30 graduates from the 2018 Human Resource Assistant Academy at LA Valley College pose with their completion certificates
The Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center (WSC) and Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) recently teamed up to provide an accelerated five-week Human Resource (HR) Assistant Academy program free of charge to approximately 30 job seekers, with the goal of getting them back into the workforce right away.

“I think it is a great example of a community college partnering directly with a WorkSource Center on a team approach to specialized training,” said Doug Marriott, Dean of Adult/Community Education and Workforce Development at LAVC.

As part of the partnership, LAVC condensed their standard 17-week HR Assistant program into five weeks. Students received an intensive introduction to HR Management including HR compliance, investigations in hiring, recruitment and selection and sexual harassment litigation.

“We have tailored our standard HR Assistant program to support displaced workers both back into the labor market and back into the labor market with skill sets that meet – or exceed – currently employed professionals in the HR arena,” said Jonathan Arnold, Director of Professional Extension Programs at LAVC.

The Canoga Park/South Valley WSC typically serves job seekers who have a background in professional services, said Sorie Alba, Business Services Manager. Recently the Canoga Park/South Valley WSC realized they had a large enough cohort to fill a class. The HR Assistant Academy Program provided an opportunity for the job seekers to expand their skills and provide an HR role at smaller companies that may not have a dedicated HR professional, Arnold said. The WSC was able to provide funding for the course, allowing students to attend the $1,615 course for free.

On Friday, August 24, 2018, LAVC celebrated the recent HR Assistant Academy grads at a culmination event.

For Bridgette Williams, the training taught her valuable skills that will assist her in finding her first new job after she was laid off as an executive assistant from a biotech company she had worked at for 18 years.

“Just because I’m 58 does not mean I’m not employable,” she said. “I can still serve in some capacity somewhere. I’m looking for an environment I want to be in. I’m not just looking for a job.”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 8/27/2018. Read this issue and more.