President Obama Signing WIOA into Law
New legislation will reform America’s Job Training Programs and improve workforce services and training opportunities for job seekers

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Enjoying unusual bi-partisan support by Congress, the legislation reforms and supersedes the existing Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The WIOA will continue to be the primary federal funding source for the City of Los Angeles Workforce Workforce Development System, comprised of the WorkSource and YouthSource Centers Network.

Congratulations to the 79 young people from South LA's Vernon-Central neighborhood, who graduated from CRCD Academy and South Los Angeles YouthBuild on June 26, 2014 at a ceremony on the campus of LA Trade Technical College. The graduates earned high school diplomas and pre-apprenticeship certificates in construction.

The goal of the USC Bridges to Business Success Program is to provide capacity building training for small minority/women/veteran business owners, enabling them to secure contracting opportunities and create and retain jobs. The USC Bridges Program has been developed as a bundled training consisting of eight modular workshops held consecutively totaling approximately 32 hours in the classroom.

Integrates Small Businesses Resources from across the City into One Single Portal

The BusinessSource Virtual Counselor Network (VCN), a new initiative funded by a $100,000 contribution from Citi Community Development that will improve City services to small business owners, has been launched today.

VCN aims to improve the quality of BusinessSource services. A small business owner can visit one of the city’s BusinessSource Centers and be connected either by phone or video chat with a counselor specifically suited to their business or language needs. By making experts available virtually, this network reduces Angelenos’ needs to visit a different location or return at a later date.

City of Los Angeles Will Assist Job Seekers with $90 Million Federal Workforce Development System

June 5, 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the completion of a six month procurement process that provides a newly designed and updated WorkSource Center system for the City of Los Angeles, focusing on practical training for emerging job sectors. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the new system that is federally funded under the Workforce Investment Act. The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will administer a total of $18 million dollars on an annual basis for up to five years to contract agencies to carry out programs that train and place Angelenos in growth industries.

Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University
Crossroads 2014-The Multigenerational Workforce at the Crossroads conference, held May 9, 2014, was thought provoking, informative and surprising

May 15, 2014

Featured Speaker, Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University delivered his findings regarding the ages of workers entering or re-entering the workplace. Most surprising is the rise in the number of older workers 55+ versus younger workers who are entering the job market.

Mayor Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Deasy and EWDD General Manager Jan Perry with HireLA's Youth Participants

Mayor Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Deasy Announce The Summer of Learning

May 13, 2014

The Los Angeles Summer of Learning program is a citywide initiative to keep youth engaged in learning this summer. This program - along with Summer Night Lights to extend evening park hours and Youth Summer Jobs to place 10,000 young Angelenos with summer jobs - are all part of Mayor Garcetti’s Summer of Success initiative for the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Works with EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for HireLA's Youth Campaign. Read the full letter here.
Hire LA’s Youth & South Park Doggie Day Care

May 1, 2014

South Park Doggie Day Care & Boarding is one of the businesses involved with HIRE LA’s Youth Jobs. Jan Perry, General Manager of EWDD, appeared live on KTLA 5 Morning News and spoke with news reporter Allie MacKay about the HireLA's Youth Program.

HireLA's Youth is an Exciting City Program That Provides "First Time" Job Experiences - a Path to Higher Education and Careers

Young adults can participate in HireLA's Youth Employment Program and get connected with local businesses that are ready to hire. The program will give you the skills and confidence to pursue the career field of your choice. Earn a Work Readiness Certificate and receive preferred job leads from HireLA’s Youth employer partners.

A Strengthening Local Economy Marked By Grand Opening of New Shopping Center at Central and Slauson Avenues

April 14, 2014

Northgate Market Grand Opening Celebration at the Juanita Tate MarketplaceThe new Juanita Tate Marketplace project will create nearly 200 jobs and expand economic growth for the surrounding community.

Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of L.A. EWDD

"The article writers, Michael Kelly and Kevin Klowden, have hit on several topics that are specific to the work we are doing at the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, noting the need for a skilled workforce."

February 3, 2014

The Region’s workforce development system needs to further adjust its programs and policies to better align with demographic shifts, technological advancements and global labor trends. The success of this effort remains tied to the region’s local universities, community colleges and private sector industries, which all play a crucial role in rebuilding and expanding apprenticeship programs and the further development of LAUSD’s programs that focus on getting more students involved in science, technology, engineering math and the arts.