L.A. Workforce Development Board Approves New Homeless Job Funding
The Los Angeles Workforce Development Board approved $250,000 to provide job training services for veterans and homeless individuals in downtown's skid row community on September 21, 2016. Goodwill Industries of Southern California was selected as the grant recipient to provide assessments, referrals, career training, and employment opportunities for at least 50 individuals experiencing homelessness.
Workforce Wednesdays - City of L.A. Works to Help Young Angelenos Finish School, Receive Career Training and Find Employment
Staff at the City of L.A.’s sixteen YouthSource Centers played host to hundreds at this week’s “Workforce Wednesday,” a special day full of events aimed at encouraging young Angelenos to take advantage of free education and training services. Each YouthSource center offered entertainment and refreshments, and had caseworkers on hand to enroll 16 to 24-year-olds in back to school and career training programs.
City of L.A. Responds to Employer Call for Job Applicants
Hundreds of South Los Angeles residents interviewed for positions as greeters, support staff and ushers for “Call of Duty: XP 2016,” a popular video gaming event held September 2-4 at the Forum in Inglewood.
Boyle Heights Tech Academy Launched; Offers Diploma Program for Returning Justice System Youth
Thousands of Los Angeles students returning from juvenile halls and probation camps each year will have the opportunity to transition back to school, thanks to the launch of two new academies this week.
EWDD Staff Urges Students to Re-Enroll During Student Recovery Day
Staff from EWDD’s Youth section and from several YouthSource centers in the South Los Angeles area participated in the 8th annual Student Recovery Day on September 9th. The yearly event is held shortly after the new school year starts and is aimed at encouraging students who have dropped out to re-enroll at their local campus.
Hollywood Electrics, A Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Client, Leads Way in Sales of Green Motorbikes
The City of LA’s commitment to helping green industry expand is paying dividends. EWDD learned this week that Hollywood Electrics, a client at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is now the largest retailer of electric motorcycles in the world. The West Hollywood shop, run by trailblazing founder Harlan Flagg, sells models by Zero and Brammo, manufacturers of a new class of motorcycle that is powered by batteries instead of gasoline.
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.