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Meet Leonard Velez - Hawthorne


Workforce Challenge:

Leonard Velez, 42, is a father of four young daughters. He was suddenly laid off from his job at Social Annex, a local software company, where he worked as a Service Director. Mr. Velez visited the Inglewood One-Stop Business & Career Center, seeking additional training in hopes of reentering the workforce. Mr. Velez attended a Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) information session, was deemed eligible and enrolled as a Dislocated Worker shortly thereafter.

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Workforce Solution:

Mr. Velez attended various workshops focusing on job preparation and career readiness services. He received information regarding training providers found on the Intrastate Training Resource and Information Network (I-TRAIN). Mr. Velez was enrolled at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California, where he obtained a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, which focuses on techniques and tools for process improvements with an emphasis on project management.


Outcome and Benefits:

The Six Sigma Certification and his previous work experience helped Mr. Velez secure a Vice President of Sales position with Telemet America, a financial investment software company, where he earns a salary of $77,000.


"I couldn’t be happier with the One-Stop staff. The assistance I received was excellent and has led me on a solid career path.”

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