P.O.W.E.R. Collaborative Network (PCN)
April 13, 2011 – Meeting Summary
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ICDC College joined with the U.S. Veterans Initiative, Inc. (U.S. Vets) in collaboration of presenting a terrific P.O.W.E.R. Collaborative Network (PCN) meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The dedicated array of presenters provided the PCN attendees, which included many military veterans, with education, job placement assistance and opportunities. Special appreciation goes to the two individuals responsible for bringing together such a distinctive group, Lisa L. McGloiry, J.D., Director of Media Relations & Community Outreach, ICDC College, firstname.lastname@example.org and Fernando Godinez, Veterans Representative, U.S. Vets, email@example.com.
This April PCN meeting was conducted on one of eleven U.S. Vets’ sites, the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, a 26-acre campus serving as the largest transitional housing facility for homeless veterans in the country, which presently houses over 550 homeless veterans. ‘Providing Our Veterans with Education, Job Placement Assistance and Service Opportunities into the Future’ was the April meeting theme that was truly spot on. This immense U.S. Vets’ facility served as a complimentary setting to ICDC College’s educational program that has earned this university the distinction as one of the nation’s top Military Friendly Schools for 2011, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.
Thank you also goes to Greg McCormick, Site Director, U.S. Vets – Long Beach, who graciously welcomed the PCN members and provided an overview on the special programs tailored to individual veteran needs, and the services offered to male and female veterans, non-custodial parents, the chronically mentally ill, and Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. All these programs are collaborative efforts with local area providers, VA Medical Centers, and local government agencies; and are funded to provide long-term transitional housing, residential employment services, case management, substance abuse treatment, and outreach to homeless veterans. Mr. McCormick’s office number is (562) 388-7800.
Lisa L. McGloiry, ICDC College had the privilege of introducing special guests who are working in dual capacities as soldiers and civilians coordinating Yellow Ribbon programs around the country. W.K. Jones, 63rd Regional Support – Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), and Lisa Flores, 63rd RSC – Family and Yellow Ribbon Program who graciously invited all PCN members to participate in the May 20-22, 2011, Yellow Ribbon Job and Resource Event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. Ms. Flores can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James A. Hughes, a Unites States Army Veteran, Bronze Star with Valor Device Recipient and ICDC College Student traveled from Atlanta, Georgia for this PCN meeting and proudly shared how he is balancing his military training with formal education for special employment opportunities. Wil Cuadros, Military Advisor, Dept. of Veterans and Military Affairs, ICDC College, detailed how the school’s curriculum helps military families to make meaningful steps forward through education to employment. In addition, ICDC College offers Associate’s Degree programs and fast-track diploma programs online in careers such as Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Homeland Security, Forensic Scientist, Health Care Management, Business Management and Accounting and Paralegal, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Computerized Accounting, Medical Office Management, Physical Therapy Aide, Dental Technician, and much more. Mr. Cuadros’ email address is email@example.com
James Wright, Veterans Representative, EDD Crenshaw Office, informed everyone how he is part of 186 veteran staff members’ committed to assisting military women and men in making the transition to a successful career in civilian life. Additionally, they provide in-depth case management services and help administering the annual Honor a Hero, Hire a VetSM Job and Resource Fairs held throughout the State. The Employment Development Department is one of several state and local partners combining resources to ensure these returning service men and women receive all of the assistance and support they need as they return home.
As part of the Operation Welcome Home initiative, EDD has hired over 300 employees called the CalVet Corp. They are referral specialists, all veterans, who assist with obtaining all the benefits and services veterans have earned. They are limited term employees that focus on recently separated service members and work in coordination with the various state and local representatives supporting veterans. Mr. Wright can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duffy Leahy, Program Manager, Volunteers of America, Los Angeles, enlightened and encouraged the PCN members through his overview of Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles. This nonprofit provides a diverse range of human services, including programs that assist veterans faced with challenges of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse by extending transitional and permanent housing, job development and placement, physical/mental health referrals, substance abuse treatment, group therapies, anger management, life skills classes, transportation, benefits and legal advocacy.
In addition, the VOALA serves a vast population in need through programs including, but not limited to, Children’s Services, Youth Programs, Family Services, Housing, Seniors’ Services, Homelessness, and Recovery/Re-entry. Mr. Leahy can be reached at email@example.com.
Consuella Mackey, Founder/Executive Director, Operation Confidence provided an inspirational presentation about her grass roots nonprofit organization that provides job preparation workshops, search for employment opportunities and host career fairs for individuals with physical disabilities. Operation Confidence serves to bring awareness to the tremendous contributions made by people with disabilities, highlight their capabilities and create employment opportunities.
