WIPA Program Client Featured on Today Show

photo of WIPA success story client Lauren
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.

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.