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.

Boyle Heights Tech Center Workforce Wednesday Event Collage
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.

Hundreds Interview at Call of Duty XP Hiring Fair
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 August 2016 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
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 speak to a student drop-out about getting back in school
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.

Exterior of Hollywood Electrics
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.

2016 GWC Summer Immersion Program Graduates
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.

2016 Harbor City Day Labor Welding Graduates
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.

Jahman Ingram at the July 29th Rams Hiring Event
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.

WORC Program Graduates
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.

Pawparazzi Dog Spa in Chatsworth Red Carpet Grand Opening
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.

Hire LA's Youth Participants at the Kick Off
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.