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Return of the Rams Means Return of the Jobs!
By Brian W. Carter, Staff Writer, Amanda Scurlock, Staff Writer
Published May 4, 2016

 

Applicants lined the sidewalk outside the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center on Friday, April  29 for job opportunities at the L.A. Rams hiring  event  (Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinness)

Applicants lined the sidewalk outside the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center on Friday, April 29 for job opportunities at the L.A. Rams hiring event (Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinness)

On Friday, April 29, the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center (SLAWC) saw one of the largest turnouts for jobs it’s possibly seen—ever. The return of the Los Angeles Rams is bringing job opportunities to the Southland . And, the SLAWC has partnered with CSC Corporation in order to provide the much-needed job opportunities to a work-deprived community.

The SLAWC contracts with the City of Los Angeles to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers including training, placement, and supportive services through the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department and its Workforce Development Board.

“Finally, we have a concrete opportunity to put people back to work for the LA Rams@Inglewood and in South Los Angeles,” said Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department.

“Folks can go to work in their community.  I look forward to working with the LA Rams and City of Inglewood to develop a regional plan for the permanent jobs for as many people as they are willing to hire,” said Jan Perry.

 

Arthur Guerrero, Lead Business Representative at South Los Angeles WorkSource Center (Brian Carter/ L.A. Sentinel)

Arthur Guerrero, Lead Business Representative at South Los Angeles WorkSource Center (Brian Carter/ L.A. Sentinel)

“We have at least 5,000 jobs and we have no cap on hiring at the SLAWC,” said Arthur Guerrero, Lead Business Representative at SLAWC.

“We serve this community proudly, we’re proud of our partnership with CSC… and we’re very excited and energized by their energy and by the fact that we are able to provide these jobs to revitalize this area that really needs them.”

“Employment brings wealth, it’s gonna generate a number of jobs,” said Henryetta Andrade, Executive Director of SLAWC. “It’s already generated fifteen hundred working with CSC. I’m sure it’s gonna generate a substantial amount more, we have concessional stands, we have other jobs that are gonna be surrounded about the Sports Arena. There’s also construction.”

The Rams hiring event started last Friday morning, bringing out thousands of job seekers. The CSC Corporation in conjunction with the SLAWC plans to hire applicants for event staff for the Los Angeles Rams football games and more.

“It has been beautifully chaotic,” said Guerrero. “We have a lot of people with good energy who are very happy, a lot of people that are underemployed or unemployed, who are coming in and getting jobs that are thanking everybody, thanking me, our staff, [and] the CSC for this opportunity.”

Located at 3965 South Vermont Ave., the SLAWC saw a line of willing and able applicants, many of them Black and Latino youth, that encompassed three blocks.

(From Left-to-Right): Jordan Walker, Jazmine Vallier and Taylor Walker got jobs at the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center L.A. Rams Hiring event.

(From Left-to-Right): Jordan Walker, Jazmine Vallier and Taylor Walker got jobs at the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center L.A. Rams Hiring event.

“It’s reviving a population of people who are so deserving of this opportunity,” said Guerrero. When asked about the volume of people the SLAWC usually observes, this hiring event has “gone above and beyond,” according to Guerrero.

“This is the largest amount of people I have seen at any WorkSource in the county,” said Guerrero. “This is the biggest event that any WorkSource has done.

“We’ve had people camping out here since last night.”

At the time of this interview, the SLAWC had seen up to 900 people for positions. At least 850 of those applicants received jobs while many were in orientations and interviews. The youth of South L.A. were out in full force and spoke about the hiring event.

Tyra P. saw the event advertised on television and came out to see if she could get a position. She had a successful interview and was ready for the next step.

“I don’t know what position yet,” said Tyra P. “I have to come back [later] for orientation.”

T. Grimes found out about the hiring event online and said very plainly that he came “to get a job—work with the Rams.”

Gregory found out through a friend and waited in line for the next step to employment.

“I’ve been looking for work, trying to get a job—trying to stay positive,” said Gregory.

Richard Reed found through Southwest College and said his interview was “successful, very successful.”

He added, “ I think that it is beautiful that the community is coming together to seek opportunities. There’s not a lot of employment opportunities out there and to bring [some to the] community is awesome.”

Taylor W., along with his brother Jordan W. and fiancée, Jazmine V., made it a family affair and came down to the hiring event.

“I actually had a friend send me a flyer on a text message and I was like ‘Hey, cool, I need a job’,” said Jordan.

“I actually heard about this event through my Godmother who’s one of the staff managers here at the SLAWC,” said Taylor. “She said ‘Come early, get here, get in line—you’re going to have a job,’ and that’s exactly what happened.”

The line for the hiring event spanned for several blocks (Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinness)

The line for the hiring event spanned for several blocks (Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinness)

“A lot of individuals are being very blessed today and we just thank God for the opportunity to work with the CSC,” said Business Service Coordinator Tamara Jackson.

Applicants should bring identification. Those hired will work at sporting events, including the Rams, USC and UCLA and the Galaxy, plus concerts.

“We are going to do a second hiring event for the Rams in the month of June,” said Guerrero. “We’re also going to have no hiring caps, so as many people that show up are as many people that will get jobs.”

Guerrero had some advice to applicants before they come to the SLAWC for the coming hiring events.

“Apply online prior to coming into the [SLAWC],” said Guerrero, “and that will expedite for people to able to get through this process quickly and get a job that day.”

The South Los Angeles WorkSource Center is located at 3965 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037. For more information, please call (323)730-7900 or visit www.letc.com/. Those interested can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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