Al Rodriguez began his involvement with workforce development programs in the spring of 1990. As a fresh college graduate from Azusa Pacific University, Mr. Rodriguez got his first “real” job as a temporary Summer Youth Case Manager for the City of La Habra’s Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) youth program. What started as temporary soon became permanent, and Mr. Rodriguez progressively moved from case manager to supervisor in the years that followed. In 2001, Mr. Rodriguez left the City of La Habra when he accepted the position of General Manager with Jobs for California Graduates (JCG). In the role of General Manager for their drop-out prevention program, Mr. Rodriguez managed sites in Santa Ana, Santa Monica and San Diego. During his time at JCG, he was instrumental in expanding its programs to include additional sites in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, as well as developing workforce programs in Solano County, Merced County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. Four years later, Mr. Rodriguez received a call inviting him to come back to the City of La Habra and cultivate a transitioning WIA youth program. The offer to return “home” was too good to pass up. Since 2005, Mr. Rodriguez has been the director for the City’s Employment and Training division, where he has been able to extensively increase services beyond workforce development programs. When not developing programs, Mr. Rodriguez enjoys spending time with his wife, building Star Wars Lego sets with his son, and going to hockey games.
Mark Ventura is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in Human Services at California State University, Fullerton. He began his career at the Orange County Youth Center as an intern but loved it so much, he never left. Mr. Ventura states, “Working with this population brings me great joy and satisfaction. I aim to motivate each client to achieve their goals regardless of how difficult the road may be.” During his free time, Mr. Ventura enjoys spending time with friends and family, going on weekend adventures, and watching television series on Netflix.
Jr. Case Manager
Steve Lee is the Jr. Case Manager for the Orange County Youth Center. He attended Cal State Fullerton and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Human Services in May of 2015. Mr. Lee is at the Youth Center because he wants to encourage youth to pursue college, build optimism upon future career paths, and also be a positive role model for the students. In his free time, he likes to play basketball, volleyball, and work on cars.
Melissa Bustamante received her bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University majoring in Human Development. She then received her master’s degree from Pepperdine University; majoring in Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology. Ms. Bustamante is here at the Orange County Youth Center to support youth with their aspirations and educational goals. During her spare time, she enjoys watching TED Talks and reading motivational books.
Jenae Partida is the Orange County Youth Center’s Intermediate Clerk and has been employed with the YC for 11 years. Jenae was an at risk youth herself and enrolled in the WIA program after she completed high school. Jenae understands the barriers and challenges our youth face and has a passion to give our youth “another chance” and no matter the choices they made in their past there is great hope for their future. In her spare time Jenae enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and two children.