LATTC WorkSource Center Career Counselor Jessica Fuentes and a former American Apparel employee featured in a Telemundo story about CA EDD’s $3M grant to retrain American Apparel workers
EWDD WorkSource Centers received a spate of local news coverage following the California Employment Development Department’s announcement in early July that it was awarding a $3 million grant to EWDD and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to provide training and reemployment service for the 600 employees laid off from American Apparel.

EWDD, in partnership with WDACS, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the EDD, submitted a joint grant application in April to receive $3 million in federal funds to provide additional assistance to the approximately 3,457 American Apparel employees who lost their jobs when the company shut down in January 2017.

Many of the employees worked at sites in Downtown Los Angeles, South Gate and La Mirada. The City of LA’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) was allocated $1.8 million, while LA County’s WDB received $1.2 million.

“We are exceedingly pleased to receive this additional funding,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry. “This additional funding will enable us to help more people get back to work.”

EWDD’s WorkSource Centers have worked steadily with former American Apparel employees since the company closed, providing job training and guidance on how to apply for unemployment insurance, along with English as a second language (ESL) classes and computer training.

On Monday July 17, the LA affiliate of Spanish-language network Telemundo ran a story featuring a career coach from the Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center, along with two former American Apparel employees who said they were pleased with the support and job training they have received. One of the former employees added that she’s now earning more at her new job than the $10.50 per hour she earned at American Apparel.

EWDD also received news coverage about the American Apparel grant from the Los Angeles Downtown News, SCPR's 89.3 KPCC, the Los Angeles Business Journal and LAist.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 7/17/2017. Read this issue and more.