Calling LATTC an “incredible” institution, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used the college as an appropriate backdrop for the announcement of a $75 million dollar jobs initiative which will focus on “green” training. The state plans to leverage some of the federal stimulus dollars to locate specific job training at colleges like Trade Tech. In addition to the governor, state community college chancellor Jack Scott and the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, joined in the news conference re-iterating the leadership shown by Trade Tech in the areas of “green”training and curriculum. Chancellor Scott says he has visited Trade Tech several times and is always impressed by its innovation. Mayor Villaraigosa made reference to his recent news conference in the same room, where young people were part of a “green” summer jobs program orchestrated by Trade Tech just a few weeks earlier.
Governor Schwarzenegger walked the classroom of instructor Jess Guerra, as he spoke to students about bio-fuels. He showed the governor and the chancellor the equipment used to measure the effectiveness of these fuels as they are burned in combustion engines. He showed the school’s hybrid car and how it will be used to teach students about alternative fuels and measuring their “green” capacity. Of course, the governor also took some interest in the motorcycle engines in the classroom. The governor and the touring group then walked through the F-building to the B-building lab where instructor Tom Vessella and students offered demonstrations on weatherization, solar energy, duct work and green construction. The entire tour was led by Dean of Workforce Development Leticia Barajas and Vice President of Workforce Development Marcy Drummond. As he completed his news conference, the governor, the mayor and the chancellor were given LATTC “green” t-shirts. Plenty of media attended including eight television stations, one radio station and four newspapers.
It was another exanple of the growing reputation of Trade Tech as a leader in innovative curriculum and training, not only in the Los Angeles region but across the entire state.