Workforce Grants help deliver services to build jobs, local economy and communities
Leveraging good ideas and past success - matched with calculated risk, experimentation and hard work - several partners of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the Workforce Investment Board have successfully secured Workforce Accelerator Fund (WAF) grants from the California Workforce Investment Board.

Workforce Accelerator Fund 2.0 grants are

Pedro Mata of Homeboy Industries takes part in a seven-week construction class at Los Angeles Trade Tech College; photo by Maya Sugarman/KPCC
April 22, 2015

In South Los Angeles, where unemployment has remained stubbornly higher than the state average, a local nonprofit is helping job seekers find work by helping them over the most common hurdles to employment. Read the whole Southern California Public Radio article here.

Original story by Brian Watts, 89.3 KPCC Business Reporter
This story is part of a collaboration investigating social change in South L.A. 50 years after the Watts Riots. The project is coordinated by USC Annenberg.


Los Angeles Featured in FORTUNE Magazine as a Boomtown for Business
March 15, 2015

FORTUNE magazine featured Los Angeles as a mecca for businesses in its 2015 "100 Best Companies to Work For" issue. The county has a booming tech sector, Downtown L.A. is rapidly becoming the seat of a live/work renaissance, and Mayor Eric Garcetti has proven his commitment to expansion. Economic development is thriving.

February 2015

The Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center is being recognized by PBS SoCal as a Community Champion for their work with youth in the City of Los Angeles.

The Community Champion Project is an opportunity for PBS SoCal to recognize individuals and/or organizations that make an extraordinary impact on the lives of others through their everyday efforts, within the diverse Southern California communities.

Congressional Gold Medal Comes to LA, May 2013 (left- Jan Perry; right- Color guard from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, Regional Support Command, State Military Reserve)
January 2, 2015
article by Lambeth Hochwald for Entrepreneur Magazine


If you’re looking to hire, there are plenty of places to find qualified workers. But few people are working as tirelessly to connect a specialized work force — military veterans and the formerly homeless — with good jobs as Jan Perry, who has served as general manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department for the City of Los Angeles since 2013.

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image credit: The Rafu Shimpo online magazine "Congressional Medal Comes to LA, May 2013"

 

West Los Angeles WorkSource Center Ribbon Cutting
December 15, 2014

The West Los Angeles WorkSource Center celebrated its grand re-opening today. Located at 13160 Mindanao Way in the Marina del Rey section of Los Angeles, this center is operated by Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), a non profit, founded in 1931 with a long history in workforce development.

Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles WorkSource Center Ribbon Cutting
December 11, 2014

Job seekers have a new resource in Boyle Heights today, where city officials helped open the 14th of 17 job centers being made over as part of a citywide $36 million effort. The Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles WorkSource Center at 1505 East First Street, offers training and resources, such as telephones, fax machines, copiers and computers with Internet access.

KCBS-TV News Reporter Dave Lopez interviews Jimmy Lee, EWDD Tech Specialist
November 10, 2014

JobsLA.org
KCBS-TV News Reporter Dave Lopez interviewed Jimmy Lee, EWDD Tech Specialist, about JobsLA.org - a new free online search engine for job seekers and employers with thousands of listings in the Los Angeles area.

South LA WorkSource Center Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting
The two centers held their ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremonies on back to back days.

The first celebration was the Watts Los Angeles WorkSource Center operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) on November 19, 2014. Located in the Imperial Courts in Watts, this is the only housing authority in the US with a fully certified WorkSource Center.

November 5, 2014

Vernon-Central L.A./L.A. Trade Tech WorkSource Center Grand Opening
Mayor Eric Garcetti today presided over the grand opening of the EWDD WorkSource Center located at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. The center is one of 17 located throughout the city that will focus on developing career pathways in high-demand employment sectors including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, construction, financial services, transportation/logistics, and green technology.

Southeast L.A. WorkSource Center Celebration - Maxine Waters, Tim Watkins & Jan Perry
October 28, 2014
“It’s a great day for Watts,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters during the celebration of the Southeast L.A. WorkSource Center. The center is part of the re-purposed WorkSource system in which education and training institutions offer specialized training to job seekers who will be employed in high demand fields such as healthcare and construction.

West Adams WorkSource Ribbon Cutting
October 22, 2014
The Grand Opening of the West Adams WorkSource Center was held with much excitement and anticipation. This was the first of 17 centers to formally celebrate the newly designed center operations in City of Los Angeles.