ESL students taking classes at Evans Community Adult School through a partnership with EWDD, LAUSD and LAHTA
EWDD Workforce Development Division Director Gerardo Ruvalcaba recently participated in a panel with representatives from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to share how the partnership between the two agencies has increased educational opportunities for WorkSource Center participants.

The presentation, “Strategic Deployment of ‘Navigators’ that leads to Sustainable Wage Careers” delivered at the California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds Conference in Monterey, California, highlighted the success and dynamics of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Navigator program as well as the continuing evolution and deepening of the partnership between the two agencies.

The strengthening of the partnership between EWDD and LAUSD has led to increased enrollment in job training and LAUSD educational programs, said Laura Chardiet, DACE Coordinator.

“Students had access to free training, reduced cost training,” she said. “The WorkSource Center clients had better knowledge what programs were available to them at LAUSD and it broke down a lot of barriers between the two systems.”

Launched in March 2017, the partnership has led to an Integrated Education Training (IET) English as a Second Language (ESL) class specifically created for participants who are also receiving job training at the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA).

Approximately 16 students currently enrolled in the ESL class started the class to improve their English skills while balancing hospitality jobs at LAX, according to LAHTA, which is also an EWDD workforce training partner.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 15, 2018. Read this issue and more.