Metro Bridge Bus Operator Training Academy graduates with family members flash peace signs on July 20, 2018. Metro Bus Operators typically flash peace signs as they pass each other on the road.
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department General Manager Jan Perry delivered congratulatory remarks at the Metro Bridge Bus Operator Training Academy graduation on Friday July 20, 2018.

“Whatever you decide to do, it’s a great opportunity to move forward and move upward,” she said. “You change people’s lives that come up the stairs of the buses you operate.”

Eighteen people graduated from the academy, which is part of the Workforce Strategy Center at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).

The intensive 70-hour training program helps participants prepare for an interview for bus operator positions at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit (Metro). Successful interviewees are fast tracked into Metro’s Operation Central Instruction (OCI) to become Metro bus operators.

Read about Ivor Bok, a recent academy graduate, and his journey to Metro employment. He had lost his job and was living on rapidly disappearing savings when he discovered the Metro Training program. His opportunity with Metro has opened a whole new career pathway with room for growth.

Learn more about EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers to discover new opportunities and career option. Also visit the Metro Bridge Bus Operator Training Academy website to learn about upcoming orientation dates, eligibility, as well as other LAVC Bridge Programs.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 7/23/2018. Read this issue and more.