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Mayor’s New Jobs Plan Involves Industry Specific Training
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 14, 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

There’s little dispute that the path to a vibrant and economically diverse Los Angeles begins with a population of well-trained workers. In Los Angeles, the challenge is that nearly 25 % of adults haven’t finished high school.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, working with Workforce partners, has set out to tackle that challenge head on. Beginning in 2014, Garcetti redesigned the city’s workforce development system, tying job readiness more closely to educational attainment and industry-specific training. Garcetti worked closely with the Workforce Development Board, which oversees workforce programs, and Jan Perry, General Manager of the Economic & Workforce Development Department, to get it just right.

The result is a network of WorkSource centers that function as a job-mentoring hub right in the neighborhood.

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Today, South Los Angeles residents can go to one of six WorkSource centers spread across the region and find friendly staff ready to help them chart their individual path to success. Participants can get help finishing their high school education or taking the GED, the high school equivalency exam.

They can enroll in skills training needed to land a position in the high-demand industries of healthcare, technology, hospitality and advanced manufacturing, to name a few. Each WorkSource center focuses on two high-growth industries (see list below).

Other services include jobs counseling, help preparing a resume, interviewing skills, financial literacy classes and online access to JobsLA.org, a searchable database of close to 50,000 LA-based openings.  JobsLA.org is updated daily.

To get more information, the Workforce Development Board and EWDD will be staffing information booths this week at “Taste of Soul.”

From a business standpoint, the WorkSource centers provide a pool of trained workers. WorkSource center staff also help businesses with job recruitment and career fairs, and work with individual companies to meet their workforce needs.

Don’t hold back on creating the life you want. It starts with a good education and job training.

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Get started today at:

 Crenshaw  WorkSource Center

 Industry focus: Healthcare, Hospitality

5401 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90043

TEL: (323)-596-2700  TTY: (323)-596-2800

 

South Los Angeles WorkSource Center

  Industry focus: Construction, Advanced Manufacturing

3965 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90037

TEL: (323) 730-7900  TTY:  (323) 730-7937

 

Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center

Industry focus: Healthcare, Construction

10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90059

TEL: (323) 563-4702  TTY:  (323) 563-5684

 

Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center

  Industry focus: Construction, Hospitality

400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90015

TEL: (213) 763-5951  TTY:  (213) 763-5986

 

Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center

Industry focus: Construction, Healthcare

Imperial Courts

2220 E. 114th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059

TEL: (323) 249-7751  TTY: (323) 567-8977

 

West Adams WorkSource Center

Industry focus: Security, Healthcare

2900 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

TEL: (323) 293-6284  TTY: (323) 639-4501

 

 

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