EWDD General Manager Jan Perry visiting with LAVC Biotech Bridge Academy students
On Friday September 8, 2017, City of Los Angeles EWDD staff joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and higher education and workforce development leaders at the grand opening of the City of LA’s Workforce Strategy Center at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).

The center launch focused on three high-growth sectors in the Greater LA area: Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, and Transportation.

Both LAVC’s Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Biotech Bridge Training Academy have a demonstrated history of successfully placing individuals into living wage careers. In addition, LAVC’s Metro Bridge Academy has trained hundreds of individuals to become bus operators for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro).

The LA Workforce Strategy model is unique because curricula are designed around an employer’s need, thereby strengthening the opportunities for students to get hired quickly once they have completed their training. This Workforce Strategy Center is a pilot for a model that can be replicated at other community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) system.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recently visited LAVC to watch students in action. During the visit, several Advanced Manufacturing students said they were grateful for the opportunity to learn new skills after getting laid off from their previous manufacturing jobs. Students in the Biotech Academy complimented their teacher for distilling complex scientific concepts into easily understandable terms to prepare them for jobs as manufacturing technicians in the biomedical industry.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 9/4/2017. Read this issue and more.