President’s Weekly Message
Good Monday morning to you on February 11th, 2019—
Welcome to the second week of the Spring 2019 semester. I certainly hope that you were able to secure your classes last week and are settling in to what promises to be a great semester. If you still want to add a class, or you want to sign up for a late-start class, you can visit the Bridges to Success office in Mariposa Hall, Room 105 for some guidance. You can also get your student ID there. The U-Pass is available at the Bookstore. If you need to purchase a parking permit, you can go to the Business Office on the first floor of Juniper Hall this week. Ticketing is relaxed through the end of the week to make sure that all students that need parking can secure it by the end of this week. Ticketing still happens if you are parked in handicap parking spots, electric charging spots if not getting a charge, or in reserved spots.
PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAYS
We have some Presidents holidays coming up and we want you to understand when the days off occur. This Friday, February 15th and Monday, February 18th are observed holidays. The campus will be CLOSED and there will be no classes and no services. Also those classes scheduled on Saturday and Sunday will not take place this upcoming weekend. So from this Friday 2/15 to next Monday 2/18 the campus is closed due to the President’s holidays. Please enjoy the time off.
CLUB RUSH WEEK
Here is one of the best ways to get involved with the campus!!! You could connect to an interest group, meet & get to know some like-minded students, find help in navigating the campus and maybe eventual career help…….You can get all of these by joining an ASO club. This week is ASO Club Rush Week, and most of our student clubs will be outside Mariposa Hall for Monday and Tuesday and then in the South Tent for Wednesday and Thursday. Club members will be there with information about their organizations. Come on out and learn more about the clubs on our campus.
DISBURSEMENT OF FINANCIAL AID
Here is some key information on the Financial Aid Disbursements. It will take approximately 2 days for the disbursement funds to be deposited to a BankMobile Vibe account from the Disbursement Date shown in the SIS system (for students who opted to open the BankMobile Vibe account). It will take approximately 3-5 days for the disbursement funds to be deposited to an ACH account from the Disbursement Date shown in the SIS system (for students who opted to have their disbursement wired to their personal bank account).
We hope that all students become proficient on Canvas, our academic software that will help with student success. Please come by one of the workshops if you need some guidance.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
We have kicked off a very special series of events celebrating Black History Month here at LATTC. They include several educational presentations and one remarkable historical exhibition. We are privileged to host the “Undesign the Redline” exhibit in the Magnolia Hall Atrium. This is a thorough and compelling display, which discusses some of the tragic policies of segregating neighborhoods and creating an economic “redline” around certain zip codes here in the Los Angeles area. It serves as a historical foundation for some of the conditions that exist today. If you have a few minutes, please visit the exhibit in Magnolia Hall. It will explain how and why some people have been prevented from owning their own home, why there are so many absentee landlord owned rental units in South and Central L.A., and how this has stopped the development of wealth and the intergenerational transfer of wealth for families in South L.A. and elsewhere. You will be interested and will have a better understanding of our city.
The opening of the exhibit was led by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who has been a true supporter of LATTC and the work we do here on campus. Click on the link to hear his introduction. Below that is the campus event calendar for Black History Month.
We will be offering a Metro U-pass this Spring, so you can ride public transit at a significantly reduced rate. It is structured so that students can use their financial aid credit in the Bookstore to purchase the pass, or finance the pass through the bookstore, or the U-Pass can be purchased through EOPS or UMOJA if student is eligible. The cost is $155 through June 16th. Consider commiting to public transit and finding a way to make that work.
Have you signed up for the Grad Guru app?
In addition to the in-person support you can receive in Bridges, you can also find important academic deadlines online. You can also keep up to date on key deadlines on your mobile phone by downloading the FREE Grad Guru App today! (Available for Apple and Android). You can add dates/deadlines directly to your personal calendar, get helpful tips and guidance – all geared towards helping you stay on track!
TruConnect/Lifeline Provide Free Phones, Monthly Service & Data
LATTC is partnering with TruConnect and Lifeline to provide eligible students with a free smart wireless phone and a free wireless service contract for minutes and data that comes preloaded with the LACCD and Grad Guru Apps.
TruConnect is a telecommunications company that offers wireless products and services to customers all over the United States. They are contracted by The Lifeline Program created by the Public Utility Commission to provide low-income households access to a “lifeline” of communication and emergency services. Lifeline is available to consumers who can provide documentation for eligibility based on their income level or participation in a public assistance program like SNAP, Medicaid, FPHA (Section 8), and others. Most of our students are eligible.
Finally, many of you know Cadet Katherine Rubio from LATTC. She is one of the hard-working team members who supports the campus sheriff’s office and our campus. This past week Cadet Rubio was named District Cadet of the Year at the Board of Trustees meeting for her work, her contributions to our campus and her excellence in the classroom. Congratulations to Cadet Rubio for a job well done.
Lots going this week, so please plug in. Make this semester your best.
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