Meet Deidre Gustavson - Redondo Beach

Workforce Challenge:

Deidre Gustavson, 52, from Redondo Beach, was laid off from Mattel in El Segundo where she worked as a Project Engineer for 10 years. The company was facing financial hardship. Ms. Gustavson went to the Inglewood One-Stop to gain new skills from training in order to reenter the workforce. Ms. Gustavson attended a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) information session, deemed eligible and enrolled as a Dislocated Worker shortly thereafter.

Workforce Solution:

During the time Ms. Gustavson attended various workshops and received information regarding training providers found on the Intrastate Training Resource and Information Network (I-TRAIN), she was placed at UCLA Extension where she obtained a Certificate in Sustainability. The Certificate in Sustainability focuses on combining academics with real-life application in renewable energies and sustainable practices.

Outcome and Benefits:

Meet Deidre Gustavson - Redondo Beach

Ms. Gustavson’s certification, along with her existing experience allowed her to secure employment as a Cost Engineer in the toy development department with Hasbro Inc. She is presently earning $60/hour.

"I am very happy and satisfied with all the services and training that Ireceived from the Inglewood One-Stop’s staff. I hope to continue my education and further my career.”