Masonry Apprenticeship Program, learning to lay bricks
The West Adams WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), recently provided the $300 initiation fee to provide tools, registration fees and two months of union dues for a female cement mason worker selected for the HireLAX Apprenticeship Program, designed to help participants work toward a career in construction.

Granite Construction sponsored the candidate into the Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program and she has been assigned to a worksite at LAX.

Former American Apparel employees attend the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource center garment industry job fair
The Vernon-Central/LATTC Work Source center held a job fair specifically for former American Apparel employees on February 13, 2018.

In preparation for the event, Vernon-Central/ LATTC WorkSource staff assessed the skills and experience of job seekers, developed their resumes and conducted mock interviews.

In partnership with SS Designs, WorkSource Center staff successfully conducted 56 interviews for possible job opportunities.

Sunbox Founders Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez obtained a $149,500 loan to expand their business with help from the Harbor BusinessSource
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez secure a $149,500 loan to expand Sunbox, a healthy kiosk market that features organic, all natural and locally sourced food, snacks and beverages.

Vanessa and Elisa launched Sunbox, Inc in 2015. The following year, they visited a local bank for a loan to expand their business, but were denied because their business was relatively new.

Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center plans to use $35M TCC Program Grant Award to promote green jobs and green technology projects
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), celebrated the recent award of a $35 million grant from the California Strategic Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program.

As part of the grant application process, a selection committee visited EWDD’s Watts/Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Centers to view opportunities for projects, including low carbon transit programs, gardening and urban farming and public housing weatherization programs.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (left) appeared with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce the Evolve Entertainment Fund, a program to help youth gain opportunities at leading digital media and entertainment companies
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHYTC) participant Eric Rodriguez was a featured success story at the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), a public-private partnership founded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to create opportunities for career pathways for underrepresented populations into LA’s entertainment industry.

Eric, 23, first visited BHYTC two years ago after hearing about the facility’s music studio.

Zaul Pena displays his high-end samples, created from the training he received in the Stitches program
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry visited the Northeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center on February 2, 2018 to address a class of students who lost their jobs at American Apparel and are now learning new skills to stay in the apparel industry.

“Our goal is to help them see the value of what we’re doing to equip them to be cross-trained,” said Clotee McAfee, founder of the Stitches Workforce Advisory Services (Stitches), an initiative designed to train skilled apparel makers to become experienced sample makers and line sewers at apparel companies.

The exterior of Mariano Farber's  Los Angeles Restaurant, Kachi Deli Cafe & Grill
With help from the Central West BusinessSource Center, Mariano Farber was able to secure a second location for his restaurant, Kachi Deli Café & Grill. Mariano, who is passionate about providing healthy and tasty food to the community, started a small café in Los Angeles with his wife in 2009.

The café serves the type of cuisine that the couple enjoys eating: healthy, fresh, and organic with an Argentinean twist. The business was doing well until an increase in rent forced them out of their old location.

Para Los Niños YouthSource Center helped Kevion (right) return to high school and find a job. PLN also helped Andres (right) start a career path with a job at Children's Hospital LA
Kevion, who had dropped out of high school and wanted to resume his education, found assistance at the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center.

Kevion joined EWDD’s YouthSource program and also enrolled at the East Los Angeles Skills Center. At PLN, Kevion has been actively participating in the program and is now attending school regularly.

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