More than 80,000 new statewide jobs are available through CACareerCafe.com after the junior college student-oriented website integrated with CalJOBS, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office announced last week.
CalJOBS is a California Employment Development Department website of available positions and internships within the state.
For students at Barstow Community College and Victor Valley College, the swell of post-integration job opportunities will, put simply, better the odds of finding work through the website.
BCC has marketed CACareerCafe.com to students every semester for two years, according to BCC spokeswoman Maureen O. Stokes.
"This is just one of several resources that are out there for (students)," she said. "It's getting them acclimated to getting a job when they don't have one, not necessarily when they need one."
The key difference is the ability to be proactive, she explained.
Via the website, students are able to post their resume and search and apply for openings, including internships, which are geared toward their experience level. Employers can post jobs and sift through applicants.
"This partnership just makes sense on so many levels," said Van Ton-Quinlivan, the CCC vice chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, in a statement. "If a student needs a job while they are enrolled at a community college they can find one; or once they earn a certificate, graduate or transfer, they'll have a place to start a new career."
Jorge Rodriguez, 23, is working toward an associate's degree in natural science and math at BCC. While surveying the website Friday inside the college's Learning Resource Center, Rodriguez said he hadn't heard of CACareerCafe.com before, but could see himself utilizing it to find a job.
On Friday, a search on the website for openings within 25 miles of Barstow returned 83 jobs. They included a part-time pharmacist at Walmart in Barstow and an assistant manager at Gap in Lenwood.
The same search for Victorville brought back 321 job openings.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.