Publications and Videos

Over the past few years, green education and training programs and activities—and the students, faculty, and administrators who are affiliated with them—have been featured in numerous publications, articles, and videos.

Below is an overview of each publication, article, and video Trade-Tech is featured in: including a description and the topics and information covered and a link to the accompanying publication, article, and/or video.

Archive Publications

All-Female Class Climbs Utility Pole of Success.

On August 21, 2010 Los Angeles Trade-Technical graduated its first, all-female utility lineworker class.  The Associated Press attended the graduation ceremony and published a story, mostly comprised of quotes from participating students.  Source:  All-female class climbs utility pole of success by Raquel Maria Dillon, The Associated Press, August 21, 2010.  The article also appeared in many print and online publications including: The Daily Breeze, philly.com, robocaster.com, topix.com, The Orange County Register, localxxl.com, the San Francisco Examiner, dailycomet.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate to name a few. 

 

Utility Line Woman Climb to the Top.

NBCLosAngele.com covered the graduation ceremony of the first line-woman graduation at the college.  Pictures and quotes from students are included.  Source:  Utility Line Woman Climb to the Top by Cary Berglund and Julie Brayton, August 23, 2010, NBCLosAngeles.com.

 

Los Angeles Times Highlights Trade-Tech’s Female Lineworker Program.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College developed and implemented the female lineworker program which is aimed at recruiting and training women for this exciting, non-traditional occupation and career—one that will be vital for ensuring the maintenance of existing power infrastructure, but also for installing the smart grid and electrical distribution lines critical for bringing renewable energy sources to market.  On August 17, 2010, the Los Angeles Times highlighted this program with a brief article, pictures, and with an online blog and photogallery.  Source:  Chan, B. (August 17, 2010).  First class of women set to be certified as utility linemen. Click hereto read Los Angeles Times article.  A photo gallery is also available on the LA Times website click here to see it.

 

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Featured in National Report as a “Community College Paving the Way in Building Effective Green Energy Programs”.

On June 1, 2010, the Workforce Strategy Center released its national report entitled “Building Effective Green Energy Programs in Community Colleges”.  The report features nine community colleges throughout the country, including Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, that are “leading the field in green education” and are grappling with a myriad of issues related to implementing green job training and education programs. Click here to read the report.  Trade-Tech is highlighted particularly for its work in “developing curricula for low-skilled individuals” (pages 12-13) and as a case study for “building effective green energy programs” (pages 23-24).  In addition, an Op-Ed article on the report was released in the Huffington Post which states: “Notable examples are happening in our community colleges, which remain on the front line of creating an educated workforce. For example, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has devised a community-wide program bringing in industry, labor organizations, community groups, and local government to foster training to make an immediate difference in the community. Click here to read ” The Huffington Post Op-Ed.

 

Trade-Tech Featured in Promising Practices in Green Job Creation:  A Resource Guide for Local Leaders, Version 1.0. (May, 2010).

Trade-Tech is featured as a case study in the “Opportunities for All: Policies, Programs, and Partnerships to Help Disadvantaged Workers” section of the resource guide (refer to pages 69-72).Click here to read the resource guide. Below is the introduction to the Trade-Tech case study in the resource guide.

“Los Angeles Trade-Technical College is a model of systematic workforce development for underserved populations. Administrators there have created a system that utilizes careful research to inventory employment opportunities and future demand, and identifies the gaps between existing training programs and required skill sets. They then map industry credentials, promising career entry points, and career pathways, and develop training programs that not only train to these access points, but also build skills that cut across careers. Finally, they provide wrap-around support services and engage with employers in every step of the process, ensuring that their programs match employer requirements, and that their graduates will have the greatest chance of landing a high-quality job.”

 

Trade-Tech Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Program Featured in “Making Green Work:  Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training Guide”.  (Spring, 2010).

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Weatherization and Energy Efficiency program is featured as one of seven “respected green-collar job training programs” in the Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training guide.  The guide was developed by the Ella Baker Center, the Full Circle Fund, and the Oakland Apollo Alliance.  The guide draws on best practices from a range of green-collar training programs in California.  Making Green Work aids practitioners and policy makers in building highly effective green-collar job training and education programs — programs that connect people who face barriers to employment with opportunities in the emerging green economy.  Click here to read LATTC’s Weatherization and Energy Efficiency program case study that is highlighted in the “Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training” guide, click herefor the entire guide.

 

Trade-Tech Alternative Fuels Program Featued in La Opinion “Careers of the Future.

