Fifteen individuals recently graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a training program that prepares them to become bus drivers
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered a congratulatory speech to the latest class of the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Metro Bridge Academy on Friday March, 23, 2018 and encouraged students to overcome obstacles and press on.

“You have something to teach every day,” she said. “You are giving people transportation to greater access and equality.”

The 15 graduates completed a 70-hour intensive program at LAVC, which prepares students for careers as bus operators for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Students are taught customer service skills, critical thinking, time management and positive study habits. More than 700 participants have joined the workforce since the program began in August 2006 as part of a ground-breaking partnership between Metro and EWDD partner LAVC.

“I love this partnership,” said Patrice McElroy, Executive Officer for Talent Development at Metro. Patrice echoed Jan’s comments, that as future bus drivers, the students will be aware of the needs in the communities along the routes they serve. “You are the first line,” she said. You will know what’s going on before anybody else.”

The fifteen graduates were scheduled to have interviews at Metro’s Human Resource department. Those with successful interviews will be fast-tracked into Operation Central Instruction (OCI), to train to become bus drivers.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 3/26/2018. Read this issue and more.