LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and its Economic and Workforce Development Branch announced the re-opening of its 19 LA County America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) system, the region’s one-stop resource for all employment, training, and business needs. Since March 2020, AJCC services had been offered virtually or by appointment-only. As of today, all AJCCs are now accepting walk-in visitors. Additionally, they continue to offer services virtually or by appointment.
“By enhancing virtual access and providing critical services and resources online, the AJCCs helped keep communities afloat during the pandemic,” said Otto Solórzano, Acting Director of WDACS. “As we re-open the AJCCs to walk-in visitors, today marks an important milestone on our road to an equitable recovery. These multiple entry points represent our commitment to serve everyone in our County.”
“With the leadership of the Board of Supervisors, we are developing and supporting a skilled and diverse workforce ready for competitive careers in high-demand industries,” said Kelly LoBianco, WDACS Executive Director for Economic and Workforce Development. “The re-opening of our AJCCs to walk-in service allows us to shift to a truly hybrid model, providing jobseekers and businesses with a wide range of options to access our services – one step closer to ensuring that our economic recovery is both equitable and inclusive.”
Find your closest AJCC by clicking here. All AJCC services are accessible through this website, by phone at (888) 226-8300, and via email at AJCCJobs@wdacs.lacounty.gov (for job seekers) or BizDev@wdacs.lacounty.gov (for businesses).
AJCCs offer a wide variety of services, including job search assistance, career counseling, and referrals to community resources such as housing. The AJCCs can also pay for job training for workers looking to advance their careers or shift to a new one, including opportunities for both in-class and on-the-job training with paid wages. In addition, residents who need help with rent, utilities, transportation, or work-related expenses if eligible, can receive financial help while searching for a new job or enrolled in job training. All AJCC services are available for LA County residents ages 14 and older, including special programs and initiatives for laid off workers, for probation, CalWORKs and current/former foster youth, for justice-involved individuals, for individuals experiencing homelessness, aging individuals, individuals with disabilities, and more. Businesses can also find skilled workers, information on the labor market, and access free PPE so employees can work safely.
The AJCC system has supported County residents and businesses through the pandemic. Since March 2020, nearly 29,000 people have been placed into paid jobs, and roughly 1,500 businesses were connected to the Employer Assistance Grant Fund, a first-of-its-kind business assistance grant. Additionally, $1.5 million in financial assistance was provided to over 1,000 people, reaching underserved populations including people experiencing homelessness and displaced workers. The AJCCs were instrumental in supporting the fight against COVID-19, placing over 1,200 individuals in paid work initiatives related to contact tracing, meal distribution, temporary housing, and PPE manufacturing.
During the pandemic, WDACS expanded the AJCC’s online presence, which now will serve as a complement to the reopened physical locations. In September 2021, the new AJCC website was launched, providing LA County residents with a central online location to access all AJCC services and resources. Located at ajcc.lacounty.gov, the website enables job seekers and businesses to access AJCC services with an easy-to-navigate design and quick linkages to important information. Other features include a mobile-friendly interface, a digital AJCC locator map, a service request portal, and a Virtual AJCC Resource Room.
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