Compass Rose Collaborative participant Juan poses with the welding certificates he earned after completing a 16-week American Welding Society program
The City of Los Angeles was one of three cities awarded a grant in 2018 from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) for the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) young adult re-entry program. The CRC program, offered at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, provides six weeks of training.

Participants earn a Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate along with certificates in MultiCraft Core (MC3), OSHA10, CPR, Forklift, Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Below are two of the latest CRC participant success stories.


CRC participant Juan recently visited the program’s offices to show his welding certificates.

Juan completed a 16-week welding certification program from the American Welding Society. CRC also surprised Juan with a check that he earned from a 120-hour paid internship at Reignite Hope, a training program that provides job skills to re-entry and formerly homeless individuals.

CRC Woolsey Fire Clean-Up Crew
Woolsey Fire Clean-Up Crew Adrian, Alejandro, Angel, Bryce and Marlo, Compass Rose Collaborative Participants

Participants Adrian, Alejandro, Angel, Bryce and Marlo were hired in July 2019 as a clean-up crew for the Woolsey Fire, a destructive wildfire that scorched more than 98,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The CRC crew is assigned to restoration efforts in Malibu.

Their employer said that “This CRC crew has been one of the strongest crews out in Malibu.”

Approximately 10 participants are working with EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS) on restoration efforts for the Woolsey and Creek Fires. Clean-up efforts are funded by the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to provide eligible workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in areas impacted by the 2018 megafire disasters.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of August 26, 2019. Read this issue and more.