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New Compton WorkSource Center Held Grand Opening
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 5, 2011

Offers Free Training and Job Placement Services

Compton, California – On Thursday, July 28th, Community Career Development, Inc., the nonprofit operator of the new Compton WorkSource Center and its on-site partner, the State of California Employment Development Department, opened the doors to its newly constructed facilities located at 2909 East Pacific Commerce Drive, Compton, CA 90221. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who initiated the effort to bring this WorkSource Center to Compton, was the Keynote Speaker.  Several other officials attended, including Alicia Villarreal, Regional Representative for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Department of Labor,  Steven Bradford, Assembly Member for the 51st District, Janna Zurita, Mayor Pro Tem/Councilwoman for District 1, Michael Dolphin, Division Chief, State of California Employment Development Department, Josie Marquez, Assistant Director, Los Angeles County Community & Senior Services, Dr. Dennis Neder, Chair, Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, Captain Diane Walker and Special Assignment Lt. Vicki Stuckey, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Congresswoman Laura Richardson and State Senator Roderick Wright sent representatives, and the invocation was delivered by Reverend Christopher Carter, First United Methodist Church.  Also in attendance were Don Ott, Executive Officer-Administration, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Johnny Johnson, a METRO Bus Operator who graduated from the Center’s training program. 

“The new Compton WorkSource Center is committed to reducing the 20% unemployment rate in the City of Compton,” stated Gloria Moore, Executive Director of Community Career Development.  “There could not be a better time to bring our expertise in area of job training, job placement and employer services to the Compton community.”  

The new Compton WorkSource Center offers workforce development services to local businesses and jobseekers free of charge. Funded primarily by the federal Workforce Investment Act through a grant approved by the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board and administered by Los Angeles County Community & Senior Services, the Compton WorkSource Center commenced operations in January 2010.  To date, the Compton WorkSource Center has placed 300+ local residents in living-wage jobs with career ladder opportunities in the transportation, logistics, security, healthcare and biomedical industries. 

For more information, go to www.communitycareer.org

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