2700 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
PO Box 40
Barstow, CA 92312
Meet our Staff
Praveeta Bhatnagar knows that the road to success requires the drive to keep pushing forward and never giving up. As a former business owner and experience through partnerships with various county organizations, Praveeta knows and understands the importance of being a positive influence on the youth in her community. Praveeta currently works in the Career Institute’s Barstow location assisting transitional youth with education, employment, and life skill training. Praveeta currently resides in Barstow with her husband and son, with plans to continue her education at Barstow Community College.
The mission of the Career Institute in Barstow is to provide educational, vocational, and career services to the Barstow community. We service youth ages 18-24 who are looking to set goals and achieve success in their future. We partner with city government, local employers and educators to bring opportunity and prosperity to our community.
WIOA Program (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)
Ongoing enrollment for the WIOA program starts in July for young adults ages 18 to 24. This is a grant/scholarship opportunity provided to young adults who have completed high school, and have faced or are facing certain challenges or obstacles in their lives which may be preventing them from moving forward into the world of education and/or a career. A series of short, certificated courses are provided, and one longer, job-related class. Students receive stipends for completing courses and homework projects. There are paid and unpaid work experience opportunities available locally after completing courses and passing final exams. Students are accepted based on qualifying "barriers" and motivation/dedication to overcoming challenges. Call the center to make an appointment for an interview. Click here for WIOA resources. As part of the WIOA program you will learn life skills, finance management, customer service skills and how to get and keep an amazing job!
Programs and Services
Career Institute and PG&E select 3 or 4 program participants to work in a paid work experience for 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. Participants also receive training in career development, education planning, and life skill development. Click here to learn more about Hinkley!
Career Connections/CalWORKS Youth Employment Program (CYEP) places hard working employees with employers. Young Adults ages 18-24, work up to 40 hours per week to a total of 200 hours. The program goals are building individual competencies, preparation to join the workforce permanently and developing a career path. Employers utilize the talents and interests of young adults, develop their skills and strengths, and provide positive adult role models. Participants are enthusiastic about not just earning money, but building their resumes with valuable work experience. Good news prospective employers; this program provides free employment to your business, government funded. Click here for more info.
CSEP assists hard working employees with employers. Adults ages 25 and up, work up to 40 hours per week to a total of 485 hours. The program goals are building individual competencies, preparation to join the workforce permanently and developing a career path. Employers utilize the talents and interests of participants, develop their skills and strengths, and provide positive adult role models. Participants are enthusiastic about not just earning money, but building their resumes with valuable work experience. Good news prospective Employers; this program provides free employment to your business, government funded. Click here for more info.
Seminars and Workshops on Employment Development, Job Search Techniques and Other Job-Related Topics
Provided on site throughout the year by county Workforce Development personnel.
Seminars and Workshops on resume writing, dressing for success, how to get through college without amassing a fortune in debt, public speaking, and more.
Provided by local business persons and our own area experts!
Meet Our Student Ambassador!
2nd year Student Ambassador
Current student with Career Institute of Barstow
Studying at Barstow community college, to become a 3rd or 4th grade teacher.
She loves to shop, hangout with her friends, listen to music, and paint!
3 words to describe her: funny, pet lover, shy
Success In Barstow
Meet Michael Minges!
Michael Minges began with the Career Institute through our Hinkley Worksite Training program located in Hinkley, CA. Michael worked under the direct supervision of Wayne Blevins, and trained under Career Institute from January 2014 through March 2015. Michael also completed the Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) program through our Barstow office. During that time he learned about resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews. In April 2015, Michael was hired by a local contractor in Hinkley where he assists electricians in wiring and pulling electrical wire. He assembled structures for electrical boxes, including piping for wire.
Michael said, “Career Institute got my foot in the door with job experience, and with hard work and a good attitude I acquired some awesome references.” Michael wants to thank CI for their training program, and is especially thankful for his supervisor, Wayne Blevins, for believing in him and being a great boss and awesome friend. Congratulations Michael!
Career Institute- in the news!
Career Institute was featured in Desert Dispatch for their fundraising efforts for the Boys and Girls Club. The Career Institute helped put on an art show featuring the original, abstract art of kids who participated in the Summer Arts Program, ages five to 13. Career Institute career mentor Melissa Matteson and Benavidez hope to see the Summer Art Program’s art exhibit and fundraiser become an annual event. Matteson was able to secure a $1,200 grant to fund the art program. Read the full article here!