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Local Career Fair at the Compton/Rancho Dominguez AJCC

Irene Gutierrez, Community Engagement Coordinator for Neighborhood Housing Service
pictured at the AJCC Job Fair providing information and opportunities at NHS

The Rancho Dominguez American Job Center of California (AJCC) organized a career and resource fair on Oct 31, 2023, inviting residents to learn about work opportunities and advance their careers.

The fair provided on-the-spot interviews and hiring from various job opportunities such as airline catering, security, bus driver positions, and electricians. 

Nichole Fowler, business services manager of AJCC says the career fair is an excellent way for people to explore new fields. “We wanted to offer opportunities to everyone in the community,” she states. “This is an avenue to learn about our services [and] be trained in a new sector.”

While some employers like the Department of Social Services (DPSS) offered positions that required a 4-year degree, many of them, such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 11), did not. 

An Eligibility Worker II with the DPSS requires a 4-year degree or previous work experience as an Eligibility Worker and pays between $50,000 and $65,000 annually. 

Kimberly Green, recruitment and outreach manager for DPSS says that the perfect person for a position with the DPSS would be, “Someone who is understanding, empathic, and outgoing. We’re assisting some of the most desperate individuals and families in need and the individual who comes to work for the DPSS needs to understand that and meet people where they are.”

The IBEW offers four apprenticeship programs that train individuals in construction and electrical work based on their interests and voltage (high or low) preferences. 

“Each program is like a $40,000 scholarship for free,” states IBEW communications organizer Citlali Castillo. “As long as you qualify to get into the program and you’re going to school and on-the-job training, you’ll be getting a raise every six months. So you can be making anywhere from $46 to $60 an hour once you finish the program and become a journeyman.” 

Other organizations in attendance include the Neighborhood Housing Services, International Paper, Staff Management | SMX, Color Compton, Revolution National Pest Council, PacWest Security Services, MV Transportation, SHIELDS for Families, and the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy. 

Two local youths, D’Angelo and Jai, share why they decided to attend the fair.

“It’s an opportunity,” Jai states. “You never know what it could be.” 

And D’Angelo: “I’m here to find better employment and take my next step in life.”
For more information on the AJCC visit their office at 2909 E. Commerce Drive, Compton California 90221 or call (310) 762-1101 or visit website here.