Mayra Ramos (right) got hired at the LA Public Library through the Targeted Local Hire Program with help from Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC Career Coaches Jocelyn Rodriguez (left) and Jessica Fuentes (center)
After Mayra Ramos emigrated from Honduras to Los Angeles in the 1990s, she found work as a housekeeper and caretaker, but she always dreamed of a better position with opportunities for professional growth.

In fall 2017, Mayra turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, where she was referred to the Targeted Local Hire (TLH) Program, a program designed to help under-served and under-employed populations find an alternative pathway to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles.

Shortly after an orientation, Mayra, 45, was selected from the pool of candidates and she immediately submitted her resume for a position with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL).

The center assisted Mayra with interview preparation and she was provided interview attire by Dress for Success.

In December 2017, Mayra received a new hire offer letter for an Administrative Assistant position with LAPL. Mayra received her assigned work site and started her job on January 22, 2018.

Once hired, Mayra provided words of encouragement for current job seekers, “Siempre hay ayuda; Nosotros tenemos que buscarla!” which translates to “There is always help. It’s up to us to seek it!”

This article is featured in the January 29, 2018 EWDD Newsletter "Updates", highlighting three success stories from the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), representing all the WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day.

Read about how the WorkSource Center helped Jovani continue his education and achieve his first step as a member of LA's workforce; or how after being laid off, Rochelle Beckette got Certified Nursing Assistant training through the WorkSource Center and got a new career in her dream profession.

Learn more about EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 1/29/2018. Read this issue and more.