UPS Workforce Learning Lab is First Hire LA’s Youth Worksite for Autistic Youth
The first Hire LA’s Youth worksite to offer job training to young people with special needs opened in early July. The Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center recently partnered with the United Parcel Service to open the UPS Workforce Learning Lab in Culver City, where a dozen youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will have the opportunity to practice the social skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
“What I want to do is give them the tools they need so when they get these jobs they’re able to be a viable member of the workplace,” said program Founder Dr. Pam Wiley.
LA Hospitality Training Academy Launches Culinary Apprenticeship
The Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) recently launched its Culinary Apprenticeship Program, an intense five week program where 22 students receive accelerated training on how to become a line cook. The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the EWDD helps finance HTA programs with grant funding. HTA Executive Director Adine Forman also serves on the WDB Board and is a member of a WDB ad-hoc committee on expanding apprenticeship opportunities.
The training is held in the industrial kitchen at the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown LA, where students hone their knife skills while immersed in cooking courses prepare them for life in the kitchen.
Spotlight On EWDD WorkSource Centers: California EDD Awards $3m Grant to Retrain 600 American Apparel Workers
EWDD WorkSource Centers received a spate of local news coverage following the California Employment Development Department’s announcement in early July that it was awarding a $3 million grant to EWDD and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to provide training and reemployment service for the 600 employees laid off from American Apparel.
EWDD, in partnership with WDACS, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the EDD, submitted a joint grant application in April to receive $3 million in federal funds to provide additional assistance to the approximately 3,457 American Apparel employees who lost their jobs when the company shut down in January 2017.
Thrift It Up! Thrives with Help from South Valley BusinessSource Center
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided San Fernando Valley entrepreneur Ivanna Valdivia with business plan development services that helped her grow Thrift It Up!, a website that specializes in affordable resale clothing.
In 2016, Ivanna identified an online shopping gap for cost conscious thrift store clothing. She decided to launch her business, leveraging more than a decade of customer service experience, including managing more than 40 employees at one of the largest and most profitable thrift stores in the San Fernando Valley.
LA:RISE Program Presented at LA County Small Business Commission
EWDD staff delivered a presentation about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program to the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission on Wednesday, July 12. The presentation was made to increase awareness in the region’s small business community about the program’s efforts to place the hardest to serve populations in jobs, including the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and disconnected youth.
Launched in 2015, LA:RISE, which is managed by EWDD, is a five-year program that provides integrated services from the City’s Workforce System, social enterprises and retention support providers with the goal of giving participants the
The report provides an in-depth analysis of key industries and occupations for the LA region, including occupational forecasts, and provides a strategic blueprint on how to focus resources so that workforce development is aligned with the region’s economic development priorities.
VaKA Burger Will Open Storefront Thanks to Hollywood BusinessSource
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Chef Aaron J. Perez in securing a $200,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow him to expand all-natural gourmet eatery VaKA Burger to a new location at 3107 Beverly Boulevard in LA’s Rampart Village neighborhood.
Mr. Perez launched VaKa Burger in 2013, amassing a following for its grass-fed burgers that resulted in positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Eater LA.
Historic Dearden’s Turns to EWDD Rapid Response Team to Help Workers
The City of Los Angeles EWDD’s Rapid Response Team provided an overview about applying for unemployment benefits, resources for job training and information about applying for health insurance on July 5th and 6th to 89 employees of Dearden’s, a historic Los Angeles business that is shuttering its doors in August after 108 years.
“I’m really happy that the services are out there, especially for employees that have been doing this a very long time,” said Ronny Bensimon, Chief Executive.
LATTC Partners with Movie Producer to Create Construction Apprenticeship Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated
Scott Budnick, producer of the “Hangover” movie franchise, recently partnered with the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to create apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades for individuals recently released from prison.
EWDD’s Vernon Central WorkSource Center, operated by CRCD, was instrumental in partnering with LATTC and ARC by providing tools, Union Initiation Fees, financial coaching and interview preparation services.
West Valley BusinessSource Helps Open Boomtown Brewery
The West Valley Business Source Center assisted the founders of Boomtown Brewery in idea development and also provided a $250,000 business loan to help their dreams of a tasting room become a reality.
Boomtown Brewery in the Los Angeles Arts District was started by three beer lovers, John Rankin, Samuel Chawinga and Alex Kasianaris. Named after the California Boomtowns in the 1800s during the Golden State’s gold rush, Boomtown Brewery crafts artisan old world, unfiltered, gravity fed and full flavored beers.
Para Los Niños YouthSource Center Celebrates High School Graduates
Cheers of pride filled the Plaza de La Raza auditorium in East Los Angeles on June 16, 2017, as family and friends celebrated the high school graduation of approximately 47 Para Los Niños YouthSource Center students who passed the HiSET high school equivalency exam.
“The staff helped me believe in myself and all the support they gave me helped,” said Modi Gomez, a graduate and student commencement speaker. “I really want to say ‘Thank you’ because I think I wouldn’t have gotten this far.”