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

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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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Learning a New Lesson

Through my work with injured workers, I was introduced to Neuroworx, a nonprofit, community-based, outpatient physical therapy clinic focusing on neurological rehabilitation for individuals experiencing paralysis from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, stroke, and other neurological conditions.

I have found the disability community to be so naturally friendly because they like to have a positive influence on society. Many spend their lives in isolation, being ignored and not acknowledged at all; therefore having contact with other people in society is considered a blessing. This is why I was happy to tour and learn about Neuroworx. After the tour, we played a game of wheelchair basketball, which is usually played by people with varying physical disabilities that disqualify them from playing an able-bodied sport. It was a blast!


My life and outlook were changed after this experience. I realized I...

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Quotes to Kick Start 2020

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020

We've got a whole new year in front of us and with that comes new goals. I want to help you make this your best year yet and help you kick-start 2020.

I hope these quotes from my book will bring motivation, inspiration, or just food for thought!

Happy New Year!



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Did you Know? The Return to Work Supplement Fund check for $5,000 does not have to be applied to school expenses.

The Return to Work Supplement Fund check for $5,000 does not have to be applied to school expenses.

The $5,000 check from the Return-To-Work Fund is a wage loss benefit, and injured workers are entitled to it because they have a job loss. Sometimes people are confused because the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit starts the timeline. However, it is not a school-related benefit, so injured workers can use it to get back on their feet when they're behind on their bills, they can fix their car, put the money toward bills or rent, or even a down payment on a house. They can use that money for whatever they need. It is not for training.

We have found that many injured workers think or were misinformed by their legal representatives that the $5,000 is for training and therefore they don't want to apply because they don't want to go to school and the insurance companies end up saving millions of dollars because of this miscommunication.

In addition, many injured workers believe they...

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