What is REDI?

REDI is a collection of workforce collaboratives involving industry, labor, community organizations and public institutions with a specific focus on connecting low wage workers to high wage jobs and industries.  REDI's goal is to strengthen L.A.'s position as a world class city by developing a high skilled, world class workforce. 
The qualities of REDI that distinguish it from other Community College or Workforce Programs include:
  • its commitment to regional and sector-based economic development goals & strategies and not just student or participant success;
  • its intentional focus on not only building economic opportunities for low-income populations, but also developing strategies to revitalize  communities disconnected from the regional economy through targeted educational investments;
  • its interdisciplinary curricula design that brings faculty together across disciplines to address the broad range of technical, universal, business and problem solving skills needed for 21st Century jobs;  its curricula that offer seamless "grade school to grad school" academic and technical training in high demand industries. 

How can you get REDI training and education?

Our workforce collaboratives are identifying the current and emerging job opportunities, skills and training required to meet the workforce needs within 4 targeted industries:  tourism/hospitality, sustainable energy/utility, technology, and construction.   We will likely add health and other high demand industries within the next 12 months.

Education and training programs are and will continue to be developed to fill entry level to executive level jobs.  We develop clearly defined career pathways so that residents at different points of entry  -- whether in grade school or grad school,  out of work or stuck in a dead-end job --- can find the right training opportunities to get on the right path into these high demand jobs.

Most recenlty the following energy, utility, and/or construction sector training programs have been developed through REDI and are available at Los Angeles Trade-Technical Community College:

  • The Utility and Construction Prep Program.  The Utilities and Construction Prep Program is a seven-week intensive training program that addresses basic skills in math and English, as well as, fundamental construction skills, general work readiness, and financial literacy in the context of preparing for careers in the construction trades or utility sectors.  For more information about the program and upcoming program schedules click here.

  • The Solar Design, Installation and Maintenance Training Program.  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College offers a series of 9 courses for individuals interested in working in the new, emerging field of solar energy.  The courses enable individuals to be prepared to become certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) and have obtained NABCEP approval.  In addition, the College offers a Fundamentals of Solar Electricity course (ECONMT 105, 54 hours) that prepares individuals to be able to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge test.  For more information on the solar series click here.

What sort of training and skills will someone learn?

The programs and services of REDI will continuously evolve to meet special needs of various market segments (populations)-customized for unique industry needs and adapted for contextualized learning.  Education and training will provide students with universal skills that cut across all industry sectors including workforce literacy, technology, diversity, leadership, problem solving, teamwork, and basic math and English skills.   In addition, complete certificate and degree programs that provide students with training and skills that are unique to each industry sector such as construction, hospitality, logistics, and more will be provided.

How long does training take?

Again, the training is tailored to the unique requirements of industry and of the individual student.  Entry-level job education will be structured as full-time, short-term, "fast track" training academies that integrate technical, basic, and soft skills. Work experience and apprenticeship opportunities will be offered along with counseling and supportive services for the entry level positions.  Incumbent worker education is designed to provide lifelong education and training to enable the workforce to advance, adapt, transition, and succeed in an ever-evolving workplace.  Incumbent worker education programs will be structured in "just-in-time", online/hybrid, and accelerated delivery formats to meet the needs of working adults.

Will you be able to get a degree? If so, what kind(s)?

The full range of educational certificates and degrees will be offered including Skills Certificates, Certificates of Completion, Associate in Arts, and Associate of Science degrees.  In addition, students will be able to complete four-year degrees at partnering colleges.

Do you have any students registered under this program yet?

Recent initiatives launched by REDI, including the Energy/Utility Collaborative, the Hospitality Collaborative, and the Triple Crown initiative will begin to enroll/register students starting this fall.

What type of jobs do you foresee people getting after they complete their studies at REDI?

REDI programs and services are sector-specific, targeted at high-wage, high-demand industries.  Initially REDI is focusing its efforts on the following industry sectors:  energy/utilities; hospitality, leisure, and travel; and logistics.  After completing their studies students will be able to obtain jobs in the full-range of career paths in each of these sectors.  For example in the construction sector students will be able to obtain many of the following jobs:  utility pre-craft workers, meter reader, electrical craft helper, electrical distribution mechanic, water treatment/utility operator worker, construction technician, energy technician, construction trades helpers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, operating engineers, civil and electrical engineers, and construction managers to name a few.

Will REDI be available at other colleges?
One of the purposes of REDI is to disseminate its programs and services to other colleges throughout the Los Angeles Community College District and the region.  Once developed, REDI programs will be made available at other colleges.

How is REDI serving underprivileged members of society who live in the areas affected by the Riots?

Recent initiatives launched by REDI, including the Energy/Utility Collaborative, the Hospitality Collaborative, and the Triple Crown initiative are targeted at youth and adults living in south central Los Angeles and the Vernon Central area in particular.  REDI's Community and Enterprise Development Unit's purpose is to connect low income residents and communities to the regional economy.  REDI will work directly with community based organizations, inner city schools and businesses, as well as low income residents through our partnership with L.A.'s Worksource Centers to provide education, training, business  assistance and asset building support services to connect them to economic opportunities in the region.

What instigated the development and establishment of REDI?

REDI is the college's response to Chancellor Rocky Young's challenge to become the regional leader in workforce training and education two years ago.  A team of individuals from the college has spent the past two years researching best practices, examining workforce development models, visiting other programs, and designing a model we believe will become an exemplar in workforce training and education.


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