Raul Barranco on the job as an electrician with IBEW Local 11 working on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s $300M renovation project
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Raul Barranco secure a career as a union electrician with IBEW Local 11.

After spending nearly three decades in incarceration, Raul participated in the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Second Chance Union Training Program which operates in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

After graduating from ARC’s union training program, Raul took the apprenticeship entrance exam to become a union electrician but failed due to his lack of practice in reading and math.

At the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource’s Financial Opportunity Center Bridges to Career Opportunities program, which focuses on guiding individuals struggling with reading and math into long-term, secure, careers in construction and transportation, Raul met Jarrett Moore who connected Raul to a construction math tutor.

Raul practiced his math and reading with his tutor one-on-one every day for several hours until he felt ready to retake the test. Thanks to this assistance, and his determination, Raul passed his second attempt at the electrical apprenticeship test and has started working on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s $300M renovation project.

In addition, Raul has started working with Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center’s senior financial coach Treasure Owens to learn credit building and financial strategies so he will be able to retain and grow his earnings.

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 January 14, 2019. Read this issue and more.