Make a Difference in Your Career

What is the LA Fellows Program?
The fellowship was created in an effort to combine workforce development and volunteerism as a meaningful pathway to employment.  It will provide unemployed individuals with skills training and volunteer opportunities while they seek full time employment.

Who are the LA Fellows?
LA Fellows are an esteemed group of motivated, hard working, enthusiastic individuals, with solid work experience, who are looking for their next opportunity.

What type of training do the LA Fellows receive?
LA Fellows receive nine weeks of training at LAVC covering executive level topics including critical thinking, advanced job search skills, and generating business leads. After completing the program they will have received 140 hours of training.

Be the Difference in Your Community

What volunteer work do the LA Fellows do?
Participants donate their time and talents by sharing their professional expertise through meaningful project based roles, and in some cases executive duties, at local non-profit organizations. Job Training will evaluate the individual’s talents and the organization’s needs and connect them through a “meaningful match.” They will donate 100 hours of volunteer time to meet the specialized needs of the local non-profit organizations by utilizing the experience and expertise of the individuals.

Become an LA Fellow

How does one become an LA Fellow?
Fellows will be selected through an application and interview process. See the Apply Now section for more details.

What is the result?
The goal is for 100 percent of the participants to find full-time employment. Our current success rate is 88 percent of participants accepting paid positions within months of completing the fellowship.

What are the advantages of being an LA Fellow?

  • Make a difference
  • Confidence builder
  • Enhance resume
  • Acquire new and build on existing skill sets
  • Showcase talents in a positive and professional setting
  • Give back to the community
  • Be exposed to invaluable networking and resume building opportunities
  • Project a marketable career candidate impression
  • Presenting a community-focused image

Los Angeles has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, with thousands of highly skilled mid-manager level men and women looking for their next opportunity. At the same time, recent estimates indicate that approximately 30 percent of non-profit organizations in Los Angeles are in danger of closing their doors because of the current economic climate. As a result of these two concerning facts, and in an effort to make a difference, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Job Training recognized a need and an opportunity and created the LA Fellows Program.

The program was created in partnership with Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), City of Los Angeles Community Development Department (CDD), The Valley Economic Alliance, Employment Development Department (EDD), Los Angeles Valley College Foundation, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The fellowship was made possible through funding from City of Los Angeles Community Development Department through the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (WIB). For more information on the LAVC Job Training and our partners check out the “Partners” section.

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