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Workforce System partners develop outreach campaign for Unemployment Assistance

L.A. Workforce Systems Collaborative partners -- UNITE-LA, the City of L.A. Economic & Workforce Development Department and Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti -- worked together to develop outreach materials on how to access traditional unemployment insurance, unemployment assistance for gig-workers, free-lancers, and the self-employed, and California disaster relief assistance for immigrants who otherwise do not qualify for unemployment insurance or federal CARES Act stimulus payments.

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OYC Young Leader testifies in Sacramento for High-Roads Training Partnership

Eustolia Farias, a member of the Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) Young Leaders program, provided testimony at a Senate hearing in support of SB 1103, which would provide unemployed and underemployed individuals and young adults with additional opportunities to access and complete High-Roads Training Programs to secure a quality, living wage job. The OYC Young Leaders program, led by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, trains young adults who have experienced foster care or extended foster care (ages 18-26) to become impactful change agents in Los Angeles and across the state.

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COVID College Connect evolves into Summer of Success Campaign

The recently launched COVID College Connect has broadened into a newly formed Summer of Success Campaign. The L.A. Compact Institutions of Higher Education Collaborative, along with Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Community Foundation, the L.A. Unified LAUSD Division of Instruction, and the USC College Advising Corps, have partnered together to help college bound students get answers to questions and access information related to their college plans. Summer of Success will provide students with new resources throughout the summer and promote the use of a recently launched college advising hotline available to Los Angeles students and parents or legal guardians in multiple languages. Students without college plans can also call to explore their options and opportunities.

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Study takes a closer look at how college transfer pathways are working for students

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is a degree awarded by the California Community Colleges, which provides a guaranteed pathway for students to transfer to a four-year university, in a specific major. The L.A. Compact Student Success Workgroup (SSWG), wanting to understand how effective this transfer pathway is for L.A. area students, commissioned a Regional ADT study in 2018.

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Charting Progress for L.A. Unified Community Schools

On June 18, L.A. Unified’s Committee of the Whole heard presentations from six schools participating in the district’s Community School pilot as well as from several members of the Community School Steering Committee to report back on progress from the first year of the pilot. A comprehensive community school model - one that effectively implements four pillars of integrated student supports, expanded and enriched learning time, active parent and community engagement and collaborative leadership and practice - has been effective in districts across the country in improving student achievement and well-being.

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Helping child care businesses stay afloat during COVID-19

The L.A. County Early Care and Education Response Team recently shared a catalog of federal, state and local financial resources to help child care providers stay open and keep staff on payroll during the crisis. As small businesses, most child care programs are eligible for the relief options offered through the CARES Act.

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UNITE-LA and Medica Talent Group partner to help L.A. City fill critical health care positions

In an industry already coping with a shortage of workers, the COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced the need to address this workforce gap. The L.A. Compact’s Health Sector Collaborative (HSC) members continue to work together to support health care employers fill positions critical in the fight to stem the tide of the pandemic.  

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L.A. Workforce Systems Collaborative advocates for students and workers economically impacted by COVID-19

The Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative (LAWSC), which focuses on creating high demand, high growth and sustainable careers in the region, has met weekly since April to develop strategies to support students and workers disproportionately affected by COIVD-19. Together, they are urging federal and state leaders to increase their investment in training and employment assistance so that workers and students are better equipped to return to the workforce once the economy recovers.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. Compact help high school seniors concerned about their college future

On April 30, L.A City Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with the L.A. Compact, launched COVID College Connect to support L.A.’s graduating high school class of 2020 in navigating their college options and addressing their enrollment concerns during these uncertain times. Over one hundred students signed up to get help within hours of the initiative’s launch. Check out this five minute video of the mayor announcing COVID College Connect here.

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COVID-19 reinforces urgency to address the health care workforce shortage

By Heddy Nam and Ariana Oliva

Our economic and workforce landscape has changed dramatically in a matter of days. On the one hand, employers in many industries impacted by COVID-19 had to make the difficult decision to lay off or furlough employees, while others are experiencing an unprecedented demand for laborIn the health care industry, the current situation has highlighted and exacerbated the existing workforce shortage. Amid this crisis, the Health Care Sector Collaborative is working on solutions to connect skilled health care professionals with hospitals and other health care facilities. For instance, UNITE-LA has been coordinating HSC members, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti to determine if health care staff employed by education systems and institutions could be redirected to assist in hospitals and other health care facilities given temporary school closures.

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