The San Mateo County Community College District’s new workforce development and training portal,, offers critical job training and small business resources on one convenient website. Designed to help address the workforce crisis caused by COVID-19 in the Bay Area, the website launched this week.

“Our community college team of dedicated workforce, entrepreneurship and training professionals stands ready to help San Mateo County thrive during these challenging times,” said Michael Claire, chancellor of the community college district. “We are ready to respond to the needs of the community, including job-seekers and businesses, and we are here for you.”

Help for Job Seekers

At, job seekers can find easy access to training programs for a number of careers that promise strong growth and stability in the Bay Area. Programs include UX design, human resources, child development, cyber-security, optician, facilities maintenance, cloud computing, project management, digital marketing and sales operations. Job seekers can choose  full and short-term academic and workforce programs, and can access career opportunities and coaching to prepare, apply and interview for positions.

Help for Small Businesses

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are especially hard-hit in this pandemic, so offers tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs adapt and stay afloat during these critical times. The Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program offers virtual services including business management guidance, technical and targeted business assistance, networking, one-on-one consulting, job shadow opportunities, coaching and workshops.

Help with Corporate Training

The website also connects companies to training programs for existing employees. Local employers can take advantage of numerous expert-led online workshop series including Working & Connecting Remotely, Leading & Managing Remotely, Business Writing, Work From Home Technology, Cross-Cultural Competency, and Diversity & Inclusion. Other services include executive coaching and workshops as well as customized training for leaders and teams in any type of organization.

The Workforce Development and Training Web Portal was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on San Mateo County community members, entrepreneur and businesses. SMCCCD formed a task force of partners included workforce, training and entrepreneurial leaders from Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Skyline College, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC), and Community, Continuing & Corporate Education (CCCE). The task force has initiated a county-wide marketing campaign to build local awareness.

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