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”

VJC 2nd Tech Job Fair Featured in LA Community News

LA Community News feature Sept 5, 2017:

The Verdugo Jobs Center will be hosting its 2nd Annual Tech Job Fair at the newly renovated Downtown Central Library in Glendale, CA on October 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This Glendale Tech Week event provides a platform for companies to interview and hire technology skilled job seekers. Last year’s event attracted over 300 job seekers. more . . . . 

Uniquely Abled Project at Glendale Community College

Students with Autism thrive in the world of CNC Machining. What many see as a Disadvantage is actually an Advantage for the students of “Uniquely Abled”, a CNC Machining Program located at Glendale Community College. Watch as TITAN and his son Tyson visit this special program and share their very personal story of Success.

Click here for Uniquely Abled Brochure

Click here to apply for the Uniquely Abled Program

GRIT is out and about in our Glendale Business Community

pictured left to right: Glendale Economic Development staff Jacqueline Bartlow and Ani Pogossian, City Councilman Vrej Agajanian, Karagozian & Case’s Vice President Zachery I. Smith, City Councilman Ara Najarian and Verdugo Workforce Development Board’s VJC staff member Jack Krikorian.

The Glendale Relationship Initiation Team (GRIT) visited science and engineering consulting firm Karagozian & Case to thank them for maintaining their business in Glendale, and to offer them services the City of Glendale may be able to provide.

GRIT has been meeting with businesses and is trying to address their individual needs. Some businesses have expressed concern about parking fees while others have asked for assistance with hiring the right talent. The team has been tasked to assist the businesses by providing resources for their needs. It has also provided employee recruitment events for local companies and helped companies with navigating the world of city codes and ordinances. VWDB and VJC staff discuss free financial incentives they have available for companies that need to retrain employees in order to retain them, on-the-job training subsidies for new employees, as well as individualized recruitment assistance and customized recruitment events they can produce for a local business.

Karagozian & Case established their business in 1945. It is an internationally recognized science and engineering consulting firm that supports a broad range of clients across different sections of defense, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, and construction industries – for technically challenging and complex problems.

K&C’s scientific and engineering services mainly fall into the following functional areas of expertise:

– Providing vulnerability assessments for a variety of man-made and natural hazards.

– Generating innovative and cost-effective structural and mechanical designs to mitigate hazards.

– Development and application of state-of-the-art analysis methodologies and software.

– Conducting testing, research and development (R&D) to advance knowledge, develop products, and validate solutions.

If you are a local Glendale business, GRIT and the City of Glendale thank you for locating and maintaining your business in Glendale. If your business would like to be contacted by the team, contact Melissa Younesian at MYounesianATGlendaleca.gov