Quality and Affordable Workforce

Your business will benefit from the state’s most affordable wage rates, a large skilled labor pool and numerous job training and placement services. California adds 10 million people to its population every 20 years. Much of the current growth is occurring within Central California, creating a vast employment pool with a wide range of qualifications. Central California wage savings can be as much as $4 dollars to $10 per hour. We have satisfied employees. People come to Central California to experience life. From the executive suite to the front line, employees enjoy the benefits of a Central California lifestyle; affordable housing, mild climate, short commutes, abundant recreation and some of the most spectacular scenery on the face of the earth. More than half of Central California's residence own a home, compared to 20 to 35% in larger metro areas of the state.

Workforce Demographics

Workforce Partners

The CCVEDC is proud to work hand in hand with our workforce development partners, the Central California Workforce Collaborative (CCWC) in a collaborative effort to boost effectiveness in serving employers. CCWC is comprised of eight (-8-) local Workforce Development Boards representing ten (-10-) counties of Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare. Not only will they assist in hiring and training employees for your business, but they will customize a training program just for your business. We welcome our partners!

Workforce Partners in Central California offer:

  • Recruit, pre-screen and qualify job candidates
  • Labor market and wage information
  • Custom training and upskilling programs
  • Access to employment and training incentives

County Workforce Partners:


Universities, Colleges and Training Centers


  • UC Merced
  • CSU Fresno
  • CSU Bakersfield
  • CSU Stanislaus

California Community Colleges

CCVEDC partners with the California Community Colleges who are working to train Workforce to the needs of Business.
Visit their website for a complete list of Workforce Services

Click HERE for a location map and link to each college's website.

  • Bakersfield College
  • Cerro Coso College
  • Clovis Community College
  • College Of The Sequoias
  • Columbia College
  • Fresno City College
  • Madera Community College
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Porterville College
  • Reedley College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Taft College
  • West Hills College Coalinga
  • West Hills College Lemoore

Independent Colleges

  • Fresno Pacific University
  • University of the Pacific

Private Colleges & Universities

  • Alliant University
  • National University

Award-Winning Industry Partnership

Central California has done a good job of giving industry a voice in education/training. One example is VOLT that recently won an award from the State of CA for industry/education workforce partnerships at the CA Economic Summit.

Visit VOLT Website