US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez, now an HVAC technician
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.

Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.

At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.

After an initial assessment to fine tune his interests, Jaime began a two-month training in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technology and repair.

Jaime recently started working as a service technician at Aire-Rite Air conditioning and Refrigeration, Inc. Jaime said that the training he received was the reason why he was able to obtain employment and he never imagined that he could get an opportunity to take an HVAC course through a funded program.

Now, Jaime said, he will finally achieve his dream of working in a trade with solid career pathways and upward mobility.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 10/02/2017. Read this issue and more.