“SELACO WDB, a strong member of the Norwalk Education Alliance along with local businesses and community organizations, participated in mock interviews with High school students from the Norwalk/La Mirada Unified School district and John Glenn High School”
Free expo, put on by Cerritos College, SELACO and hosted by Toolots, connected young women pursuing trades with successful tradeswomen, organizations seeking to expand educated workforce
CERRITOS, Calif. – Feb. 23, 2017 – More than 100 middle and high school students converged at Toolots headquarters in Cerritos Wednesday for the Women in the Trades, Logistics, Manufacturing and Engineering Expo. The event was an opportunity for dozens of young women from a range of school districts in Los Angeles County already pursuing the trades through their current coursework to interact directly with female engineers, construction workers and tradeswomen already successfully integrated in the industry. The expo was offered by the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB) and Cerritos College.
Los Angeles area schools from the ABC and Downey Unified school districts sent busloads of students to learn about real-world career opportunities directly from those who have successfully entered the industry during the free expo. A majority of students were from the high school level, but students from one Whittier middle school also attended.
Five panelists, including female senior engineers, an apprenticeship instructor and others involved in the trades as part of their day jobs, gave informative presentations on what it is like to actually work in a trades-related career. Students seized the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists, some who were in the same place as these middle and high school students years ago, inspiring many to pursue their careers of choice – whether through continuing education, pure dedication or an effective combination of both.
Toolots hosted the expo at its headquarters in Cerritos – a facility that includes a sprawling warehouse and various high-tech machines, ranging from the latest plastic injection molding machines and CNC automated devices to ever-popular cold cut saws, mills and lathes. The company agreed to host the expo after discussions with SELACO, the area workforce development group that strives to invigorate the region’s workforce and make direct connections with employers in a wide range of industries for young people, the unemployed and underemployed.
“We were more than happy to support SELACO and Cerritos College in promoting the entrance of women into the trades, a career path in increasingly high demand,” said Toolots Chief Operating Officer Raymond Cheng, calling the expo an absolute success. Toolots plans on having future discussions with multiple area school districts about setting up internships, job shadowing and/or educational programming to continue helping young women enter the industrial, manufacturing and engineering-related job space.
The expo was developed to help local female students have a better understanding of the industry, and it gave them a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one and connect with women who have successfully entered the trades. The expo organizers partnered with area school districts and their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, as well as individual instructors and their classes, to draw a real-world connection between what they learn in the classroom and effective skills they can later put to use in a career.
Cheng and other speakers at the event referenced reports that industrial careers are some of the fastest growing occupations in the country – and some of the highest paying. Industrial and materials engineers, for example, earn an average hourly wage of more than $40 (between $84,000 and $91,000 annually), based on the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics findings from 2015. Deloitte, a UK-based multinational professional services firm that tracks and projects the outlook for a wide range of industries, is optimistic about United States manufacturing; according to their latest projection, American manufacturing “is likely to experience stronger growth in 2017 following multiple years of positive, but a subdued, rate of growth.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of available STEM jobs is on track to increase by an average of 14 percent by 2020. Some STEM-related careers, like biomedical engineers for example, are projected to grow by as much as 62 percent during the same time frame.
Carpentry association, The Sisters of the Brotherhood, attended the event in full gear and answered student questions about their trade
Students mingle with industry professionals during a vendor Meet & Greet
During the panel presentation and Q&A session, students heard personal stories from speakers on how the women entered the trades in the first place. Panelists described taking classes where they worked with their hands, and how satisfying it is to do what they love and get paid to do it. After the panels, students attended presentations reinforcing the girls’ self-esteem through a variety of group activities.
“All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world,” the Department of Education stated. Los Angeles area STEM programs are working hard to ensure young women and men feel they have equal access to this growing field, inspiring them to pursue continuing education and secure a career within the industry that demands more and more educated workers each year.
Panel participants and speakers included:
- Ashley Davitt, senior design engineer with ACCO Engineered Systems in Orange County, whose work focuses on heating, ventilating and air conditioning design within commercial buildings. She oversees design, construction and commissioning of projects in offices, laboratories, schools and manufacturing centers. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a state-registered mechanical engineer in California.
