Re-entry job seeker Armando obtained a union job helping to build the new LA Rams stadium
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center recently helped re-entry job seeker Armando Martin join the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #4 union and obtain a job with a contractor that is helping build the new $4 billion LA Rams Stadium.

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. Today I have the privilege of expressing my gratitude to those that have been catalyst for me in achieving that success from day one of orientation to my employment today. I’ve learned how to manage my money, build my credit, and received plenty of support from all the faithful stewards at LATTC WorkSource/Coalition for Responsible Community Development,” Armando said. “Thank you!”

Before Armando enrolled at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, funded by EWDD and overseen by partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), he engaged in narcotic criminal activities that eventually led to his incarceration. After Armando was released from prison, he learned about the WorkSource programs for re-entry job seekers.

The WSC connected him with apprenticeship training opportunities at LATTC through the Center’s partnerships with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) and the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO) program. Through these programs, Armando received financial literacy training, job training and a pathway to an apprenticeship in the trades.

Armando recently joined the Local #4, which is the brick layer and allied craftsman union. Then he joined a company that is the largest specialty flooring company in the US and is a contractor for the LA Rams project.

Eventually, Armando aspires to own his own construction company.

Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 15, 2019. Read this issue and more.