Youth Program Overview

The headquarters for the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, a primary provider of youth services, in El Centro, CA.

Are you between the ages of 14-24 and residing in
Imperial County? 

Would you like help with starting or finishing your education?
Setting employment goals?  

Are you looking to find a good-paying seasonal position?
A long-term career path?

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out your next step in life, especially as a young person. Regardless of your individual situation, you can find help at your local America's Job Center of California (AJCC) and with our local partner, the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP).

The Imperial County Workforce Development Board is committed to providing high-quality services for youth and young adults with barriers to employment. Young people looking to find a job or start a career can receive a wide range of programs and training designed to put them on their desired path. Imperial Valley AJCCs and IVROP also offer pathways towards earning a high school diploma and can help promote access to higher education. The diverse set of programs offered can be of use to you wherever you are on your employment and educational journey and are free of charge to eligible participants. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to secondary school completion or attainment of an equivalent credential

  • Alternative secondary education, or dropout recovery services

  • Paid work experience including:

    • Pre-apprenticeship programs

    • Internships and job shadowing

    • On-the-Job training opportunities

  • Occupational skills training

  • Education offered concurrently with workforce preparation

  • Leadership development opportunities

  • Supportive services

  • Adult mentoring throughout participation period

  • Follow-up services for at least 12 months after completion of participation

  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling

  • Financial literacy education

  • Entrepreneurial skills training

  • Services that provide employment information about in-demand industry sectors, including:

    • Career awareness

    • Career counseling

    • Career exploration services

  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training

Eligibility Requirements