Compass Rose Collaborative forklift training; Melvontae receiving a set of electrical tools
The Compass Rose Collaborative recently helped participant Melvontae gain a spot in the electrical union as an apprentice and surprised him by providing electrical tools to get him started in his new career.

Melvontae had just been paroled and was skeptical about returning to finish the last week of construction training due to transportation issues, but he was convinced to return and finish his forklift training.

“Ever since I joined the CRC Program and started the training cohort four weeks ago, I started to believe in myself because the staff really cares for us,” he said. “I can’t believe everything has been going good for me.”

After Melvontae completed his training, he immediately began working in early June at the Palmdale Solar Facility Project.

The Compass Rose Collaborative training series is currently being offered through the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. Participants complete about 200 hours of training (with a 90 percent completion rate), and obtain a Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate along with certificates in Multi-Craft Core (MC3), OSHA10, CPR, Forklift, Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

The youth participants, ages 18 to 24, are screened and recruited to be engaged in an intensive six week career pathway training program at one of LA’s local community colleges.

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 3, 2019. Read this issue and more.