EWDD and Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board Partnering with Metro WIN-LA Initiative
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.
An Employer’s Perspective on the Targeted Local Hire Program
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.
“It was the Best Thing that Could Happen for Me” – A Targeted Local Hire Program Success Story
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.
WorkSource Helps Jobseeker Find a Health Care Career
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.
Entrepreneur Builds Her Dream Business and Creates 17 Jobs
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.
BusinessSource Staff Complete Small Business Certification Training, Hollywood Center Consultant Lai Xu Earns a Perfect Score
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.
Re-Entry Worker With Disability Finds a New Career
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.
Hotville Chicken, a Nashville Treasure, Comes Out West
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.
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.
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 WorkSource Center Provides Financial Advice
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.
EWDD and the LA Workforce Development Board Show Support for LACCD Transgender Summit
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.