Valley Glen - - With classroom space on the campus at a premium throughout the academic year, Job Training took advantage of the summer lull by hosting three in-depth academies: Manufacturing, LA Fellows, and Microsoft Office.
Focusing on skills that lead directly to employment, the Manufacturing Academy presented a broad range of subjects such as shop math, blueprint reading, precision measuring instruments, and both conventional & CNC machining operations. The six-week/200 hour program also included guest speakers from the industry as well as a tour of Roberts Tool Company in Chatsworth. At a lavish ceremony, the thirteen students earned a certificate of completion while receiving the opportunity to meet with prospective employers.
Combining professional development and volunteerism as a meaningful pathway to employment, the LA Fellows program graduated 22 students following a nine-week training program. Class instruction included topics such as job search skills, career advancement topics, computers, and grant writing. LA Fellows also complete 100 hours of volunteer work with a nonprofit organization such as Life Steps Foundation, Heal One World, Burbank Community YMCA, or the ALS Association Golden West Chapter.
Speaking at the certificate ceremony, graduate Katie Mills talked about the transformations she and the other Fellows went through saying, “Thanks to LA Fellows, we dare to have a vision today rather than merely a survival plan.”
Also speaking at the event was special guest Nikki Ezhari, field deputy for Councilman Paul Krekorian's office, who, after congratulating the graduates, proudly distributed certificates on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.
In a program concentrating on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the Microsoft Academy presented an intense seven week, 168-hour class. Taught by popular instructor Doug Card, lessons were presented with a hands-on emphasis, teaching the software as individual programs as well as an integrated package. The students were challenged with individual and integrated projects that tested their computer skills and cognitive powers. All lessons, files, and handouts were provided for use in class as well as for
review at home.
Additionally, the 20 students received 42 hours of workforce readiness training, spotlighting a diverse range of topics that included resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search techniques.
To help advance their education, graduates were offered a free "bonus" class which includes the cost of tuition, books, and parking for any "for credit" class taken on a member community college site.
Once again, the series of programs demonstrates the strong relationship Job Training shares with the various City of Los Angeles WorkSource Centers. For the recent academies, seven were involved: ResCare (Canoga Park and Van Nuys), Community Career Development, Inc., Goodwill, Build, El Proyecto, and Chinatown.
This marks the second consecutive year Job Training has presented this summer assortment of classes.
The LA Fellows graduating class (click on photo for larger picture),