A Zócalo/Issues in Science and Technology Event


We are failing Americans without college degrees. Research shows that up to 30 million workers without four-year degrees are drastically underpaid, and have the skills to earn 70 percent more than what they’re currently making. What accounts for this failure of the labor market? One problem is that traditional resumes don’t show or verify the full range of a worker’s skills—including those gained in the military and volunteer work, not to mention family businesses and caretaking. But there’s a promising digital fix that could help: learning and employment records. LERs are digital profiles that allow individuals to document their knowledge and skills, no matter how they were acquired—and have the potential to transform hiring while fueling innovation. What is an LER, and how can it be used to record everything you’ve ever learned? How can this technology be designed and implemented to create more jobs with good wages? And what will it take to design and implement LERs that make the labor market fairer to all workers instead of reinforcing existing social, educational, and digital divides?

Illustration by Hännah Foote. From left to right: Isabel Cardenas-Navia and Lisa Margonelli.
Illustration by Hännah Foote. From left to right: Isabel Cardenas-Navia and Lisa Margonelli.

Workcred senior director of research Isabel Cardenas-Navia, co-author of a new essay on LERs, and Issues in Science and Technology editor-in-chief Lisa Margonelli visit Zócalo to talk about reconstructing credentialing around a system that recognizes—and even encourages—non-traditional learning and diverse career paths.

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VWDB Executive Meeting Oct 13, 2021

The meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M and run to 8:30 A.M.
RSVP to: Diana Antonio  (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov

VWDB meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to participate must contact Diana Antonio at least 48 hours before the meeting date to receive meeting call in information.

Agenda and Minutes of last meeting can be downloaded here.


SCORE Los Angeles is partnering with Innovate Pasadena: Fix My (WebSite & Social Media) Live!

Connect Week with Innovate Pasadena

Fix My Site (& Social) – Live!
October 11th | 10:30am – 11:30am

SCORE Los Angeles is partnering with Innovate Pasadena to bring you a special webinar where Small Business attendees can submit their website and social media for a live review during this one-hour workshop led by Small World Communications CEO Rob McClinton and TechSparks marketing expert Preeti Narang. They join forces to review websites and social media accounts for areas of improvement, missed opportunities, and fresh ideas.

And the best part? Fixes require minimum technical knowledge and often apply to any of the most popular website platforms available, from WordPress to Shopify, Wix to Squarespace.

Attendees will walk away with actionable steps and ideas to help their websites flow and their social media shine.

Register Here


To fight burnout, workers can’t allow well-being to feel like another to-do

In her book ‘The Burnout Epidemic,’ author Jennifer Moss describes a crisis in well-being as a result of workers being stretched to their limits

. . . . What did we learn, in a nutshell? Burnout is a global problem. Some statistics:

  • 67% of respondents worked at or above a supervisor level.
  • 89% of respondents said their work life was getting worse.
  • 85% said their well-being had declined.
  • 56% said their job demands had increased.
  • 62% of the people who were struggling to manage their workloads had experienced burnout “often” or “extremely often” in the previous three months.
  • 57% of employees felt that the pandemic had a “large effect on” or “completely dominated” their work.
  • 55% of all respondents didn’t feel that they had been able to balance their home and work life—with 53% specifically citing homeschooling as the reason.
  • 25% felt unable to maintain a strong connection with family, 39% with colleagues, and 50% with friends.
  • Only 21% rated their well-being as “good,” and a mere 2% rated it as “excellent.”

Yet, there’s good news: Some people I spoke to were grateful for their employers’ interest in helping them work through their stress. Despite the cornucopia of wellness offerings, it was “the thought that counts” that reminded me why some companies do alright in these moments of crisis and some don’t. . . . . full story at Fast Company here


Verdugo Workforce Development Board Public Meeting – Local Workforce Development Plan 2021-2024

The Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB) has released two draft documents for public review and comment: 1) VWDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2021– 2024 (Draft); 2) Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit (LABRPU):  Regional Workforce Development Plan 2021– 2024 (Draft).

The draft Local Plan establishes the types of workforce development activities that will be offered in the Verdugo Workforce Development Area (VWDA), including programs for unemployed job seekers and youth. The Plan will also include programs to assist local businesses to ensure they have the qualified workforce to meet their organizational needs. The VWDA consists of the cities of Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge which is governed by a Joint Powers Agreement that creates the Verdugo Consortium.

The draft Regional Plan articulates how the LABRPU will build intentionality around industry sector engagement, drive workforce development outcomes across multiple jurisdictions, and expand on-ramps to career pathways for individuals who experience barriers to employment..

