How to Stop Flipping Burgers and Start Your Career

How to Stop Flipping Burgers and Start Your Career

Last week, fast-food workers staged one-day strikes across the nation in an effort to gain higher hourly wages. The struggle brings into focus the difficulty many people in America face trying to earn a living today.

Protesters currently seek a raise in hourly earnings from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $15. While California has its own minimum wage set at $8, protesters argue that it is not a “living wage” and that they are unable to support a family or even get by as a single adult.

According to the Living Wage Calculator developed at MIT, a single adult with no children living in Los Angeles County needs to make at least $11.37 an hour.

A “living wage” is the amount of money a full-time employee must earn each month to cover the average cost of food, housing, transportation, etc. The living wage can change depending on family size, location and other variables.

In a recent opinion piece, the Los Angeles Times editorial staff argue that, while low-wage employees should pursue a living wage, it is unlikely that they will receive the raises they want. Instead, the article suggests helping them advance into better jobs.

This is the mission of LA ORT College, and everyone here works hard everyday to help you learn an occupation and secure your future.

ORT College offers degree and diploma programs for in-demand fields in technology, business and medicine. Our programs provide effective and efficient hands-on, real-world education. At ORT, you can finish your studies quickly and find a new career fast with a high-quality education.

Think about it: keep flipping burgers or become a Digital Media or CAD professional? Perhaps you are good with numbers and wish to pursue an Accounting Degree. If you dream about helping people, our medical programs can put you on the fast-track to becoming a Medical Assistant or Pharmacy Technician. Check out all our programs at LA ORT College. The choice is yours, all you need to do is take the first step by contacting an ORT advisor today. We are here to help.

Yes, you may need to stay in fast food for a short while longer but you’ll be well on your way to a new career. We are ready to help you towards a better future. Contact us today to learn more about current programs and the numerous financial aid options available.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.