Tia Kirk after completing the Computer Operator Clerk program at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), helped Tia Kirk recently complete the Computer Operator Clerk program at East Los Angeles Occupational Center.

“There are a lot people all working toward similar life goals and willing to help each other,” she said. “I’m really grateful and thankful to have had this opportunity.”

Tomas Luna after passing the National Healthcareer Association Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center recently provided funding for Tomas Luna to pursue his studies as a medical assistant, and finally take steps toward achieving his dream of working in the medical field.

Tomas had gone to medical school for two years in his home country of Mexico and he had also completed training as a Lab Technician before moving to the United States. However, while in the United States, Tomas had worked 20 years in Quality Control for a meat company, and prior to that, he had worked as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor for Los Angeles County.

Keith Richardson thanks Career Coach John Wilson for helping him land a job at Delicious at the Dunbar
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped job seeker Keith Richardson get hired at Delicious at the Dunbar.

Keith had just finished an assignment working at the LATTC cafeteria. He wanted to work at least 32 hours per week at a restaurant while continuing his education at LATTC.

Compass Rose Collaborative participants Ernie (left) with his new work boots, and Neru (right) at his new job
Two participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) recently became union apprentices, a young adult re-entry program administered by EWDD’s Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center.

Participant Neru completed his safety pre-apprenticeship Multi-Craft Core (MC3), OSHA 10, CPR, and forklift training last fall. Since then, Neru had been working at a warehouse, with the goal of joining a union in 2019.

The March 23, 2019 LAVC HR Assistant Academy gradutates
The Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center provided funding for seven students to attend an accelerated six week Human Resource Assistant Academy Program at Los Angeles Valley College, with the goal of getting them back in the workforce right away.

“I can’t tell you how much I learned throughout this course,” said student Amber Torres, who added that the program taught her valuable skills that will assist her while seeking employment. “You have opened my eyes to see other opportunities to pursue within my industry.”

LAVC Advanced Manufacturing graduates at their March 20, 2019 culmination ceremony
Students from the El Proyecto Del Barrio YouthSource Center and South Los Angeles WorkSource Center comprised the majority of the 20 graduates at the Los Angeles Valley College Advanced Manufacturing Academy culmination ceremony on March 20, 2019.

Now in its 13th year, about 50 percent of participants are between the ages of 18 to 29, and the program has a job placement rate between 85 and 95 percent, depending on the cohort, said Roberto Gutierrez, program manager of the LAVC Workforce Training Program.

Compass Rose Collective program participants during their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification training at the Boyle Heights YouthSource Center
Fifteen Compass Rose Collective (CRC) participants completed their Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Training (HAZWOPER) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification in early March 2019.

This was a short-term certification cohort to prepare the participants for an upcoming Malibu Fire clean-up project and for other construction jobs.

“Everything I learned in the training, I use every day at work,” said CRC participant Steven. “This is my first real job and it feels amazing.”

(left to right) Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, with South Los Angeles BusinessSource consultant Fernando Borja
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, take his business to the next level.

Jose had worked in the door installation field for 18 years, primarily as a handyman and installing doors based on referrals from friends and family. Searching for business resources, Jose learned about the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center and spoke with a business consultant.

Recent college grad Susana Gonzalez, who found a new job with help from the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped recent college graduate Susana Gonzalez apply her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Disabilities Studies to land a job as a Client Services Coordinator position with non-profit Chrysalis.

Susana, a bilingual adult participant, first visited the WorkSource Center in mid-January 2019, where she enrolled for services. Susana met with an intake specialist, who noted her active community involvement and recommended that she attend a job fair specifically recruiting case managers.

Resource fair vendors and job seekers at Transcend, the first ever South LA Transgender Job Fair, held March 13, 2019 in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource
More than 500 job seekers attended “Transcend,” billed as the first ever South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair on March 13, 2019, held in partnership with the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center.

Approximately 74 employers from various fields ranging from film to food service conducted an estimated 150 interviews the day of the job fair, with Starbucks offering 15 jobs on the spot, said Rex Wilde, Program Director at TransCanWork, a job fair sponsor.

Veteran Vinicius Cosac (right), with WorkSource Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (left), staffed the APAIT booth at the 2019 South LA Transcend Transgender Job Fair
A veteran who found a new job after the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided funding for his Electrocardiograph Technician training, staffed his organization’s booth at the “Transcend” South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair.

Vinicius Cosac is a US Army veteran who was discharged from the armed forces in December 2000. After getting laid off in August 2018, Vinicius visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC seeking training opportunities and job placement assistance.

Maria Martinez at her business in Panorama City, Pura Agua Lupita, a purified water retail store
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneurs Francisco Romero and wife Maria Martinez refinance predatory loans, gain a better understanding of sales tax regulations and improve their overall business plan and strategy.

Francisco and Maria own Pura Agua Lupita, a Panorama City retail corner store whose primary product is purified water. Maria runs and manages the store, which has been open since 2004.

They came to the North Valley BusinessSource Center office asking for assistance to