- Jeanne Carnegie, a senior quality assurance engineer with Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings, deals with supplier management and works with IT programmers. She previously developed procedures with the Shimadzu Corporation for the manufacture of landing gears for planes, writing the manual for their operation. She has also worked in loss control engineering and developed an electronic system to collect information in the refinery and drilling industry.
- Lisette Cruz, a pre-apprenticeship instructor with the Bridging Outstanding Opportunities with Tradeswomen Skills and a member of The Sisters in the Brotherhood, works to help women enter into successful careers in the union carpentry trades. Through The Sisters of the Brotherhood, she conducts outreach to mentor women considering carpentry as a career, and men who have the same interest. Since 1990, Cruz has been a member of The Sisters of the Brotherhood and Joiners of America. She received diplomas in carpentry home building maintenance and welding.
- Mary Wall, director of operations at JMC2, where she provides clients with practical, innovative solution as a civil engineer. She began her career in structural engineering with Grossman & Speer Associates. She also managed numerous residential subdivision developments as a project manager for CTA Inc. and Lewis Homes, which was later acquired by KB Home. She managed the operations as 50 percent owner of DW Wall Construction Inc. and additionally, has conceived, designed, built and successfully run a restaurant, which she later sold. She has experience overseas coordinating the startup of a special needs school in China. She received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California.
- Viridiana Hernandez, a graduate student in Cerritos College’s Engineering Design and Plastic/Composite Tool Design programs, and is finishing up her last year at California State University, Los Angeles to earn a degree in Industrial Technology. She works for Con-Tech Plastics, a plastic injection molding company located in Brea, and attends school full-time.
- Anais Maseda, seminar and training coordinator for Polishing the Professional, inspires young women to take on the challenge of fine-tuning their own personal drive towards their dreams. Polishing the Professional provides leadership, imaging direction and personal branding services to a variety of clients – from designing programs, hiring and evaluating staff to monitoring fiscal operations, according to its website.
Carolyn Hines, a business owner, entrepreneur, career development program instructor and advisory board member for the Minority Worker Training Program, serves on various boards of directors in the Los Angeles area including as Vice President of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Board of Directors, Vice President of the New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless Board of Directors. Hines has been at the helm of her own company, the Hines Hospitality Group, since June of 1992 and more than 23 years of experience in the industry.
Carpentry association, The Sisters of the Brotherhood, attended the event in full gear and answered student questions about their trade.
Click to view photos: Women in Trades February 22nd 2017
2017-2020 Local Workforce Plan
At the Community Collaborative Network meeting on February 8, 2017, SELACO WDB Consultant, David Shinder, provided local stakeholder an overview of the 2017-2020 Local Workforce Plan. Currently the Plan is available for public comment scheduled to close on March 2, 2017. Copies of the plan can be accessed on line through the SELACO WDB website. Copies of the plan may also be picked up for review and comment at our main office located at 10900 E. 183rd Street, Suite 350, Cerritos CA 90703.
CWA Youth Conference
CENSUS Recruitment at AJCC, Cerritos
On 1/5/17 SELACO WDB teamed up with the Census Bureau to host a recruitment for multiple open positions. The recruitment was held at our AJCC Cerritos office. There were over 15 applicants who attended the recruitment, 11 of them ended up getting on the spot interviews. Of those 11 applicants, more than half will move on to the second interview and be considered for positions.
SELACO WDB Stakeholder Forum
In preparation for the development of both an LA Regional Plan and a Southeast Workforce Development Board local plan the SELACO WDB hosted one of 18 Community Stakeholder Forums throughout the LA Region. Stakeholder forums focused on a variety of workforce topics with the objective of defining targeted goals for ensuring the LA Regional is successful in meeting the States overarching goal of producing a million “middle-skilled” industry-valued and recognized post-secondary credentials between 2017-2027. Workforce and Educational partners are coming together to support the development of local and regional plans that :
- Foster “demand-driven” skills attainment
- Enable upward mobility for all Californians, including populations with barriers to employment
- Align, coordinate and integrate programs and services
The SELACO WDB Stakeholder forum focused on the topic of Career Pathways. Stakeholders were asked to provide insight to the following questions:
- What are the “hard-to-fill” jobs and occupations in demand sectors? Where are the skill gaps?
