WorkSource program participant Diana stands beside the sign announcing her new job as a career coach at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center recently hired participant Diana to work as a career coach, a role that will allow her to help other people facing barriers similar to the ones she had experienced.

After her father passed away, Diana was 17-years old when she faced the choice of continuing her education or going to work. She chose to enter the workforce and along the way, managed to earn her high school diploma.

Diana said she reached the lowest point in her life when she found herself homeless with a three-week-old son.

Through various social service agencies, Diana was able to find housing and was placed as an administrative assistant at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center. She recently applied and was hired to work as a career coach.

“No matter what happens in life, don’t give up,” she said. “No matter how hard life may seem, there will always be someone looking up to you. For me it was my son. For you, it can be anyone. It can be your child, your little brother or your little sister. So, be the best you that you can be.”

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 August 26, 2019. Read this issue and more.