By Alba Ibarra
Thirteen young men and women on May 15 proudly accepted certificates of completion after fulfilling a 10-week Career Exposure Program where they were exposed to skills that will enhance future career opportunities, including within Parks and Recreation and other Los Angeles County departments.
The youth were provided with work experience and Personal Enrichment Training that will help them be better prepared to apply for and be successful at future jobs. The program was a collaboration among the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services and the Chief Executive Office.
The goal of the program was to expose participants to the different positions available in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and to help them navigate on how to get a job in the County.
“I know the tools and skills you learned in this program will help you in any career you choose to follow, and I encourage you to become a public servant and join our Department,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director John Wicker.
Paola Rodríguez, a Pre-Med student at Cal Poly who also used to volunteer at Bassett Park, said her supervisor thought she would benefit greatly from this program. “I learned communication and organizational skills and also how to interact with people,” she explained. “The experience was great, and I know I will use those skills.”
The program was a “fun and a good experience,” said Los Angeles resident and Santa Monica College student Markel Eatmon.
Congratulations to the graduates, and we hope the program helps them excel in their future!