Goodwill SOLAC’s Loss Prevention Training Program Celebrates Its 15th Class Graduation

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(L to R) Corian Ware, Priscila Tapia, Larry Hodnett, Thomas Bonam, Jose Perez, Nayeli Higareda, and Jacob Gomez

Another group of individuals completed their training last Friday, Sept. 7, from Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County’s (Goodwill SOLAC) Loss Prevention Training Program at the 15th class graduation ceremony at its main office at 800 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Graduates first attended a Loss Prevention job fair and recruitment event, which gave graduates an opportunity to interview with six top loss prevention employers. Marshalls, Rite Aid, Alliedbanton, Securitas, d.d. Discounts, and Global Force Protection employer representatives interviewed graduates for their current job openings.

In addition to classroom instruction, the program requires 100 hours of on-the-job training where participants learn to review, detain and interrogate each apprehension. Graduate, Priscila Tapia said the program was an investment in herself and her future.

Tapia, a recent graduate from Port of L.A. High School in San Pedro and will be attending U.C. Davis this fall, said, “This program has given me an opportunity to learn a new skill for a job and to better myself as a human being.”

The Loss Prevention class is a 5-week training program that includes in-classroom preparation and field training. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a Guard Card from the State of California, and Certificate of Completion for Loss Prevention, Security, and Customer Service.

Goodwill SOLAC is a community resource providing training and employment placement services to individuals with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill provided services for more than 6,400 people, trained 1,888 and placed 230 people in competitive employment.

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