Advantage Media Services Inc. announced Thursday the company has received certification from Los Angeles County as a Social Enterprise.

The third-party fulfillment service provider in Valencia focuses on the process of receiving, packaging, shipping and ordering for goods. The news comes from the successful efforts to serve the community through workforce development.

With this certificate, the educational, training and apprenticeship programs that are currently underway at AMS will continue and be extended into more areas that benefit families in the community and job seekers.

During the process of certification, AMS received recognition as a B-Corporation. A B-Corp upholds a social mission while increasing the productivity and sustainability of the business. Years of workforce development programs in collaboration with the College of the Canyons enables AMS to qualify.

AMS plans to start a pre-apprentice program that will help job seekers who previously had trouble keeping employment because of life circumstances. Currently there is an apprentice program taking place at AMS and it’s the first of its kind in the United States.

“At AMS, our most valuable resource is our people,” Ken Wiseman, chief executive of AMS, said in a statement. “Achieving the Social Enterprise status will help us more formally obtain workforce development grants with specific targeted goals towards providing career opportunities to struggling job seekers within our community.”