HUMAN WORKS FOUNDATION
Human Works Foundation provides job readiness training with a whole-person care approach to populations overcoming employment barriers, partnering with organizations that value human capital and providing gainful employment opportunities.
Promoting, providing, and placing individuals with equal employment opportunities through strategic partnerships with a human capital approach.
Human Works Foundation (HWF) was founded by Donald Langston in October of 2015 to capture and train various generations and populations targeting the skilled trade industry, specifically the commercial HVACR industry. Don has over 40 years’ of experience within the commercial HVACR industry, where he now owns operates his the families business for generations. In February of 2017, his daughter Megan Langston joined the non-profit and with her experience within the luxury retail industry expanding the program offerings to include hospitality, specifically focusing on customer service and sales.
Since its inception, Don’s vision was to be proactive and train the next generation of skilled tradespeople after experiencing firsthand the skills gap within his industry. Originally the non-profit was founded under the name Workforce Technician Education Center (WTEC) that directly portrayed the non-profit's mission, but as the non-profits grew its name and the services offered the name became obsolete.
In 2017 the non-profit partner with four pivotal organizations Department of Labor, Goodwill Southern California (GSC), NCCER and NRFF. The National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) is the nations largest and most recognized construction education organi zation. The National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF) is the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation (NRF) providing nationally recognized retail-based credentials. Our partnership with GSC started with the Walmart grant training individuals utilizing the NRFF RiseUp retail certificate training curriculum but grew to include additional grant training opportunities with Los Angeles County’s LARISE program serving additional populations overcoming employment barriers. The LARISE program starts with providing the participant with two training first cognitive then into the retail job readiness, after successfully completing the trainings, then they move into work experience portion applying the classroom knowledge into skills. The successful partnership between GSC LARISE program and HWF lead to the 2018 GSC grant opportunity with LAREO working with reentry population funded by the Department of Labor mirroring LARISE program model. Also, in 2018 the foundation’s HVACR program became federally approved by the Department of Labor.
As popularity and impact of HWF’s retail training grew but staying true to it skilled trade roots, we began to rebrand ourselves to reflect our current and future opportunities to enrich our community through workforce development with a whole person human capital approach where WTEC was reborn as HWF.