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.

California Workforce Association's 2017 Meeting of the Minds Conference
Representatives from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB), along eith EWDD staff and management attended the California Workforce Association's annual policy and best practices conference from September 5-7, in Monterey, California.

Themed "Driven by Demand," the conference highlighted various employer-driven, innovative workforce development efforts nationwide, including regional sector training approaches, and career pathway programs to prepare young workers in this fast-evolving economy.

The conference also showcased successful apprenticeship programs as a path to middle-skill careers and

Interior of the Northridge Beauty Bar
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term guidance to San Fernando Valley entrepreneur Eva Rodriguez, helping her grow and expand her small business Magical Touch Day Spa into the Northridge Beauty Bar.

Eva, a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist, opened Magical Touch Day Spa in 2004. The salon offers a variety of services including massages, facials, waxing, extractions, permanent makeup, and body treatments. In December 2013, Eva visited the South Valley BSC for assistance with marketing and expansion possibilities.

Eva attended a marketing workshop where she learned techniques to help her business grow, including delegating marketing

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf LA Headquarters Shop
EWDD is pleased to have sold a City-owned site located at 6000 Jefferson Boulevard for the development of a housing office, coffee roasting facility and bakery for the new LA home-base of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Corporation.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a Los Angeles-based company, purchased the 3.6-acre property from the City of Los Angeles with plans to build its new headquarters on the industrial parcel, adjacent to the up-and-coming Hayden Tract in Culver City. EWDD negotiated the sale and prepared the covenant agreement obligating the buyer and property tenants to retain and create more than 200 construction and permanent jobs at the site. EWDD will also monitor the number of living wage jobs to be created or retained though annual job reporting.

Jerry McClellan, participant of the Brotherood Crusade YouthSource Center
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversees 14 YouthSource Centers dedicated to providing educational and career readiness services for youth ages 16-24.

On Thursday, September 14th, EWDD’s YouthSource Center partnering agencies participated in the 9th Annual Student Recovery Day, an event held by the Los Angeles Unified School District to re-engage students who have dropped out or not returned to school.

This week’s EWDD Weekly Newsletter highlights success stories from the Para Los Niños (PLN), Brotherhood Crusade and Boyle Heights Youth Technology YouthSource Centers, representing how EWDD and all of our YouthSource Centers provide support every day to disconnected youth, guiding them toward education and career pathways.

Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center Graduate Paulina Alvarez
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversees 14 YouthSource Centers dedicated to providing educational and career readiness services for youth ages 16-24.

On Thursday, September 14th, EWDD’s YouthSource Center partnering agencies participated in the 9th Annual Student Recovery Day, an event held by the Los Angeles Unified School District to re-engage students who have dropped out or not returned to school.

This week’s EWDD Weekly Newsletter highlights success stories from the Para Los Niños (PLN), Brotherhood Crusade and Boyle Heights Youth Technology YouthSource Centers, representing how EWDD and all of our YouthSource Centers provide support every day to disconnected youth, guiding them toward education and career pathways.

Para Los Niños graduate and LAP3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen (center)
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department oversees 14 YouthSource Centers dedicated to providing educational and career readiness services for youth ages 16-24.

On Thursday, September 14th, EWDD’s YouthSource Center partnering agencies participated in the 9th Annual Student Recovery Day, an event held by the Los Angeles Unified School District to re-engage students who have dropped out or not returned to school.

This week’s EWDD Weekly Newsletter highlights success stories from the Para Los Niños (PLN), Brotherhood Crusade and Boyle Heights Youth Technology YouthSource Centers, representing how EWDD and all of our YouthSource Centers provide support every day to disconnected youth, guiding them toward education and career pathways.

LATTC celebrated 25 re-entry graduates from its construction apprenticeship program
On August 29, 2017, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) held a graduation ceremony to celebrate approximately 25 re-entry students who finished training to become apprentices in the construction trades.

The Vernon Central WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided job-readiness workshops and supportive services in the form of boots, tools, and union initiation fees.

Among the graduates was Gilbert, a math whiz who is entering International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 11. His uncle, actor Danny Trejo was in the audience.