January 18, 2008 -- Meeting the needs of the MTA (Metro), two local WorkSource Centers have successfully teamed with Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) to provide customized training for qualified candidates to pursue careers as bus operators.
The 47 graduates were among a large crowd of over 100 guests at LAVC's Monarch Hall who listened to speakers that included LAVC president Tyree Wieder, who inspired the group by highlighting the connection between ongoing education and career advancement.
Also speaking at the event were reprsentatives from the partnership including Gloria Moore (Metro WorkSource Center) and Alex Martinez (Canoga Park WorkSource Center), as well as Metro representatives Don Ott (Metro executive officer, administration), Stefan Chasnov (director of human resources), and Scott Lloyd (human resources supervisor) and Barbara Bushnell (president, Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles).
Perhaps the most inspiring words came from the graduates themselves who said in part that the training "was a valuable investment in themselves and thoroughly prepared them for the next steps at Metro."
Following graduation, the candidates participated in interviews with Metro and were assigned start dates. Of the 47 individuals, 43 were officially hired to begin training in early March.
This is the 14th graduation LAVC has held with the MTA, with more classes slated for the near future, the next beginning March 24, the first class held at Metro's home offices.
The Metro Graduating Class
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