Armando working construction at SoFi Stadium
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) provided recent parolee Armando job training to join the construction trades and now he is four months away from acquiring journeyman status in his union.

The WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), also provided Armando financial literacy training to help him improve his financial record by establishing a budget, build his credit score, and manage earnings from his living wage job.

The thing he appreciates most about the WorkSource Center?

“The resources we have at our disposal as well as the programs that are offered to us, especially someone like me with my past,” he said.

Armando said he is thankful to the CRCD team for their guidance and support. He added that he is excited about his future and hopes to someday, own his own home. Armando is currently working with a construction company to build the new LA Rams (SoFi) stadium in South LA.

LA:RISE – A Social Enterprise Solution to Help the At-Risk Join the Workforce
EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

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 nor employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise, leveraging WorkSource Center training and services, LA:RISE participants are placed in permanent jobs within the private or the public sector.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 7, 2020. Read this issue and more.