The City of Long Beach Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network this week kicked off a new America's Job Center of California center, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, also known in short as The WorkPlace. The launch took place at the culmination of a process that began three years ago.
"The WorkPlace is going to be a great resource for residents both locally and in the region," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "We know that people need help with their resumes, interviews, and learning new skills to land that next job, and that’s all going to happen in this facility."
The WorkPlace, located at 4811 Airport Plaza Dr. Ste. 120 Long Beach, CA 90815, provides resources to help job seekers connect to free services and consultation to gain employment. The center is staffed by professionals from both Pacific Gateway and the State’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Main highlights of the space include: a resume bar where customers receive help improving their resumes, a learning lab equipped with computers and technology for job searching, huddle rooms where staff members offer professional advice for success, and the inspiration theater where uplifting documentaries and videos are continuously screened.
“We landed in a wonderful space," said Nick Schultz, Pacific Gateway Executive Director. "We had an opportunity to design a space that is uniquely inspired by the direct commentary and needs of the folks we serve."
Products and services that The WorkPlace provides consist of:
Funding for The WorkPlace was provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as other general funds.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Economic Development
The mission of the City’s Economic Development Department is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. This includes making it easier to start and grow a business, streamline the process for property development, and provide businesses with a skilled workforce. The Department includes Property Development, Business Development, and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. For more information on the Economic & Property Development Department, please visit http://www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/ or follow us on Twitter @LBEconDev and Facebook.
About Pacific Gateway
Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network is a public workforce agency, dedicated to helping job seekers connect to employment as quickly as possible, and to helping businesses through worker training programs, hiring incentives, and other resources. Pacific Gateway serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill and the Los Angeles communities of the Harbor Gateway area.