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Career Resource Guide

Where to Find Tips, Testing and Training at Little or No Cost

September 09, 1996

Apprenticeship Preparation Classes

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Services:

* Preparation of trainees to meet apprenticeship entry requirements in a variety of trades, including surveying, sheet metal, plumbing/steam fitting, painting/drywall, electrical, sprinkler fitting, carpentry, refrigeration/air conditioning

* Information on selection processes of various unions

* Instruction and review in math and reading skills

* Focus on minorities and women, but open to all qualified applicants

Eligibility:

* 18 years or older

* High school graduate/GED certificate

* Valid California driver's license

* Must be able to provide own transportation

Enrollment periods:

* Fall: August and September

* Spring: January and February

* Summer: May and June

Cost: $5 registration fee

Hours: Classes offered 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Address: Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, 10925 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles

Telephone: (213) 249-1149

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Aware Advisory

Services: Vocational and educational counseling; not a placement service

Cost: $5 donation per visit (may be waived for the unemployed); $20 fee for Strong Interest Inventory testing (includes counseling)

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. and Wed.

Address: Santa Monica YWCA, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica

Telephone: (310) 452-3833

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Brady JobNet

Serves primarily lower-income individuals and families in East Los Angeles and surrounding areas, but all people are welcome.

Services:

* Three-day employment readiness seminar in English and Spanish

* Job search mentoring

* Help with resumes

* Interview practice

* Placement and follow-ups

* Referrals to employers

* Job club

Cost: Free to participants and employers, except $3 charge for seminar materials

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.

Address: 717 S. Brady Ave., Los Angeles

Telephone: (213) 722-4495

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Braille Institute

A nonprofit organization providing a wide variety of services to people who are legally blind, including more than 200 classes in independent living skills.

Career services:

* Learning Center for active job seekers with classes covering resume writing, interview skills and adaptive equipment

* Career development

* Job search and placement

* On-site job analysis before and after placement

* Subsidy program for adaptive equipment

* Annual employer seminar

Costs: Free to legally blind clients

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Address: 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

Telephone: (213) 663-1111

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Business Ownership Service System

An entrepreneurial training program offered by Rancho Santiago College to workers who are laid off or who will be laid off soon. The 10-week program provides technical assistance, complete assessment testing, business ownership skill training, marketing guidance and business plan creation.

Qualifications:

* Must be laid off or about to be laid off

* Must be a high school graduate with a minimum of an eighth-grade reading level

* Must have idea or concept for a small business

Cost: Free for qualified applicants

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Telephone: (714) 564-5207 for appointment and reservation

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California Business Incubation Network

Nonprofit, statewide association of business incubator advocates fostering the development of new business in California. Business incubators provide small, entrepreneurial businesses with affordable space, shared support services and business development services, such as financing, marketing and management. Incubators nurture young businesses during the start-up period.

Services offered by CBIN:

* Information clearinghouse

* Technical assistance with development and operations

* Seminars, conferences and workshops

* Speakers bureau

Cost: Complimentary information packet; membership fees: $100 individual, $250 nonprofits and $500 corporate

Address: 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Telephone: Sheila Washington at (619) 237-0559; (800) 427-4710 (California only)

Facility-based incubators in Southern California:

* Border Environmental Business Cluster, 477 Marina Parkway, Building 52, Chula Vista, (619) 498-4960

* Business Innovation Center, 3350 Market St., San Diego, (619) 685-2949

* Business and Industry Services Center, 901 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 564-5202

* CalStart, 3601 Empire Blvd., Burbank, (818) 565-5600

* CHARO Enterprise Innovation Center, 3951 E. Medford St., Los Angeles, (213) 269-0751

* EC2 Square Annenberg Incubator Project, 746 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 743-2344.

* Inland Empire Business Incubator, 155 S. Memorial Drive, Suite B, San Bernardino, (909) 382-0065

* Lancaster Economic Development Corp., 104 E. Avenue K-4, Suite A, Lancaster, (805) 945-2741

* Lynwood Entrepreneur Development Academy, 2555 Industry Way, Suite C and D, Lynwood, (213) 249-4980.

* Pasadena Enterprise Center, 1015 N. Lake Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena, (818) 398-9974

* RBTIC (Ridgecrest Business Technology Incubator Center), 139 N. Balsam St., Ridgecrest, (619) 384-1118

* San Diego Technology Incubator, San Diego City College, 1313 12th Ave., San Diego, (619) 230-2081

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