Download the VWDB Local plan here

Download the draft LABRPU Regional Plan here

Comments, for the Regional Plan, including any disagreements with the plan, are welcome; however, must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2021. Comments should be emailed to MaryAnn Pranke at MPranke@GlendaleCA.gov.


Verdugo Jobs Center, Glendale CA – Jobs & Services Information During Covid-19

Covid -19 Information for Workers

Please see our COVID-19 Information for Workers webpage for up-to-date information and resources for job seekers.
Click here for this information

VJC Program Update

To speak to a case manager who can connect you with our career services, please contact us at (818) 937-8000 or AskVJC@glendaleca.gov.

LAEDC Future Forum Online 9-29-21: The Future of Transportation: Revolutionizing the EV Industry

The Future of Transportation: Revolutionizing the EV Industry 
September 29, 2021 I 11:00AM – 12:15PM

The Future of Transportation: Revolutionizing the EV Industry will provide regional insights to inform the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem’s decision-makers about the state of the electric vehicle industry. During this virtual event, we’ll discuss where the opportunities exist, not just for technology and innovation but also for workforce development and what that means for the local economy.

More information and registration click here

Next VWDB Executive and Full Board Meeting – 9-22-21

The Executive Committee Meeting will begin at 8:00 A.M. The Full Board Meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday Sept 22, 2021

RSVP to: Diana Antonio (818) 937-8081, or email dantonioATglendaleca.gov 

 VWDB meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to participate must contact Diana Antonio at least 48 hours before the meeting date to receive meeting call in information. 

Click here for the Executive Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes of Last Meeting.

Click here for the Full Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes of the Last Meeting.

Why you should be more concerned about internet shutdowns

Governments are turning off the internet to silence dissenters at an ‘exponential’ rate—and threatening civil society, says the chief operating officer of Google’s Jigsaw project.

Deliberate internet shutdowns enacted by governments around the world are increasing in frequency and sophistication, according to a recent report. The study, published by Google’s Jigsaw project with the digital rights nonprofit Access Now and the censorship measurement company Censored Planet, says internet shutdowns are growing “exponentially”: out of nearly 850 shutdowns documented over the last 10 years, 768 have happened since 2016.  ∞ India’s government has shut off the Internet more than any other—109 times in 2020 alone—and data shows that shutdowns are most common around elections and times of potential civil unrest, leading to claims that it has become a tactic to suppress dissent. But while they are becoming more prevalent, shutdowns are also getting more subtle, using tactics like throttling a URL to dramatically slow its function, blocking particular internet addresses, and restricting the use of mobile data. 

MIT Technology Review sat down with Dan Keyserling, the chief operating officer of Jigsaw, to discuss the growing phenomenon. . . .

Full story here at MIT Technology Review

Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership Quarterly Meeting: Sept 1, 2021

The next Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership Quarterly Meeting will be held online Sept 1, 2021 at 9:30AM PDT

Mark your calendar for upcoming meetings: September 1, 2021 ; December 1, 2021; March 2, 2022; and June 1, 2022 

Questions? Contact Diana Antonio @ (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov

Click here to download agenda and minutes of the last meeting

CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expire Sept 4, 2021 – What you need to know

September 4, 2021, federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefit programs created under the CARES Act will expire in California and across the states.

Three million+ California workers impacted by expiration of these critical federal programs were notified by the Employment Development Department (EDD). In an effort to support these Californians, EDD is partnering with Covered California, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Social Services to promote other vital state-run benefit programs and that can help Californians in need. These include low-cost health care, rent relief and utility aid, and access to food assistance, which have been significantly expanded by the American Rescue Plan and California Comeback Plan

For example, these workers are entitled to over $234 per person per month for food via CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org). They are also eligible for 100 percent rent and utilities via Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com), as well as free or low-cost coverage for as low as $1 per month for workers who received unemployment benefits through Covered California and Medi-Cal (coveredca.com). EDD recently posted links to these benefits to the on-line accounts of UI recipients, including to GetCalFresh.org, which boosted CalFresh (i.e., SNAP) applications by 108,000 people this summer.

EDD Fact Sheet

Next VSTCC Meeting Aug. 25, 2021

Verduugoo School to Career Coalition (VWDB) meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to participate must contact Diana Antonio at least 48 hours before the meeting date to receive meeting call-in information. 

The meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 A.M. 

RSVP to: Diana Antonio @ (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov