Valley Glen - - Recognizing the highly successful Metro Bridge Program, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has named a prominent Los Angeles-based organization to share in a $7 million grant. Community Career Development, Inc. (CCD) has been selected as one of 17 organizations nationwide to promote and train a future generation of transit professionals in public transportation.
DOT has allocated $443,289 to CCD, who has been enlisted to develop a model for recruiting and training bus and rail operators from low-income, minority communities with the goal of hiring at least 200 individuals.
Both Job Training and the Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) have served as partners to CCD for the past five years, having developed the highly touted Metro Bridge Program, which offers both conextualized customer service skils, training for transit careers, and lifelong learning skills, such as time management and test-taking strategies.
Since its inception, the Bridge Program has placed 647individuals as professional Metro bus operators. With this grant, they now expand their offerings to include rail operators.
Job Training Director Lennie Ciufo is pleased to be a part of this national effort. "I recognize and applaud the efforts of President Obama to maintain his commitment to helping Americans find good jobs. I believe this grant will allow our partnership to continue to build on our success in the Los Angeles community.