- What career pathways exist to help workers enter and succeed in these jobs and occupations?
- What can we do as a community to improve career pathway opportunities?
If you missed the SELACO WDB Stakeholder Forum and would like to provide input please complete and submit the attached “Public Comment Sheet” and email to Anna Isabelo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a list of Stakeholder Forums you may be interested in attending:
Topic: Workforce and Education Resources
Date: Friday, December 9, 2016
Location: Hacienda La Puente Adult Education School, 14101 Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Topic: Industry Valued Credentials
Date:Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Location: Palmdale City Hall, Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
San Fernando Valley
Topic: Industry Valued Credentials – Certifying Worker Skills and Competencies
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board Business Services & Marketing Committee Meeting
Location: LA Valley College, Presidents Conference Room, 5817 Ethel Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401 Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: David Eder, Deputy Director City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board Tel. 213-744-7216 / TTY 213-744-9395 / email@example.com
Pictured above: SELACO WDB Executive Director, Yolanda Castro opens the stakeholder forum at Downey Adult School at 10:00, Wednesday, December 7th. Workforce Development Consultants, David Schinder and John Chambers facilitated the discussion.
AJCC Firestone Ribbon Cutting
Monday, December 5th at 10a.m., the America’s Job Center – Firestone in Norwalk built community awareness with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. SELACO WDB staff and local City Officials from Norwalk came together to offer support as SELACO WDB Executive Director, Yolanda Castro received several certificates of recognition from Norwalk. Attendees participated in a tour of the Job Center and enjoyed refreshments and conversation in the lobby.
Attendees included City of Norwalk – Mayor Mike Mendez, Field Representative for Majority Leader of California State Assembly Member Ian Calderon – Albert Ruiz and Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Gordon Stefenhagen.
WALMART Direct Hire in Cerritos
SELACO WDB hosted a Walmart Job Recruitment for two new stores on Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the America’s Job Center, Cerritos. Fifty one applicants showed up this holiday season and about half of them were offered positions. Paramount already has a Walmart and Compton will open its new store next month.
2016 EDDY Awards
SELACO WDB Executive director, Yolanda Castro (right) joins Carrie Rogers (middle), Vice President of Business Assistance and Development of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and Barbara Levine (left), Senior Regional Manager, Gateway Cities Region at the 2016 EDDY Awards recognizing the most business friendly cities in the LA Region. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Economic Development Commission. Downey and Lakewood nominated for the category of large cities.
MADE Summer Youth Project
Firestone AJCC Hosts Walmart Recruitment
Thursday, October 6th, the Firestone America’s Job Center in Norwalk hosted a direct hire job recruitment for the Walmart department store located in Downey. Close to 80 eager job applicants attended the recruitment, filled out applications and interviewed on the spot.
Taste of Cerritos
Lorean Wirt, represented SELACO WDB at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 for the annual Cerritos Taste of the Region and Business Expo which featured restaurant tasting samples, live music, raffle prizes, auto displays and more.
The SELACO Workforce Development Board Says Farewell to Connie Chan
Left to right: Allison Castellanos, Connie Chan and SELACO WDB Executive Director, Yolanda Castro.
Connie Chan served on the Southeast Los Angeles County (SELACO) Workforce Development Board for 5 years as the State Employment Development Department (EDD) Representative. As the EDD Deputy Division Chief for the Los Angeles-Ventura region Mrs. Chan was assigned to the SELACO Workforce Development Board in 2011. In addition to supporting strategic planning and development of local service plans, Mrs. Chan served as the Chair of our Youth Committee for over 3 years. The recent realignment of the EDD service regions has expanded Mrs. Chan’s area to include northern California, and removing the portions of the LA region. Taking on her role and assignment to the SELACO Board is Olin King the Deputy Division Chief, Employment Development Department. While we look forward to working with Mr. King we will miss Mrs. Chan and her passion for workforce development. Wishing Mrs. Chan the best of luck in her new assignment.
