The delegation from Denver, Colorado, with EWDD representatives and their Workforce Partners
A delegation from Denver, Colorado visited the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) on Thursday October 5 to learn best practices from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development System on how to provide opportunities to residents that will lead to economic mobility.

“You’ve really found what the ecosystem of what workforce development is,” said Albus Brooks, Denver City Council President, who said he was impressed that various LA workforce groups worked together rather than in silos.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry provided an overview of the City’s

P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen with the California Grizzly Bear at the state capitol
P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen recently traveled to Governor Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento in support of updates to provisions of Assembly Bill No. 1567 that will include additional help for foster care youth.

At the state capitol, Destiny shared her story of how she entered the foster care system and where she is in her life’s journey now.

Destiny is a Youth Ambassador for the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program, an integrated service model that helps students by placing LAUSD pupil service counselors and social services at the City’s Youth Source Centers, creating a one stop shop for youth to find resources to finish high school and successfully transition to college or employment.

Stephen Perry and business partner Rita Linton, with their BSC loan Counselor
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.

Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”

Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.

US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez, now an HVAC technician
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.

Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.

At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.

(L to R) Punch Studio Assistant Manager Esmeralda Soto with , Margarita Santos, Jocelyn Rodriguez (career coach), Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, and Sandra Flores
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) recently placed four women at jobs with a national supplier of home, gift and stationary products.

Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, Margarita Santos, and Sandra Flores struggled for months to find employment due language barriers.

A career coach at the Vernon-Central WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided the women assistance with resume building, interview techniques, and job leads.

LA Youth from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (courtesy of
EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board were awarded a $790,000 grant that provides funding for EWDD programs dedicated to improving reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth.

Awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Second Chance Act Program, the grant supports counties and states in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.

The grant period is for two years and began on October 1, 2017.

Boyle Heights Tech Youth Center Students Complete Drone Pilot Training
Thirteen students at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center recently completed a Drone Pilot Training program, readying them for a career in an emerging key growth industry.

The Drone Pilot Training is funded by the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board Innovation Funds, in partnership with the EWDD and The Tesla Foundation Group.

The students completed the intensive three week, 27-hour training on Thursday September 28, 2017.

LAVC instructor Mark Maki (right) with the Spring 2017 Advanced Manufacturing Academy Graduates
For more than 12 years, the Workforce Training Department at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has partnered with EWDD’s Rapid Response Team, a group dedicated to providing support to employees and businesses during transitions, including when businesses close. Information on LAVC’s training academies and other educational related services are presented to employees impacted by company closures and downsizing.

Mark Maki had worked for six years as a maintenance technician at the OPI nail polish manufacturing plant until the company shut down the North Hollywood location.

EWDD Senior Management Analyst Florita Avila shares info about EWDD’s job services at the KJLH EmpowerMENt summit
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board recently increased regional awareness of the available services at the City’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers through its sponsorship of the first KJLH EmpoweMENt Summit, an event designed to provide information about employment opportunities and financial literacy training to African American and Hispanic men.

An estimated 2,500 people attended the event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at California State University Dominquez Hills.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recorded two 60-second ads for radio station 102.3 KJLH where she asked listeners, “Do you need a job? Do you have a millennial, on your couch, who needs a job?

Vernon-Central YouthSource participants and counselors celebrate the South LA location grand opening
An estimated 200 people attended the grand opening festivities Saturday, September 23, 2017 of the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

“As the City partner to the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, we are very excited about the renewed resources for young people to get back in school, to strengthen their skill set and help them and their families feel supported,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.

Located at the historic

Brewtique LA - Inglewood-based mobile coffee cart that specializes in nitrogen infused, craft coffee and tea
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development General Manager Jan Perry promoted EWDD’s services to entrepreneurs attending the 5th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo and Mobile Marketplace on Saturday September 23, 2017.

“The 5th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo and Mobile Marketplace, hosted by our workforce partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), showed many entrepreneurs how to empower themselves by developing mobile small businesses,” she said. “The lesson for the day…Start small to grow big. LAEWDD is here to help with micro loans and small business loans.”

Johnathan Davis, Workforce Development Specialist for the Central Library Portal, and EWDD Gen Mgr Jan Perry promote EWDD Job Portal and Library Card Sign-up Month
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and City Librarian John Szabo teamed up Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to promote September Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Los Angeles Public Library and cross-promote EWDD’s job portal at the Central Public Library.

More than 330 individuals have signed up for job training services and more than 50 people have found jobs through the job portal since it opened in 2015, while many more have received referrals for the nine WorkSource Centers citywide.

The Central Library Job Portal serves as a mini-WorkSource Center for job seekers at the library while giving a glimpse at the WorkSource Centers throughout Los Angeles.