The Hollywood BusinessSource Center recently helped metal designer and business owner Rafael Portillo (above) secure a $35,000 loan to expand his company, Vuro Industries
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped designer Rafael Portillo secure a $35,000 loan to expand his company Vuro Industries, a business specializing in custom designed products, including furniture, prototypes and sculptures.

Born in Juarez, Mexico, Rafael left his hometown in 2008 with a truck and $2,000 in his pocket. Within a week, Rafael had a job at a metal fabrication company in Los Angeles. The company specialized in creating pieces for the museum and art industries.

EWDD Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson, YOM Watts Case Managers Teresa Cordero and Socrates Garay celebrate HireLAX graduate Brian Phillips, Jr (center)
The Youth Opportunity Movement (YOM), Watts YouthSource Center celebrated the graduation of participant Brian Phillips from the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP), an 8-week course that prepares students for careers in construction.

“Most of the people that I have seen who have graduated from high school have gone on from doing small jobs,” said Brian, 18. “I wanted to do something big, that’s gonna last, a career.”

(Left) WDB Executive Director Gregg Irish and WDB Board Member and Executive Director of the LA Hospitality Training Academy Adine Forman with a ResCare official at NAWB Forum 2018 in Washington, DC
A delegation from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) attended the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 conference in Washington, DC, where they received confirmation that LA is considered a leader in coordinating youth programs and connecting job seekers to apprenticeship opportunities.

Held March 24-27, and attended by over 1,200 workforce leaders, advocates, and change-makers in business, government, labor and education, the conference addresses key issues affecting US workforce development and considers the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital and economic growth.

(left) EWDD BusinessSource Director Richard Pallay and EWDD Sr. Project Assistant Dennis Parks, with former Council District 8 Councilman Robert Farrell at a Ports O’Call community event
EWDD’s Rapid Response Team has consistently provided support services to business owners and job seekers affected by the demolition of the Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro to make way for the San Pedro Public Market redevelopment project.

EWDD Senior Project Assistant Dennis Parks has led the extensive coordination effort to alert Ports O’Call employees and businesses about EWDD’s Rapid Response services, which provide free assistance with unemployment insurance benefits, registration with CalJobs, resources for mortgage payments, access to health and retirement benefits, and job search/job training resources.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on March 28, 2018
Three individuals who were recently released from prison were hired on-the-spot at Hollywood WorkSource Center’s first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

A dozen employers across several industries were in attendance to recruit security officers, warehouse workers, couriers, construction workers, customer service representatives and case managers. Each employer had hiring policies that are inclusive of individuals recently released from incarceration, probationers and parolees and interviewed them on the spot.

Metro Bridge Academy graduate Ivor Bok stands in front of a 40 foot bus he drives from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport
In a corporation yard in Chatsworth, Ivor Bok reviews his pre-trip checklist, the steps he takes to prepare his 40-foot bus to drive passengers traveling from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport and stops in-between.

“It’s a nice, long route,” he said. “Lots of turns.”

Ivor is a graduate of the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a 70-hour training program designed to

PLN students Angeline Moran (left) and Alexa Flores (right) at the UnidosUS Leadership Summit in Washington, DC
Para Los Niños (PLN) students Angeline Moran and Alexa Flores were selected to participate in the 2018 UnidosUS Escalera Summit in Washington, DC, a national program designed to provide support to Latino students who may be the first in their families to attend college.

Angeline and Alexa, both 17, also attended the UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit, a two-day advocacy training for aspiring activists and community leaders that culminates in a visit with members of Congress at Capitol Hill.

Fifteen individuals recently graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a training program that prepares them to become bus drivers
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered a congratulatory speech to the latest class of the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Metro Bridge Academy on Friday March, 23, 2018 and encouraged students to overcome obstacles and press on.

“You have something to teach every day,” she said. “You are giving people transportation to greater access and equality.”

The 15 graduates completed a 70-hour intensive program at LAVC, which prepares students for careers as bus operators for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Nurse Yvonne Phelps (right) received job placement and financial coaching services
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped recent LATTC nursing program graduate Yvonne Phelps secure a job at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and provided financial coaching to help her save for her future.

After completing her two-year training program at LATTC, Yvonne turned to the center for job placement assistance and discovered the center’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), which helps participants develop money management and credit building skills.

Para Los Niños Director of Youth Workforce Services Jorge Orozco and EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (Back row left to right) celebrate the graduation of 15 Certified Nursing Assistants
Para Los Niños (PLN) held a ceremony celebrating 23 students who graduated from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

“You’ve got a career path that is unstoppable,” said Jan Perry, General Manager of the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) to the graduates.

WIN-LA (Workforce Initiative Now - Los Angeles) is a job training program through LA Metro specifically for underrepresented and at-risk communities
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) are partnering with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to identify and register candidates for Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA), a program designed to create career pathways into the transportation industry.

Scheduled to launch by late summer 2018, four of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers will serve as WIN-LA intake/career centers, including: the Vernon-Central at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), and the Northeast LA, Sun Valley and Harbor Gateway locations.

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services, City of Los Angeles
Management Analyst Melissa McGriff, who oversees the clerical staff of the Investigation and Enforcement Division at the City’s Bureau of Street Services, was so pleased with a recent hire from the Targeted Local Hire Program that two more TLHP candidates are scheduled to start jobs in the division by the end of March.

“I found that the majority of the people we interviewed were very highly qualified,” she said.