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Cultivating Merced's quality workforce. These public services can reduce the cost of hiring and training quality individuals. The City of Merced considers these organizations key partners and will gladly coordinate with them as part of your business location package.

Recruitment, Screening, Hiring


Worknet of Merced County
Business Resource Team


(209) 724-2001


  • Advertising

  • Orientation

  • Job Fairs

  • Prescreening Applicants

  • Prescreening Tax Credits

  • Eligibility


  • Pay Ranges

  • Benefits

  • Labor Market Information


  • Orientations

  • Testing

  • Interviewing

  • Training

  • Counseling


  • Pre-Job Training

  • Subsidized On-the-Job Training

  • Classroom - Credit/Noncredit

  • Customized Orientations


  • Tax Credit Programs

  • Subsidized Classroom Training

  • Subsidized On-the-Job Training


  • Vouchering

  • Counseling

Worknet of Merced County

Businesses operating in Merced can reduce the costs of recruiting, screening, and training employees by taking advantage of programs available through Worknet of Merced County. Worknet is a consortium of job training and recruitment agencies that work together to meet employers' needs. Services include:

UC Merced Center for Career and Professional Advancement

University of California is highly regarded throughout the world, with graduates in demand by many well-known companies, such as Google, Apple, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, and Safeway. Job recruiters can contact CCPA to:

  • Post jobs and internships through UC Merced’s online system, CATLink

  • Host on-campus and virtual recruiting

  • Participate in career fairs

UC Merced Center for Career and Professional Advancement


(209) 228-7272


Employee Training

Merced College Career Advancement Academy

This Merced College program provides training and certification in technical office occupations and medical assistance. Programs prepare adult learners to enter the workforce ready to meet the needs of local businesses.

Merced College Career Advancement Academy


(209) 386-6738

Merced College Workplace Learning Resource Center

The Workplace Learning Resource Center links businesses and employees to the vast knowledge-base of Merced College through customized and prepared courses designed to help employees rapidly achieve proficiency and upgrade their skills. Services include:

  • Customer Service Academy

  • Emerging Leaders Institute

  • Industry Certification

  • Technology & Social Media

  • Customized employee training in industry-specific or employee-specific job skills

Merced College Workplace Learning Resource Center


(209) 386-6733

Employee Training Program (ETP)

The Employment Training Panel, a state program, provides financial assistance to California businesses in support of customized worker training. They provide the funds; the business arranges the training. ETP has priority projects and industries, based on the goal of providing secure jobs with good wages: 

  • Agriculture

  • Allied Healthcare

  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences

  • Construction

  • Green/Clean Technology

  • Goods Movement and Transportation Logistics

  • Information Technology Services

  • Manufacturing

  • Multimedia/Entertainment

  • Technical Services

Employee Training Program (ETP)


(916) 327-5640

Local Partner:

Worknet of Merced County


Worknet of Merced County

Worknet is the one-stop center for training, recruitment, screening, and hiring resources, including training reimbursement that may reduce cost to employers by 50% to 100%. See full description above.

Worknet of Merced County
Business Resource Team


(209) 724-2001


Websites of respective organizations (July-Oct 2017).