Central Valley Opportunity Center was incorporated as a community-based corporation in May of 1979. CVOC operates numerous employment, educational, economic development and social service programs in central California. Over the last twenty-five years, CVOC has operated major programs for the Department of Labor, Department of Community Service and Development, Department of Education, State of California, local government programs and private foundations.
Central Valley Opportunity Center’s service area is comprised of the three counties of Stanislaus, Merced, and Madera. Located in the heart of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, this area covers 6,431 square miles; slightly more than four percent of the total land area of California. The economy of CVOC’s service area is predominantly agricultural. Agriculture is also the leading employment sector. In addition to creating farm employment, the area’s agricultural activities stimulate jobs in food processing, transportation, light agriculture industry, and wholesale and retail trades.
CVOC services include vocational education, adult basic education, English Language instruction, housing assistance, energy payment assistance, home weatherization services, emergency supportive services, transportation, emergency food, job placement services, child care services and community education services. CVOC has effectively provided a comprehensive package of services to over a hundred thousand customers.