Desert Cities Dialysis expands staff with help from SBC

July 30, 2013 | Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • Desert Cities Dialysis, which treats and evaluates patients with kidney disease and disorders, recently worked with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to find support staff.

Through no-cost programs, the local WIB helped Desert Cities to expand its staff by screening and referring four qualified applicants — and those who required little training.

“They have gone above and beyond my expectations, helping me to find people who are exceptional to work with,” said Zabelle Cosson, a manager at Desert Cities.

Cosson said her company was looking to fill one medical billing position and three positions for medical assisting.

She chose to hire four people “who, essentially, can learn quickly” from the county’s recruitment services and On-the-Job Training program, while offsetting the costs of finding and training potential candidates.

The WIB’s On-the-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period, according to the WIB.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the WIB. “The Workforce Development Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

According to a statement from Chair and 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford, the WIB trained more than 3,300 job seekers in one year for high-demand industries, while building relationships with about 2,800 businesses countywide. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy,” Rutherford said.

Jim E. Winburn can be reached at or at 760-955-5468.

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