2700 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
PO Box 40
Barstow, CA 92312
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 each 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 Pacific Gas and Electric select 3 or 4 program participants to work in a paid work experience for 30 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!
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.
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 assembles 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!