Students enrolled in the alternative fuels program are excited about the program since they are learning valuables skills that are recession proof and are sustainable. Students can secure jobs as more transportation agencies and cities use more clean energy vehicles. For more information see Careers of the Future, by Y. Arenales, La Opinion November 26, 2009.  Click here to read this article.

 

Trade-Tech Green Programs Featured in LA Times and Payscale.com.

Both green workforce development efforts and green education and training programs were featured recently in the LA Times and on Payscale.com as follows:

  • Hsu, Tiffany.  (November 15, 2009).  So you want a green career? The giant push for eco-friendly practices has created job opportunities for those with little or no experience.  Los Angeles Times. Click here to read the article.
  • Anderson, Siri. (October 28, 2009).  Green Works: Low-cost training for a green job.  Payscale.com.

 

California’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs reveals“middle-skill jobs” account for the largest share of California labor force today (49 percent) and are projected to continue to do so in the future.

These positions – including highly skilled, technical, and high-wage occupations such as fire fighters, electricians, medical technicians, and mechanics – offer California workers a chance at economic security and prosperity, if they have access to appropriate education and training. LATTC’s Utility and Construction Prep (UCP) Program is identified as an “exemplary middle-skill education and training opportunity that serves diverse populations”.  October, 2009. Click here to read this article.

 

Green Works: Low-Cost Training for an Earth-Friendly Career.

The green movement for green jobs is creating the need for new training programs. LATTC is featured as being in the forefront in creating training programs to meet the demand for green skills. For more information see Green Works: Low-Cost Training for an Earth-Friendly Career, Siri Anderson, September, 2009.

 

Trade-Tech’s Partnership with LAUSD iSEE Program Featured in Green Technology Magazine.

Trade-Tech’s Architecture Program, under the leadership of instructor Marcela Oliva and chair Bill Elarton, has partnered with LAUSD to implement an innovative program for cultivating high school students to pursue architecture and engineering careers.  This program–and Trade-Tech’s partnership role–is featured in July, 2009 Green Technology Magazine.  For more information click here “Fueling the Current of Change: LAUSD’s Internship Program Primes Students to Build a Greener World” by Samantha Koos.  Green Technology Magazine.  July 29, 2009.

 

Vice President Drummond Featured in The Christian Science Monitor.

When careers need reinvention: Innovative collaborations between schools, workforce developers, and industry are helping to educate adult workers for the new jobs communities need. Vice President Drummond is quoted on aspects related to green job market and the need to partner with business and industry.  For more information see “When Careers Need Reinvention” by S.T. Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2009. Click here to read this article.

Contextualized Teaching & Learning: A Faculty Primer. A Review of Literature and Faculty Practices with Implications for California Community College Practitioners.(April 13, 2009).

The report offers California Community College faculty a closer look at contextualized teaching and learning (CTL) as a promising set of strategies and practices that can be expanded through the Basic Skills Initiative.  Trade-Tech’s Utility and Construction Prep (UCP) Program and faculty are featured as “an exemplar model of integrating contextualized learning for student success in workforce education”. Click here to read this article.  For the Trade-Tech/UCP Program information, refer to the Contextualized Teaching and Learning in Practice section beginning on page 35.

Sun, Wind, & Earth: Programs Prepare Workers For Success In Green-Collar Markets.

As workers continue to slough their way through a prolonged economic downturn, many are finding hope, and perhaps a little stability, in a new crop of emerging and revitalized industries. Business and all levels of government are making a concerted effort to protect the environment and develop sustainable energies. Community colleges have become the “go to” destinations to learn a new brand of skills. Whether through existing industries with an environmental conscience or emerging markets born out of a growing need, students and professionals across the country are pinning their economic futures on green-collar job prospects. In this article, the author takes a look at how three community college programs–tied to three green-collar industries (solar energy, wind energy, and sustainable horticulture)–are preparing students for future success.  LATTC’s solar program is featured in the article.   Source:  Carr, C.  (April/May, 2009).  Sun, wind, & earth: Programs prepare workers for success in green-collar markets.  Community College Journal.  A publication of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Retraining America’s Workforce.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that in the next 10 years, the construction industry must recruit and train almost 250,000 workers annually to meet the demand and does not include new jobs created by retrofitting and weatherizing existing buildings. Community colleges have a critical role in closing the gap when it comes to workforce development. LATTC’s solar program is filled to capacity in its first semester and many of its students have advanced degrees but are seeking specialized training.  For more information see Retraining America’s Workforce, Sustainable Industries, Sara Stroud, March 30, 2009.

 

Greening the Campus The Sustainability Movement In Higher Education Looks For Critical Mass.

