Once Homeless, Former Warehouse Worker Transitions to Professional Office Staff
Enrique Nuñez suffered an Achilles heel injury while working at a warehouse. Unable to work, Enrique became homeless and remained in a shelter until he was medically cleared to return to the workforce. He received a referral to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and with the help of a career coach Enrique found a job at as a Call Center Representative.
To help with his transition from warehouse work to his new career in an office setting, the WorkSource Center provided assistance with professional attire for his first work week and a bus pass for his commute. Enrique now earns a competitive hourly wage, which afforded him the opportunity to leave the homeless shelter and find permanent housing.
From Sao Paulo to LA - Central West BusinessSource Center Guides Entrepreneur Toward Opening Brazilian Coffee Shop in Chinatown
The Central West BusinessSource Center assisted a local entrepreneur in reviewing his business plan and financials, helping him secure a $20,000 loan toward opening SPLA (São Paulo to Los Angeles) Coffee, a Brazilian specialty coffee shop scheduled to open in Chinatown in September 2017.
Alexander (Alex) Kippling worked as a Barista at a coffee shop while finishing his degree in Latin American studies at Willamette University. In 2014, Alex came across a specialty Brazilian coffee roaster in Portland, OR, and decided to pursue a career in the coffee industry.
Para Los Niños YouthSource Center Establishes Alumni Network
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center launched an Alumni Network on July 31, 2017 to provide support to youth experiencing challenges in college.
The alumni initiative arose after several former students expressed interest in continuing their relationship with PLN beyond the Youth Source Center experience, said Jorge Orozco, Director of PLN’s Youth Workforce Services. The goal of the initiative is to facilitate navigation of the college enrollment process and promote student retention at colleges and universities. Other benefits include peer support, personal growth, networking, and developing interpersonal and leadership skills. During the event, students were given the opportunity to connect and share personal experiences of their lives in college.
EWDD Gathers with Partners to Unveil LAP3 Strategic Plan Implementation
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department staff gathered with several partnering agencies Wednesday August 2 to unveil the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Serving Disconnected Youth.
“We’re really seeing that the model is working,” said Angela Rosales, Youth Systems Integration Manager for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a LAP3 partner.
An estimated 70 people attended representing approximately 40 agencies including key partners the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District.
East LA BusinessSource Center Helps La Tropicana Market Expand
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided business consulting services to La Tropicana Market, guiding the Highland Park neighborhood grocery through key issues during its expansion.
Founded in 2002 by owner Rana Silyan Redfield, the specialty market offers high quality Latino and Jamaican products that reflect the tastes of local residents. Redfield originally opened the market with family savings.
Located at 5200 Monte Vista Street near Ave 52 for 15 years, Redfield initially leased a portion of the building and saw an opportunity to expand when the space next door became available. The
UPS Workforce Learning Lab is First Hire LA’s Youth Worksite for Autistic Youth
The first Hire LA’s Youth worksite to offer job training to young people with special needs opened in early July. The Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center recently partnered with the United Parcel Service to open the UPS Workforce Learning Lab in Culver City, where a dozen youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will have the opportunity to practice the social skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
“What I want to do is give them the tools they need so when they get these jobs they’re able to be a viable member of the workplace,” said program Founder Dr. Pam Wiley.
LA Hospitality Training Academy Launches Culinary Apprenticeship
The Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) recently launched its Culinary Apprenticeship Program, an intense five week program where 22 students receive accelerated training on how to become a line cook. The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the EWDD helps finance HTA programs with grant funding. HTA Executive Director Adine Forman also serves on the WDB Board and is a member of a WDB ad-hoc committee on expanding apprenticeship opportunities.
The training is held in the industrial kitchen at the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown LA, where students hone their knife skills while immersed in cooking courses prepare them for life in the kitchen.
Spotlight On EWDD WorkSource Centers: California EDD Awards $3m Grant to Retrain 600 American Apparel Workers
EWDD WorkSource Centers received a spate of local news coverage following the California Employment Development Department’s announcement in early July that it was awarding a $3 million grant to EWDD and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to provide training and reemployment service for the 600 employees laid off from American Apparel.
EWDD, in partnership with WDACS, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the EDD, submitted a joint grant application in April to receive $3 million in federal funds to provide additional assistance to the approximately 3,457 American Apparel employees who lost their jobs when the company shut down in January 2017.
Thrift It Up! Thrives with Help from South Valley BusinessSource Center
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided San Fernando Valley entrepreneur Ivanna Valdivia with business plan development services that helped her grow Thrift It Up!, a website that specializes in affordable resale clothing.
In 2016, Ivanna identified an online shopping gap for cost conscious thrift store clothing. She decided to launch her business, leveraging more than a decade of customer service experience, including managing more than 40 employees at one of the largest and most profitable thrift stores in the San Fernando Valley.
LA:RISE Program Presented at LA County Small Business Commission
EWDD staff delivered a presentation about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program to the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission on Wednesday, July 12. The presentation was made to increase awareness in the region’s small business community about the program’s efforts to place the hardest to serve populations in jobs, including the homeless, the formerly incarcerated and disconnected youth.
Launched in 2015, LA:RISE, which is managed by EWDD, is a five-year program that provides integrated services from the City’s Workforce System, social enterprises and retention support providers with the goal of giving participants the
The report provides an in-depth analysis of key industries and occupations for the LA region, including occupational forecasts, and provides a strategic blueprint on how to focus resources so that workforce development is aligned with the region’s economic development priorities.