WIN-LA (Workforce Initiative Now - Los Angeles) is a job training program through LA Metro specifically for underrepresented and at-risk communities
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) are partnering with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to identify and register candidates for Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA), a program designed to create career pathways into the transportation industry.

Scheduled to launch by late summer 2018, four of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers will serve as WIN-LA intake/career centers, including: the Vernon-Central at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), and the Northeast LA, Sun Valley and Harbor Gateway locations.

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services, City of Los Angeles
Management Analyst Melissa McGriff, who oversees the clerical staff of the Investigation and Enforcement Division at the City’s Bureau of Street Services, was so pleased with a recent hire from the Targeted Local Hire Program that two more TLHP candidates are scheduled to start jobs in the division by the end of March.

“I found that the majority of the people we interviewed were very highly qualified,” she said.

Juaniceia Hoskins, hired through the Targeted Local Hire Program as an Office Trainee for the LA City Department of Building and Safety, said the program changed her life
Juaniceia Hoskins spent years searching for a job that would bring her stability and peace of mind when a friend told her about the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP) and how it provides an avenue for under-served populations to get civil service jobs at the City of LA.

Within two months, Juaniceia, 49, was hired as an office trainee at the City’s Department of Building and Safety.

Sonia Cobar poses at her new job as an Environmental Service Attendant at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a position she earned with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center
Sonia Cobar was referred to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center late January 2018. She is a monolingual (Spanish speaking) adult participant, who had searched for a stable employment opportunity since she arrived in the United States in 2015.

Sonia was seeking immediate employment to support her three-year-old daughter. She had limited work experience and was laid off from her previous job as a waitress.

Staff training at the new Poke Poke Bar Restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided fundamental business guidance to entrepreneur Yaffa Mizrahi, helping her prepare for the opening of her Poke Poke Bar Restaurant, which has created 17 new jobs.

Yaffa was referred to the West Valley BSC in January 2018 by a business associate. With help from the Canoga Park and Chatsworth WorkSource Centers, the West Valley BusinessSource staff connected Yaffa to a local restaurant consultant who helped her create an inventory process, organize staff orientations and training, and build the employee handbooks for her business.

17 BusinessSource consultants pose with certificates of their completed Intake Specialist Training provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration honored 17 BusinessSource consultants at City Hall on March 5, 2018 for completing training to help small businesses receive certifications that will increase their potential of obtaining contracts and doing business with the City.

The four-week Certification Intake Specialist Training taught the consultants to help clients become recognized as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and other certifications designed to help small businesses.

Cesar Murrieta, left, with Richard Jastrow, right, head of Beverly Hills Glass, Inc
The Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions, Inc, recently helped a 46-year-old man with a learning disability find a job as a skilled glazier at Beverly Hills Glass, Inc.

Cesar Murrieta had a long history of substance abuse, which led him to be incarcerated for 17 years. Shortly after being released on probation, Cesar visited the Hollywood WorkSource Center for help to find a new job.

Kimberly Prince, owner of Hotville Chicken & Chops, the West Coast arm of her family’s Nashville-Style "hot chicken" restaurant business
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) is helping entrepreneur Kimberly Prince open “Hotville Chicken,” the West Coast arm of her family’s Nashville-Style chicken business, which has been in business more than 80 years.

Longtime South LA BSC client Greg Dulan, owner of the legendary Dulan’s Soul Food in Los Angeles, introduced Kimberly to the center, where she recently completed the center’s entrepreneur program.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (front row, fourth from left) poses with LAHTA instructor Chef Mitchell Frieder (back row, center) and current Culinary Apprenticeship Program students
LA CityView Channel 35 debuted “Preparing for a Career in Hospitality,” on March 7, 2018, a 6-minute video sponsored by EWDD highlighting how aspiring chefs can receive culinary training through the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Department and the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA).

The video includes testimonials from a successful LAHTA graduate who now works in the kitchen at the Sheraton Gateway LAX, along with interviews from executive chefs at area hotels and the Staples Center outlining opportunities in LA’s growing hospitality industry.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recently visited the UPS Workforce Learning Lab, the first HIRE LA's Youth internship opportunity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recently visited the United Parcel Services (UPS) Workforce Learning Lab in Culver City, the first HIRE LA’s Youth worksite for participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Pam Wiley, founder of the LA Speech and Language Therapy Center, credited Jan with inspiring the program to participate with the HIRE LA’s Youth Program and said the $10.50 an hour salary the participants received boosted their confidence.

Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC Financial Opportunity Center participants receive certificates touting their completion of money management skills training
When participants enroll at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, they also receive training at its Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) to help them develop money management and credit building skills.

Participants are introduced to Senior Financial Coach Treasure Owens, who works with them in a group setting for three hours, then provides one-on-one coaching sessions to help them create smart money management skills.

The Transgender Summit central theme was advocating for transgender inclusion in the workforce
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) supported the Transgender Summit Friday, February 23, 2018 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), held by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), an EWDD and WDB partner.

The event was also co-sponsored by TransCanWork, an organization dedicated to transgender inclusion in the workplace, founded by WDB member Michaela Mendelsohn.