July Walmart Recruitment
Tuesday’s Walmart Direct Hire, Job Recruitment was a big success! Over 100 job candidates interviewed for various available positions for the South Gate Walmart on Tuesday, July 18th.
Walmart hires 47
Thursday, March 31st, the Cerritos America’s Job Center hosted a hiring event for the new Walmart opening in the city of Downey. Over 100 Job Candidates interviewed that day and 47 of them were hired on the spot.
A Day at the Capitol 2016
13 students from Downey High School Visit Grifolis Healthcare Company
At Grifols, their mission is to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.
Under the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Linked Learning Consortium, Grifols, a global healthcare company invited the Southeast Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB) and Downey High School to tour their Los Angeles facility. The tour took place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, with Linda M. Bouman, Project Coordinator from SELACO WDB, John Hwang, and 11th and 12th grade students from his Principles of Biomedical Sciences class. This particular curriculum challenges the students as members of Project Lead The Way (PLTW)- the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.
High School Students Prepare for Interview Day
SELACO WDB Career Development Specialists, Sylvia Sosa and Vivian Hochschild share valuable tips to prepare John Glen high school students for their Mock Interview Day. Students picked up a few valuable pointers and also learned about SELACO WDB employment services. SELACO WDB was honored to have the opportunity prepare America’s young people for the working world.
Don Knabe Honored for 20 Years of Service
SELACO WDB team participate in the State of the County Presentation honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe for his dedication and 20 years of service for the Fourth District.
Job Seekers Organize JOB FAIR at the Firestone AJCC
Under the direction of Dr. Sarai Koo, (pictured standing in the upper left photo) a small group of job seekers organized and ran a job fair from 11am – 2pm at the Firestone America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) in Norwalk on Wednesday, September 23rd. Dr. Koo is the Chief Visionary at Project SPICES, a socially conscious enterprise designed to transform people’s lives. Project SPICES (SPICES) is a unique education-to-work pipeline and community-based training program. This select group of job seekers have been working with Dr. Koo very closely in a classroom on Mondays for a pilot program designed to serve the long term unemployed. Twenty one employers and dozens of people crowded the rooms and hallways. AAA, Commerce Hotel and Casino, LA County Sheriff, CR&R, Nelson Staffing, Mission Foods, Ziba Beauty and Ameriprise Financial were among the employers present.
California Workforce Association, September 2015
SELACO WDB Representative, Sandra Michel joined workforce development board representatives from LA City, LA County, Verdugo, Foothill, South Bay and Pacific Gateway. The group presented at the California Workforce Association’s Meeting of the Minds Conference. Presenters provided a candid discussion on best practices and lessons learned in mobilizing 7 workforce areas, multiple municipalities and the regions TANF agency to provide youth with temporary work-experience.
Saving jobs is SELACO WDB’s primary job!
The Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB) is launching its Business Enhancement Services to offer technical assistance to businesses interested in growth or restructuring strategies. A team of professionals will be reaching out to local companies to share unique business resources that can help a business thrive in today’s competitive economy. Most services offered are at no cost and can include process improvement coaching, support with marketing, sales, personnel recruitment, retraining and attaining industry specific certifications. It is this type of support that can position a business in a more competitive light and secure the continued employment of their workforce.
SELACO WDB works with Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood and Norwalk to provide help to businesses and job seekers alike. Our team wants to talk with you, learn about your business and where you would like to enhance your potential for success. Our goal is to work together to build a relationship that allows us to leverage community resources and support the growth of your company.
