34 students took part in the inaugural two-week security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center, provided by a partnership between West Adams WorkSource and the LAUSD DACE
The West Adams WorkSource Center recently partnered with the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to launch a 40-hour security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center.

The WorkSource Center covers tuition costs and fees for students. Graduates from the two-week course earn their guard card, a license issued by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also recently joined the program as a recruiter.

“We’re really encouraged by the teamwork of our partners and the enthusiastic response from students,” said West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC) counselor Vincent Imamoto.

Jobs with local security companies are plentiful and the recent addition of the TSA as a recruiter opens the door for graduates to pursue a career pathway with the agency, said Mark Lawrence, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Navigator at the West Adams WorkSource Center. “It feels great to take someone from a tough place and get them on a path to a meaningful, well-paying career,” he said.

Mark pitched the two-week course to replace a 90-hour security course with low enrollment due to the 9-week time commitment. Planning for the two-week course took about a year, with the recent cohort reaching the room capacity of 34 students.

The class will be available on an open-enrollment basis for students starting August 20, 2019.

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 29, 2019. Read this issue and more.