Employment Training

The Employment Training Division (ETD), the workforce arm of DHHS, provides a comprehensive range of workforce services to benefit job seekers and employers. ETD’s mission is to empower people to achieve their career goals.

Through activities and direct services, ETD provides clients the support they need to prepare for work and successfully obtain and retain employment. ETD also provides businesses with support to find, hire and onboard new staff. These efforts, in turn, improve the productivity and competitiveness of Humboldt County’s businesses and workers.


Employment Resource Center workshops and employer panels are available to DHHS clients and other local social service agencies. ETD’s one-on-one vocational counseling, in-depth job search assistance, placement supports and subsidized wage programs are available to DHHS, the Probation Department and Helping Humboldt clients only.

Available Services and Programs

The Employment Resource Center  

The Employment Resource Center includes a drop-in computer lab, two classrooms and professional vocational counselors who provide:

  • Local labor market information
  • Vocational assessments and goal setting
  • Job readiness and job search workshops
  • Individualized vocational counseling
  • Computer and basic educational skills
  • Linkages to job training opportunities.

Services for employers include:

  • Hiring assistance
  • Subsidized wage programs
  • Monthly employer panels where job candidates can meet with employers.

Programs for at-risk youth include:

  • Assistance obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Career and education planning
  • Job readiness and job search assistance.

Helping Humboldt

Helping Humboldt is a day-worker program that provides immediate work opportunities for individuals in need of significant assistance to re-enter the workforce. 

Participants receive job coaching and learn skills to help them prepare for and obtain work while assisting with beautification projects throughout the county including:

  • Light landscaping
  • Trash pick-up
  • Graffiti remediation.

Humboldt 2nd Chance Program (H2CP)

H2CP is a partnership between DHHS and law enforcement which uses an earn-to-learn program model and provides a full range of workforce services to formerly incarcerated individuals including:

  • Vocational training
  • Work experience
  • Subsidized wage programs to help previously incarcerated individuals back to work.