In EWDD News: AFOC helps retrain laid-off workers for new jobs

image: Abram Friedman Occupational Center students enrolled in the B&G IET program who passed the Safety Test in their first week.

article below originally published in the City of Los Angeles’ Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Weekly Updates on May 7, 2018

Reina Rojas and Zeferina Perez worked for years together at American Apparel, so when the company closed in January 2017, they found comfort in staying close and looking for help together.

Reina and Zeferina sought help at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, and with the help of career coach Jessica Fuentes, they co-enrolled into the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) with the California Employment Development Department (EDD), which provided additional funding to retrain the 600 American Apparel employees laid off when the company shuttered.

Reina and Zeferina participated in the buildings and grounds training offered at Abram Friedman Occupational Center.

Upon their successful completion of the program, they have both gained employment as sanitation workers with the Flying Food Group, a large-scale catering company for airlines. Reina and Zeferina are now working full-time, earn wages above minimum-wage, and are happy to start off their journey in a new industry together.

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