Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor to Host Two Workshops to Get Local Businesses Online
Long Beach Get Your Business Online

In anticipation of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Mayor Bob Foster will host two Get Your Business Online (GYBO) workshops on Monday, November 25, at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Business owners who attend the workshop will have access to computers and free hands-on instruction in Pacific Gateway’s computer lab to learn how to set up an account and build their website.


Event details are:


Monday, November 25

8:00a.m. or 4:00p.m.

Pacific Gateway

3447 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807


Parking will be provided in the Pacific Gateway lot.


The Long Beach Get Your Business Online initiative provides business owners with the tools to create and host their own website completely free for one year. Today, the importance of being online is more crucial than ever. Businesses with a website are expected to grow 40% faster and are twice as likely to create jobs.


Google and Homestead, provide a selection more than 200 website templates to choose from, three clickable web pages, a custom domain name, and free web hosting for one year.


Computer space is limited. Interested individuals must RSVP to the Mayor’s office by Friday, November 22, by calling (562) 570-6801, or email gybo@longbeach.gov. Please provide your name, phone number and which workshop you would like to attend.



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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor helps to launch 2013 Hire-A-Youth Summer Program
Hire a Youth

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network today kicked off its Hire-A-Youth Summer Internship and Employment program. Each year, the program provides hundreds of youth in Long Beach and Signal Hill with valuable work experience, and also provides businesses with eager, job-ready workers. The program was launched at a ceremony thanking businesses for their support and encouraging them to continue their involvement in the program.


“Summer jobs and internships help build a young person’s work experience, and give them a sense of what career paths they may want to follow,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We’re asking employers to help us provide opportunities for these hardworking youth – hire them for the summer or serve as an internship mentor.”


This year’s program includes resources to help businesses hire or provide an internship, and some funds are available to help pay for the wages of youth workers. Pacific Gateway will provide $250 stipends directly to youth that complete internships, and also will cover the worker’s compensation costs of every youth intern.


A key component of the program is the completion of the National Work Readiness Credential, a 25-hour program all youth complete before being connected to a job or internship.


“The Work Readiness Credential program helps equip youth with the skills they need for the workplace,” said Vivian Shimoyama, Chair, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. “Our mission as a public agency is to help prepare residents for today’s jobs, and the Hire-A-Youth program does that for our youngest generation of workers.”


Work-ready youth in the program have attained the National Work Readiness Credential, which certifies that they have learned:

  • How to communicate clearly and work effectively in teams
  • How to be a problem-solver, a decision-maker, and a life-long learner
  • How to better understand math and use it at work to help solve problems
  • How to read time-sheets and job instructions with understanding


Pacific Gateway’s goal is to place 500 youth this summer in jobs and internships.


Businesses that are interested in reaping the benefits of the Hire-A-Youth program are encouraged to get more information by visiting www.pacific-gateway.org or calling Karla Corona, Youth Hiring Specialist, at 562.570.3681.



Top photo (left to right): Greg Roath, Postal Annex; Sandra Christmas, Mabel’s Gourmet Pralines; Mayor Foster; Samone Keo-Mulvihill, Delightful Crepes Cafe; Tom Mulvihill, Delightful Crepes Cafe; Janet Conklin; Sazar Barnes, Hire-a-Youth participant and Delightful Crepes employee; Albert JJ Kwon, Copy Co. USA; Jennifer Kuch, Hire-A-Youth participant and Delightful Crepes employee and Vivian Shimoyama, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Board Chair.

Hire a Youth

Mayor Foster presents a certificate of appreciation to Sandra, owner of Mabel’s Gourmet Pralines.



Mayor speaks with Cesar (second from right), a current Delightful Crepes employee who started as a Hire-a-Youth and Delightful Crepes Cafe owner Tom Mulvihill (second from left).

Mayor Foster speaks to some of the diners at the Delightful Crepes Cafe.


Mayor Foster tries his hand at making a crepe.

Mayor Foster tries his hand at making a crepe.

Mayor with Delightful Crepes Cafe owners Samone Keo (left) and Tom Mulvihill (right).



Mayor with Hire-a-Youth participant and current Cafe employee Jennifer Klutch.

Mayor with Hire-a-Youth participant and current Cafe employee Jennifer Kuch.

©2010 Bob Foster
$2.8M Grant Creates 363 New Healthcare Jobs, Funds Training for 400 Workers in Long Beach Area

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 13, 2012 – Pacific Gateway, the region’s workforce development agency, has been awarded $2,816,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to upgrade skills, certifications and training needs in the healthcare sector. This important project was developed through a public-private partnership with Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach, which are part of the MemorialCare Health System.