Career Pathways Trust Grant Project
The students from the SELACO WDB Community Youth Corps learned just what goes into the manufacturing of Lynx Professional Grills. This company was started in 1996., and was dedicated to elevating outdoor cooking to new levels. At that time, outdoor cooking meant barbecue grills. But within a few years, the trend for outdoor living took off with Lynx perfectly positioned to capitalize on the request for luxury outdoor kitchens. The tour began in the showroom where Will Pack, Vice President of Operations gave briefly explained his biography. Mr. Pack showed us the different models (built-in and free standing), ranging in size from 27 to 54 inches. The company’s full product lineup included a Cocktail Pro cocktail station; outdoor refrigerator; outdoor ice machines; burners,, including side burners, double side burner prep center and ProSear side burner; warming drawer and convenience center with warming drawer; access doors; utility drawers; trash center; and additional accessories such as a towel dispenser, towel bar, griddle plate, sliding tank tray and custom covers. We completed the tour in their training room, i.e., Lynx University, where it was question and answer time for this great learning experience.
The Cerritos College Career Pathways Trust Grant Project in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology have teamed up with SELACO WIB to provide local youth the opportunity to explore career paths in the vast and expanding field of manufacturing and engineering. Students from local high schools are selected to see first hand how a career in manufacturing can be both rewarding and lucrative.
SELACO WDB HEEDS THE CALL
When Tony Farinella, Commander from Legionnaire Post 261 asked for donations for his son’s platoon of 19 soldiers in the desert of Afghanistan, SELACO WDB heeded the call and filled up Jason Pondexter’s (Norwalk EDD DVOP) entire car. Even as we snapped the pictures, the “care package” items grew. Thank you to our soldiers and our deep appreciation and pride for all during their tour(s) of duty.
Careers for the Future: A Career Opportunity Expo
Congresswoman, Linda Sanchez, SELACO WDB Career Development Specialists, Timothy Lee and Ben Sandoval and staff from the Cerritos College/SELACO WDB Career Pathways Trust Grant in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering attend the “Emerging Careers for the Future: A Career Opportunity Expo, March 11, 2015 at Norwalk High School in Norwalk. Many students stopped by the tale to hear about Community Youth Corps programs and how CYC provides job search assistance and further education. We also met many students interested in manufacturing and engineering and were able to encourage them to look into the industry further and visit Cerritos College to learn about their programs.
Lorean Wirt, SELACO WDB Customer Service Representative answers questions at the ABC Adult School Job Fair in the city of Cerritos, March 6, 2015.
Thirty employers participated in the Job Fair that was held from 9am to Noon, Friday morning. This annual event was well attended by current ABC Adult School students and job seekers as well. There was a free blood pressure check station, Pharmacy Tech information booth, ABC Adult Make-up Artist Booth with customer demonstrations of the latest theatrical ghoulish make-up as well as campus tours.
Day at the Capitol
SELACO WDB Executive Director Yolanda Castro, SELACO WDB Compliance Manager Sandra Michel, WDB Chair Ben Espitia and Assembly Member Ian Calderon attend the “Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, March 4 2015. Activities included conversations with senators and assembly members representing our 7 cities, about workforce development and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Left to right: SELACO WDB Career Development Specialist, Anthony Sharp, guest speaker Mike Marinoff and Career Development Specialist/ Customer Marketing and Communication, Tammy Ferranti-Lansdown.
Business Consulting Expert, Mike Marinoff, graced the stage of Job Club on January 23, 2015 and left a lasting impression on every person in attendance. He passionatley delivered an empowering lecture to 20+ job seekers on how to get hired in 30 days, while taking one’s networking skills to the next level. Mike discussed the following three key ingredients that will help any job seeker be successful in their job search: show up, completion of what you started and follow up. He emphasized that if you physically show up, complete your application process and follow up with the employer properly, you are sure to get your foot in the door to an interview. Mike also demonstrated how to utilize social media (LinkedIn) to research companies and locate current employees to connect with, which will help job seekers stay two steps ahead of the competition. With his innovative and creative presentation style, Mike effectively modeled a new way of how to approach and follow through with employers, while ensuring that you are seen as a likeable candidate instead of a stranger submitting a resume.
