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Workforce Development Corporation of Southeast Los Angeles County




10900 East 183rd Street, Suite 350

Los Angeles, CA 90703






24 months



POPULATION SERVED: Jobseekers with physical or psychological disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to fund salaries, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, training costs, and client supportive services. The proposed positions include a project manager, a disability program navigator (DPN) manager, and a consultant.


The Workforce Development Corporation of Southeast Los Angeles County (SELACO) needs funding to implement Making Abilities Work (MAW) and for the addition of a DPN to its staff.


MAW, a new program, will provide training services for the disabled, and will seek to identify ways that reasonable accommodations could be made to enhance ones performance and overcome barriers to employment. Key to this program will be the efforts of the DPN, who will conduct an assessment on current One-Stop services to the disabled and identify areas that need improvement. The DPN will also continue to built partnerships and collaborations with state programs and community organizations that serve the disabled.


The DPN will serve as an expert on workforce development issues and policies that impact those with disability who are seeking employment, skill development, job retention assistance, or career advancement through the One-Stop Career Center (CC) system. In addition, the DPN will train CC staff on activities, services, and other resources available within the CC as well as through outside sources, such as SSA programs, demonstration projects, and other programs that serve the disabled.


SELACO partners with the Employment Development Department, the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries of Long Beach, the Southern California Rehabilitation Services/Independent Living Center, the National Council on Aging, local unified school districts, Cerritos Community College, ARC, the California Department of Public Social Services, and the Workplace, which serves veterans who have been incarcerated.


Through the efforts of MAW and the DPN, SELACO expects an increase in the number of those with disabilities who would be served under WIA, as well as an increase in the number of those disabled customers who would gain employment.



GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Southeast Los Angeles County, California




Yolanda Castro