What Choice and Possibility does OCC Bring Compared to What Else is Out There?

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2018

As an attorney, you have your choice of many different vocational counselors. At OCC, we know you are approached by new vendors all the time. We want you to know what we bring to the table that you will probably not find elsewhere.

We update you on your clients’ progress every step of the way. Our dynamic tracking practices tell you when your client has enrolled in a program and we keep you in the know with a monthly update as well. We follow when they begin their training, all the way through graduation, and any issues in between. If a client has a change of address or a major life incident such as a car accident or a death in the family, we will be in touch with you to keep you informed.

Another benefit to working with us is that all of your clients’ information will be in one place. With other services, once the client is enrolled in school, they are often forgotten. You may call a competitor of ours to get information about your client and you’ll hear...

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Success Story: Luis Martinez

Uncategorized Mar 16, 2018

Luis Martinez was working as an HVAC Technician when he was injured. He knelt to check a leaky air conditioning unit and when he stood, his back seized up on him, leaving him unable to move.

He knew a few days of rest was not going to make this pain go away. He had just bought a home and the injury made what should have been an exciting time sad and stressful.

After Luis’ case settled he made self-employment his goal. He came to OCC and learned about his options, choosing to re-train to get his contractor’s license.

“If I hadn’t received training and certification, I would probably still be working for that HVAC company and be risking re-injury daily,” Luis said.

Luis also completed refrigerator licensing and got more experience working with a new company. He became independent in managing his time and works with customers to solve problems. He even bought a service van to further his dream of being his own boss.

Luis used to miss out on family time due...

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The Past, Present, and Future of Getting an Education

Uncategorized Mar 01, 2018

education

noun  ed·u·ca·tion  \ ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən \

  1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
  2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
  3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
  4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
  5. the science or art of teaching

During the past 50 years, education has expanded and transformed. In the 1960’s, higher education was a privilege of few, compared how many people complete secondary education today. More recently, there has been a remarkable transformation in our idea of what an education is, from the traditional university experience to apprenticeships, online learning, and so much more.

It once was that getting an education meant long,...

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Gratitude

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2018

While I was recovering from my worker’s compensation injury, I experienced some pretty depressing times. The damage from my work injury was permanent and I was restricted from jobs that required typing; the only thing I knew. Even though I had opportunities to interview for other jobs that did not require typing, all of these positions paid much less than what my family needed to continue our normal daily lives.

 

I was a single mother raising three children all under the age of 10. I had not even earned my high school diploma. My boss at the time, Edward Ortega, had one very simple philosophy: Don’t be stupid. Educate yourself. With fewer job prospects after my injury, I made the decision to continue my education.

 

Going back to school as an adult poses its own set of challenges. Going back to school when you’re a single mother can be exponentially more difficult. I attended school at night. My schedule was beyond tight, taking 21 units at once to...

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Muppet Viking!

Uncategorized Feb 09, 2016

To Denise and Staff of
Ortega Counseling Center,


There are no words to say thank you for all the help and guidance I have received from Ortega Counseling Center since my injury case was settled.


It was a dark and stressful time for me. I was unable to return to my job and looking for a new job with no success. Trying to figure out how would I be able to afford College or Trade School full or part time to start a new career knowing that I will still have to pay off bills and debt that collected and to continue therapy for my injuries. Then about 6 months after I received help the first time from Ortega Counseling Centers I received an email from Denise stating that I qualify for a $5000 dollar supplemental program for injured workers. I could not believe it! I was able to pay off my old bills and have money left over for Disneyland for my family.


When I was younger I worked as an extra part time for TV, Commercials and Film. I was fortunate to find work again as an extra. I became...

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Who Are Injured Workers?

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2015

Studies have estimated that approximately 50,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributable to past workplace exposure to hazardous agents.  In comparison, about 33,000 people died in traffic crashes in the United States in 2013.  While the estimate of three million serious work-related injuries each year may seem extremely high, it is undoubtedly only a fraction of the true number. Numerous studies provide documentation that many, and perhaps the majority, of work-related injuries are not recorded by employers, and that the actual number of workers injured each year is likely to be far higher than the BLS estimate.

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Poverty Can Be Closer Than You Think

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2015

Work injuries and illnesses contribute to the pressing issue of income inequality: they force working families out of the middle class and into poverty, and keep the families of lower-wage workers from entering the middle class.1 For working families already struggling to meet basic necessities and set aside some savings, a work injury to a primary wage earner can be especially devastating.1 There are also less tangible effects that are important but impossible to monetize.1 Workplace injuries can diminish self-esteem and self-confidence, increase stress between spouses, children and other family members, and strain relations with friends, colleagues and supervisors. These indirect costs can translate into tangible economic costs, including lower wages.1,[i]

In reality, the costs of workplace injury and illness are borne primarily by injured workers, their families, and taxpayer-supported safety-net programs. State legislatures and courts have made it increasingly...

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