Agency was started April 1, 1988. Incorporation finalized August 16, 1988.
Official name was Victoria County Youth Employment Services Inc. Our core funding was $40,000 from the Ministry of Skills Development to provide employment counselling to youth 15- 24. We had 1.5 staff – an Executive Director and part time Secretary.
Our offices were located at 77 Durham Street in Fleming College’s Career House from April 1988 to March 1993.
In the summer of 1988 we received federal funding to run a summer “Work Orientation Workshop” for students at Fenelon Falls Secondary School at risk of dropping out of school. It consisted of workshops and job placements. The program ran for 5 years every summer and eventually expanded to two projects a summer one in Lindsay for girls only as well as a project for boys and girls in the north.
We received federal funding to run a 26-week introduction to building trades to area women. The project was funded for 5 years. Each year 12-15 women were given instruction on a variety of trades and built a house within the workshop. In our final year a building was built at Ken Rei Park and donated to them.
The agency applied to change its name to Victoria County Career Services Inc. to reflect the expanded agency clientele who were now adults and youth.
The agency delivered stay in school workshops to all grade 7 & 8 classes in the county from 1992 to 1994.
In April 1993 the agency moved to 6 King Street near the Locks. We started renting the main floor and by the fall had included rental for the basement. We eventually expanded to into a neighbouring medical office and into another vacant office to the west.
We set up our first Resource Room and had one computer.
Job Finding Clubs and Job Search Strategies Workshops started in September 1993.
Counselling to social assistance recipients began.
The agency became a member agency of the United Way.
The Job Connect started 1997 and ran until 2010.
We started assisting clients to apply for HRDC Training funds. This program eventually evolved into Second Career.
A joint student centre with HRDC, and Fleming College began and ran for 5 years.
Started Volunteer Program for Youth in 1999 and expanded to include adults in 2000.
Joined Fourinfo and started collecting information on community health and social service organizations and a volunteer database.
The agency moved to its current location October 1, 2000 in Whitney Town Centre after 10 months of planning.
Thank you again to VCCS for helping me to remember that I am worth it and the right job is worth the wait.
I would like to thank everyone at VCCS for all of your help in my employment journey. All of the people did a great job and the resources were so helpful and relevant. I absolutely love my job at the library. I hope to be employed there for many years to come. Yes, i would seek help from VCCS in the future and your services are highly recommended.
Best program ever for anyone who needs some love, support and career direction in life. just the most supportive crew! Xx
I got so much out of this (YSTEP) program. I felt I learned more about myself in these 5 weeks than I did in 4 years of school.
I’ve learned so much from the program. Everyone is amazing!
Thank you all so much for supporting me throughout my job search and helping me set goals for my future.