Mike Marinoff is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience. Mike leverages his extensive background and expertise, to architect innovative solutions that help his clients achieve key organizational objectives and maintain a competitive advantage…RESULTS! In his spare time, he spends quality time with his daughter Alivia and continues to live life passionately dedicated to helping others. For more information on Mike Marinoff, please visit www.mikemarinoff.com
SELACO WDB awarded Microsoft Grant
SELACO WDB was recognized and awarded a software grant at the grand opening celebration of the upcoming Microsoft retail store in Cerritos.
International Speaker, Ruben Mata Motivates the SELACO WDB Job Club
Zig Ziglar once said: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” On Friday, June 27th International speaker, author, and trainer, Ruben Mata, poured out an immense amount of motivation to 30+ job seekers to help them continue on the path to obtaining employment. Mr. Mata discussed the STAND Mindset Principles, which are based on his book entitled: STAND. STAND is a personal manual for success with daily motivational quotes and tasks to get individuals in motion to change their lives for the better, and achieve their full potential. Ruben highlighted various topics, such as how to improve one’s self confidence, how to break out of your comfort zone, and the six layers of identity. Overall, Ruben provided a framework for job seekers to use to examine themselves so they can find out where they need to make changes in order to rise to the top.
Job Seekers Helen-azubike Omorojie and Tiffany Gillis were gifted a book and committed to the accountability section of the book called, “Weekly Guide to Success.” The weekly guide to success is an accountability activity where the reader gains clarity, and creates a personal unique map for success.
Ruben Mata is a Master Practioner in NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) Master Success Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Author’s Coach. In his spare time, he feeds the homeless and teaches personal development in gang-related neighborhoods in Orange County, CA. For more information on Ruben Mata, please visit http://standwithruben.com/ruben.html.
SELACO WDB Job Club is a job search support and networking group that is open to our enrolled job seekers. Fridays from 9am – 11am
By Anthony Sharp, Career Development Specialist
5K Walk at Cerritos Regional Park
Cheterra Nelson and Lorean Wirt, Customer Resource Specialists represented SELACO WDB at the South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) 5K Walk for Community Empowerment at Cerritos Regional Park on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Community resources, health food, games, yoga, bingo, and bollywood dancing were the order of the day! There were also water balloons for the children and prizes awarded. Fun was had by all.
SAHARA are advocates for domestic violence within the East Asian (India) community. They provide a safe house for women to gain confidence, get on their feet, and become employed. SELACO WDB has partnered with SAHARA and enrolls women in their program, helping them to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to land employment.
SAHARA meaning “support” in Hindi, provides information and support services to the South Asian community in Southern California. They are located at 17100 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 260, Artesia, CA 90670
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic Top the List to be Hired in Manufacturing Jobs!
Cerritos, CA – A panel of manufacturing experts (From Left to Right: David Rosenfield, ROMAC PER Partners; George Ray, La Fiell Manufacturing; David Gonzales, El Camino College; Pino Pathak, FTG, Inc. and Terry Price, Cerritos College) shared their experience and hiring needs at the June 11, 2014 Collaborative Community Network (CCN) meeting.
A common thread throughout the panel presentation was the need for a workforce that can read, write, listen, communicate well with co-workers and management, perform basic mathematical calculations and problem solve. Another common thread was the desire to change the image of manufacturing as an industry that is dirty and dingy and disappearing. Neither is the case. The face of manufacturing today is a “clean shop” and California and Los Angeles County is still one of the largest manufacturing thresholds in the United States.
An interesting discussion developed suggesting that despite statistics showing that individuals with disabilities demonstrate a lower absenteeism and turnover rate, they still face major barriers in being hired. The panelists expressed no reservations about hiring individuals with disabilities as long as those individuals could do the essential functions of the job, and the medical restrictions were made clear. Several panel members had additional questions, and were interested in exploring the possibilities further.
SELACO WDB Job Club
When the Paycheck Stops
Career Development Specialist (CDS), José Alaniz presents “When the Paycheck Stops” to the SELACO WDB Job Club, Friday morning June 6th.
