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Sun Valley - - Fourteen job training participants enrolled with Sun Valley’s El Proyecto del Barrio WorkSource Center earned their Certificate of Completion for successfully finishing a seven-week Manufacturing Academy hosted by the Job Training Program at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).

The November 30th graduation served as a showcase of professional and personal accomplishments during the 180 hours of intense training. The Academy focused on manufacturing production skills such as inspection, conventional and CNC machine operations, and blueprint reading, all essential for entry-level employment.


Training at LAVC’s Machine Shop was provided by four expert instructors who rotated topics and introduced skills pertinent to industry standards. Fridays were dedicated to soft skills provided by the excellent staff at the El Proyecto WorkSource. In addition to classroom training, students attended industry tours sponsored by Esterline, Superior Thread Rolling, and Industrial Metal Supply.


Roberto Gutierrez, program manager of the Manufacturing Academy, stated that the group started with 17 students in October. “We lost three individuals during the training, but it was a good thing – all three obtained employment while training was in session. In addition, several academy graduates have pending job offers, while others are on their second interviews with perspective employers."


El Proyecto del Barrio’s Magdalena Duran, WorkSource director, addressed the graduates and congratulated them on a job well done. Ms. Duran encouraged the trainees to continue their job search activities at the Sun Valley WorkSource Center. She acknowledged and praised the hard work of her staff including Salvador Moncada and Suhad Jaber. Ms. Duran also recognized the partnership between her agency and Job Training.

A winter Manufacturing Academy is slated to take place in early January 2013, also sponsored by the El Proyecto del Barrio WorkSource Center as well as the Metro North Goodwill WorkSource Center. For more details, contact Roberto Gutierrez at LAVC’s Job Training Program at (818) 947-2941.