Compass Rose Collaborative participants Ernie (left) with his new work boots, and Neru (right) at his new job
Two participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) recently became union apprentices, a young adult re-entry program administered by EWDD’s Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center.

Participant Neru completed his safety pre-apprenticeship Multi-Craft Core (MC3), OSHA 10, CPR, and forklift training last fall. Since then, Neru had been working at a warehouse, with the goal of joining a union in 2019.

CRC recently connected Neru to an employment contractor who oversees the LA Coliseum Renovation Project. Neru was then hired as an apprentice for the Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 416.

Participant Ernie completed his Hazwoper 40 hours and OSHA 10 on March 1, 2019. Ten days later, Ernie was hired as an apprentice for the roofers and waterproofing union. CRC surprised him with a key component for his new job – work boots. CRC visited him at his transitional housing and dropped off his work boots.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and everything this program has done for me,” he said. “I never thought I would land a good job after going to prison.”

The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) in June 2018. The Compass Rose Collective training series is currently being offered through the Boyle Heights YouthSource Center. Review the recent CRC Success Stories and CRCollaborative Pamphlet flyers for more about the course and how to apply for the program.

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