work2future is frequently acknowledged for its achievements and leadership and is also pleased to be able to recognize the contributions that others make to the organization.

Below are some highlights:

work2future Community Builders Award 2011

Partners Awardees:

  • Dennis King, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin Boyd, Shop San Jose
  • Jayme Dickson,  Alice Vurich, and Kathy Bradley, City of San Jose Real Estate Division

 Business Awardees:

  • David Lee, Marshall's
  • Evelyn O'Donnell, Green Mouse Recycling
  • Paul S. Zygielbaum, C8 mediSensor

Adult Program Awardees:

  • Amir Kazerooni
  • Katrina Inouye
  • Timothy Miller

Youth program Awardees:

  • Orlando Figueroa
  • Ryan lincoln
  • Duc Nguyen


One Stop Award for Excellence from International Association of Workforce Processionals

International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) President Rich Vincent presented the International One Stop Award to work2future's San Jose One Stop.  B.J. Sims, work2future’s Business Service Manager, received the award in St. Louis on June 28, 2011 recognizing the San Jose One Stop for its outstanding work to provide universal access, customer choice, and quality service. 

IAWP, founded in 1913, is a professional association for members who work in public and private workforce development programs. With over 13,000 members worldwide, IAWP is a non-profit educational association exclusively dedicated to workforce professionals, with a rich tradition and history of contributions to workforce excellence

 work2future Among Top Workforce Investement Boards Nationally

In this report work2future is identified as among the most successful Workforce Investment Boards in the nation.

 Community Builder Awards 2008 - 2009:

  • Outstanding Youth Awards:
  • Louis Ceaser, IV, was nominated because he has proven himself to be an outstanding youth. He started in the summer youth program and was soon being trusted with major projects at his summer work site. In addition, he has inspired others by recognizing and stating openly that his work ethic not only reflected on himself, but on other low income youth of color who were interested in being successful also.  He's manifested the desire to do well from the very beginning of the program through to its end.
  • Sergio Arciniega was an outstanding worker who was nominated from the ARRA Summer Youth Program. He is 20 years old and came to California from Arizona.  Although he had initially asked to be placed in a position in the outdoors, he found himself working in the Talent Market Area at work2future’s San José One-Stop. He discovered that he liked working there and contributed significantly to the welfare of the job seeking applicants through his patience and cooperative attitude. He was invited back to interview for the Extended Youth program based on our experience working with him.
  • Outstanding Partner Awards:
  • Center for Employment and Training (CET) and Hermelinda Sapien are nominated for their outstanding and ongoing support for various work2future activities, especially for their sponsorship of and participation in the annual Celebración del Campo, which honors the contributions of farm workers and provides job and other resources for the farm workers of the southern part of Santa Clara County. CET has been working closely with work2future to serve the farm worker population and provide its members with better job and training opportunities.
  • Council on Aging (COA) and Henri Villalovoz have participated for several years in the three work2future One-Stops by providing high-quality older workers who are looking to enhance their job skills. They have consistently recognized the unique responsibilities of the One-Stops and have always striven to send work2future job applicants whose abilities, skills, and aptitudes contribute to our ongoing mission of serving those in need of job skill testing, upgrading, and retraining.
  • Outstanding Adult Awards:
  • Francisco Jerez came to work2future with the goal of getting training to propel him into a career he’d held before. He had been laid off in October of last year as a pilot and needed to renew his Air Time license in order to proceed, but he needed additional training, which was not immediately available. Francisco registered for the school, but before he began training he was offered a position as a pilot in Modesto. He completed all workshops, received his certificate, and is now successfully employed.
  • Michele J. Mims arrived at work2future with the desire to change her life for the better. She enrolled in the Project Hope program, took various workshops, and was eventually prepared to attend a recruiting event for Safeway Stores. She was successful in obtaining a job with Safeway, has worked hard, and already has received a merit pay increase. In addition, she obtained subsidy payments for her housing. She has the qualities we all admire—friendly, honest, and diligent—and all with a positive attitude!
  • work2future Success Story:
  • Carolyn Moniz came to work2future through a referral when she was laid off from her previous job. Carolyn’s past experience as a corporate trainer and her attitude helped her get hired. She currently works on several projects, including coaching new immigrants and helping them to identify skills they already have. She also facilitates workshops for Project Hope and assists the City with its ongoing employee trainingprogram.
  • Outstanding Business Awards:
  •  Safeway and Erin Wright have collaborated with work2future and Program Hope since October 2008 by staging mock interview sessions for participants.  During each session, Erin encourages the participants to be hopeful about being successful and changing their lives.  She has also provided Project Hope participants with employment opportunities at various Safeway store locations.  Safeway is an award nominee because Erin has provided needed support by her positive presence and her activities, as well as the jobs provided by the grocery chain itself.
  • PG&E and Van Ton-Quinlivan have been nominated because of PG&E’s PowerPathways Program which partnered with Workforce Institute to provide new opportunities to work2future local job seekers. Workforce Institute conducted two specialized recruitments for PG&E in Program Year 2008-09. This was the first time that PG&E has partnered with a local One-Stop to find qualified candidates.  PG&E hired five work2future clients in December of 2008. In addition to helping our job seekers with employment opportunities, PG&E also made its curricula available to Workforce Institute.  PG&E is consulting with Workforce Institute to ensure that the PG&E Energy Auditor Specialist Program offered to the participants of the Greater South Bay Green Jobs Corps Program, is effective.
  • Outstanding Employees of the Year:
  • Colleen Arnold has been a key member of the work2future Contracts Unit for over five years. She has streamlined and improved the contract processing procedure and automated the contract tracking process.  She takes great pride in the excellent working relationships she has built with the staffs of our work2future partners. Colleen is also active in the Citywide Grants Management Working Group, whose mission is to improve the ecosystem between the City and the Community Based Organizations that provide many valuable services to the citizens of San José. Her work with that group has included co-authoring the Grants Management Policies and Procedures Manual, which standardizes many processes that once varied from department to department. Colleen’s work with our partners, her work with the citywide group, and her involvement in the community all contributed to her being selected as Employee of the Year.
  • Mercedes Meriales - Mercedes Meriales, as Jeff Ruster’s Administrative Assistant, provided five years of quality support to the Executive Director and staff of work2future.  Her primary responsibilities were to assure the Executive Director’s availability and to coordinate meetings where he made crucial decisions to accomplish goals set for work2future and for the continued success of this division of the City of San José. As an outstanding employee of work2future, Mercedes shared her delightful disposition and can-do attitude with customers, staff, and anyone else who needed or wanted her assistance.

Communicator Awards 2008:

  • Award of Distinction: work2future Rapid Response Kit
  • Category: Resource Kit
  • Agency:  NIA Creative, Inc. 
  • Client: work2future
  • Category: Charitable/Non-Profit
  • Agency:  NIA Creative, Inc. 
  • Client: work2future

Audio-Visual Awards (AVA Awards) 2007:


  • Category: Interactive/CD-Based
  • Agency:  NIA Creative, Inc. 
  • Client: / work2future


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