Employers Save and Create Jobs through Process Improvement Program

Workforce Investment Board's Business-Friendly Program helped save 1,709 jobs and create 215 new jobs

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board's Process Improvement Program, with Deisell Consultants, LLC, has saved 1,709 jobs and allowed local employers to potentially create 215 new jobs.

Jeff Rogina, warehouse manager of VIP Solutions, a subsidiary of Vocational Improvement Program, Inc., lead the process of updating the company's software and inventory systems. It was an important component of their growth and ability to serve and provide jobs.

"I was in the process right when I received the notice from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board of its process improvement program through Deisell Consultants, LLC," Jeff said. "It was the perfect solution at the perfect time."

Vocational Improvement Program, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities by providing them with meaningful work opportunities to achieve personal growth and independence. VIP Solutions is a fulfillment, transportation and logistics and storage company.

Jeff worked with Deisell Martinez, a certified lean Six Sigma black belt, to review the company's existing spreadsheets and inventory systems to create a streamlined and efficient process.

"Our clients include Kmart, Sears and Ace Hardware," Rogina said. "When we can improve all facets of our services, we increase our customer retention and become an attractive solution to new clients."

After the six-month project, VIP Solutions landed a project with Kmart and are looking forward to expanding into a new facility.

"When we grow, we can create new jobs for disabled adults," Rogina said. "The results from the process improvement program through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will benefit us for years to come."

For the past two years, Martinez worked successfully with 50 employers located throughout San Bernardino County. She has seen a marked shift in optimism among businesses."Businesses are productive and positive about their long-term prospects," she said. "Instead of worrying about survival, they're now looking at ways to stabilize their growth and remain lean and efficient."

Earlier this year, Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board testified before Congress about the effectiveness of the Process Improvement Program.

"Our County Workforce Investment Board is a national model recognized for supporting employers while simultaneously helping workers keep their jobs and giving new opportunities to job seekers," said Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. "These programs are vital to our region's economic recovery."

"We are very excited about the results from Deisell Consultants, LLC," said Harmsen. "These numbers represent employees who were not only to keep their jobs, but also take a stronger role in their company's future. Also, when employers can offer positions to people who have been out of work, it gives hope and opportunity to everyone."

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino's Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County's businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit Also follow us on: Facebook or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube .

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