President’s Newsletter #11

July 2011

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LATTC in national media news:  USA Today journalist Paul Davidson wrote an article on July 5th entitled “Jobs in post-recession  USA demand multiple skills”. He quoted our VP of Workforce and Economic Development, Marcy Drummond, about the changing job market and how our college is responding to the change and needs by service area employers.  The article can be viewed here: http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/2011-07-05-multiple-job-skills_n.htm

LATTC deemed as Military Friendly School:  After years of research and recent survey of over 8,000 schools, LATTC has been named a Military Friendly School for 2012 by G.I. Jobs Magazine.  This ranks our school in the top 20% of all colleges, university, and trade schools nationwide.

Los Angeles Trade-Tech chosen for Social Media Project: The League for Innovation in the Community College and the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, sponsored a competitive request for proposals for a project called: Getting Connected: Harnessing the Power of Social Media Technology to Enhance Community College Student Success. The purpose of this three-year research project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is to increase the understanding of issues relevant to the ability of social media technology to connect students to college-based information and institutional resources and to increase student retention and other related outcomes.  Based on our robust capacity and commitment to using and developing social media technology,  LATTC was selected as one of eight community colleges to participate in the project research.  LATTC will have the option of using a specific SMT, Schools App, a product of Inigral, Inc., or an existing social media application developed by the college or another vendor.  Trade will strategically implement the selected SMT to improve students’ engagement, connection to the institution, persistence, and success.   We will also work with project researchers, who will be studying the patterns of SMT use among the participating colleges and the effectiveness of SMT for each college.

Fashion Student James Daniels invited to LA Fashion Week 2011: James Daniels is a  fashion student exemplifying the kind of person who has taken what we teach and carried it to unbelievable heights. Competing against students from FIDM, Otis, and Santa Monica College Daniels’ design was chosen to be used on t-shirts celebrating LA Fashion Week 2011 in September. His work will be worn all over the city by thousands joining in this event to celebrate fashion around LA and globally. It is a tremendous honor, and of course, it is another reason to be truly proud of Trade Tech, our students, our faculty, our staff and our mission. Congratulations to James and the fashion department.

CRCD Academy and SouthLA YouthBuild 2010-2011 cohort held graduation ceremony at LATTC:  Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), LATTC, and YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC) work together to provide young people (ages 16-24) an expedited path to earn a High School Diploma, along with dual enrollment in college, and career-path training in construction and green-building.  I00% of these students live at or below the federal poverty line and 48% of the 18-24 year olds in the program do not have a high school diploma.  The graduation held at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College on June 23 was more than a ceremony.  It was truly a celebration of creation for a pathway out of poverty through education.