Addressing the Needs of Adult Education in Los Angeles

Action Plan Report CoverJuly 2013
A well-educated population is the foundation of a strong democracy and a strong economy; an educated workforce has been identified by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) as one of five key components central to economic development success. Yet both education systems serving L.A. residents have faced dramatic budget cuts which threaten their ability to provide an adequate level of service, with serious repercussions for social cohesion and economic stability and growth. The Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative Ad Hoc Committee on Adult Education created a preliminary action plan to respond to this funding crisis.

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HIRE LA’s Youth & Bank of America

Ronald Kaufman prepares the students for their internship
Having a job as a Bank of America Summer Intern requires more than showing up for work. Twelve interns, recruited through a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) partnership, completed a rigorous briefing that began the preparation process for the Bank of America’s Corporate Summer Youth Internship Program. The briefing included a program overview, job skills preparation and most important - customer service.

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Despite Positive Jobs Report, Some Unemployed Forced to Start Over to Find Work

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CBS Evening News Video Screen Capture
The unemployment rate for the nation hovers at 7.6%. And in California, the June 2013 unemployment rate inched down to 8.5%, reflecting the addition of 30,200 jobs. Yet in Los Angeles, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high - 11.3% - 219,100 Angelenos still out of work. Life is still tough for those who are long-term unemployed. Read the detailed article and view the related news report (related video segment begins at 4:52).

CBS Evening News: Carter Evans, video reporting; Ben Tracy, news article

Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment Program Becomes Largest in Nation

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On Thursday, June 13th, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced L.A. County’s $5 million commitment to the Summer Youth Employment Program “Earn and Learn.” An additional $2 million contribution from the L.A. City Council, along with additional support from private companies like Wells Fargo, has made the Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment Program the largest in the nation. View the press conference media gallery here.

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