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Dear partner,

Welcome to the first 2016 edition of "South Bay Workforce Connection," the electronic newsletter of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB).

This issue is packed with great information and stories of successes and achievements. You'll find an electronic version of our 2014-2015 Annual Report along with many new online avenues to keep up to date with all the important - and relevant - employment-related information, opportunities, program changes and progress directly affecting the South Bay Area of Los Angeles County. 

Forty-one-year-old, Navy Veteran, Guillermo Madrid, was a Senior Account Executive and Outside Technical Sales Representative for a technology service provider. Unfortunately, he was laid off in October of 2014. His confidence shaken from the layoff, Mr. Madrid felt that he needed additional training if he was going to gain a competitive edge and rejoin the workforce.
SBWIB 2014-2015 Annual Report, New 'Media Room' and Social Media Pages
SBWIB 2014-2015 Annual Report
The SBWIB 2014-2015 Annual Report, highlighting the achievements and return on investment pertaining to dislocated worker, adult and youth programs is now online. In all, SBWIB's four One-Stop Business & Career Centers had 113,223 visits during the year. 
Also online are links to our new social media accounts for YouTube (South Bay Workforce Investment Board), Instagram (SouthBayWIB) and Pinterest (SouthBayWIB), as well as a new "Media Room" page on www.SouthBay1Stop.org &  www.SBWIB.org .  

Click here for the  2014-2015 Annual Report
Click here for a report on recent recruitments
Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE)
Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) One-Stop Centers offer convenient access to a wide array of services. Job information, training and job placement services including job club, labor market information, career workshops, job and career placement assistance, individualized assessment and much more are available. All of our services are free!
The South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) recently launched a new business portal, www.SouthBayBusiness.org, which is the result of a regional collaboration between 11 South Bay Cities (Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance) and the organization to help businesses succeed in a competitive marketplace. 
The Hawthorne Teen Center 7th Anniversary celebration, held at the Center, was hosted by the SBWIB and drew more than 100 people, including students, staff, parents and community civic leaders.  Chief Executive Officer of the SBWIB, Jan Vogel, was joined by City of Hawthorne Treasurer, David Patterson and Maritza Molina, Centinela Valley Union High School District Board Member. 
US Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaks at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board's 20th Annual Alumni event
US Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaks at the SBWIB 20th Alumni Celebration event
The 20th Annual SBWIB Alumni Awards Ceremony attracted more than 400 civic leaders, employers, training providers and graduates of job and career training programs. 
The event celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of the workforce investment community during the past year. Retiring El Camino College President, Dr. Thomas Fallo, received the Esther Williams Award of Excellence.  
EXCERPT: However, with so much focus on the "Brave New World" of transportation and trade, it is easy to lose sight of the less glitzy but equally important workplace skills - such as oral and written communication skills, project management, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and the ability to work in culturally diverse environments... Herein lies the value of Workplace Development Boards (WDBs) in helping employers in trade and transportation circles develop not only next-generation technological aptitudes but also the "old school" skills required to get the job done in any business environment.                                 

For job seekers:
February 11 (Los Angeles) - 100K Opportunity Fair & Forum at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is for youth and young adults ages 16-24 will feature more than 30 companies and offer coaching on interview skills, resumes and job applications.   
February 15 (Torrance) - Recruitment for Smart&Final at Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive (Rooms A & B). Onsite interviews will be conducted for several positions from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until all positions have been filled. See the flyer.
February 20 (Carson) - Carson Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Business Expo . Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, 3 Civic Plaza, Carson, CA 90745 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Executive Committee - February 10, March 9, April 13 
Performance and Evaluation Committee - February 16
One-Stop Policy Committee - February 17
Business, Technology and Economic Development Committee -  April 5
SBWIB - April 21
Connect with us:  For the latest information and happenings taking place in the South Bay Area, check us out on social media: Follow us on Twitter ( @SouthBayWIB and Like us on Facebook  ( South Bay Workforce Investment Board - SBWIB South Bay Jobs and GardenaOne-Stop ), view us on Pinterest (SouthBayWIB), Instagram (SouthBayWIB) and YouTube (South Bay Workforce Investment Board)

Visit  www.sbwib.org  or  www.southbay1stop.org  for more information and resources .


The South Bay Wokforce Investment Board