Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In Washington (again) to advocate for Los Angeles

I'm back in Washington, DC, with the National League of Cities. Mayors and City Councilmembers from across the country are here to meet with federal government leaders regarding our need for economic recovery funds.

We are also sharing best practices. This morning I spoke to a group of fellow councilmembers about Los Angeles's workforce development programs. I was proud to share with them information about the Health Care Career Ladder program that we started at Los Angeles City College to prepare students for jobs in the growing health care industry. The Career Ladder program allows students to take classes to prepare them for entry level jobs, and then work while continuing to take classes that will help them move up the career ladder. The program has been such a success that we are looking to expand the program to other industries.