Six El Proyecto Youth Graduate LAVC Advanced Manufacturing Class
Six participants from the El Proyecto YouthSource Center graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Advanced Manufacturing Academy May 21, 2019. All of the graduates have already started jobs in the manufacturing industry.
The program teaches students to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, a highly specialized position where trainees handle computer-programmed machinery that perform functions such as drilling, cutting or shaping materials.
YouthSource Participants Attend Metro National Infrastructure Week Event
Approximately 21 El Proyecto YouthSource Center participants attended Infrastructure for the Next Generation Workforce Development Fair on May 18, 2019. The event, hosted by Metro, was designed to expose and encourage high school students to pursue careers in building and designing physical structures and roads.
The fair was part of Metro’s National Infrastructure Week, which also provided opportunities for youth to engage with industry professionals to create networking opportunities, learn about diverse career paths and internship opportunities,
Re-Entry Workers Trained to be Carpenter Apprentices at $1B Lucas Museum Project
Up to 10 participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative Construction training series at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center will have the opportunity to work as carpenter apprentices at the $1 billion Lucas Museum Project, according to EWDD staff.
During the training, participants learned teamwork, safety, basic carpentry, framing, roofing and how to read blueprints and how to operate power tools.
Hire LA’s Youth Satur-Yay, 662 Youth Registered for Summer Jobs
Approximately 662 young Angelenos attended Hire LA’s Youth Super Satur-Yay event May 18, 2019, the City’s official summer kick-off event for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s youth employment initiative.
EWDD’s 14 YouthSource Centers opened up their doors for the special event, providing an opportunity for youth to visit their local YouthSource Center and get first dibs on a summer job through Hire LA’s Youth by giving them a chance to register and fill out required paperwork on-site. The program gives youth a chance to build skills that will last them a lifetime, said Makeda Vela, YouthSource Director.
Hollywood WorkSource Hosts Second Chance Career and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its Second Chance Career and Resource Fair on May 7, 2019, providing an opportunity for individuals released from prison or with a history of involvement with the justice system to meet with re-entry friendly employers.
Approximately 260 job seekers attended the job fair, where 40 employers were on-hand offering jobs in construction, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transportation, security and other fields.
North Valley BusinessSource Helps Long-Term Client Expand to Three Locations
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC), overseen by EWDD partner VEDC, helped long-term client Mariana Ospital obtain several loans over two years to expand her business, Mariana Services, which recently celebrated the grand opening of its third location in Arleta.
Mariana first visited the North Valley BSC in March 2017, after a bank declined to provide a loan she needed to expand her business, which includes tax, insurance, legal, travel and auto registration services, along with immigration consulting and civil marriages.
West Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Obtain Loan, Expand Export Biz
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Mirna Aracely Garcias in securing a $50,000 Small Business Administration loan, helping her business La Fiesta Party Supplies and Gifts overcome cash flow issues and increase sales by 10 percent.
Mirna emigrated from Guatemala to the US in 2000 in search of a better life with hopes of achieving the American Dream. Soon after, she met the man who ultimately became her husband. They decided to open a business in the City of Los Angeles and together, opened a party supply store.
LAHTA Celebrates New Culinary Training Facility in Koreatown
EWDD partner Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Culinary Training Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2019. EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) help finance LAHTA programs with grant funding.
The new, fully equipped kitchen facility will allow LAHTA to expand the reach of its programs and provide the most up-to-date, industry-recognized training to a broader and more diverse population due to its centralized location at the heart of Koreatown.
The May 13, 2019, EWDD Updates highlights two LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) success stories. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working.
After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.
Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Get $128K Loan to Launch Studio
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Ashley Rios obtain a $128,000 loan from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to open Fit Culture Pilates in San Pedro, creating three full-time jobs and 15 part-time jobs.
Ashley was referred to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in late 2018 for assistance with funding to start a contemporary Pilates and barre studio.
South Valley BusinessSource Helps Biz Owner Launch Love and Kare Home Health
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term assistance to entrepreneur Suzanne Chery, helping her establish Love and Kare Home Health, a home care business. The center has been assisting Suzanne since February 2016 with her other business ventures, including selling Mary Kay Cosmetics and hair extensions.
In 2017, Suzanne approached the South Valley BSC for assistance in establishing a non-medical home care organization business. While Suzanne was studying for her Business Management degree at California State University, Northridge, she started working for an elderly
Hollywood WorkSource Helps Job Seeker Get on Career Pathway Through TLHP
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped J Trinidad Vega get a job as a vocational worker with the City of Los Angeles through the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.
After working many jobs in labor, security, retail and towing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, J was struggling to earn enough money to support his family. He often worked more than eight hours a day and still could not afford health insurance due to high costs.