LATTC WSC Career Counselor Jessica Fuentes helped find the funds for the tools so Ricardo Estrada could keep his job
About a year ago, Ricardo Estrada’s world was turned upside down when he was laid off from his job. Unable to provide for his family or keep up with his basic bills, Ricardo filed for bankruptcy.

Ricardo decided to seek training in a new industry and after six months, earned his certification as a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) technician.

Ricardo had a job lined up right after completing school but when he showed up for his first day, he was sent home for not having the appropriate tools and equipment to do his job. His prospective employers gave him an alternate start date a month later and informed him that if he did not have the necessary equipment and tools, his job offer would be revoked.

Ricardo was caught in a Catch-22, he could not afford the expensive tools because he didn’t have a job, and he was about to lose a job because he did not have any tools.

Panicked, Ricardo sought out help at the Vernon-Central/LATTC Work Source Center. With the help of a WSC career coach, Ricardo received a tool set worth over three hundred dollars.

Ricardo has now been employed with AZ Air Conditioning Inc. in Van Nuys for more than a month and he is excelling at his new job.

The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversee several WorkSource Centers and Job Portals that serve as a personal employment agency for Angeleños, providing job training services to help them find work.

WorkSource Centers improve outcomes for both job seekers and businesses, with Case Managers helping job seekers get job ready and Business Service Representatives connecting businesses with skilled workers and employment placement services.

While Ricardo Estrada’s success story is from the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech (LATTC) WorkSource Center, it represents all the WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day.

Learn more about how WorkSource Centers change lives:

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Nancy Santiago - when she was forced to put her education on hold, WorkSource helped her discover an unexpected and fulfilling career path

Steven Pantola - he struggled to find the right career after retiring from the military, WorkSource helped him find the perfect job

Enrique Nuñez - unable to work after a warehouse injury, WorkSource helped him transition from homeless to a professional office career




This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 8/7/2017. Read this issue and more.