L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

The 17 military veterans that completed low voltage installation tech trainng through the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center
The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) connected 17 military veterans, 11 of whom were homeless, with a training opportunity to become low voltage installation technicians in the Audio Visual (AV) industry.

The center, managed by EWDD contractor the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), recently partnered with Career Expansion, Inc (CEI), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Southbay Workforce Board (SBWIB) to successfully conduct the low voltage installation technician training course.

CEI was approached by AV company Avidex to develop and deliver a comprehensive pilot program to teach participants the essential skills to become technicians. Following the 151-hour, four-week training program, participants also received a certification demonstrating their qualifications to work in the AV industry.

Avidex is a premier installer of AV systems in school districts throughout Southern California and they expressed a significant labor market need to have a trained pool of technicians available. The positions typically pay an average of $30 per hour.

One of the focuses of the initial pilot program was to primarily extend these training opportunities to military veterans. Avidex began screening candidates in March 2022. After the screening interviews, 26 candidates were selected for the program, of which 17 of the group were military veterans, 11 of which were homeless veterans that were being housed at the Cabrillo Village Veteran Center in Long Beach, CA.

Funding for the pilot course was provided by DOR, WLCAC and the SBWIB. DOR covered tuition costs while WLCAC and SBWIB funded the supportive services for the program, including transportation fees and tools for employment.

All 26 participants graduated from the training program. Nine were offered intent to hire letters issued by Avidex and the remainder are aligned to interview with Audio Visual Contractor AVI-SPL.

EWDD provides job training opportunities free of charge to all Angelenos. Veterans and their family members receive priority when requesting services. Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services, Veterans Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 13, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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