From Vouchers to Vocational Evaluations

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2021

What you may not know about the voucher could change so many lives!

Watch the GIEAAA Chapter Meeting Testimonial Video for a great success story and a lively discussion full of valuable information! 

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Making a Lasting Impact in the World

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2021

My passion is to make a difference in the world, which is why I founded Ortega Consulting, to help injured workers back on their feet by finding schools so they can train and get the jobs they love. My passion for making a difference was reinforced when I met Vania Masías, a professional ballerina with a heart for her people by providing hope and social transformation to marginalized kids in Lima, Peru.

I met Vania in August when I was in Peru on a learning tour with a group of entrepreneurs to listen and learn from Peruvian entrepreneurs on best business practices founded on social impact.

Vania Masías is an internationally acclaimed professional ballerina, having been in the main roles of classical repertoire. She also performed as a modern dancer in Europe and the Caribbean, danced at the Irish National Ballet, and performed for Cirque du Soleil.

When Vania stepped away from the professional science of dancing and returned to Lima, Peru saw the children working as...

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2021

I am celebrating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! Originally established as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and expanded into a month-long holiday period in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to learn about the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our history and culture. For this occasion, I want to share some photos of Latino/a celebrities I have had the pleasure of meeting.  


For over three decades, the United States has celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. The nationally-recognized celebration,  between September 15 and October 15, grew out of a desire to amplify Latino/a voices and shine a light on the different communities and cultures spread throughout the U.S. It celebrates American diversity and educates people on the positive impact that different Latino/a groups have made on the nation. The celebration gives the Latino/a community space to commemorate their past and look to the future.


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3 Keys to Your Dream Life 🔑🔑🔑

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2020

It may sound too simple, but there really are three keys that will help you get to your dream life! Learn what they are and how to use them in this quick video!

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She got the job!!!

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2020

The security camera of this business captured the happiness of the new hire after her interview when she did a happy dance in the parking lot.
We are all happy for her too!

This is what we want for all injured workers. Let her energy inspire you to use education to get your dream job!!!

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Will there be an extension for the vouchers due to COVID?

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2020

Watch to learn more!

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OCC provides much more than the others...mindset, visioning, and possibility!

At Ortega Counseling Center, our job has always been to help injured workers find and train for new careers. However, the human side of this work gives us another job.

When someone is injured and told they will no longer be able to continue in their job, it is a shock. They almost always want to return back to the work they know. They want to go back to where they felt powerful in their knowledge and experience. When they are told that they can no longer do the job that they've been at for years, it's very shocking to them and they go through an emotional roller coaster.

This shock can also create a panic and a feeling of helplessness. They often can't envision anything new for themselves. So, the OCC counselors also become  motivational coaches to help them move to the next phase. We help them create a vision for themselves that they can't see alone.

For many, the idea of learning something new is incredibly intimidating. Technology is especially daunting when someone has been...

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Education = Opportunity

Too many of America’s children grow up without the skills needed to thrive in the twenty-first century. Low levels of performance among the most disadvantaged create long-term problems, particularly in an economy in which higher skill levels are more and more valued and the wages available to less-skilled workers are deteriorating. Inequality persists.

In the photo above, I am in 9th grade, posing with the neighborhood gang's graffiti. I grew up in Downtown LA in an 800-square foot apartment. The kids in my neighborhood were routinely involved in drugs and gangs. Teen pregnancy was a huge issue. My family was on welfare. Ours was a five-kid, one-parent household. And I was a direct beneficiary of the programs where the city reinvested in at-risk youth programs.

When I was in 12th grade, I was hired to work at a courthouse, and I was paid through the Joint Training Partnership Act which aimed to keep at-risk youth off the streets. The courthouse positioned me in a job where I...

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Hazel: Confused about how it works?

Uncategorized May 14, 2020
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Hazel: We Keep Track of You

Uncategorized May 14, 2020
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