JVS Holds Grand Opening of West LA WorkSource Center
Celebrating a Decade of Putting L.A. Back to Work
December 15, 2014 -- Jan Perry, General Manager of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Los Angeles, gave keynote remarks at a Grand Opening Ceremony Monday at the West L.A. WorkSource in Marina del Rey.
The event recognized over a decade of JVS’ life-changing work, helping Angelenos of all backgrounds overcome barriers to employment through job prep, training and placement. The WorkSource Center is now part of the national America’s Job Center Network, announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this year. To fully integrate services for job seekers and employers, the WorkSource is co-located with a branch of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) and partners closely to meet the changing needs of the workforce.
“JVS is a great organization with a history that goes back to 1931,” said Perry. “I think we’re standing on very solid ground with this organization.”
In addition to offering JVS’ award-winning job training programs, including BankWork$, HealthWorks and ApartmentWorks, the West L.A. WorkSource offers services for recently separated military veterans through Veterans First as well as a range of programs serving disadvantaged youth. The center also houses the innovative Artist in Residence program and, in 2015, will be the site of a joint study conducted by the UCLA Department of Psychology investigating the links between unemployment and social anxiety.
Each year, over 10,000 clients access the center for workshops in resume writing, interview skills and job preparation and to utilize the phones, computers, job listings and exclusive databases.
Monday’s ceremony is part of a citywide initiative instigated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to reinvigorate and repurpose the city’s 17 WorkSource Centers and to celebrate the strategic partnerships between WorkSource Centers and the private sector.
Other speakers at Monday’s Grand Opening included Abigail Marquez, Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for Mayor Eric Garcetti; Carolyn Anderson, Acting Deputy Division Chief for the EDD; Kevin Ober, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company and Pat Clark of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce who conducted the ribbon cutting.
Edward Chinchilla, a returning veteran who landed a job through his work with JVS Veterans First, lauded JVS’ work on behalf of returning servicemen and women.
“Thank you, JVS, for all the opportunities you provide for veterans and for non-veterans,” said Chinchilla who was hired two years ago on Veteran’s Day at Adams Communication and has since been promoted. “At JVS, they never give up and they will help you get the training you need.”
About JVS: Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping people achieve economic self-sufficiency. We offer individuals the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVSLA was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist European refugees to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are still going strong. To learn more, visit www.jvsla.org.
December 15, 2014