The State of Working America

“The State of Working America, 12th Edition” finds that policy-driven inequality has undercut low- and middle-income workers for past three decades.

Low- and middle-income workers and their families would have had far better income growth over the past 30 years if economic policies had not directed the fruits of economic growth to the highest-income Americans, a new Economic Policy Institute book, “The State of Working America, 12th Edition” finds. For example, had there been no growth in income disparities since 1979, annual income for a middle-income household would have been $88,875 in 2007, $18,897 higher than the $69,978 it actually was. The median household lost wealth between 1983 and 2010 and had just $57,000 in net worth in 2010, rather than the $119,000 it would have had if wealth had grown equally across all households over this period.

“The State of Working America, 12th Edition” explains that economic policies, including policymakers’ actions and failures to act, have undercut the ability of workers to benefit from economic growth in the United States. Its primary findings include:

  • America’s vast middle class has suffered a “lost decade” and faces the threat of another.
  • Income and wage inequality have risen sharply over the last 30 years.
  • Rising inequality is the major cause of wage stagnation for workers and of the failure of low- and middle-income families to appropriately benefit from growth. . . . more

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Impatient with Colleges, Employers Design their own Courses

. . . . the massive problem of conventional higher-education institutions that largely operate at a 19th-century pace trying to keep up with the fast-changing demands of 21st-century employers — and an example of how tech companies and some businesses in other industries, impatient with the speed of change, are taking matters into their own hands by designing courses themselves.

. . . . “industry would be very satisfied if higher education was taking care of it . . . I don’t think there’s a desire to get into this space, other than that it’s not.”  . . . . While 96 percent of chief academic officers at higher-education institutions say they’re effectively preparing students for work, only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree, the polling company Gallup found.

. . . . 1.8 million new tech jobs will be created between 2014 and 2024, many of them requiring people with data and computer-science credentials. Retiring baby boomers will leave countless additional positions open. But colleges and universities are turning out only about 28,000 computer-science graduates with bachelor’s and master’s degrees per year, based on the most recent figures from 2015, according to the consulting firm Deloitte.

. . . . ‘We need people with X, Y and Z skills and [colleges are] not providing that.’

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Pilot Project to Provide Work Experience for 13 Homeless Individuals

The VWDB/VJC is participating on a new pilot project called R.I.I.S.E – Regional Immediate Intervention Services for Employment to work with the homeless population at Glendale, Burbank and surrounding areas. Funds for the program come from LA County. The VWDB/VJC is partnered with the parks maintenance section, GYA and the Glendale homeless programs to provide work experience for 13 homeless individuals. This is a short term program, that will end June 30th, 2018.

Information sessions for clients were held in November. Rasheedah Scott is the contact person for this program. Please see her if you have any questions. Click here for flyer and details.

Newly Renovated Library Perfect Backdrop for Annual Tech Job Fair

The Verdugo Jobs Center proudly hosted the 2nd Annual Technology Job Fair on October 12, 2017, at Glendale’s Downtown Central Library. Through the efforts from this fair, the Verdugo Jobs Center was able to link hundreds of qualified and talented job seekers with in-demand tech positions throughout the Los Angeles region. The newly renovated Downtown Central library was the perfect backdrop for the participation of employers such as Southern California Edison, ABC 7 and  USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, amongst many others. Overall feedback from both employers and job seekers was overwhelmingly positive, with many connections being made!

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Governor Brown Signs Calif. Workforce Assoc. Bill AB1111

The California Workforce Association’s sponsored  bill, AB1111, “The Breaking Barriers to Employment Act,” was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

AB1111 establishes a competitive grant program in support of the State’s 2017-2027 Workforce Plan calling for the production of one million “middle skill” jobs, including doubling the number of people enrolled in apprenticeship programs.  The law encourages the formation of partnerships between Workforce Boards and community-based organizations to  address the needs of individuals with barriers to employment.

In the coming year, CWA will be working with local Boards to ensure adequate state budget appropriations, with funding anticipated from a variety of state and federal revenues, including WIOA funds.

VWDB/VJC Awarded $100,000 to Help Transition Homeless Adults to Employment

GLENDALE, CA (October 30, 2017) – The City of Glendale’s Community Services and Parks Department’s (CSP), Workforce Development Section has been awarded $100,000 by the Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services Department to train and transition adults who are homeless into gainful employment. The funds are awarded from the Measure H bill approved by voters to develop strategies and provide services to individuals who are homeless. “Approved Strategies to Combat Homelessness,” was drafted by the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and approved by the County Board of Supervisors on February 9, 2016. Continue reading “VWDB/VJC Awarded $100,000 to Help Transition Homeless Adults to Employment”

Glendale Tech Week Calendar of Events, Oct 9 – 13, 2017

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Glendale Tech Week the week of October 9, 2017 showcased entrepreneurs like Ara Mahdessian, Harrison Tang, Scott Painter, and Rachel Hollis who grew their companies and transformed their brands to be leaders in their industries.

In addition to the paid events, there were numerous FREE pop-up events including:

Tech in Manufacturing: A CNC Demonstration

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