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Kern Back in Business: Arvin announces bus route to Bakersfield job resource center

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 21:55:38-04

ARVIN, Calif. — On Tuesday, the city of Arvin announced that it was creating a new bus route to better serve residents looking for jobs. The new service would connect the city to the Job Spot in Bakersfield.

"As a one-stop resource hub, the Job Spot provides courses to complete a high school diploma or GED, to learn English as a second language, and to prepare for citizenship. It offers career planning and assistance including resume and cover letter writing, assisting with applications, and career exploration in South and North Kern locations. The Job Spot also aides job seekers and those looking to enroll and take courses from Bakersfield College or Bakersfield Adult School."

Pawan Gill, Arvin's director of administrative services, said Job Spot is a resource that Arvin residents are in dire need for.

"We are a linguistically isolated community. We have lower education rates and so this really provides a pathway for education and careers," Gill said.

The route will begin running on July 1st and will stop in front of the Job Spot located at 1501 Panama Lane. The bus will leave Arvin at 8:00 a.m. and will arrive at the Job Spot at 9:25 a.m. A second bus will depart at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at the Job Spot at 1:00 p.m.

Sharon Gleason, program coordinator for Bakersfield Adult School said Arvin residents will be able to expand on their skills and tackle their goals at Job Spot.

"We are going get you that piece of paper (diploma) that will enable you to do other things you like to do," Gleason said.

Gill said this opportunity will encourage the Arvin community to take advantage of valuable resources they're currently isolated from due to transportation.

"By eliminating barriers to access, we are hopeful that the community will take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their skills as well as receive one-on-one guidance and assistance to those seeking employment,” Gill said.

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