Jessica Lotka (right) getting hands-on training in class at the LAVC Manufacturing Academy, summer of 2017
The South Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) helped job seeker Jessica Lotka receive National Emergency Grant funding to attend the Manufacturing Academy at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) which provided her training to quickly land employment in a new industry.

“Before starting the Manufacturing Academy classes, I worked 15 years for cellphone refurbishing companies. Unfortunately in my last job the company went bankrupt. Today these companies and other similar ones are out of business,” Jessica said. “At that moment, I decided that I should learn new concepts to be able to improve myself, be at the forefront of technology and be competitive in the labor market.”

Jessica initially enrolled at LAVC to improve her English language skills when a counselor recommended she investigate LAVC’s job training opportunities. In the summer of 2017, Jessica enrolled in the Manufacturing Academy, a six-week training program that focuses on conventional and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining, inspection, blueprint reading and job readiness skills.

Within one week after completing the academy, Jessica was hired and began working as a Calibration Technician II at Dytran Instruments, Inc. in Chatsworth.

Jessica recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with the company and she is now responsible for performing calibration on accelerometers, force and pressure sensors. Jessica said she credits the academy instructors for teaching her new skills, specifically how to read blueprints and the use of inspection instruments, that helped lead to her new job.

“The most important aspect of the training was that the staff and collaborative team were always concerned about the students’ learning, support, and suggestions for our success,” she said. “I found the job on the last week of the training. I started working exactly one week after my graduation. My future goals are to continue growing professionally to contribute and be useful with Dytran, the company which gave me this new opportunity, with my family, society, and of course with myself!”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 10, 2018. Read this issue and more.