HIRRE Initiative

Solano County commissioned an assessment of the workforce system and identified 14 recommendations. As a result, workforce development partners have come together to address the recommendations, focusing on (1) standardizing and aligning assessments, (2) adopting an employer-driven set of essential skills, and (3) coordinating services and resources more effectively. Forty participating organizations serve on the Steering Committee.


To strengthen Solano County's workforce development system by working with providers, stakeholders, and employer representatives to improve coordination of services and integrate functions and activities to be more responsive to the needs of employers and job seekers.

Essential Skills Taskforce

The taskforce objective is to ensure clients in the workforce development system come out with the skills Solano County employers have identified as essential. The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and the Solano County Office of Education conducted a survey in 2016 of 600 businesses to identify the top essential skills needed in the workplace. 

Identified Essential Skills:

  1. Willingness to Work
  2. Promptness
  3. Consistent Attendance
  4. Integrity
  5. Teamwork
  6. Appropriate Grooming and Hygiene
  7. Strong Communication Skills
  8. Responsibility for Completing Work Accurately
  9. Basic Math Application
  10. Customer Service 

HIRRE is currently working across stakeholders to inventory workforce development programs’ essential skills preparation and develop a minimum standard of preparation for the skills.

Assessment Taskforce

The taskforce objective is to promote efficiency and avoid duplication in Solano County’s workforce development system by sharing information from recognized skills assessments utilized in the county, and ensure prompt triage, assessment, and placement based on client needs and employer expectations.

Action Steps:

  • Categorize types of assessments used throughout the county
  • Identify how to effectively and confidentially share information 
  • Create a universal consent process
  • Explore a universal intake/referral form

Coordinated Opportunities Taskforce

The taskforce’s goal is to coordinate system-wide resources and avoid duplication. This taskforce merged with the Solano Employment Connection Steering Committee. The committee identified three areas of opportunity:

  • Cross-agency training of staff
  • Stronger referral systems
  • Better sharing of information of service across partners

For more information, contact hhenry@solanowdb.org or call 707-863-3501.

HIRRE Steering Committee Members

Alan Kerzin, Children's Network of Solano County
Bill Erben, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
Birgitta Corsello, Solano County - County Administrator Office
Bonnie Katz, Solano County Library
Celia Esposito-Noy, Solano Community College
Christine Hess, Solano Adult Education Consortium
Cynthia Verrett, Consultant (Y.E.S./ Children's Network)
Daryl Halls, Solano Transportation Authority
Dean Wilder, Solano County Probation Department
Debbie Antonsen, EDD
Debi Tavey, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
Gerald Huber, Health & Social Services of Solano County
Gillie Miller, Napa/Solano County Office of Education
Heather Henry, Workforce Development Board of Solano County
Jon Riley, Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
Angelica Russell, Solano County Sherriff's Office
Kitt Lee, Workforce Development Board of Solano County
Leanne Martinsen, Area Agency on Aging
Marlyn Karrasch, Department of Rehab
Sandy Person, Solano Economic Development Corporation