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  • County Teams Up With Google Fiber to Help Job Seekers Impacted by COVID-19

    The Orange County Community Services’ Community Investment Division has partnered with Google Fiber and Orange County United Way to provide loaner laptops and hotspots in an effort to increase access to workforce development programs and services offered through the Irvine One-Stop Center during this critical period.

    The laptops and hotspots will be made available beginning May 1, 2020, enabling dislocated workers free access to apply for jobs and unemployment benefits. Job seekers will be able to check out a laptop and hotspot at the Irvine One-Stop Center by contacting the Orange County Economic and Business Recovery line at 714-480-6500 and completing a telephone application. The laptops and hotspots will be available for checkout as a pair at no cost.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Orange County One-Stop Centers had to modify its service delivery to match the need of those impacted. The partnership between these organizations not only allowed the County to expand resources at the Irvine One-Stop Center but also created an opportunity to offer these services at no cost. In addition to the laptop and hotspot loans, the Irvine One-Stop Center offers free comprehensive services such as hiring assistance, career transition services, and employment services to businesses and job seekers.

    For more information about the Orange County One-Stop Centers, visit oconestop.com. For more information about Google Fiber, visit google.com/fiber/oc. For more information about Orange County United Way, visit unitedwayoc.org.