YO! Watts YouthSource Center Celebrates New Location
The YO! Watts YouthSource Center celebrated its new location at 1773 East Century Boulevard by donating more than 400 bags of healthy food to local families and hosting a holiday dinner party for 175 guests on December 21, 2017.
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry toured the three-story facility with Hugh Carter, director of the YO! Watts YouthSource Center.
The center includes a gym, a computer lab and staff offices.
Hollywood WSC and BSC Completes US DOL Apprenticeship Training
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, staff from the Hollywood WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers completed a year-long course in Southern California’s first Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, administered by the US Department of Labor.
Started in January 2017, the program provided 144 hours of class instruction, including innovative lessons and theories designed to help workforce and economic development workers improve their programs.
Harbor BusinessSource Center Helps Simple Scooper Entrepreneur
The Harbor BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Leon Nyarecha obtain a $2,000 loan to develop an app-based retail store that sells Simple Scooper – a compact, easy to use dog poop scooper which prevents dog owners from ever having to touch dog poop.
Leon was looking for assistance to get SimpleScooper LLC off the ground when a former client referred him to the Harbor BSC in September 2017.
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center Helps Young Mother Pursue Degree & Career
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) provided comprehensive support services to a former foster youth, helping the young mother overcome barriers that could derail her path to college graduation.
Three years ago, Tiffany, 25, had exited foster care and was struggling to provide for her twin boys. She said she was drifting without a plan when she experienced a major loss. Her sons were taken away.
“Instead of dwelling on something that’s negative, I decided to turn it into a positive,” she said. “I had to get it together, and I knew I had to do everything right.”
Biotech Bridge Academy Trains Graduates for Manufacturing Careers
A dozen students recently graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Biotech Bridge Training Academy and are in the midst of interviews for jobs that will launch their careers in biomanufacturing.
“One of the most inspiring aspects of this training academy is that the students are all in it together,” said graduate Joyce Thomas. “Bonds have been formed among strangers who are now friends and colleagues.”
The six-week intensive training program, run by EWDD partner LAVC, teaches individuals, who have experienced a period of unemployment, technical and workforce readiness skills that allow them to transition into new careers in biomanufacturing.
All Hands On Deck – EWDD Staff Assist Homeless Services Job Fair
EWDD’s Workforce Development Division and partners came out in force to staff Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first-ever Homeless Services Job Fair, with several WorkSource Centers offering jobs, resume review and interview coaching to the 753 job seekers in attendance.
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry attended the event, expressing thanks to EWDD partners who helped with set-up and provided job coaching to applicants.
“EWDD is proud to have been a part of this initiative to find and hire qualified individuals who will treat LA’s homeless population with dignity and care, and provide the support and services they need,” Jan said.
Central West BusinessSource Center Helps Entrepreneur Open 2nd Vegan Ice Cream Shop
The Central West Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted entrepreneur Foulay Saelor in securing a $100,000 Small Business Administration Community Advantage loan, allowing him to expand his Bengee’s Ice Cream business and open a second location in Echo Park.
Foulay opened the first Bengee’s in Pasadena in 2015 to much fanfare, receiving a mention in Los Angeles Magazine and a feature in Eater Los Angeles that raved about its variety of vegan flavors (including Thai tea and Café No Lait). Still, even with publicity and Foulay’s full time commitment to the business, he encountered challenges with cash flow, a common issue for small business start-ups.
Learning to Fly – EWDD Funds Drone Training at East LA College
For 10 weeks, nearly 40 individuals spent their Fridays and Saturdays devoted to honing their math skills and learning three computer coding languages to learn how to program and fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones.
“I never expected that the City and Community Colleges would offer a program as good as this,” said Oscar Vasquez, 23. “It’s offering more opportunities to explore different careers. It’s great!”
EWDD funded the UAV Academy at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), offering an opportunity for qualified students to introduce them to an emerging key growth industry
EWDD Rapid Response Team Assists Pacific Alliance Medical Center Staff
EWDD’s Rapid Response team recently provided an overview of unemployment benefits and job training resources to approximately 235 individuals impacted by the November 30, 2017 closure of the Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) in LA’s Chinatown.
EWDD staff learned of the impending hospital closure on October 12, 2017. EWDD reached out to PAMC to offer their Rapid Response Team services, which include providing support to Los Angeles-area businesses undergoing transitions, including layoffs, by informing employees about access to resources such as assistance in obtaining unemployment insurance, job training and computer skills.
On November 7, 2017, EWDD led a planning meeting with PAMC,