There is a growing commitment in higher education to sustainability, both in operations and curriculum. You get a growing sense that it people are becoming more committed to being green. LACCD has gone from the most vintage World War I buildings to having the largest public sustainable building program in the United States.  Los Angeles Trade-Technical green education and training programs are featured in the article.  For more information see Greening the Campus The Sustainability Movement In Higher Education Looks For Critical Mass, AFT On Campus, Barbara McKenna, March/April 2009. Click here to read this article.

 

Going Green to Make Green.

LATTC’s Diesel Technology class is featured on ABC News, Technology & Science. Biofuels technology could assist the U.S. economy out of the recession. Labor experts predict renewable energy and energy efficiency industries could create as many as 37 million jobs.  For more information see Going Green to Make Green, Laura Conversion, January, 31, 2009. Click here to read this article. A video of the program also accompanies the article.

 

Greener Pathways Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy.

Energy efficiency and massive retrofits of housing and commercial stock could create thousands of jobs in the United States. Employers from the infrastructure industries poised to retrofit American cities are not demanding green construction workers but workers with traditional construction skills. Massive retrofits linked to strong workforce development could provide a launching pad into the trades.  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s green education and training programs are featured as a case study in the report (refer to pages 17 and 76).   For more information see Greener Pathways Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy, Sarah White and Jason Walsh, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, 2008. Click here to read this article.

Community Colleges and the New Economy: Green Jobs Collaborative Gives Candidates the Edge.

California is banking heavily on green technology industries and on the new job opportunities they will bring. 70 percent of new jobs will be in green industry or green technology. A large number of jobs will be in technical trades, with job titles emerging that reflect specialized training. LATTC is featured in the article for its focus on getting people into the green jobs that are going to help the community.  For more information see Community Colleges and the New Economy: Green Jobs Collaborative Gives Candidates the Edge by Lisa Lilienthal, Green Technology Magazine, July, 2008. Click here to read this article.

Preparing the Workforce for a “Green JobsEconomy.

As the United States embarks on its journey toward a clean energy economy, the buzz about the promise of “green jobs” has gained momentum among politicians, media, community organizers, educators, and workforce development stakeholders. This brief identifies the types of jobs and skills that will be in demand in this green future and the factors that are driving the new energy economy and the growth of its workforce.  The Los Angeles Infrastructure and Sustainable Jobs Collaborative, hosted by the Regional Economic Development Institute within the Division of Workforce and Economic Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, is featured in the report as an example of a “green jobs talent network” (page 9).  Source:  Cleary, J. & Kopicki, A. (February, 2009).  Preparing the workforce for a “green jobs” economy. A research brief by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Click here to read this article.

 

Other Articles Featuring Green Programs and Activities at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

White House Office of Urban Affairs Looks For a Community College Offering Best Practices.  Los Angeles Trade Tech is recognized as a leader in developing programs for green workforce development.

December 2, 2009. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, LACCD Chancellor Tyree Wieder, White House of Urban Policy chief Adolfo Carrion, LA City Council president Eric Garcetti toured the weatherization, photovoltaic and “green” construction, auto collision, painting and welding programs. Click here to read this article.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, Visits Trade-Technical Green Programs.

On October 5, 2009, LATTC’s reputation on developing innovative green curriculum sparked the interest of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Gillard toured the automotive program and watched students install solar panels, experiment with energy efficiency of light bulbs and insulated windows.  For more news on the Deputy Prime Minister’s visit, LACCD Build Green.

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces “Green Training” Initiative at Trade Tech.

Monday, September 7, 2009. Governor Schwarzenegger LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Community College Chancellor Scott announced a $75 million dollar jobs initiative which focus on “green training” under the backgroup of LATTC’s weatherization and energy efficiency training lab. LATTC was recognized as an “incredible” institution which has developed numerous training programs to meet the needs of the green economy. Click here to read this article.

 

Videos

First Trade-Tech All-Female Line Worker Class Shows Skills and Support.

August 23, 2010.  It has been a grueling summer for a group of women that have become the first all-female class to complete the utility line worker training at LATTC. The 22 ladies have finished the rigorous and challenging class under the tutelage of instructor Ken Bushman and now hope to test with the local utility companies, for a chance to work on the big poles throughout the region and the country. On August 20, 2010, the class gathered for its historic graduation and there was an unmistakable camaraderie among the classmates.  A video of the portion of the graduation ceremony that took place in the pole yard was produced.  The video is comprised mostly of testimonials of the graduates of the program. Click here to see the video from the graduation ceremony.  In addition, the program was a featured news story on LA’s Channel 34 Spanish language, news broadcast.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education Releases Videos Featuring Trade-Tech Green Programs of Study.

