Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy Fall 2017 Graduates
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered words of encouragement and congratulations to 15 graduates from the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy on Friday November 3, 2017.

“You’re going to have a big impact on a lot of people’s lives,” she said at the graduation ceremony, held at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) headquarters in Downtown LA. “It’s a chance to have your lives intersect. For all the times when I’ve been on public transportation, when people are nice to me, people always remember that.”

For two of the graduates, the 70-hour training program not only provided a chance to become a Metro bus operator, it represented a mid-life opportunity to pursue a new career with room for advancement.

“Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair for the Transgender community
Fifteen individuals received one-on-one resume coaching and interview training at the “Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair, the City’s first event of its kind for the Transgender community.

“One hundred percent of attendants walked out with a resume,” said Diana Feliz Oliva, Secretary and Chair of the Employment and Job Readiness Committee of the City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, organizers of the event.

The fair was held Friday October 27, 2017 at Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). Participants were primarily preparing resumes for jobs in retail, food service or customer service, Diana said.

Astor Printing, in Northridge CA
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (WVBSC) provided long-term guidance to an entrepreneur, ultimately helping him become the owner of Astor Printing, in Northridge, where he had worked for nearly 30 years.

In April 2017, Salvador Najarro came into the WVBSC to ask for preliminary information about business services, workshops and to discuss the possibility of purchasing a business.

The center provided a one-on-one consultation, assistance with how to apply for a business license and permits. In addition, Salvador inquired about how to apply for a business loan.

Youth, city and community leaders, and Goodwill staff celebrate the grand opening of the South Valley YouthSource Center
Nearly 50 youth, city and community leaders, and Goodwill staff celebrated the ribbon cutting event at the grand opening ceremony for the South Valley YouthSource Center on October 26th, 2017.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry attended and provided remarks.

The Panorama City Center, managed by EWDD partner Goodwill Southern California, will provide educational and employment services to at-risk youth between the ages of 16 to 24 who face challenges including re-entry and foster care. Services will include work experience opportunities, case managers who can assist with career curriculums, and workshops focused on building resumes, interviewing skills, and financial literacy.

A job seeker interviews with Hollywood Hotel representatives at the Hospitality Job Fair hosted by the Hollywood WorkSource Center
Fifteen people were recently hired to work at several Los Angeles area luxury hotels after a successful hospitality job fair held by the Hollywood WorkSource Center on Friday, October 20, 2017.

EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS), held the targeted recruitment event after identifying an employer need in anticipation of several hotels opening in the next few months in West Hollywood.

After being prescreened and receiving interview preparation from MCS, approximately 60 job seekers met with and provided resumes to representatives from Kimpton La Peer, W Hollywood, Palisociety, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, Jeremy West Hollywood and The Hollywood Hotel.

Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) 4th Annual Hispanic Enterprise Business Summit
The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) held its fourth annual Hispanic Enterprise Business Summit on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the La Paloma Mercado Conference Center in South Los Angeles.

EWDD Senior Project Coordinator Richard Pallay delivered a speech on resilience and an overview of the services available at EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers for small businesses, including information on access to capital.

Attendees also gained tips on social media, marketing and guidance on where to obtain legal assistance for their businesses.

Pacoima based State Farm insurance agent John Hernandez
The North Valley BusinessSource Center has steadily helped Pacoima insurance agent John Hernandez with his business, beginning with his grand opening in 2010 to his recent growth and expansion efforts.

The North Valley BusinessSource Center guided John to obtain a co-working space in the facility’s Entrepreneur Center, which provided additional space for John to meet with larger groups of clients and partners.

In September 2017, John hosted educational presentations for the community with marketing assistance from the North Valley BusinessSource Center.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry with EWDD staff and partners at the Taste of Soul Family Festival
EWDD staff and partners returned to the popular Taste of Soul Family Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017 to promote the job training and business services available at EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers.

EWDD participates in community events throughout the year to increase awareness about the City’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource centers. This year, EWDD shared a table with partners Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (ADAP), the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).

PLN Westlake/MacArthur YouthSource Center Mural by local artist David Flores
A crowd of 100 people celebrated the grand opening on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 of the new Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.

Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, delivered remarks praising PLN for providing more assistance to youth and families in the area.

The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a mural at the site by artist David Flores, who donated the artwork to support PLN’s mission.

Genessy Management and Development, external location
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center assisted Mrs. Genny Alberts in obtaining a $650,000 loan to save and expand her business, Genessy Management and Development LLC.

Genny’s business offers managerial services of residential buildings to nonprofits that serve the homeless and low-income individuals and families.

Due to the loss of her beloved son who was managing the business, Genny had a difficult time operating and focusing on the business. She borrowed money from a high-interest lender to help keep her business operating.

Jhohandra Penate transitioned to a healthcare career path, now working as a nursing assistant
Jhohandra Penate lost her job and was troubled by the lack of employment opportunity she faced. Jhohandra turned to the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she received guidance, encouragement and an opportunity.

During an initial assessment, Jhohandra said she dreamed of working in the medical field, but lacked the necessary training and didn't think she could qualify for any medical programs. Her WorkSource advocate gave her direction and showed Jhohandra that she could achieve her career goal.

The WorkSource Center helped her transition into a health care career. She was able to enroll in

Hollywood WorkSource Center’s 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The effort sought to promote employment outcomes of persons with disabilities (PWD) by encouraging employers to recognize the value and talent PWDs bring to the workforce.

Approximately 218 people attended the event, which was led by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).