Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and the City Council cut ribbon on the State of California’s newest comprehensive America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) and officially dedicated the new Moreno Valley Business & Employment Center (BERC). Formerly known as the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center (ERC), this state-of-the art facility offers comprehensive development services to jobseekers, small businesses, and local employers.
“The BERC is the where residents connect to jobs and opportunities for advancement in Moreno Valley’s growing economy,” said Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. “Ours is one of the very few Business & Employment Resource Centers that have been open continuously since the pandemic started.”
The BERC kept its doors open throughout the pandemic and provided direct access to digital resources such as high speed internet, public desktop computers and free WiFi for individuals to use for applying to jobs, state and federal benefits, as well as work on business plans.
Since it opened in 2009, the BERC has operated as an AJCC Access Point, a satellite office for the Riverside AJCC. The ERC’s upgrade to a full-service AJCC office will make it easier for Moreno Valley job seekers and employers to access job-training, career-counseling and employment-recruitment services by providing all of them locally, without having to be referred to the Riverside AJCC office.
“Congratulations to the Moreno Valley City Council for the transition of the City’s Business & Employment Resource Center to become a designated America’s Job Center of California!” said Dr. Angelo Farooq, Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board. “This timely AJCC designation will help serve the growing needs of families in the broader region to secure quality job opportunities. I commend the successful collaboration between the State, County and City to streamline this process amidst the pandemic crisis.”
The BERC is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3, and provides a number of online resources available at www.moval.org/berc and weekly webinar workshops.