Operation Confidence have assisted over 11,000 individuals to gain meaningful employment and independent living though our job fairs, dress for success program, recruitment and outreach efforts, and has successfully organized and hosted Mega Job & Community Awareness Fairs throughout Los Angeles for many years. The Operation Confidence’s Positive Redirection Team is a diverse group of very independent people (all wheelchair users) who are motivational speakers, mentors, life coaches and constants. To provide work for these individuals, please contact Ms. Mackey, ConsuellaMackey@aol.com, (818) 368-4407, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Jones, cofounder/Executive Director of the PCN, a nonprofit public benefit group, expressed how the PCN members have expansive resources in career training, employment opportunities, and social services that include housing, medical care, internships, and so much more. These PCN monthly meetings are greater than ever as an outreach tool for socioeconomic development that intelligently adhere to the U.S. Workforce Investment Act in partnering with human social service organizations.
The Internet web site www.IStartOnMonday.com has become an outstanding part of civic reach by constantly identifying and sharing employment and training opportunities everyday! The web site receives its listings from a ten-year old network of social service providers, who continually distribute positive employment, training classes, job fairs and variety of essential resources. Although, the majority of opportunities target low- to moderate-income individuals, significant varieties of degreed positions are also included. Mr. Jones’ office number is (310) 637-7248, or email POWERSOLA@aol.com.
The next PCN meeting is Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 10 AM – Noon. Our host is the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) – 77th Division, 6236 S. Saint Andrews Place, Los Angeles, CA 90047 (Good Times Banquet Hall), under the leadership of LAPD Captains Dennis Kato and Jorge Rodriguez.
Meeting Attendees for April 2011
- Adriana Armenta, USC School of Social Work Student
- Andria Streeter, Goodwill
- Angelo White, C.H.A.M.P.S. Outreach, Inc.
- Brigette Cruz, U.S. Vets
- Carolyn Christian Hines, Hines Hospitality Group
- Cesar Cortes, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
- Cherrie Lechuga, U.S. Vets, Inc.
- Consuella Mackey, Operation Confidence
- Cynthia Barnes, Goodwill SOLAC
- Danny Wilson, CA Employment Development Department
- Dean Jones, Southland Partnership Corporation/POWER Collaborative Network
- Destiny Hill, Project 180
- Duffy Leahy, Volunteers of America (VOALA)
- Eric Chidaly
- Ernesto Garcia, Hollywood Worksource
- Ethel Fimbres, East San Gabriel Valley ROP
- Fernando Godinez, U.S. Vets, Inc.
- Floria Griffin, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
- Ge Mona, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
- Gin Andrews, Key of Hope Outreach Services
- Greg McCormick, U.S. Vets, Inc.
- James Hughes
- James Wright, CA Employment Development Department
- Janey Lay, SASSFA
- Jason Brusavich, Clothes The Deal
- Jeff Patton, Goodwill SOLAC
- Jeffery Bradley, U.S. Vets, Inc.
- Jennifer Frank, MENTORS International
- Jodie Marholz, Total Family Support Clinic
- John Beverly, Goodwill SoCal
- Jonae Watts, Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Center (LAOIC)
- Julie De La Mora, CA Employment Development Department
- Kidadda Curtis, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
- Kim Keating, Los Angeles County Probation Department
- Lisa Anderson, Salvation Army
- Lisa Flores, 63rd RSC – Family Program
- Lisa McGloiry, ICDC College
- Martha Martinez, Los Angeles County Office of Education
- Marvin Gomez, ICDC College
- Mary Ann Profeta, Working Wardrobes
- MaryD Miller, Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement – Boyle Heights
- Maurice Forter
- Melissa Monreal, Walden House
- Michael Del Cid
- Michael Maynard
- Michael Wilkins
- Oscar Ray Guza, Infotech Career College
- Randall Oka, Komputers 4 R Kids
- Renee Williams, Financial Education
- Rian Watts, CA Employment Development Department – Torrance
- Ricardo Nedoza, Representative Lucille Royal-Allard
- Ricky Davis, Los Angeles Urban League
- Robert Davis, Department of Veteran Administration
- Ronnie Boston, FASGI
- Rosalyn Wise, U.S. Vets, Inc.
- Sal Barajas, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
- Seta Zorabian, Hollywood Worksource
- Sheila Wiley, Infotech Career College
- Steve Long, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
- Ted Tenorio, CA Employment Development Department – Marina del Rey
- Thomas Sandoval
- Valencia Galloway, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
- Van Tyus, Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Center (LAOIC)
- Veronica Mendoza, Goodwill SOLAC
- Vikki LePou, American University of Health Sciences
- Vikki Westerskov, SoCal ROC
- Wil Cuadros, ICDC College
- Yesnia Guerra, Veterans Upward Bound
Sponsors and supporters see reliance in the PCN’s commitment toward promoting useful human resources service data and innovative socioeconomic development strategies via the Internet and business meetings. The PCN members Agenda topics cover discussions on job recruitment, funding, training, and other related human need interests. For opportunities with obtaining job, training and essential resources visit www.IStartOnMonday.com
Quote from leading actor, William Powell in the movie My Man Godfrey (1936);
“The difference between a derelict and a man is a job.”
A paraphrased quote from the President of the United States, Barrack Obama, (4th Q. 2010);
“I of course condemn the crimes of those who are convicted but, individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”