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Welcome to the Workforce Santa Cruz County career services website – your virtual one-stop-shop for job seeker and employee services for residents of Santa Cruz County.

Tired of spending hours looking for a job and still no luck? Maybe you don’t want just any job – you are ready for a good-paying job you like and one that makes you proud.

Workforce Santa Cruz County is here every step of the way to help you achieve more. Our workforce experts focus the job search process to save you time and put you on the path to a stable job – or connect you with training that makes more fulfilling career pathways possible. We can even help you figure out what kind of career would be best for you.

We Can Help You:

  • Find a job
  • Identify opportunities to build your skills or train for a career
  • Schedule an appointment
  • Locate your nearest Career Center

Watch our informational video and then select the services below that best meet your needs. Let’s work together to achieve more!

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Orientation Videos

WIOA Orientation - English Video
WIOA Orientation - Spanish Video

If you are an adult, follow the steps below to receive services.

Step 1

To begin the WIOA application process, watch the WIOA Orientation Video. This informational video explains eligibility and expectations and provides a brief overview of the program.

Step 2

After you watch the video and believe you are eligible, visit the CalJOBS website to create your free account. Click on the “Sign In / Register” button near the top right corner of the home page, scroll down to “Option 3 – Create a User Account,” select the “Individual Registration” button, and answer the questions to set up your account.

Step 3

You must be registered on the CalJOBS website in order to complete the pre-application. After creating your new CalJOBS account, select your dashboard, click on the menu in the top left corner and look under “Services for Individuals.” Click on “Eligibility Explorer,” which is the Pre-Application for WIOA. Fill out and complete the Pre-Application.

Step 4

After you have completed the Pre-Application, send an email to to inform them of the completion of your online Pre-Application. It is very important that you send this email to continue the process. You should NOT include your Pre-Application in the email. The Intake and Eligibility Specialist will be able to access your Pre-Application online.

Step 5

Someone will be in contact with you about how to continue. For any additional information regarding the status of your eligibility, please contact the Eligibility and Intake Specialist at 831-763-8388.

Step 6

Once you have submitted all eligibility documents and have been deemed eligible, your application will be processed and assigned to an Employment Specialist who will then contact you to begin the enrollment process.

If you are a youth, follow the steps below to receive services.

Step 1

Complete the Sueños Program Pre-Screening Application, available for pick up at our Watsonville Youth Center, located at 229 Green Valley Road, Freedom, CA. You can also access an electronic/online English or Spanish version.

Step 2

Once your Pre-Screening Application is received, program staff will invite you to attend a Sueños Orientation and Intake. At this meeting, you will be informed of the documents you will need to submit in order to be eligible to participate in the Sueños program.

Step 3

Submit all documentation required to determine your WIOA Eligibility.

Step 4

Once WIOA Eligibility is established, you will be enrolled in the program, and you can start participating in program services.

How We Can Help

Workforce Santa Cruz County is ready to help you start achieving more from the comfort of your home. Learn more about our available no-cost services by clicking on the links below.

Skills Development

Build upon your existing skills or learn new ones.

Find a Job

Register for CalJOBS and begin your job search today!

Career Centers

Find the Career Center closest to you.

Upcoming Events

Learn about upcoming job fairs, hiring events, and more.


Read about our Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination policies.


Learn more about local community colleges and trade schools.

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