Grace Godinez, special education assistant at LAUSD
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped Grace Godinez, a person with a disability, find a full-time job as a special education assistant at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Grace graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development. After seeking work for several months and visiting the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) office at CSUN, a DRES counselor introduced Grace to the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) program, which had started a new collaboration with the Hollywood WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions.

The DEA program paired Grace a Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) based at the Hollywood WorkSource Center who worked with Grace to prepare her for employment, which included exposing her to job fairs and job searches for positions that were well matched with Grace’s needs and interests.

In December, they identified a job opportunity at LAUSD where Grace would be a suitable candidate. Grace received one-on-one resume assistance, interview tips and a referral to Dress for Success, where she received free interview clothing. After a successful interview, Grace enrolled in and earned her certification for CPR training, which was required for the job. The cost of the training was paid in full by the DEA program.

In February 2019, Grace was hired as a full-time special education assistant at LAUSD, and now works with young children in the classroom to help them succeed. She said that the DEA program gave her the confidence she needs in the workplace to serve those with special needs. Earlier this month, Grace provided an update to her DRC, reporting that she loves the work she is doing and has developed closer relationships with her students.

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 15, 2019. Read this issue and more.