EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (front row, fourth from left) poses with LAHTA instructor Chef Mitchell Frieder (back row, center) and current Culinary Apprenticeship Program students
LA CityView Channel 35 debuted “Preparing for a Career in Hospitality,” on March 7, 2018, a 6-minute video sponsored by EWDD highlighting how aspiring chefs can receive culinary training through the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Department and the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA).

The video includes testimonials from a successful LAHTA graduate who now works in the kitchen at the Sheraton Gateway LAX, along with interviews from executive chefs at area hotels and the Staples Center outlining opportunities in LA’s growing hospitality industry.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recently visited the UPS Workforce Learning Lab, the first HIRE LA's Youth internship opportunity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recently visited the United Parcel Services (UPS) Workforce Learning Lab in Culver City, the first HIRE LA’s Youth worksite for participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Pam Wiley, founder of the LA Speech and Language Therapy Center, credited Jan with inspiring the program to participate with the HIRE LA’s Youth Program and said the $10.50 an hour salary the participants received boosted their confidence.

Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC Financial Opportunity Center participants receive certificates touting their completion of money management skills training
When participants enroll at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, they also receive training at its Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) to help them develop money management and credit building skills.

Participants are introduced to Senior Financial Coach Treasure Owens, who works with them in a group setting for three hours, then provides one-on-one coaching sessions to help them create smart money management skills.

The Transgender Summit central theme was advocating for transgender inclusion in the workforce
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) supported the Transgender Summit Friday, February 23, 2018 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), held by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), an EWDD and WDB partner.

The event was also co-sponsored by TransCanWork, an organization dedicated to transgender inclusion in the workplace, founded by WDB member Michaela Mendelsohn.

Antonio's Tacos & Kabab new Northridge location opened with help from the North Valley BSC
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business assistance to entrepreneur Raymond Kachatourian, helping him market the opening of his second Antonio’s Tacos & Kabob location in Northridge, California.

Raymond Kachatourian, who has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant and catering industries founded Antonio’s Tacos & Kabob in Pacoima, an establishment that serves both Mexican and Mediterranean food, in June, 2013.

The Los Angeles Public Library WorkSource Portal helped Lydia launch her civil service career at LAX through the City of LA's Targeted Local Hire Program
The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) WorkSource Portal in Downtown Los Angeles recently helped a woman secure a full-time, civil service job on a professional track with LAX through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).

In 2017, Lydia met with Workforce Specialist Johnathon M Davis at the LAPL Portal for assistance to find a job. Lydia initially expressed interest in the construction trades. Johnathon noticed Lydia possessed the job readiness skills to pursue a professional career and could benefit from the Targeted Local Hire Program. The TLHP is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to Civil Service Careers at the City.

EWDD WorkSource Centers were recognized at City Hall this week for their involvement in the Targeted Local Hire Program
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department’s 16 WorkSource Centers and two Job Portals were recognized at City Council Friday, February 23, 2018 for their efforts on the one-year anniversary of the Targeted Local Hire Program.

More than 215 people have received civil service jobs with the City of Los Angeles through the program, which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

Welcome to WorkSource
The Southeast Los Angeles and Watts WorkSource Centers united on February 16, 2018 in a drive to increase awareness of the job training services available at WorkSource Centers and to sign up more local residents.

They ultimately registered 130 people for services.

The collaboration allowed the centers to help eligible individuals in the area who may have fallen through the cracks,

Dr Anna Harmandarian, DDS, owner of Anna Hamandarian Family Dentistry in Los Angeles
The Mid City BusinessSource Center recently assisted Dr. Anna Harmandarian in securing a $30,000 Small Business Administration loan as working capital for her namesake practice, Harmandarian Family Dentistry.

Anna launched her practice in 2014 and built her business to the solid practice it is today, with five star reviews on Yelp and more than 700 active clients.

Ryan Murphy Television/Hire LA's Youth Summer Employment Program/EWDD logos
For the past two years, Ryan Murphy Television, the production company behind renowned shows such as “American Horror Story,” has hired Hire LA’s Youth participants for internships and has offered several interns full-time positions.

“All of the participants have been extremely eager to learn and quick at it,” said Tanase Popa, producer at Ryan Murphy Television.

Tanase credited EWDD Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson for preparing interns for the experience, prepping them for interviews and providing transportation funds as needed.

Masonry Apprenticeship Program, learning to lay bricks
The West Adams WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), recently provided the $300 initiation fee to provide tools, registration fees and two months of union dues for a female cement mason worker selected for the HireLAX Apprenticeship Program, designed to help participants work toward a career in construction.

Granite Construction sponsored the candidate into the Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program and she has been assigned to a worksite at LAX.

Former American Apparel employees attend the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource center garment industry job fair
The Vernon-Central/LATTC Work Source center held a job fair specifically for former American Apparel employees on February 13, 2018.

In preparation for the event, Vernon-Central/ LATTC WorkSource staff assessed the skills and experience of job seekers, developed their resumes and conducted mock interviews.

In partnership with SS Designs, WorkSource Center staff successfully conducted 56 interviews for possible job opportunities.