Profile: VWDB President, Debbie Kukta

Photo Chairperson: Debbie Kukta, KO Properties, Inc.
VWDB Chairperson: Debbie Kukta, KO Properties

Luckily for the Verdugo Workforce Development Board nominating committee, WIOA does not require members to have experience in a majority of the Board’s areas of service and responsibility: public and private sectors, business, labor, individual job seekers, and fostering career pathways in public schools. But if it did, Debbie Kukta would more than qualify, with a resume that includes more than 25 years in manufacturing, seven years on the Burbank school board, work as a CPA and managing commercial real estate, and since 2012, serving as the Burbank City Treasurer.

Kukta, who started her service on the VWDB in 1999, did not set out on a clearly defined career path toward chairing the VWDB, nor did she aim to become City Treasurer. “I would never have imagined handling all those investments!” Kukta told me when we met recently for breakfast. But she appreciates how her variety of experience, combined with a willingness to take on new challenges, paved the way to her current responsibilities.

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VWDB Board Member Ara Aslanian Speaks at Glendale Tech On Tap Event, March 2, 2017

photo VWDB Board Member Ara Asianian
VWDB Board Member Ara Aslanian, of  Glendale’s Inverselogic Inc.

VWDB Board member Ara Aslanian, of  Inverselogic Inc. (inverselogic.com), will be featured in the City of Glendale’s Tech on Tap series this Thursday, March 2nd, from 8AM – 9:30AM at the Antaeus Theatre Company, located at 110 E. Broadway Avenue, Glendale, CA.

Mr. Aslanian will be talking about “The Growth of Ransomware and What Business Can Do to Protect Themselves.” Please join Mr. Aslanian to learn about the tools you need to protect yourself, your business and your wallet from falling victim to ransomware attacks.

Verdugo Workforce Development Board Releases Four Year Regional and Local Plans For Public Review and Comment

The Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB) has released two draft documents for public review and comment: 1) VWDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017– 2020 (Draft); 2) Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit:  Regional Workforce Development Plan 2017– 2020 (Draft). The two draft plans will be available for public review and comment beginning February 1, 2017 through March 1, 2017 at www.verdugoworkforce.com/publicnotice.  Hard copies will be available for review at the Verdugo Jobs Center located at 1255 S. Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204; Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm; M – F, free parking available. Additionally, a Public Meeting will be held at the Verdugo Jobs Center on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 10am – 12pm to present an overview of the plans’ purpose and requirements. Please email all comments for both draft plans to:  mprankeATglendaleca.gov. Written comments on the Plan are welcome and must be received no later than 5:00pm on March 1, 2017.