totaling more than $852 million. Please visit TCWF’s website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the award and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are available. Video interview clips are posted at TCWF’s YouTube channel.

Artist Review: Sharon Perrin and De’Andre Brown

The Street Magazine crew are pretty busy with a world-wide circulation.

The Street Magazine crew are pretty busy with a world-wide circulation.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA— What’s going on IE and neighboring cities! It’s ya girl, Ms. LUE once again. This week, I’m honored to feature the multi-talented – Ms. Sharon Perrin, Mother/Rapper/Magazine Owner.

You may have seen a large van traveling through your neighborhood with the décor on the sides of Hip Hop Moguls such as Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, E-40, indie recording artist Lo’Key Tha YG that reads “Street Motivation Mag” along the side designed by staff member and owner of 120designs.net, and you may have wondered to yourself “Who are they?” or “What do they do?”.

Well this person is no other than my good friend and extended Big Sister, Ms. Sharon Perrin and her son De’Andre Brown. Sharon and De’Andre

(aka Lo’Key tha YG) started Street Motivation Magazine in 2005 and since then, many artists credit the magazine as “The missing link to many independent artists to not only gain more exposure, but a stage to be advertised in a more professional light.”

How did this come about? Well in the early 80’s Sharon aka “Miz Tasti” was a female hip hop artist herself, and the first signed female rapper from Pomona, CA. Through her unique stylings, Miz Tasti encapsulated a roughness vocal sound of the west coast that everyone came to love, but with a style of her own that ranged to a “Dirty Down South touch” with the intoxicating lyricism of her own. She performed at countless on-and off-campus events and showcases, and had quickly become a popular local entertainer, and acquired since 1985 her own following of screaming teens, adolescent fans and adult admirers.

Miz Tasti began to give back because she understands the power of music, and wants everyone to be touched by her expression and love of Hip-Hop. This beautiful lady has been featured in various magazines and newspapers from Urban Smarts Mag., Low-Life UK hip hop Mag., the World Wide Westside Mag., and The Hip Hop Core Mag and more.

De’Andre Brown and his mother Sharon Perrin founded Street Motivation Magazine eight years ago.

De’Andre Brown and his mother Sharon Perrin founded Street Motivation Magazine eight years ago.

As an artist, herer performances earned the respect of critics, who wrote:  “One female Rapper I find myself playing quite often. Miz Tasti is likable, Lyrics are head nodding material and the beats have movement”, Much props —Africa’s Gateway Mag. “Tonos Entertainment top-pick for Female Rapper for major indie label distribution—Head of A&R Simon Gillies. “Tast i has always had the ability to make others stop, look and gather around her, to hear this Hip-Hop Diva do her on the microphone is pure fire”—- Slip N Slide Records..

In 2000 she founded FEAA Camp (Feline Entertainment Artist Association) to provide female performers encouragement and the opportunity to collaborate with one another ,in a male dominated industry. In 2005 she and De’Andre founded Street Motivation Magazine, and continue to educate, inspire and motivate artists that wish to promote and advertise themselves in a professional and affordable way.

The magazine is a quarterly print publication with readers and subscribers from throughout Southern California and the world including Texas, New York, Japan, Slovakia, England, Bangladesh, Germany and more. Designed to meet the needs of indie artists, Street Motivation Magazine meshes together the city’s urban society with local and national updates on music, the latest in news, and events, and seeks a wide and diverse market including men, women, and children with a vision to appeal to a diverse readership of people of all ethnic and racial groups, and to attract both professionals and simple music lovers. .

Street Motivation Magazine has featured and interviewed not only artist, entrepreneurs, and business owners, but was also the first magazine to feature on the cover not one, but two men featured in the TV series “American Gangsters:” “Freeway” Ricky Ross and New York’s Chaz “Slim” Williams. Several top artists that have graced its pages include King T, Above The Law, Kurupt, Kokane, Suga Free, Soulful Ricky Jones, DJ Battle Cat, Jayo Felony, Medusa, C-BO, Brotha Lynch Hung, SlyBoogy, RBX, Dresta Da Gangsta, BG Knock-Out, Chill (Compton’s Most Wanted) Crooked I, Graph, Snoop Doggs artist The Hustle Boys and Dubb Union, and the list goes on.

Contact information for this Entrepreneur, Mother, Manager, Owner, and Motivator, who founded this magazine on a mother and son’s sweat, tears and a dream, is: Street Motivation Magazine, P.O. Box 90254, San Bernardino, Ca. 92427

909-804-2029 or 323-642-7702, info@sm-mag.com, or visit www.sm-mag.com.