Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC is helping Jovani continue his education and become a promising member of LA's workforce
As a toddler, Jovani left Los Angeles with his family for Mexico. At age 23, Jovani returned to LA with the goal of making it on his own in his hometown.

A case manager at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Jovani enroll in the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a program designed to help disconnected youth, the homeless and re-entry individuals find jobs.

Rochelle Beckette fulfilled her dream of working in the medical industry with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC
After losing her job, Rochelle Beckette was in need of job training and employment assistance.

Rochelle found assistance at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center where a career coach provided guidance to fulfill her dream of working in the medical field.

The center helped Rochelle enroll into an eight-week training program to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Mayra Ramos (right) got hired at the LA Public Library through the Targeted Local Hire Program with help from Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC Career Coaches Jocelyn Rodriguez (left) and Jessica Fuentes (center)
After Mayra Ramos emigrated from Honduras to Los Angeles in the 1990s, she found work as a housekeeper and caretaker, but she always dreamed of a better position with opportunities for professional growth.

In fall 2017, Mayra turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, where she was referred to the Targeted Local Hire (TLH) Program, a program designed to help under-served and under-employed populations find an alternative pathway to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles.

Jesus Rodriguez, owner of VIP Collision in San Fernando Valley with his family
The South Valley BusinessSource Center has built a longstanding relationship with entrepreneur Jesus Rodriguez, guiding him over the course of seven years from the opening of VIP Collision, his auto body and collision repair center in San Fernando Valley, toward an upcoming expansion in Canoga Park.

Jesus was born in Choluteca, Honduras, a regional transport hub along the Pan-American Highway smacked between El Salvador’s eastern and Nicaragua’s western-most borders. When he was 11-years-old, Jesus began working at an auto-body shop where he

(left) Steven Mason and (right) Destiny Nguyen served as LAP3 Ambassadors. EWDD and the LA Chamber of Commerce recently won a $250,000 grant that will build on the LAP3 model to help foster youth Countywide.
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently won a $250,000 Accelerator grant that will provide additional resources to improve workforce outcomes for the region’s foster youth.

The Foster Careers LA Project will develop a Foster Youth Accelerator Network in LA County comprised of child welfare, workforce development system, and nonprofit stakeholders to collaboratively develop and prototype solutions to eliminate

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (center) and Youth Opportunity Movement, Watts participants attended a Martin Luther King, Jr. barbecue on Saturday January 13, 2018 sponsored by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck (right) and Community Safety Partnership Officers in Watts
Los Angeles City Council District 9 Councilman Curran Price, Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD), and a dozen YouthSource Center participants attended a Martin Luther King Day barbeque hosted by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck and the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officers in Watts.

The barbeque, which took place on Saturday January 13, 2018, is a local tradition for the Watts Community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Arlington Heights Mini Market owner Herman Russell expand his business, paving the way for up to 8 new employees
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) has developed a longstanding relationship with Herman Russell, owner of the Arlington Heights Mini Market, helping him expand his business and create up to eight new jobs.

In 2015, Herman turned to the Hollywood BSC, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Services, for assistance in obtaining a small loan to purchase inventory to keep the shelves stocked at his mini market.

icon images of concrete, a skillsaw, a planer, a bucket of paint and a jackhammer, all representing various construction jobs
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Sergio Armas, president of Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation, obtain a $75,000 business loan to retain 10 jobs and create up to 12 new positions.

In fall 2017, Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation’s bid was selected for a large project that required the purchase of new equipment and 10 new staff.

Sergio needed a loan in a short time frame to provide upfront financing for the project.

an image of construction employee apparel including work boots, a tool belt and a hard hat
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair on January 11th, where local residents will have an opportunity to interview for 54 available spots as framers, plumbers, general labors, iron workers and other construction jobs.

Hiring priority will be given to Jordan Downs residents, Watts residents, YouthBuild participants (a program designed to help low-income youth ages 16-24 gain construction experience) and City of Los Angeles residents, said Pamela Paige, Workforce Development and Section 3 Manager at the Watts/Los Angeles WSC.

(left to right) EWDD’s Alex Lakshtanov and Chris Rajapakse helping victims of the December fires with employment and business related support
EWDD WorkSource and BusinessSource staff provided families and business owners impacted by the recent fires in Los Angeles with information about how the City’s WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers can assist with recovery efforts.

EWDD answered the call to staff the Creek, Skirball and Rye Fires Local Assistance Center at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center December 12th through December 16th, joining other government agencies to provide services and information to residents and businesses impacted by the fires.

Juan Gonzales with family and West Valley BSC staff at the grand opening of his Reseda restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Juan Gonzales develop a business plan to help him secure a $50,000 small business loan, then provided marketing materials to help promote the opening of the second location of his “Tamales House” restaurant.

Juan opened his first handmade tamales location “California Tamales House,” in North Hills in 2005. The restaurant specializes in quality, healthy tamales that are fresh, gluten free and not cooked in lard.

LA-based GLOW GIRL! Natural Skin Care Line
The Mid-City Region Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted entrepreneur EnJunaya Canton in securing a $500 microloan to increase her inventory of natural skin care products.

In 2015, EnJunaya branded her line of natural skin care products as GLOW GIRL!

The line features products free of toxins and