Frances Gutierrez, right, with her Vernon-Central WSC Career Coach, now co-worker, Jessica Fuentes
A job seeker who recently turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) for help finding work ended up accepting a job there as a career coach.

Frances Gutierrez was laid off from her job after 24 years with the USC Department of Education Med-COR Program.

Frances joined the Transitional Subsidized Employment Program and she was sent to work at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). Frances began working with a career coach on her resume and interview techniques.

The October 2017 grand opening of Indie Brewing Company’s Boyle Heights Tasting Room
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business services to Indie Brewing Company, including permits, community outreach and access to capital, leading to the grand opening of its Boyle Heights tasting room.

Located at 2301 East 7th Street, Suite C100 in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, the East LA BusinessSource Center provided permit and entitlement assistance, joining forces with the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce in providing testimony for a beer tasting license, which was granted in September 2017.

The East LA BSC was an integral component in introducing the owners to several community leaders including

Youth participants from the Para Los Niños Central and East LA YouthSource Centers recently visited UC San Diego
Fifty-one students from EWDD’s Central and East Los Angeles Youth Source Centers toured the University of California, San Diego in late November, marking the fourth year in a row EWDD partner Para Los Niños has brought youth to the campus to give them a glimpse of college life.

This year’s tour also provided an opportunity for prospective students to gain tips from a member of the PLN Alumni Network, a newly formed network of former PLN students designed to help incoming PLN students thrive on campus.

The prospective students received a guided tour led by the UCSD admissions officer and several students, followed by an hour-long

LA:RISE participants (left to right) Ricky, Gigi and Herbert are working as custodians at the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot in DTLA
Three LA:RISE participants are serving as custodians at the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot in Downtown Los Angeles, where they are tasked with keeping restrooms and showers clean and sanitized and respectfully assisting the men and women from DTLA’s homeless community accessing the facility.

For this role, the LA:RISE participants received three weeks of custodial training and 300 hours of work experience under supervision of Goodwill of Southern California, an EWDD partner.

More than 1,000 people have found work through LA:RISE, also known as the

EWDD's WorkSource Centers and America's Job Centers of California logos

Public Meetings to be held December 13 and 14 Seeking Public Input on Re-Procurement of Operators for the City of LA's Network of WorkSource Career Centers/America's Job Centers of California

The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department is conducting two public hearings to solicit public opinion on the selection of operators for the City of Los Angeles' network of job training locations called the WorkSource Centers (a Proud Partner of America's Job Centers of California). The EWDD operates 16 WorkSource Centers and three portals that serve as personal employment agencies for the City's residents and businesses. Free services include job listings, referral info, computer access, skills training, interview preparations and workshops.

TEAPOP owner Arlene Yuan (center, right)
Since 2014, the South Valley BusinessSource Center has provided ongoing assistance to entrepreneur Arlene Yuan and her North Hollywood art-centric tea bar, TEAPOP.

The South Valley BSC recently assisted Arlene in the upcoming opening of a second TEAPOP location in Downtown Los Angeles, scheduled for December 1, 2017.

The BusinessSource Center provided assistance with market research, lease review and negotiation, business plan development and assistance with the liquor license transfer for the DTLA location.

Para Los Niños Youth attend special screening of “Icebox”, a dramatic short film about a Honduran boy caught in the US immigration process
Twenty participants from the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center recently attended a special screening of “Icebox,” a film centered on a boy who flees Honduras, then is caught in the US immigration process.

“The students were very interested in participating in this screening because it is something that many of them can relate to,” said Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at PLN.

The film’s producer invited Para Los Niños youth to attend the screening, which was held November 8, 2017 at Fox Studios in Century City.

Citywide Economic Development Strategy Survey (LA city skyline background)
EWDD has extended the deadline to December 15 for individuals and organizations to respond to an online survey about economic development challenges and priorities in the City of Los Angeles.

Last month, EWDD launched a series of seven public outreach meetings throughout the City to gather feedback on the Citywide Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a roadmap to drive the City’s economic development.

EWDD was tasked by the Mayor and City Council with developing the CEDS and a related five-year implementation plan. The CEDS will outline specific actions the City can take to help drive the local economy forward, and

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC helped Regina Buckley secure a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center recently helped a woman find a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood.

Regina Buckley came to the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center to find assistance in securing stable employment in transportation or clerical jobs. A career coach provided initial job placement services by enrolling Regina into the Targeted Local Hire Program, a City of Los Angeles program designed to expedite the hiring process for potential applicants.

Since Regina already had a Class B driver’s license, the center also provided Regina job postings for several local municipal transportation systems. She consistently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC to seek employment.

Kimberley Guillemet Esq., Office of Reentry Director for the LA Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, speaks to attendees of the Women in Re-Entry Financial Empowerment Workshop
Nearly 60 women attended the “Women in Reentry: Financial Empowerment Workshop” held at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center on November 14, 2017.

The workshop was geared toward helping formerly incarcerated women establish habits that will lead to financial security, which will help lead to their successful re-entry.

“These women faced challenges that went beyond finance, so the first thing was to talk about was how to self-love, leaving behind what drains them of being self-sufficient and how to develop actions toward transforming from old habit to new habits,”

North Valley WorkSource Center Helps Job Seekers (clip art of a package handler and a security guard)
This week’s Updates Newsletter highlights two success stories from the North Valley WorkSource Center, representing how the WorkSource System provides support every day to improve outcomes for all job seekers, including vulnerable and underrepresented Populations.

These stories characterize each of the EWDD WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day of the year.

North Valley WSC Helps Unemployed Man Overcome Hurdles and Find Success in the Security Field

Elis Lee, from the EWDD Youth Operations Team, with the CFE Outstanding Social Media Team award
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Youth Operations team recently received an Outstanding Social Media Team Award from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) for delivering the most tweets during the #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign.

The 12-week program asked youth across 13 cities nationwide to share their thoughts about the importance of summer jobs. CFE and the Citi Foundation donated $400,000 to HIRE LA’s Youth program earlier this year.

Youth participated from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center and