President’s Weekly Message 10-30-18

Weekly Message 10-30-2018


President’s Weekly Message

Good Tuesday Morning to you, October 30th, 2018—


There are some good things happening on this campus and I want to make sure you have a chance to be a part of them.



The Financial Aid office is offering workshops on Fridays in the Financial Aid Resource Center in Juniper Hall/ST-314. This week is an important week for Financial Aid deadlines. The deadline to submit an SAP appeal is Friday, November 2nd. The deadline to submit a Fall Direct Loan application is also Friday, November 2nd. Don’t miss these very important deadlines. If you have questions, please send an email to



This is an exciting time for our Culinary Arts program. Last Wednesday the Los Angeles Trade Technical College Culinary Arts Pathway was an L.A. City “Good Food Champion for 2018” at the 8th Annual Food Day Celebration at City Hall. Food Day is a national initiative, similar to Earth Day, designed to raise awareness of food issues and bring together organizations in the Good Food movement across the country. Every year on Food Day, Councilmembers select a Good Food Champion— an individual, organization, business or community group—who demonstrates exemplary leadership in ensuring everyone has access to healthy, local and sustainable food and economic opportunities within the food system. This year Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. designated the LATTC Culinary Arts Department as a Good Food Champion. Our culinary students and faculty were at City Hall East sharing their goods and talking to people about our incredible program.




And now this Thursday we are holding a special ceremony, as we launch the construction of our new $48-million-dollar state-of-the-art Culinary Arts/Multi-Purpose Building in the center of the South Campus. You are invited to join our Chancellor and Board of Trustees, along with culinary arts students, chefs and others to memorialize this next step in providing the very best culinary learning facility on a community college campus. The event reception will take place starting at noon between Sequoia Hall and the fenced construction area. I hear that the chefs will be using a chainsaw to carve a large block of ice into an ice sculpture shaped like a backhoe as part of the reception. We will also have images of the new building, a fly-through video, a number of high school culinary students and some additional folks celebrating the beautiful new Culinary Arts building that will also include event space and a student lounge. The press event will follow at 12:45pm. Join us if you can.




Yes, this is Halloween week and this Tuesday October 30th, the Interclub Council (ICC) will be holding a Halloween Festival under the South Tent. There will be giveaways, games, costume contests and some type of maze. It’s going to be a lot of fun and all students are invited to come by, whether you are wearing a costume or not. It will take place between 12pm and 3pm this Tuesday.




On Wednesday October 31st, the cosmetology department will be celebrating Halloween by having a mannequin costume challenge in the North Quad grass. Come on out and take a look at the creations.





Then on Thursday November 1st, one of the most respected Day of the Dead “altaristas” will be setting up a Dia de los Muertos artistic altar outside of Mariposa Hall. Ofelia Esparza is an award-winning, world-reknown artist and is Transfer Director David Esparza’s mother. Come on by and take a look at her cultural design.




Don’t forget that our weekly St. Francis food pantry partnership will take place this Tuesday 10/30 at 10:30am in the K-Mall. All students who bring their student ID, are welcome to pick up fresh produce, food items and drinks.





Thank you to those students who attended our Disability Awareness Day event in the South Tent as well as the student panel in Aspen Hall, Room 101. I want you to know that I took the challenge laid down by faculty member Renatta Buscaglia. She challenged me to spend part of my day in a wheelchair and I used one for several hours, and got a chance to experience what it’s like to have mobility challenges on our campus. There were plenty of resources being offered, and the student/graduate panelists Franco Linares, Starla Hampton and David Rios were very insightful and inspiring to those who got a chance to hear their stories. Thank you to DSPS for putting together such a great awareness day.





There is a going to be a change in our administration over the next six months. Our Vice President of Pathways and Student Affairs, Dr. Kaneesha Tarrant, will be serving as the acting Vice President of Student Services at Norco College while that college searches for a permanent vice president. Dr. Tarrant will assist that college with its work on Guided Pathways. Over the next six months, Dean Henan Joof will be serving as our acting Vice President of Pathways and Student Affairs.


Lots of great things happening on campus and we want you to be a part of them all. Keep up your solid efforts in class and let’s finish the semester strong. And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6th, especially on the propositions that mean so much to this campus and our students.


Larry Frank

President, LATTC


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