Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Valley College Job Training is searching for unemployed men and women for the second class of the LA Fellows program. The program will provide 120 unemployed individuals with skills training and volunteer opportunities while they seek full-time positions.

Interested individuals are invited to attend one of the following informational meetings at Los Angeles Valley College at 5800 Fulton Avenue in Van Nuys:

- Thursday, January 6 at 10 a.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room

- Friday, January 7 at 10 a.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room

“Valley College is very excited to be working with local industry partners to launch the LA Fellows program,” said Dr. A. Susan Carleo, president of Los Angeles Valley College. “This unique training program will provide job seekers with a combination of professional development and volunteerism to serve as a meaningful pathway to employment.”

LA Fellows participants will be selected through an application and interview process. They will receive seven weeks of training at Los Angeles Valley College covering executive-level topics including critical thinking, advanced computer skills, and how to generate effective business leads. In return, participants will volunteer their time and talents by sharing their professional expertise through project-based roles at local nonprofits.

As a result of this pilot LA Fellows program, 120 unemployed individuals will each receive 140 hours of training and will volunteer 100 hours. The LA Fellows participants will acquire new skill sets, encounter countless opportunities to network with professionals, and project a marketable career candidate impression while presenting a community-focused image. In addition, participating nonprofits will gain a highly skilled volunteer to assist with a project at their organization.

Los Angeles Valley College Job Training created the LA Fellows Program in partnership with Valley Industry & Commerce Association, City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, The Valley Economic Alliance, Employment Development Department, Los Angeles Valley College Foundation, Los Angeles Community College District, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The fellowship was made possible through funding from the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department through the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board.

“This is a much needed bridge to help our local job seekers,” notes Fran Inman, immediate past chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. “Los Angeles Valley College, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and their partners are finding creative and resourceful ways of supporting the essential work of our nonprofits. These job seekers will not only gain marketable career skills but will help these organizations with the important work they do for our community.”

Applications for the LA Fellows Program will be accepted until Friday, January 7. The program will start on January 24.

Job seekers and nonprofits are encouraged to visit www.lafellows.org for more information.


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