Growing Marin’s talent, training, and jobs

Transforming Lives

At Community Action Marin, we’ve helped to transform thousands of individual lives. By providing key stabilization services in conjunction with high-touch career coaching and job training pathways, we support individuals with attaining employer-recognized certificates and credentials, and obtaining employment in high-demand professions. This evolving body of work will soon include an early care and education apprenticeship program.

Current Services

Workforce Accelerator Program

A Road to Self-Sufficiency is a holistic job training program for women in the county over the age of 18 who are experiencing homelessness or housing challenges, and are U.S. citizens or non-citizens authorized to work in the U.S. This program is thanks to a grant from the California Workforce Development Board. Click the link below to learn more. If you have questions, please contact Erika Acosta at 415.526.7539 or [email protected]
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Kitchen Apprentice Program

Our Apprenticeship Program trains and mentors those seeking a career in the food industry or entrepreneurship opportunities focused on food. The 6-month program will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to develop and launch a small food business or to join the larger food and hospitality industry. Apprentices are matched with food industry professionals specializing in baking and butchering and get a chance to learn invaluable business and marketing skills. For more information, contact us at 415.526.7590 or [email protected]
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Driver Academy

Community Action Marin has partnered with Vivalon Rides to offer an opportunity for a career as a professional, trained, and licensed commercial driver. With free tuition, you can begin a new career with job security driving commercial vehicles and supporting the community in the process. The Academy provides a combination of in-class and field training to help you successfully pass DMV written exams and behind-the-wheel field tests, CPR and First Aid certification, and job placement assistance. For more information, contact us at 415.526.7590 or driveraca[email protected]
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Career Coaching

Finding a new job or career path is a daunting task. It really helps to have someone in your corner. During one-on-one sessions, our experienced coaches provide invaluable help for members to plan for a job change, enroll in needed training, develop resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, secure interview-appropriate clothing, search for job openings that match their skill sets and interest, and submit job applications. For more information, contact us at 415.526.7590 or [email protected]
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Small Business Grant Opportunity

The County of Marin, the Marin SBDC, and Dominican University are offering a $2500 microbusiness grant to small businesses in Marin beginning May 23rd through June 30, 2022. This Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant (MBCRG) Program is State funded through the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and will fund 105 microbusinesses.

Applicants must be:

  • Located in Marin County
  • Been in business since December 2019
  • Made less than $50,000 gross revenue in 2019
  • Have the business as their primary source of income
  • Were significantly Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Currently in business or plan to reopen
  • Have less than five full-time equivalent employees
  • Did not receive a CA Grant through Lendistry

The application will take 15-20 minutes to complete and applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A photo ID (can be a foreign ID)
  • 2019 Tax Return (or if you do not have a tax return, another document that verifies you are a business
  • W-9 Form

Visit the Marin SBDC website to learn more, to sign up for an info session, and to apply.

Past Services

Early Childhood Education Workforce Project

With vital support from the Marin Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, this project engaged low-income Marin residents in a one-year workforce training program that gave them the credentials to build a satisfying career in the field of early childhood education. Over the course of a year, participants completed 12 units of Early Childhood Education classes at College of Marin, took English language proficiency courses if needed, attended other skill-building trainings, got on-the-job training and real-time feedback from a model teacher during a classroom internship, and had their progress checked in on at one-on-one and monthly cohort meetings. We're proud to report that 100% of those who completed the program in the first year are now employed as early childhood educators.
Heather Bettini Community Action Marin


Reach out to Heather Bettini, Director, Economic Justice, by clicking the email link below.