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First Steps

First Steps

Join First Steps at the Education Fund!  

What is First Steps?


First Steps will provide additional support to eligible learners who live or work in California's Central Valley or Inland Empire regions. This additional support is acquired through participation in one of the Preparation and Critical Skills programs listed below and partake in a CalJobs intake appointment which will approximately last up to 30 minutes. Once the intake is complete, learners will have the opportunity to receive up to a $500 stipend to be used on financial obstacles, which includes childcare costs, bills, and utilities, rent, or other hardships/emergency funding.

Preparing for a new job means getting the right tools and building a strong foundation. The Education Fund can help! What do you need to add to your toolbox?
  • Laptop Lending Program — You are eligible to participate in the Laptop Lending Program, which offers the use of a Chromebook for the duration of this program. 
  • Computer Training — Developing Basic Computer Skills, and build on those skills for digital fluency. Total of 4 hours web-based live instruction. 
  • Introduction to Online Learning — Self-paced, non-credit online resource to support any learner planning to move into a virtual learning environment. Total of a 2-hour online course separated into four modules. 
  • Telehealth Basics  — Online self-paced telehealth basics training. Total of a 1-hour online course separated into four modules. 
  • Medical Terminology — Online, self-paced six-week academic coursework program. 
  • Online English Language Learning (Clases de Ingles) — Online self-paced platform to improve your English level proficiency provided through a one-year subscription program. 

If you have any questions or need assistance registering for First Steps, please reach out to the Education Fund at firststeps@theedfund.org or 510.250.6820.
1. Education Fund Program *This question is required.Please indicate which Preparation and Critical Skills Program are you most interested in taking. (check all that apply)
2. Do you work or live in Central Valley or Inland Empire in California?  *This question is required.*Central Valley: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties
*Inland Empire: Riverside, and San Bernandino counties