Biotech Bridge Training Academy students celebrated their recent graduation from the program and are now prepared for careers in biomanufacturing
A dozen students recently graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Biotech Bridge Training Academy and are in the midst of interviews for jobs that will launch their careers in biomanufacturing.

“One of the most inspiring aspects of this training academy is that the students are all in it together,” said graduate Joyce Thomas. “Bonds have been formed among strangers who are now friends and colleagues.”

The six-week intensive training program, run by EWDD partner LAVC, teaches individuals, who have experienced a period of unemployment, technical and workforce readiness skills that allow them to transition into new careers in biomanufacturing.

An applicant approaches the booth of EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) at the job fair
EWDD’s Workforce Development Division and partners came out in force to staff Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first-ever Homeless Services Job Fair, with several WorkSource Centers offering jobs, resume review and interview coaching to the 753 job seekers in attendance.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry attended the event, expressing thanks to EWDD partners who helped with set-up and provided job coaching to applicants.

“EWDD is proud to have been a part of this initiative to find and hire qualified individuals who will treat LA’s homeless population with dignity and care, and provide the support and services they need,” Jan said.

Yo quiero Bengee's Ice Cream! EWDD helped entrepreneur Foulay open a second location in Echo Park. Courtesy of @yolandi_eats_la (Instagram)
The Central West Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted entrepreneur Foulay Saelor in securing a $100,000 Small Business Administration Community Advantage loan, allowing him to expand his Bengee’s Ice Cream business and open a second location in Echo Park.

Foulay opened the first Bengee’s in Pasadena in 2015 to much fanfare, receiving a mention in Los Angeles Magazine and a feature in Eater Los Angeles that raved about its variety of vegan flavors (including Thai tea and Café No Lait). Still, even with publicity and Foulay’s full time commitment to the business, he encountered challenges with cash flow, a common issue for small business start-ups.

ELAC UAV students with Academy instructor Sangbum “Sam” Choi (far left)
For 10 weeks, nearly 40 individuals spent their Fridays and Saturdays devoted to honing their math skills and learning three computer coding languages to learn how to program and fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones.

“I never expected that the City and Community Colleges would offer a program as good as this,” said Oscar Vasquez, 23. “It’s offering more opportunities to explore different careers. It’s great!”

EWDD funded the UAV Academy at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), offering an opportunity for qualified students to introduce them to an emerging key growth industry

Former Pacific Alliance Medical Center employees receive assistance from EWDD’s Rapid Response team
EWDD’s Rapid Response team recently provided an overview of unemployment benefits and job training resources to approximately 235 individuals impacted by the November 30, 2017 closure of the Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) in LA’s Chinatown.

EWDD staff learned of the impending hospital closure on October 12, 2017. EWDD reached out to PAMC to offer their Rapid Response Team services, which include providing support to Los Angeles-area businesses undergoing transitions, including layoffs, by informing employees about access to resources such as assistance in obtaining unemployment insurance, job training and computer skills.

On November 7, 2017, EWDD led a planning meeting with PAMC,

Frances Gutierrez, right, with her Vernon-Central WSC Career Coach, now co-worker, Jessica Fuentes
A job seeker who recently turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) for help finding work ended up accepting a job there as a career coach.

Frances Gutierrez was laid off from her job after 24 years with the USC Department of Education Med-COR Program.

Frances joined the Transitional Subsidized Employment Program and she was sent to work at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). Frances began working with a career coach on her resume and interview techniques.

The October 2017 grand opening of Indie Brewing Company’s Boyle Heights Tasting Room
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business services to Indie Brewing Company, including permits, community outreach and access to capital, leading to the grand opening of its Boyle Heights tasting room.

Located at 2301 East 7th Street, Suite C100 in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, the East LA BusinessSource Center provided permit and entitlement assistance, joining forces with the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce in providing testimony for a beer tasting license, which was granted in September 2017.

The East LA BSC was an integral component in introducing the owners to several community leaders including

Youth participants from the Para Los Niños Central and East LA YouthSource Centers recently visited UC San Diego
Fifty-one students from EWDD’s Central and East Los Angeles Youth Source Centers toured the University of California, San Diego in late November, marking the fourth year in a row EWDD partner Para Los Niños has brought youth to the campus to give them a glimpse of college life.

This year’s tour also provided an opportunity for prospective students to gain tips from a member of the PLN Alumni Network, a newly formed network of former PLN students designed to help incoming PLN students thrive on campus.

The prospective students received a guided tour led by the UCSD admissions officer and several students, followed by an hour-long

LA:RISE participants (left to right) Ricky, Gigi and Herbert are working as custodians at the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot in DTLA
Three LA:RISE participants are serving as custodians at the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot in Downtown Los Angeles, where they are tasked with keeping restrooms and showers clean and sanitized and respectfully assisting the men and women from DTLA’s homeless community accessing the facility.

For this role, the LA:RISE participants received three weeks of custodial training and 300 hours of work experience under supervision of Goodwill of Southern California, an EWDD partner.

More than 1,000 people have found work through LA:RISE, also known as the

EWDD's WorkSource Centers and America's Job Centers of California logos

Public Meetings to be held December 13 and 14 Seeking Public Input on Re-Procurement of Operators for the City of LA's Network of WorkSource Career Centers/America's Job Centers of California

The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department is conducting two public hearings to solicit public opinion on the selection of operators for the City of Los Angeles' network of job training locations called the WorkSource Centers (a Proud Partner of America's Job Centers of California). The EWDD operates 16 WorkSource Centers and three portals that serve as personal employment agencies for the City's residents and businesses. Free services include job listings, referral info, computer access, skills training, interview preparations and workshops.

TEAPOP owner Arlene Yuan (center, right)
Since 2014, the South Valley BusinessSource Center has provided ongoing assistance to entrepreneur Arlene Yuan and her North Hollywood art-centric tea bar, TEAPOP.

The South Valley BSC recently assisted Arlene in the upcoming opening of a second TEAPOP location in Downtown Los Angeles, scheduled for December 1, 2017.

The BusinessSource Center provided assistance with market research, lease review and negotiation, business plan development and assistance with the liquor license transfer for the DTLA location.

Para Los Niños Youth attend special screening of “Icebox”, a dramatic short film about a Honduran boy caught in the US immigration process
Twenty participants from the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center recently attended a special screening of “Icebox,” a film centered on a boy who flees Honduras, then is caught in the US immigration process.

“The students were very interested in participating in this screening because it is something that many of them can relate to,” said Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at PLN.

The film’s producer invited Para Los Niños youth to attend the screening, which was held November 8, 2017 at Fox Studios in Century City.