The grant, made nationally through the H-1B Visa Skills Training Grant Program, will provide customized training to unemployed job seekers for 363 new positions within Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s, Community Hospital Long Beach, the MemorialCare Health System and other healthcare sites. An additional 400 MemorialCare employees will receive updated training and certifications to help them advance in their career pathways.

“This federal grant is huge for more than 700 people who will now be fully employed or will add additional training to advance their careers,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “In addition, it will strengthen the local economy while supporting local businesses and their employees. I want to thank Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach for their partnership to help bring this grant to our city.”

“We are so pleased with the announcement. Pacific Gateway has been an integral partner in helping identify and educate our nurses and allied healthcare positions,” says Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach. “We look forward to our continued success together. This partnership has contributed not only to the services we can provide but also to keeping up employment in our community.”

Today's celebration also included a graduation ceremony for the recent graduates of a MemorialCare program. These graduates will benefit from the federal grant.

Long Beach Memorial CEO Diana Hendel and Mayor Foster with one of the recent graduates of the training program that will be funded by the federal grant.

Employment opportunities include patient care assistants, surgical sterilization technicians, clinical lab scientists, phlebotomists and other positions. Many of the jobs created during the four-year grant period will be new occupations, developed in response to upcoming changes in healthcare law. Joint investment from MemorialCare will help Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Harbor College develop new patient care and medical billing training designed to both maintain Long Beach Memorial’s, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach’s award-winning level of care and bring about operational efficiencies. These innovative practices will be studied for possible replication at other hospitals.

Participants in the program also will have access to personalized academic counseling to help them continue their community college education to earn additional certifications or work toward degrees in healthcare. The first cohort of 10 participants began on November 7, 2011. The project builds upon a longtime collaboration between Pacific Gateway, the region’s workforce development agency, and Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s, Community Hospital Long Beach and the MemorialCare Health System as a whole.

“This will be incredibly transformational for our customers,” said Larry Rice, a Board Member representing the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. “These are good jobs with an employer that has made a significant investment in their futures, and in the future of the region.”

The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor to address the U.S. H-1B Visa program, which raises the technical skills of American workers in occupations and industries that have seen shortages of skilled workers.

Individuals interested in these job opportunities are encouraged to begin by visiting one of Pacific Gateway’s three Career Centers: Long Beach (3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90807); San Pedro (1851 N. Gaffey St., Suite F, San Pedro, 90731), and Torrance (1220 Engracia Ave., Torrance, 90501) or by calling (562) 570-WORK.

About Pacific Gateway:

Administered by the City of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network is the region’s public workforce agency, serving the communities of Long Beach, Torrance, Signal Hill, and Lomita, as well as the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor Gateway through a partnership with the City of Los Angeles. Pacific Gateway, one of 49 Workforce Investment Boards in California, is dedicated to helping job seekers find quality employment through a variety of programs, and to helping businesses thrive by connecting them to skilled workers. Last year, Pacific Gateway helped more than 3,000 adult and youth jobseekers find employment.

About Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach:

Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach are a part of the MemorialCare Health System, a nationally recognized not-for-profit integrated delivery system with top ratings for quality and safety. Long Beach Memorial has been providing compassionate care with the latest state-of-the-art technology for more than 100 years and is the region’s first choice for comprehensive care in virtually every medical and surgical specialty. Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Community Hospital Long Beach has been providing warm and personalized top-quality medical care that its patients have come to treasure and trust since first opening its doors in 1924, offering state-of-the-art imaging, a comprehensive cancer care center, cardiovascular diagnostics, behavioral health, women’s heart screenings, occupational medicine, wellness and diabetes services and more. Visit MemorialCare.org for more information.

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Top photo: Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board member Larry Rice (far left) , Mayor Foster and Long Beach Memorial CEO Diana Hendel (far right) with recent graduates of the MemorialCare training program that has been funded by the $2.8 million federal grant.

Mayor Foster with Diego Vargas-Dominguez, a patient care assistant.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster meets with local area electeds and Workforce Investment Board

May 16, 2011 – Mayor Bob Foster met with elected officials and key City Staff from Lomita, Torrance, Signal Hill and Long Beach to have a roundtable discussion on regional importance of workforce development and economic development.  These four cities form the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and Long Beach currently serves as the administrator of the partnership.

The group of 20 people discussed issues such as youth training and employment, sharing some best economic development practices, the state of unemployment in each individual city, and the cities’ economic forecast.

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