Meet Salvador Tapia - Lawndale
Salvador Tapia, 46, of Lawndale, was facing extreme financial hardship after he was laid off from his job as a warehouse worker for a packing company in Gardena for more than two years. With a wife and son to support, Mr. Tapia was desperate to get back on his feet and through the recommendation of the Employment Development Department, sought the assistance of the Inglewood One-Stop. There he attended an information session that helped him evaluate his career and business aspirations. Mr. Tapia determined that he wanted to work towards owning his own trucking business.
Inglewood One-Stop staff assisted Mr. Tapia in determining the training necessary to attain his dream job. He attended and completed all program requirements needed to obtain his commercial driver’s license and during his one-on-one appointment with his case manager was determined eligible to receive funding for training under the dislocated worker program. Mr. Tapia navigated the list of approved vocational schools on the I-Train information network, enrolled in a California Truck Driving Academy and was on the road to realizing his goal.
Outcome and Benefits:
Upon completion of his classroom training, and utilizing the skills obtained through the various workshops he attended at Inglewood One Stop, Mr. Tapia’s job search quickly resulted in numerous job offers. Mr. Tapia interviewed with Northern Refrigeration and was offered immediate employment as a driver. Mr. Tapia is now earning more than $40,000 annually and is very grateful for the programs and services provided by Inglewood One Stop in assisting him with re-entering the workforce. He is now one step closer to the realization of one day owning his own trucking business.
"I am very grateful for the programs and services provided by Inglewood One Stop in assisting me with re-entering the workforce. I am now one step closer to the realization of one day owning my own trucking business."