Metro Bridge Academy graduate Ivor Bok stands in front of a 40 foot bus he drives from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport
In a corporation yard in Chatsworth, Ivor Bok reviews his pre-trip checklist, the steps he takes to prepare his 40-foot bus to drive passengers traveling from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport and stops in-between.

“It’s a nice, long route,” he said. “Lots of turns.”

Ivor is a graduate of the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a 70-hour training program designed to

PLN students Angeline Moran (left) and Alexa Flores (right) at the UnidosUS Leadership Summit in Washington, DC
Para Los Niños (PLN) students Angeline Moran and Alexa Flores were selected to participate in the 2018 UnidosUS Escalera Summit in Washington, DC, a national program designed to provide support to Latino students who may be the first in their families to attend college.

Angeline and Alexa, both 17, also attended the UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit, a two-day advocacy training for aspiring activists and community leaders that culminates in a visit with members of Congress at Capitol Hill.

Fifteen individuals recently graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a training program that prepares them to become bus drivers
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered a congratulatory speech to the latest class of the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Metro Bridge Academy on Friday March, 23, 2018 and encouraged students to overcome obstacles and press on.

“You have something to teach every day,” she said. “You are giving people transportation to greater access and equality.”

The 15 graduates completed a 70-hour intensive program at LAVC, which prepares students for careers as bus operators for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Nurse Yvonne Phelps (right) received job placement and financial coaching services
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped recent LATTC nursing program graduate Yvonne Phelps secure a job at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and provided financial coaching to help her save for her future.

After completing her two-year training program at LATTC, Yvonne turned to the center for job placement assistance and discovered the center’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), which helps participants develop money management and credit building skills.

Para Los Niños Director of Youth Workforce Services Jorge Orozco and EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (Back row left to right) celebrate the graduation of 15 Certified Nursing Assistants
Para Los Niños (PLN) held a ceremony celebrating 23 students who graduated from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

“You’ve got a career path that is unstoppable,” said Jan Perry, General Manager of the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) to the graduates.

WIN-LA (Workforce Initiative Now - Los Angeles) is a job training program through LA Metro specifically for underrepresented and at-risk communities
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) are partnering with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to identify and register candidates for Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA), a program designed to create career pathways into the transportation industry.

Scheduled to launch by late summer 2018, four of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers will serve as WIN-LA intake/career centers, including: the Vernon-Central at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), and the Northeast LA, Sun Valley and Harbor Gateway locations.

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services, City of Los Angeles
Management Analyst Melissa McGriff, who oversees the clerical staff of the Investigation and Enforcement Division at the City’s Bureau of Street Services, was so pleased with a recent hire from the Targeted Local Hire Program that two more TLHP candidates are scheduled to start jobs in the division by the end of March.

“I found that the majority of the people we interviewed were very highly qualified,” she said.

Juaniceia Hoskins, hired through the Targeted Local Hire Program as an Office Trainee for the LA City Department of Building and Safety, said the program changed her life
Juaniceia Hoskins spent years searching for a job that would bring her stability and peace of mind when a friend told her about the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP) and how it provides an avenue for under-served populations to get civil service jobs at the City of LA.

Within two months, Juaniceia, 49, was hired as an office trainee at the City’s Department of Building and Safety.

Sonia Cobar poses at her new job as an Environmental Service Attendant at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a position she earned with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center
Sonia Cobar was referred to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center late January 2018. She is a monolingual (Spanish speaking) adult participant, who had searched for a stable employment opportunity since she arrived in the United States in 2015.

Sonia was seeking immediate employment to support her three-year-old daughter. She had limited work experience and was laid off from her previous job as a waitress.

Staff training at the new Poke Poke Bar Restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided fundamental business guidance to entrepreneur Yaffa Mizrahi, helping her prepare for the opening of her Poke Poke Bar Restaurant, which has created 17 new jobs.

Yaffa was referred to the West Valley BSC in January 2018 by a business associate. With help from the Canoga Park and Chatsworth WorkSource Centers, the West Valley BusinessSource staff connected Yaffa to a local restaurant consultant who helped her create an inventory process, organize staff orientations and training, and build the employee handbooks for her business.

17 BusinessSource consultants pose with certificates of their completed Intake Specialist Training provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration honored 17 BusinessSource consultants at City Hall on March 5, 2018 for completing training to help small businesses receive certifications that will increase their potential of obtaining contracts and doing business with the City.

The four-week Certification Intake Specialist Training taught the consultants to help clients become recognized as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and other certifications designed to help small businesses.

Cesar Murrieta, left, with Richard Jastrow, right, head of Beverly Hills Glass, Inc
The Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions, Inc, recently helped a 46-year-old man with a learning disability find a job as a skilled glazier at Beverly Hills Glass, Inc.

Cesar Murrieta had a long history of substance abuse, which led him to be incarcerated for 17 years. Shortly after being released on probation, Cesar visited the Hollywood WorkSource Center for help to find a new job.