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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board


Burlington Coat Factory

Workforce Challenge

When Burlington Coat Factory upgraded their West Coast distribution center in San Bernardino, CA, they needed to quickly hire additional employees to meet the increased demands of their customers.

Shoshana Hawkins, the human resources manager at Burlington Coat Factory’s West Coast Distribution Center, contacted the Workforce Investment Board’s business services team for help.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board was very instrumental in helping us when we first came to San Bernardino," she shared.

Workforce Solution

Through its Workforce Investment Network, the County business services team posted the job openings to eager job seekers. They also recruited a pool of qualified candidates enrolled at the County’s One-Stop Employment Resource Centers. The WIB held recruitment sessions with company representatives to hire and screen employees.

Outcomes & Benefits

To date, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s business services team helped recruit nearly 45 new employees and provided Burlington Coat Factory with On-the-Job Training and STEP contracts to offset the hiring and training costs.

As the company is experiencing additional growth at its secondary warehouse, they expect to hire more employees this summer through the County’s Employment Resource Centers.


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