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City of Los Angles WIB / Chinatown Service Center

Meet Nicholasa

Workforce Challenge

Nicholasa worked as an enumerator with the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 and was laid off when the U.S. Census was complete. For a year, she searched unsuccessfully for employment, subsisting off her savings and sporadic jobs in childcare until she eventually found employment within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Unfortunately, Nicholasa still had difficulty making ends meet as her employment at LAUSD was only part-time.

Workforce Solution

As Nicholasa continued working part-time at LAUSD, she heard about the Back to Work Program and immediately made an appointment to speak with a Workforce Specialist at the Chinatown WorkSource Center. Back to Work, which is the program funded through various NEG grants, helps those laid off by specific employers gain training to reenter the workforce. Nicholasa learned that she could change careers through training and decided to enroll in the Los Angeles Valley College's Fellowship Program, realizing that it offered a way to gain education and experience in the non-profit arena.

During the Fellowship, Nicholasa networked with like-minded individuals while making new friends in the process. She also held an internship that provided her experience working within a non-profit.

Outcomes & Benefits

At the end of the Fellowship, Nicholasa secured full-time employment with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she is responsible for overseeing the archiving of objects for preservation including the digital conversion of old photos. She remains closely connected to her Fellowship peers and is very happy with the success she has found since completing the Los Angeles Valley College Fellowship program. Nicholasa hopes to advance within her department and attributes her success to the Back to Work Program.

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