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 Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center recently provided funding for Tomas Luna to pursue his studies as a medical assistant, and finally take steps toward achieving his dream of working in the medical field.
Tomas had gone to medical school for two years in his home country of Mexico and he had also completed training as a Lab Technician before moving to the United States. However, while in the United States, Tomas had worked 20 years in Quality Control for a meat company, and prior to that, he had worked as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor for Los Angeles County.
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.
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.”
Now in its 13th year, about 50 percent of participants are between the ages of 18 to 29, and the program has a job placement rate between 85 and 95 percent, depending on the cohort, said Roberto Gutierrez, program manager of the LAVC Workforce Training Program.