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LAVC Partners with Good+Foundation to Support Student Parents

Los Angeles Valley College has established a new partnership with the Good+Foundation to receive donations that help support student parents at Los Angeles Valley College. The LAVC Family Resource Center and the LAVC Workforce Training Academies are the first community college programs that the Good+Foundation, which was established by Jessica Seinfeld, has supported with its donations.

LAVC Partners with Good+Foundation to Support Student Parents

Los Angeles Valley College has announced a new partnership with the Good+Foundation. LAVC’s Family Resource Center and Workforce Training Department are the first community college programs in the country to receive Good+Foundation donations and support to better serve students and community families.

“Community engagement is a key to college success and this partnership will help us holistically serve our community members and improve their academic and career trajectory,” said Dr. Barry Gribbons, president of Los Angeles Valley College.  Thirteen Good+Plus Foundation Board Members visited the Family Resource Center and saw infant toddler playgroups and center services, as well as meeting with administration and staff about the mutual benefits of partnering.  They also met with Workforce Academy students training to be Bus Operators who had received clothing, diapers, and other resources from the Good+Foundation to help remove barriers to success. 

The Good+Foundation, which was founded by Jessica Steinfeld, is a national non-profit organization that works to dismantle multi-generational poverty by donating tangible goods to increase services that help low-income parents and caregivers.

The LAVC Family Resource Center is the only center of its kind at a California community college, and offers wrap around services to assist student parents and adults engaged in Workforce Training. The LAVC Workforce Training Academies offer short-term employer driven pathways to careers in Transportation, Advanced Manufacturing, BioTech Manufacturing, and Professionals Services.   

“The needs of the communities we serve often go beyond Career Training and the Family Resource Center and community partners like the Good+Foundation provide invaluable contributions to our collective success.  I am very grateful to the GREAT people at Good + for this partnership,” said Dr. Douglas Marriott, Dean of Adult/Community Education & Workforce Development.

On Tuesday, September 29, LAVC Workforce Development and the LAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) welcomed 13 members and supporters from the Good+ Foundation to the campus to see their recent donation in action and to learn about the wrap-around services that FRC and the college’s Workforce Training academies offers its students. The partners from Good + saw the impact of the Foundation donations with both infants and toddlers and adults training for new careers.

Tempie Williams, a LAVC Workforce Training team member, saw the impact first-hand with the current cohort of trainees, “Our Bus Operator trainees often find themselves in need of supportive services (transportation help, clothing, emergency funding, emotional support, etc.). Supportive Services create an environment where students can have a successful training outcomes. Often in the most need are single dads, who seldom ask for help and are unaware that help is available. The recent donations from the Good+Foundation served the immediate needs of our students. Our group of mostly male students find themselves trying to navigate an educational environment as single dads, young fathers of infant children, grandfathers providing support to their families, and others positioning themselves for a new career. Their needs are great. And so, to be able to immediately distribute the shirts, pants, shoes and diapers to these individuals – all donated by Good+Foundation – gave them a feeling of hope, and prepared them physically for the training and for the interview process. They were able to express their gratitude and enthusiasm to the Good+Foundation Representatives right on the spot! And they were wished the best by the Foundation Representatives as they move forward. It was a joyous day!”

Graduate Jose Salazar shared “I would like to give a big thank you to the Family Recourse Center at Los Angeles Valley College for helping me out and helping me with this opportunity. I was not working and I’m a single father and they helped me out with some diapers for my kids. So if any of you guys need some help don’t be shy, just ask they are there to help us.”

Jose and the other graduates all moved on to interviews with Metro within three days of the graduation!

To learn more, contact the LAVC Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612 or visit the LAVC Family Resource Center webpage or LAVC Workforce Training at (818) 947-2941 or visit the LAVC Workforce Training webpage.

 

Pictured: Board members from the Good+ Foundation visit the LAVC Family Resource Center.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 10/1/2019 5:00:00 PM