President’s Newsletter – October 2012

President’s Newsletter – October2012

ELECTRONIC TIME REPORTING FULLY DEPLOYED AT LATTC:  Claudia Mata of our Payroll/Personnel Department completed the project of fully deploying the electronic reporting of time into SAP, also known as CATS.  The 2-year project resulted in successful implementation, including training and policies and procedures.

LATTC IS NOW AN ACCREDITED EPA RRP LEAD-BASED PAINT TRAINING PROVIDER:  The Construction, Design and Manufacturing Department is proud to announce that LA Trade-Tech is now an accredited Environmental Protection Agency RRP (Repair, Renovator, Paint) lead-based paint training provider. This training is in particularly high demand because the EPA is now requiring that all contractors, renovators, and painters who work in homes built before 1978 have this certification. As an EPA accredited training provider, LA Trade-Tech can now certify renovators through an eight-hour course that will be offered on our campus.  Congratulations to VP Leticia Barajas, Acting Dean Joe Guerrieri, and the CDM Department.

AIR RESOURCES BOARD AWARDS JESS GUERRA AND CARLOS ROJAS:  California Air Resources Board honored Jess Guerra and Carlos Rojas by giving a Gold Superior Accomplishment Award in honor of their outstanding work for the agency, which is rarely given outside of the agency.  This demonstrates how much the ARB recognizes our faculty’s excellent work providing expert testimony, industry education, and compliance training. Congratulations to instructors Jess Guerra and Carlos Rojas.

LATTC COUNSELOR ASSISTS AT PRESIDENTIAL EVENT:  On Monday October 8th, the President spoke at a truly historical dedication of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, CA., which includes the United Farm Workers headquarters and the gravesite of Cesar Chavez.  More than 6,000 were in attendance, and our very own newly-hired LATTC counselor Jamila Guerrero-Cantor was called on to interpret in American Sign Language for the Deaf. Jamila was invited to the event as a board member of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, but stepped in when there was an absence of interpreters. Also in attendance was LATTC student worker Rocio Andrade, who helps with the Puente program. Both of these women were part of an amazing event.

LATTC PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS:  “Back on Track Through College” took place in late September and highlighted the amazing partnership between national organizations and LATTC. Our leadership is evident on a national stage due to success of our Youth Build program, which helps underserved youth secure training at a postsecondary educational level. VP of Academic Affairs & Workforce and Economic Development Leticia Barajas arranged this remarkable event featuring some excellent students.

DAY OF DIALOGUE FOCUSES ON STUDENT COMPETENCIESOn September 27, 2012, the Student Success Committee hosted the third in a series of “Day of Dialogue” events at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.   Building on the outcomes of the previous two Days of Dialogue events, the September 27, 2012 Day of Dialogue focused on the prioritization of student competencies in the PACTS framework.  Hosted by the Student Success Committee, over 100 attendees, including students, faculty, staff and administrators, offered input on the competencies previously drafted.  Audience members were given the opportunity to rank competencies as critical, essential or desirable as they relate to a student’s ability to be successful in college.  The audience being able to “see” their votes projected as a bar chart in real time was a highly effective strategy to increase engagement and highlight the transparency of the process.  A comment from a student exemplifies the reason and purpose of the Day of dialogue series:  “I was really surprised to see that the faculty and administrators really do care about students and if they succeed and also care about our opinions and our needs.