Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC is helping Jovani continue his education and become a promising member of LA's workforce
As a toddler, Jovani left Los Angeles with his family for Mexico. At age 23, Jovani returned to LA with the goal of making it on his own in his hometown.

A case manager at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Jovani enroll in the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a program designed to help disconnected youth, the homeless and re-entry individuals find jobs.

With support from LA:RISE and the WorkSource Center, Jovani enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at LATTC, received training through the YouthBuild Program and attended work readiness workshops to prepare him for the job market.

Jovani’s hard work and dedication paid off. His English improved, he excelled at school and found a job with Acrobat Hospitality Staffing. The new job provides flexibility around his hectic day-to-day schedule and relieves some of his financial stress.

To give him a strong start, the WorkSource Center also provided Jovani with work clothes and a uniform. As Jovani held an armful of new work clothes, he said that there were times that he felt that things seemed impossible and out of his reach.

His advice to those in similar situations is, “Never give up. Keep your goals in sight.”

Jovani will soon graduate from high school and receive his diploma, fulfilling a promise to his family that he would continue his education.

This article is featured in the January 29, 2018 EWDD Newsletter "Updates", highlighting three success stories from the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), representing all the WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day.

Read about how the WorkSource Center helped Mayra obtain a job at the Los Angeles Public Library through the Targeted Local Hire Program; or how after being laid off, Rochelle Beckette got Certified Nursing Assistant training through the WorkSource Center and got a new career in her dream profession.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 1/29/2018. Read this issue and more.