The topic around the water cooler on Friday was the outstanding reception from SELACO WDB’s customers about guest speaker, José Alaniz, CDS. José presented “When the Paycheck Stops”. Topics included budgeting 101, how to lower energy bills while unemployed. Customers were also introduced to 2-1-1 LA County, a free and confidential referral source for health services, housing, EBT (food stamps), and a how-to guide for collaborating and arranging payments with creditors.
Veterans Aim High for Success through the Energy Pathway Program
By Celeste Bertuccini, Career Development Specialist
Aim High… Always Faithful… Be All You Can Be… Always Ready, Always There… are patriotic slogans associated with America’s military forces. The United States military displays courage, commitment, honor, and integrity to America and to each other. Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB), a proud partner of America’s Job Center, in collaboration with South Bay Center for Community Development (SBCC), and Cerritos Community College continue with the nationalistic adages of the United States military and National Guard through the Energy Pathway Program (EPP) assisting veterans returning to civilian life through opportunities for gainful employment. The Energy Pathway Program provides veterans with job training and career preparation at no cost to them made available through federal funding.
SBCC (2013) describes the Energy Pathway Program at Cerritos College as contextualized education which prepares individuals to enter high paying careers in the areas of energy manufacturing, bio- pharmaceutical, and water treatment. The program originally was developed from a need to hire qualified candidates for available operator positions at oil refineries in the Los Angeles area. In 2005, many of the local oil refineries were hiring operators outside of California. Colleen Mooney, Executive Director of SBCC recognized the limited number of operator candidates available for hire. The Energy Pathway Program was created to train individuals and connect them with employers in the oil refinery industry. In 2006, the first class had 30 graduates with a remarkable 100% success rate in job placement. Throughout the years, EPP has diversified the student cohorts to include at risk youth and veterans. Most recently, industry partners who hired graduates from the EPP 2013 graduating class were: Tesoro, Grifols, and Phillips 66. Mike Cammareri from Phillips 66, is committed to assisting the progression of the 2014 cohort. Other industry partners are: Valero, Sanitation District of Los Angeles County, Brinderson, and King’s Hawaiian. All companies aforementioned participate on the EPP Advisory Board and eagerly look forward to hiring graduates from the current 2014 class.
Cerritos College began its support of EPP in January 2013 by implementing an 18 unit certificate program. The EPP coursework at Cerritos College supports ongoing AS-to-BS degrees in engineering for students interested in pursuing further education. Eligible veterans receive the training at no cost through federal funding. Veterans from all branches of the United States military, National Guard, and reservists who served on active duty and received an Honorable Discharge are potential candidates for the Energy Pathway Program (SBCC, 2013).
SEALCO WDB supports job seekers and is an active partner in the EPP to assist graduates in industry specific careers. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California as a national model for community-based workforce and employment development (SELACO WDB, 2012), SELACO WDB promotes EPP to enrolled customers with a specific focus on veterans. Jodie Kresl, a Specialist at SELACO WDB, assists veterans seeking employment. Kresl is enthused to have 9 veterans currently participating in the program. Charlie Sandoval, a Workforce Development Specialist at SBCC, also expresses positive hope for veterans participating in the program. Sandoval observed past veterans of the program being promoted into leadership roles at their place of employment. Phillips 66 is impressed with the veterans hired and highlighed their level of professionalism, discipline, team work, skill set, and ability to meet high expectations.
In a meeting held April 4, 2014, at Cerritos College the partners continue to agree employers are impressed with military veteran candidates because they displayed a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, leadership, and discipline. The veteran’s commitment and safety training in the military coupled with the Energy Pathway Program produces ideal candidates for career opportunities in industry specific sectors which provide the skills necessary to work with sensitive live cultures, chemicals, and high-tech machinery.
SELACO WDB, SBCC, and Cerritos College faithfully aim high to service America’s veterans through job training and placement. Through the Energy Pathway Program, veterans receive industry training for local career opportunities and recognized certificates at no cost. Additionally participating veterans receive counseling, supportive services, and job readiness workshops, such as Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS). Veterans enrolled in SELACO WDB programs have priority access to services and are supported in their efforts to aim high and be all they can be.
For more information please contact Anna Leon, Training Services Director at (562) 402-9336.