Tia Kirk after completing the Computer Operator Clerk program at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), helped Tia Kirk recently complete the Computer Operator Clerk program at East Los Angeles Occupational Center.

“There are a lot people all working toward similar life goals and willing to help each other,” she said. “I’m really grateful and thankful to have had this opportunity.”

The program included a series of three Microsoft Office courses, providing Tia with the qualifications to obtain a job as a clerk or secretary in an office setting. Her projected starting income ranges from $12 to $18 per hour, with benefits, in a field that is projected to grow approximately 10 percent by 2024, according to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tia’s training was a direct result of the partnership between EWDD and the LAUSD DACE program. Launched in March 2017, LAUSD has onsite Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Navigators at the City’s 16 WorkSource (WSCs) to help facilitate clients to adult education programs. Tia’s career coach connected her with a WIOA Navigator, who steered Tia toward the LAUSD DACE Abram Friedman Occupational Center and a Career and Technical Advisor at East Los Angeles Occupational Center (also an LAUSD DACE campus), which led her to the program.

During her training, Tia gained valuable knowledge about operating computer applications commonly used in offices and business. Since completing the program, Tia has pursued several employment leads. She has also started taking evening classes to earn her high school diploma at the Jefferson Campus of Abram Friedman Occupational Center located near her home.

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 8, 2019. Read this issue and more.