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By Jason Wells | February 14, 2009
BURBANK — In a small board room on the second floor of the Verdugo Jobs Center, work development officials began hatching plans Thursday for an expected cascade of federal stimulus funds. More than 1,000 jobs have been lost in Burbank and Glendale over the past year, and with job losses continuing to mount, demand for employment assistance has spiked, officials reported at the meeting. The number of people seeking job training and other assistance at the center jumped to 7,562 in January, twice as much as the same period last year, said Judith Sernas, who manages the job center.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 5, 2010
GLENDALE — After local officials successfully pleaded their case, the Verdugo Jobs Center will not lose a $171,956 state grant for introducing newly released prisoners into the workforce. The center’s funding for the California New Start Prison-to-Employment program was nearly cut because officials said other workforce investment boards weren’t spending their grants fast enough. All 49 boards across California had to spend 70% of their funding for the program by Sept.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | May 19, 2010
The arrival of Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank will bring a surge of jobs and economic activity to the area, industry observers said. The show, set to air four nights a week on TBS starting in November, will add to other late-night programs filmed in Burbank, including “The Jay Leno Show” and “Lopez Tonight,” which will run after O’Brien’s show. O’Brien will shoot his show at Studio 15 on the Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | April 12, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — Spurred by a renewed appetite for 3-D media, the entertainment industry is expected to remain the fastest-growing employer in the region, a trend that bodes well for job seekers across Burbank and Glendale, labor analysts said. The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board on Thursday was presented with what analysts referred to as the first database of Burbank- and Glendale-based entertainment companies working in digital fields. The database of some 650 local businesses would be used to give the board a detailed snapshot of the region’s specialties and strengths, and the ability to match them with emerging technologies.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | February 15, 2006
Glendale council to allocate more than a half-million dollars for a special training program for prospective nurses.GLENDALE -- City officials will help to address the nursing shortage in the area, thanks to $515,000 in federal funding Glendale has received from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The money, which the City Council will vote to accept at its Tuesday meeting, will be administered by the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and will be used to help train 124 registered and specialty nurses, who will help fill much needed new positions at Verdugo Hills Hospital and Glendale Adventist Medical Center, among others.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | October 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES ? Federal stimulus grants have helped the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board assist more jobless workers in recent months than ever before, but the funds have also turned the spotlight on a looming problem: The money is running out. Don Nakamoto, the board?s labor market specialist, alerted members to the issue Thursday during a quarterly meeting for the organization, which oversees job training and counseling services for unemployed workers in Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 30, 2008
Among the many hats that Lucy Burghdorf wears, she now has a new one to hang on her rack — Zonta Club’s 2008 Woman of the Year. Sharon Cohen, Zonta Club of Burbank area president, announced Burghdorf, Bob Hope Airport’s manager of community relations, as its choice on Monday. The club was chartered in 1936 and is now one of 67 chapters of Zonta International, an organization dedicated to advancing the professional status of women through service and advocacy, Cohen said.
NEWS
March 24, 2004
Jackson Bell When Susan Bowers moved to the city in 1997, the first organization she joined was the Burbank Civic Pride Committee. That sense of community pride, Bowers said, has been with her ever since. Bowers was recognized Monday for her dedication to community service as one of nine picks by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for Women of the Year in California's 29th Congressional District. "I think if we had a few more Susan Bowers in the world, there is nothing we couldn't do," Schiff said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | January 18, 2010
Demand for job training and counseling from the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board has continued to soar as unemployment rates remain around 10%, surpassing the organization’s expectations for the year with six months to go in its fiscal calendar, officials said Thursday. The board, which services job-seekers in Glendale and Burbank through the Verdugo Jobs Center, has coped with the record growth in visitors by using federal stimulus funds to add support staff and fund additional training programs.
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By Jason Wells | February 14, 2009
BURBANK — In a small board room on the second floor of the Verdugo Jobs Center, work development officials began hatching plans Thursday for an expected cascade of federal stimulus funds. More than 1,000 jobs have been lost in Burbank and Glendale over the past year, and with job losses continuing to mount, demand for employment assistance has spiked, officials reported at the meeting. The number of people seeking job training and other assistance at the center jumped to 7,562 in January, twice as much as the same period last year, said Judith Sernas, who manages the job center.
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