The new Koreatown LAHTA Culinary Training Facility ribbon cutting ceremony
EWDD partner Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Culinary Training Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2019. EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) help finance LAHTA programs with grant funding.

The new, fully equipped kitchen facility will allow LAHTA to expand the reach of its programs and provide the most up-to-date, industry-recognized training to a broader and more diverse population due to its centralized location at the heart of Koreatown.

LA:RISE participant Marnella (pictured) gained the skills to advance in her current job and the confidence to  also pursue her dream career
The May 13, 2019, EWDD Updates highlights two LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) success stories. 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 or working.

After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

Fit Culture Pilates (exterior studio front) in San Pedro, California
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Ashley Rios obtain a $128,000 loan from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to open Fit Culture Pilates in San Pedro, creating three full-time jobs and 15 part-time jobs.

Ashley was referred to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in late 2018 for assistance with funding to start a contemporary Pilates and barre studio.

The South Valley BSC helped long-term client Suzanne Chery establish Love and Kare Home Health, a non-medical home care business
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term assistance to entrepreneur Suzanne Chery, helping her establish Love and Kare Home Health, a home care business. The center has been assisting Suzanne since February 2016 with her other business ventures, including selling Mary Kay Cosmetics and hair extensions.

In 2017, Suzanne approached the South Valley BSC for assistance in establishing a non-medical home care organization business. While Suzanne was studying for her Business Management degree at California State University, Northridge, she started working for an elderly

J Trinidad Vega (pictured) recently started a job at LA's Department of Public Works through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped J Trinidad Vega get a job as a vocational worker with the City of Los Angeles through the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

After working many jobs in labor, security, retail and towing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, J was struggling to earn enough money to support his family. He often worked more than eight hours a day and still could not afford health insurance due to high costs.

Tyren Brown (pictured) successfully transitioned to civil service status at HCIDLA through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
From the moment Tyren Brown started working part-time for the City of Los Angeles, he searched for an opportunity to join the City full-time. Today, Tyren is a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status, thanks to the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

In partnership with the City’s Personal Department, EWDD has processed nearly 8,600 TLHP applicants at nine WorkSource Centers that are approved application sites. Approximately 505 positions have been filled to-date, including clerical, vocational and custodial jobs

Job seekers (left) speak with a potential employer at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center job fair May 2, 2019
Approximately 150 job seekers attended a job fair hosted May 2, 2019 by the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).

In total, 46 booths set-up at WLCAC’s Phoenix Hall for the job fair, including 35 employers and service providers, some of which were offering positions, said Elton Blake, Executive Director of Employment and Training Services at the Southeast LA WorkSource Center.

Artist rendering of the Creshaw Crossing Mixed-Use Project interior, courtesy of RELM Studios (http://relmstudio.com/work/crenshaw-crossing)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), will soon be able to provide priority hiring to community members for the proposed Crenshaw Crossing Mixed-Use Project at the intersection of the Los Angeles Country Metro Crenshaw and Expo lines.

The Watt Companies and the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, the developers of the project, selected CRCD to administer the project’s local hire program.

2019 City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Small Business Summit Kick-Off Event on April 29, 2019, at Los Angeles Trade Technical College
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department’s Economic Development Division (EDD) led EWDD’s efforts to serve as an “Official Partner” of the second annual LA Mayor’s Small Business Summit.

EWDD provided extensive assistance in promotional efforts, sending multiple email blasts to contacts through EWDD’s nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the LA region, including strategically timed posts across @laewdd social media channels. The summit is a multi-faceted, free program with workshops, exhibitors, and hands-on contracting and certification assistance.

Milvia Henriquez (pictured) received a $2K mini microloan to expand “Milvia’s Variedades”, her mobile retail store
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Milvia Henriquez secure a $2,000 mini microloan to grow her mobile retail shop, Milvia’s Variedades.

She started her business in 2018 after she was laid off from a job she had held for 19 years. Milvia realized this was her opportunity to start her own business venture.

16 Para Los Niños participants after graduating from a Certified Nursing Assistants training course
The Central YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños is celebrating 16 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with a graduation ceremony Friday April 26, 2019. The event will be held at the YouthSource Center, located in Westlake, followed immediately with a hiring event for students.

CNAs provide basic, day-to-day care for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities and act as assistants to registered nurses.

Ribbon cutting ceremony of the LA LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus grand opening
Staff from the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) attended the grand opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus April 7, 2019 in support of its partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Since 2010, EWDD has partnered with the LA LGBT Center to provide education and employment opportunities to homeless and disconnected LGBTQ youth. Through its partnership with the City’s YouthSource Centers, the LA LGBT Center has been able to provide youth, many who are struggling with homelessness, opportunities to explore and prepare for careers they may otherwise never have considered.