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City of Los Angeles WIB / Community Career Development

Meet Cherry

Workforce Challenge

Cherry was employed with the U.S. Census Bureau but was laid off when data collection ended in June 2010. For three years, she was unable to find full time employment despite her constant job searching and endless submission of employment applications. Finally, in June 2013, she attended an orientation at Community Career Development that was directed towards dislocated workers who had been laid off from specific companies. Funding for training was available for Cherry and others through the MultiSector Workforce Partnership Grant.

Workforce Solution

Cherry was interested in the Security Guard training offered by Wilshire Metro, so she attended a training orientation/ recruiting event to learn about the training topics and requirements. She met with a case manager to assess whether Security Guard training was a good match for her, and to confirm that she was willing to complete a 4-week course. Cherry was eager and enthusiastic about becoming a Security Guard.

Outcomes & Benefits

Cherry successfully completed Security Guard Training and was certified in: fire arms; baton; First Aid & CPR; Tear Gas; Hazardous Materials; and Weaponless Self Defense. After the training was complete, Cherry received a job offer from Millennium Security Services Inc. Currently, Cherry is waiting for her security clearance to start her full time position at Los Angeles International Airport as a security guard, where she will work 40 hours per week earning $12.00 per hour with benefits.

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