Kayla LaCour, found a true passion for cinematography and visual art at Bayview Hunters Point Center for the Arts & Technology (BAYCAT).
In partnership with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, BAYCAT helped Kayla connect with an opportunity at Wired, and she will soon begin her new position as a full-time Multimedia Content Producer.
Jethro Patalinghug immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 34 years old, leaving behind a career as a T.V. producer. After finding out about the TechSF Program and attending an orientation, Jethro enrolled in TechSF’s Motion Graphics Certificate track at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), where he immersed himself in learning new skills. He created a community of support and connection.
After suffering a work-related injury while on location for a digital media project over eight years ago, Ceddrick Jonae from San Francisco had been jobless for close to seven years. Ceddrick discovered the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD) TechSF Program through Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and was accepted into the 2013 Desk Support track.
The District 5 Hospitality Boot Camp is a collaborative effort between the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), City College of San Francisco, The Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point, Golden Gate Restaurant Association and 1300 Fillmore Restaurant with funding supported by Board of Supervisors’ President London Breed.
One of the many community based organizations the Hospitality Initiative partners with, Charity Cultural Services Center (CCSC), facilitates trainings in Chinese Cooking, Western Cooking, Bartending/Table Waiting for low-income and recent immigrants interested in starting a career path in the culinary field.
“Life was difficult for me and my boys for a while, but JVS gave me what I needed to lift myself up and find work. My work is much more than a job—it’s my lifeline.”
Until the recession hit, Patricia Snoddy had a solid job. The San Francisco native and mother of three witnessed her office shut down piece by piece when operations—and her job—moved overseas. As a Navy veteran with over 25 years of work experience, Patricia was not worried about finding new employment, but three years passed and she continued to remain without a job.
In December 2015, Jose started working with a job developer at Toolworks. Battling with homelessness and substance abuse problems, Jose began receiving services from Toolworks’ Aging and Adult Disability Resource Center (ADRC). He was referred to substance abuse centers to start his recovery and in less than a month, Jose was offered a part-time job with Toolworks as a recycling sorter, earning $12.25 an hour. Toolworks provided Jose with job coaching services and support in time management, communication skills, and work ethic.
Christine Alpert, CBA Cycle 8 worked as both a Laborer and Carpenter following her graduation of the Academy. She worked for several years as successful tradeswoman, before encountering family hardships which temporarily prevented her from working.
Funded by OEWD, The Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point provides job seekers with career planning assistance and job placement services. Their Employment Training Specialists are available to assist job seekers with their career exploration and planning by offering various assessment tools.
Following the renovation of its historic building in San Francisco’s downtown, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel opened in Union Square in late 2015. As the hotel prepared to open their doors, the Courtyard by Marriott utilized OEWD’s staffing services to help fill entry level positions.