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) visited Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) to learn more about its groundbreaking green workforce education programs, commitment to serving the needs of the local community, and partnerships with business and industry. The videos feature interviews with administrators, faculty, and students—as well as—programs in green construction technology, alternative fuels, electrical and solar, and sustainable architecture.   The video has been split into two parts for ease of viewing and is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.  The topics covered in each part of the video are as follows.

Green Programs of Study at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College – Part 1

  • Why Green? The Evolution of LATTC’s Green Programs of Study
  • Economic and Policy Influences on Programs of Study
  • Academic and Technical Rigor and Industry Standards and Credentials
  • Business and Industry and Community Partners

Green Programs of Study at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College – Part 2

  • Connections to the Community and Secondary Education
  • Career Development and Opportunities for Students
  • Surprises and Challenges
  • Advice to Others
  • In Conclusion

The videos are available on the NRCCTE website.

Going Green to Make Green.

LATTC’s Diesel Technology class is featured on ABC News, Technology & Science.  Biofuels technology could assist the U.S. economy out of the recession. Labor experts predict renewable energy and energy efficiency industries could create as many as 37 million jobs.  For more information see Going Green to Make Green, Laura Conversion, January, 31, 2009. Click here to see the video.

California Research and Planning (RP) Group and Career Ladders Project Features LATTC Utilities and Construction Prep Program in Best Practices Video.

The RP Group and the Career Ladders Project released a video featuring the LATTC Utilities and Construction Prep program.  They developed the video as a part of a series featuring “promising career and technical education (CTE) programs that contextualize basic skills”. Click here to see the video.

Trade-Tech Green Education and Training Programs Featured in Natural Resources Defense Council Video.

The Natural Resources Defense Council–a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists and 1.3 million members and online activists–recently released a video featuring companies and training and education programs that support California’s clean energy sector that is rapidly growing as a result of AB 32, the state’s landmark global warming law.  Students and faculty in Trade-Tech’s Solar, Energy Efficiency (Weatherization), and Diesel-Technology Alternative Fuels courses are featured in the video.

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Featured in National Report as a “Community College Paving the Way in Building Effective Green Energy Programs.

On June 1, the Workforce Strategy Center released its national report entitled “Building Effective Green Energy Programs in Community Colleges”.  The report features nine community colleges throughout the country, including Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, that are “leading the field in green education” and are grappling with a myriad of issues related to implementing green job training and education programs.  In addition, in conjunction with the release of the report, the Workforce Strategy Center posted a video interview with Vice President, Marcy Drummond, on key aspects of developing and implementing green workforce education programs at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Click here to see the video interview which is available on the WSC website.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s  Lineman Program Video.

As part of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s utility/energy sector initiative, the college developed and launched the electrical lineman training program.  Graduates from this program will be vital for ensuring the maintenance of existing power infrastructure, but also for installing the smart grid and electrical distribution lines critical for bringing renewable energy sources to market.  This video was produced by students in the program.

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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Green Training Initiative at Trade Tech.

Calling LATTC an “incredible” institution, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used the college as an appropriate backdrop for the announcement of a $75 million dollar jobs initiative which will focus on “green” training. The state plans to leverage some of the federal stimulus dollars to locate specific job training at colleges like Trade Tech. In addition to the governor, state community college chancellor Jack Scott and the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, joined in the news conference reiterating the leadership shown by Trade Tech in the areas of “green” training and curriculum. Chancellor Scott says he has visited Trade Tech several times and is always impressed by its innovation. Mayor Villaraigosa made reference to his recent news conference in the same room, where young people were part of a “green” summer jobs program orchestrated by Trade Tech just a few weeks earlier.

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Mayor Villaraigosa and LATTC’s Green Summer Youth Jobs program.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making a habit about coming to Trade Tech when he wants to talk about education. On Monday, July 13, 2009, he stopped by the campus for a tour of our Green Summer Youth Jobs program. The mayor stopped by the B-building and walked through the carpentry area, where he watched students learning “green” skills in areas like ductwork, weatherization and insulation. Once the classroom hours are completed, the students take their “green” skills and move on to worksites and summer jobs. More than 110 students went through the program. LACCD Acting Chancellor Adriana Barrera and student Hugo Camey also spoke about how important these skills are. Hal Snyder of Southern California Gas and Mark Wilson of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development talked about how the industry needs these programs and future workers.

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Bike Summit LA 2009 Press Conference.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College hosts the 2009 Bike LA press conference.

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