The March 23, 2019 LAVC HR Assistant Academy gradutates
The Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center provided funding for seven students to attend an accelerated six week Human Resource Assistant Academy Program at Los Angeles Valley College, with the goal of getting them back in the workforce right away.

“I can’t tell you how much I learned throughout this course,” said student Amber Torres, who added that the program taught her valuable skills that will assist her while seeking employment. “You have opened my eyes to see other opportunities to pursue within my industry.”

The academy was provided free of charge to approximately 25 job seekers, where students received intensive HR training, including HR compliance, investigations in hiring, cultural diversity in the workplace, ADA and OSHA compliance, basic payroll, Workers’ Compensation, and prevention of sexual harassment/discrimination.

“We tailored our standard HR Assistant program to support displaced workers get back into the labor market with skill sets that meet – and actually exceed – currently employed professionals in the HR arena,” said Jonathan Arnold, Esq., who both directs and teaches in all of the Professional Extension Programs at LAVC.

EWDD partner ResCare, which oversees the Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center, Propel LA and other partners provide funding for the program, allowing students to attend the otherwise $1,615 course for free.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, LAVC celebrated the recent HR Assistant Academy grads at a culmination event.

“Thank you very much for providing this valuable course,” said student Cherrie Baker. “It was really informative, and I enjoyed every minute.”

Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of April 1, 2019. Read this issue and more.