When the White House (WH) looks for a community college offering best practice, it looks no further than Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Last week, the newly-created WH Office of Urban Affairs brought U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to the Trade Tech campus on Tuesday November 24th, to show her the education-industry-labor partnerships this college has put together in support of students entering the workforce. The White House representatives received a first-hand look at classes and instruction that will place people in careers. It is clear that the White House is looking to us as a model for such training and placement across America’s urban core.
Instructor Jess Guerra explained our bio-fuels program to Chancellor Tyree Wieder, LACCD board member Tina Park, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, WH Office of Urban Policy chief Adolfo Carrion, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and LA City Council president Eric Garcetti. This was just one stop on a tour that covered weatherization, photovoltaic and “green” construction as well as auto collision and painting and welding. Also joining the group were leaders in the U. S. Commerce, Education and Social Services departments.
The Labor Secretary and the mayor, then held a news conference in the bio-fuels lab. They talked about how impressed they were with Trade Tech. Then along with 40 other important community leaders, they met in the F-building for a policy briefing, where education grants, partnership policies and government appropriations were discussed. The White House contingent was thoroughly impressed with Trade Tech’s faculty, students and programs. Carrion was quoted as saying “I’m looking at things at this college, that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the country”. Vice President Marcy Drummond and Dean Leticia Barajas were instrumental in coordinating the entire visit and policy meeting and really showcasing the partnerships and practices we have on campus. We are optimistic that this visit will lead to more funding for our programs. These government people see us as leaders in these workforce development and curriculum areas, and that word has now spread to Washington D.C. and across the world.
White House Office of Urban Affairs Visit 11-24-09 Part One
White House Office of Urban Affairs Visit 11-24-09 Part Two