On September 8, 2017, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti joined numerous City, County and District officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Los Angeles Workforce Strategy Center at Los Angeles Valley College.
The new center represents the alignment of higher education and workforce development to meet the evolving labor force demands of the region's growth industries. Programs, offered in conjunction with the City's Workforce Development System, will expand on Los Angeles Valley College's existing training academies which focus on the biotech, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.
City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Monica Rodriguez, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, LA Valley College President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Economic and Workforce Development Department General Manager Jan Perry, and several members of the LA City Workforce Development Board members were also in attendence.
The new center also formalizes and puts a brand on the growing partnership between the Los Angeles Community College District, the City's Workforce Development Board and Economic & Workforce Development Department, and the City's WorkSource Centers/America's Job Centers of California.
This new partnership seeks to better serve, prepare, train and connect Angelenos to high-wage careers.