Girls Who Code 2016 Summer Training Program Concludes
The Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center this summer hosted its second Girls Who Code workshop. The intensive seven-week program teaches computer coding to high-school-aged girls interested in science and math careers.
Sixteen young women completed this year’s program, funded in part through a partnership with IBM.
Day Laborers Benefit from Welding Training Provided in Harbor City
Five day laborers completed on intensive welding training program and received certificates that will help them find good-paying jobs. The free training was provided by Wheels of Hope, a community partner of Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA.)
IDEPSCA is contracted by EWDD to provide services at four Day Labor centers across the City of Los Angeles.
Thousands of Job Seekers Take Part in L.A. Rams Hiring Event in South Los Angeles
The South Los Angeles WorkSource Center hosted a second hiring fair to fill thousands of jobs made available by the return of the Los Angeles Rams to the L.A. area. WorkSource staff put on the event in partnership with Contemporary Service Corporation (CSC), an event management company that is looking to hire 5,000 ushers, ticket-takers, security officers and guest relations workers for the upcoming Rams football season at the L.A. Coliseum.
Women Learn to Call the Shots at Basketball Games, City Increases Numbers of Female Refs at Rec Centers
An innovative program training women to become certificated basketball referees, developed with help from EWDD staff, expanded to the San Fernando Valley this week. Six weeks of free hands-on instructions on how to officiate basketball games began July 12 and will continue through August 21 at Fernangeles Recreation Center in Sun Valley.
South Valley BusinessSource Center Helps Turn Laid-Off Worker into an Entrepreneur
Krista Funk Castro, owner of Pawparazzi in Chatsworth has worked with the South Valley BusinessSource Center for the past year in preparation for the grand opening of her new pet boutique and grooming spa.
L.A. City and County Leaders Kick Off 2016 Hire LA's Youth Initiative
Program Aims to Connect More Than 15,000 Young Angelenos with Summer Jobs and Workforce Training
Mayor Eric Garcetti, in collaboration with Los Angeles County Supervisors Don Knabe, Hilda Solis and the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department, today launched the Hire LA's Youth 2016 initiative with a pledge to connect more than 15,000 young Angelenos with summer employment.
Hollywood BusinessSource & WorkSource Centers Help Stabilize Local Business
Eric Amundson, owner of Leaps N Boundz, located at 5301 Beethoven Street in Los Angeles, was referred to the Hollywood BusinessSource in spring. Leaps N Boundz provides adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs.
LA Holds Region’s Largest Diversity Job Fair Aimed at Transgender Job Seekers
The City of LA’s Workforce Development Board, in partnership with EWDD and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, this week hosted a landmark job fair connecting transgender job applicants with a pool of employment opportunities. Hundreds of Angelenos attended the June 20 event
Former Dropouts See Prom as the Sweet Icing Before Getting High School Diploma
For Maleny Torres, Christopher Mares, Erika Garcia Martinez and three dozen other students at Five Keys Charter in Boyle Heights, the prom held on June 3 wasn’t just a fancy night out. It was a declaration that they’ve crossed a finish line essential for workforce success: getting a high school diploma.
The kickoff for this year’s Girls Who Code summer immersion workshop took place June 8 at Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. EWDD General Manager Jan Perry welcomed 20 high school girls who will undergo seven weeks of intensive training in computer science, including learning how to code in five different languages and create apps.
In Tough Market, L.A. Youth are Finding Jobs with Help of EWDD Partner Agencies
The Great Recession’s impact is still rippling through the labor market—with the effect greatest among young Angelenos. While Los Angeles has regained jobs lost since the recession took hold in 2008, the growth of new jobs, especially among youth ages 16 to 24, has remained sluggish, according to the just-released “Los Angeles: People, Industry and Jobs” by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The report offers