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Stay Informed about the Coronavirus Pandemic – Resources Online – City of Glendale, Burbank, LA County and the CDC

Stick with trusted and official sources for accurate and timely updates, including Glendale City website www.glendaleca.gov/government/coronavirus;  The CDC.gov, and PublicHealth.LACounty.gov. How businesses can access funds: click here to link to video:

Also, Burbank, CA City updates regarding the Corona Virus Pandemic and work and stay at home information and updates: Click here.

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

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Your Employment Network – Verdugo Job Center Has Gone Virtual!

Due to recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 the VJC is providing virtual services and meetings by appointments only. VJC is closed to walk-in clients. You can still meet with your EN counselor by making an appointment. Please call us at 818-937-8000 for more information or an appointment.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The tech field is one of the largest sources of wealth generation in the United States—and is 68% White and 65% male. Not only can diversifying the field address wealth gaps, but inclusive tech companies can reduce the likelihood of technology harming underrepresented groups. Here are three organizations that are supporting underrepresented communities in tech.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce, Black Girls Code, Tech Disability Project . . . . full story here

Letter from VWDB Director, Judith Velasco – May 2020

Another month has passed since the start of the pandemic, which has brought us into unprecedented and unexpected times. Adaptation, flexibility, and resilience are the traits that we have been forced to hone to make it through, and I want to extend my heartfelt wish that each and every one of you continues to move forward in health and strength.

Though some re-openings begin this month, giving us hope that the pandemic will soon be behind us, we are mindful that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, our region’s workers and businesses will continue to experience the aftermath of this pandemic for some time to come. We have received three emergency grants which will enable us to support our community, inclusive of services we have not traditionally provided, yet are crucial to individuals’ ability to uphold their lives. I am looking forward to detailing these new grants with you at our upcoming board meeting, and gaining your valued insight and feedback. I am also cognizant that you may have been receiving questions from workers and businesses in need of our services. To address this, we have created a flyer containing guidance for VWDB board members on how to talk about the VJC’s services during COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Operations continue virtually as staff refer clients to unemployment mitigation resources, recruit candidates for the slew of recent openings in grocery stores and other essential businesses, and outreach to companies experiencing layoffs and furloughs. Now more than ever, we will need your expertise to ensure that our efforts are able to help those who need it most. I would like to thank you for your continued engagement, and I look forward to working together to help our community.

Best,

Judith Velasco, Executive Director 

Verdugo Workforce Development Board

LAEDC June 1st COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing – 11am PT

The LAEDC’s COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing series continues next Monday, June 1st at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) will discuss their findings on the economic implications for Los Angeles County related to this pandemic. Join us for this quick update to gather insight on your local economy. Space is limited, and registration is required.

We invite you to submit questions to shane.cullen@laedc.org to have them answered on the webinar by the IAE team.

By registering to take part in this webinar you agree to receive regular updates from our organization about future events, data, research, programs and initiatives. When you receive such updates, you will be able to opt-out, if you wish to unsubscribe from future communications on behalf of the LAEDC.

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VWDB Board Member Spotlight: Nancy Osipo-Peera, Department of Rehabilitation

The VWDB would like to recognize board member Nancy Osipo-Peera for her outstanding work at the Department of Rehabilitation, serving individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy has been a board member since 2013, and represents one of our key partners in serving participants with disabilities. Below, she discusses her work, and how she is passing the time during the Stay at Home order. Read our profile of Ms. Osipo-Peera here.

Apply Now to Participate in Glendale Virtual Pitchfest on June 24, 2020

Local startups are invited to participate in a Virtual Pitchfest on June 24. Ten finalists will compete for a mini-prize package. Preference will be given to Glendale based companies solving COVID-19 related problems.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020.

Click here for application and more information

City of Glendale Will Launch 2 Accelerators

The City of Glendale received $1 million from the State of California to launch a tech startup accelerator. After feedback from the tech community, start-ups, accelerators and potential operators, the City will launch two new accelerators.

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
KIDSX DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR
 

Focusing on advancing digital health innovation for pediatric health and healthcare. The program will provide innovation in a field that is very timely and will serve as the first Pediatric-focused digital health accelerator in the world. Pediatric health services include the use of artificial intelligence, gamification, virtual, augmented or mixed reality, mobile apps, voice-enabled services and remote monitoring, among others.

HERO HOUSE GLENDALE 

To implement a non-industry specific “Gateway to LA” program that will focus on international or out-of- state companies looking to expand their product in Southern California. It will also accept applicants from Glendale and/or Southern California. This program will be established by SmartGateVC, and backed by Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo, CA, as well as the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America.

for more information and to join the city’s accelerator mailing list, click here.

How Are Manufacturers Holding Up During the Pandemic?

Both reshoring and the deployment of automation have become more interesting to respondents. The survey reveals that 64% of manufacturers say they are likely to bring manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America, which is a 10% increase from the same sentiment reported in Thomas’ March survey of manufacturers. Another key finding shows that 25% of US manufacturers are considering expanding industrial automation as a result of COVID-19. . . . . full story click here

Free Webinar: Advanced Generative Design, Thursday May 21, 2020

Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development 

Join us for a 60-minute webinar, “Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development,” with live Q&A on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM EDT.

Generative design software is creating product shapes that cannot be made through traditional machining or casting. With generative design, you can set the parameters of the object and let the software determine what the product will look like. What we’re seeing is stronger, lighter parts that can only be created through an additive process.

This webinar will provide a vision for how Generative Design, along with technologies like, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, and Artificial Intelligence will converge into an environment that will dramatically change how we develop products and bring them to market.

When you attend this webinar, you will learn:

  • What generative design is and why it is so important?
  • Why it is now so relevant?
  • What technologies that will enable it?
  • Who should use these tools?
  • What should my company plan to do about it?

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VWDB Executive and Full Board Meetings, 5-13-2020

The meetings of the Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB), and all of its subcommittees, are subject to the Brown Act.

Through a Joint Powers Agreement between the Cities of Glendale, Burbank, and La Cañada Flintridge, the City of Glendale administers federal job training funds received by our three cities. The three cities are designated as the Verdugo Consortium Workforce Area, which is governed by the Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB).

The Verdugo Workforce Development Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00 am. Click here for agenda

The Verdugo Workforce Development Full Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at 8:30 am. Click here for agenda

For meeting information contact Diana Antonio at 818-937-8081 or dantonioATglendaleca.gov