JVS To Hold Grand Opening of West LA WorkSource Center Celebrating a Decade of Putting L.A. Back to Work

December 10, 2014 -- Jan Perry, General Manager of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Los Angeles, will give keynote remarks at a Grand Opening Ceremony Monday, December 15 at the West L.A. WorkSource in Marina del Rey.

The event recognizes over a decade of JVS’ life-changing work, helping Angelenos of all backgrounds overcome barriers to employment through job preparation, training and placement. The WorkSource Center is now part of the national America’s Job Center Network, announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this year. To fully integrate services for job seekers and employers, the WorkSource is co-located with a branch of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) and partners closely to meet the changing needs of the workforce.

In addition to offering JVS’ award-winning job training programs, including BankWork$, HealthWorks and ApartmentWorks, the West L.A. WorkSource provides services for recently separated military veterans through Veterans First as well as a range of programs serving disadvantaged youth. The center also houses the innovative Artist in Residence program and, in 2015, will be the site of a joint study conducted by the UCLA Department of Psychology investigating the links between unemployment and social anxiety.

Each year, over10,000 customers access the center for workshops in resume writing, interview skills and job search skills as well as to utilize the phones, computers, job boards and exclusive databases.

Other speakers at Monday’s Grand Opening include Abigail Marquez, Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for Mayor Eric Garcetti; Carolyn Anderson, Deputy Division Chief for the EDD; Kevin Ober, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company and a representative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce who will conduct the ribbon cutting. 

The WorkSource will remain open to the public for career services during the ceremony. A continental breakfast reception will follow the program and tours of the facility will also be available.

About JVS:   Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping people achieve economic self-sufficiency. We offer individuals the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVSLA was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist European refugees to find jobs and begin new lives. Over eight decades later we are still going strong. To learn more, visitwww.jvsla.org.

December 11, 2014