Cristiano Teixeira
When Cristiano Teixeira first came to the Downtown Los Angeles/Pico Union WorkSource Center (WSC) to apply to the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program, he wasn’t entirely sure what career path he wanted to pursue.

However, after meeting with Workforce Development Specialist Edmund Soohoo, Cristiano decided that he wanted to work in the healthcare sector. Cristiano was particularly interested in completing the Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration certificate program through Cal State LA.

However, the cost of the program was a barrier for Cristiano. The WSC team removed this barrier by funding Cristiano’s training.

Cristiano excelled in the training and because he was a top performing student, he was offered a paid internship with Cedars-Sinai. Before his internship was complete, Cristiano was offered a full-time position with Cedars-Sinai as a Revenue Cycle Specialist, working in Medi-Cal/Government billing.

Cristiano is extremely grateful to the Downtown/Pico Union WSC for helping guide and support him on his pathway to a new career. The WSC is overseen by EWDD partner Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE).

EWDD’s WorkSource Centers, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department, have served as referral agencies and application centers for the Targeted Local Hire Program, which seeks to connect underserved and underemployed populations with alternative pathways to civil service careers at the City of LA.



This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 27, 2021. Read this issue and more.