Voices in Action Forums

Join the discussion on important employment issues that affect your community 

The Verdugo Workforce Development Board wants to put your voice into action! We invite you to our Stakeholder and Community Forums where we want to hear from you about important employment issues that affect you today. Your valuable feedback is critical in the development of a plan that is reflective of our community’s workforce needs. 

Forums run October 18 to Nov 15. Click here to download flyer with details.

Glendale Leaders Present STEPS program to the Employment Training Panel, Oct. 28, 2018

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Judith Velasco, Director of the Verdugo Workforce Development Board,  was a presenter on the STEPS to Employment Training Panel in Sacramento today. Joining her were Senator Anthony Portantino; Glendale Community College Board of Trustee Member, Tony Tartaglia; Dr. Michael Ritterborwn, Vice President of Instructional Services at Glendale Community College (and Verdugo Board Member); Kim Edelman, Executive Director of the Professional Development Center of GCC and Karine Grigoryan, Executive Director of the Glendale Youth Alliance.

A Time for Big Economic Ideas – News From the Roosevelt Institute

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NYT opinion columnist David Leonhardt is reimagining the rules of our economy: in an era of deep economic stagnation, now is the time for bold, progressive economic policymaking, he says.And, as Leonhardt notes, most Americans support ambitious solutions. From a $15 minimum wage for infrastructure workers to a targeted response to rampant market power, voters are ready to make these big ideas real, so policymakers can move our country forward—toward an economic and political system that works for us all.

CSUN named Innovation & Prosperity University

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CSUN named Innovation & Prosperity University and Named 2018 Social Mobility Innovator by The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

A working group comprised of several CSUN associates, found that the university was directly responsible for a $2 billion economic impact and created more than 11,700 jobs. The institution has provided several features that produce engagement with the Los Angeles community. This includes a finalized plan for a five-story, 150 room business-class Hyatt Hotel on campus; a Performing Arts Center; and creating an on-campus business incubator in partnership with the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator.

CSUN was also named as a 2018 Social Mobility Innovator (SMI). The SMI ranks four-year U.S. colleges and universities, and “measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs”. With an enrollment around 36,000 undergraduate students, the state school was ranked in the top 20 on the SMI list for 2017.

for full article, click here.

Rick Caruso to Keynote “Our Future Forum” – May 2, 2018

Forum: The Future of Retail and the Consumer Experience

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Wednesday May 2, 2018: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Water Garden: 1000N Cloverfield Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Retail, like many other industries, finds itself at a crossroads. The industry is facing disruption from technological innovations that continually drive more consumers to mobile purchases and e-commerce. News headlines are dominated by stories of brick-and-mortar’s retail demise as industry giants close hundreds of stores. But are these headlines accurate, and do they tell the whole story? Join our panel of experts as we discuss the future of retail and the consumer experience.

Keynote Speaker: Rick Caruso

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Rick Caruso, CEO, Caruso

Rick Caruso is the founder and CEO of Caruso, one of the largest and most admired privately-held real estate companies in the U.S. The industry leader in sales, popularity, and growth, Caruso’s world-class portfolio of properties includes award-winning destinations, The Grove and The Americana at Brand, which attract millions of guests each year. Named a “retail mastermind” by the Wall Street Journal, he is the only U.S. developer with two properties ranked in the world’s top 15 highest-performing shopping destinations, in sales per square foot. Rick’s numerous civic and philanthropic commitments have earned him a reputation as a compassionate and dedicated community leader. Together with his wife, Tina, he established the Caruso Family Foundation, which remains dedicated to supporting organizations that improve the lives of children in need through healthcare and education.

WIPA Program Client Featured on Today Show

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WIPA success story client Lauren

I would like to share this wonderful story about my client.  Because of the WIPA program, Lauren was so encouraged to pursue her career as an author.  She gave me permission to share this link to everyone who will be inspired by her story.  It is an interview she had with Maria Shriver during Today Show recently. I have not read her book yet, but she has shared her story with me since I met and served her a couple of years ago.  If she can succeed despite the disabilities and challenges she acquired and went through after her aneurysm…anyone can succeed as well!  It is a privilege for the WIPA staff to be given the opportunity to change lives within the disabled population and make a difference as part of the Verdugo Jobs Center through the WIPA program. – Nina Schultz

Meet the woman who relearned how to talk and read after brain aneurysm – click here to watch video

 

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.