Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has a range of green-related courses and programs that range from alternative fuels and emissions reduction in the Diesel Technology Program to a Supply Water Technology AS degree with an emphasis in water purification. Currently the college has 52 green-integrated courses and four green-related degree and certificate programs in career-technical, science, health, and liberal arts programs.
In summer 2007, the college launched several green-related workforce development initiatives through its Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI). To date as a result of these initiatives, the college has: convened a two-day Sustainability Industry and Educators Forum to define green industry sector trends and needs including career and academic pathways, occupations, and skills/competencies; completed research on the demand/supply side of green construction, transportation and energy sectors in the Los Angeles Region; identified and prioritized industry sectors and occupations for developing green workforce training programs; is currently developing curriculum for Alternative Fuels and Solar Technician program(s); is currently in research and development phase for developing a fuel cell technician program; and is planning for the implementation of a Green Business Certification Program.
construction, design, and manufacturing department
development of new and the re-engineering of traditional education and training programs that promote the green economy
sustainable design, architecture technology. The architecture program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has implemented sustainable design principles and materials into its degree and certificate courses. Green- and sustainability-related topics, materials, and methods have been incorporated in courses such as Environmental Design (ARCH 101), Materials of Construction (ARCH 151), Equipment of Building (ARCH 152), Architectural Interiors (ARCH 200), and Basic Architectural Design II (ARCH 202). Further, in design courses the architecture program utilizes REVIT CAD application software that enables students to identify and use sustainable products and procedures in the design of residential and commercial structures.
green construction. The construction technology-related programs at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College have been using and teaching green/sustainable construction methods and materials for over a decade, such as using manufactured beams constructed of recycled materials. The department is currently updating its curriculum to expand the number and type of green/sustainable building materials and practices. Currently green construction topics, materials and methods have been incorporated in courses such as Construction Materials (CPNTRY 117), Materials (CPNTRY 118), Basic House Construction (CPNTRY 123), Construction II (CPNTRY 126), Residential Exterior Finish (CPNTRY 144), and Building Construction Specialities (CPNTRY 240).
Solar Electric Designer/Installer Certification Program. Beginning fall, 2008, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College will be offering a Solar Designer/Installer education program comprised of a series of 10 courses (576 hours) that is NCABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) approved. In addition, the College will be offering a Fundamentals of Solar Electricity program (1 course, 54 hours) that prepares individuals to be able to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge test.
Solar Thermal. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program offers a thermal heat storage course/training program (54 hours).
Renewable Energy Courses. Starting in fall, 2008 the College will be offering renewable energy courses for current students and for incumbent workers, contractors, and business owners who are interested in renewable energy technologies. This includes a Renewable Energy course, (which includes modules on active and passive solar, solar-thermal and solar-electric; wind; water (hydropower, wave and tidal power); biofuel and biomass resources; geothermal power; energy storage and hydrogen fuel cells) and an Alternative Energy Principles and Practices course. Also, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) certificate and degree program at the College is currently developing a solar/environmental air course related to heating and cooling systems.
Sustainable Energy Center. A dedicated lab for housing renewable and energy efficiency courses is currently under construction with anticipated completion in summer, 2008. The Sustainable Energy Center will serve as the hub for courses, activities, and programs related to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
energy management. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program is currently designing an energy management system and laboratory. It is anticipated this program will be launched in fall, 2008 or spring, 2009. In addition, the Operations Management program currently offers two courses that focus on energy management namely: (1) Refrigeration and A/C Controls for Apprentices (OPMA APPR 744) which covers the fundamentals of energy conservation as applied to commercial, residential, institutional and industrial buildings; the optimal operation of these systems to conserve energy are reviewed--the emphasis of the course is on the changes that an operating engineer can make to conserve energy and protect the environment; and (2) Computers In Energy Management For Apprentices (OPMA APP 703) which introduces the apprentice building engineer to the computer as it is used to control the environment in modern buildings--particularly energy usage in industrial and institutional buildings.
contact information. William Elarton, Chair Construction, Design, and Manufacturing Department 213.763.3701 ElartoWD@lattc.edu
LATTC green curriculum and programs
automotive and diesel technology department
alternative fuel systems. The diesel technology program includes an Introduction to Alternative Fuels Course in which new and emerging "green" or "clean" fuels and technologies such as CNG, biodiesel, LNG, ethanol, fuel cell, and hybrid are compared with the traditional fuels they were designed to replace. In addition, throughout both the diesel technology and automotive technology degree and certificate programs at the College, students are introduced to "green" and "clean" transportation technologies and are trained for troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing alternative fuel systems.
The Diesel Technology program also provides contract training for transit companies that are part of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium. Through this program the College trains incumbent, journey-level mechanics on new, alternative fuels and on complex trouble shooting and repair of a CNG fuel system.
diesel opacity testing and emission control devices. The Diesel Technology program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College is one of five official certification sites in the state of California for the California Air Resources Board in which incumbent mechanics are trained to conduct diesel engine opacity tests. Also in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board, the College offers training on the technology, installation, and repair of computer controlled, CARB-certified exhaust control device(s) that reduce particulate matter and possibly other precursor emissions. The training includes both the diagnosis and repair of the filter and of the computer controls that monitor and operate the filter.
certified green business operations. The Automotive and Diesel Technology programs are currently "cleaning" and "greening" its policies, practices, and facilities to meet the standards of a certified green business. This includes bringing department operations into compliance with all environmental regulations then going beyond compliance to meet the standards of green practices and targeted resource conservation and pollution prevention measures. Measures the department is taking to conserve water, reduce solid waste and recycle, conserve energy, and prevent pollution includes using biodegradable soap, non-caustic, and ultra-sonic cleaners that are water dilutive for cleaning parts; recycling automotive parts/materials; and trapping auto collision painting vapors through a complex filtering process.
contact information. green business operations - Rudy Serrato, Chair Automotive Department 213.763.3908 SerratRC@lattc.edu. diesel technology programs - Jess Guerra, Instructor of Diesel Technology 213.763.3919 GuerraJ@lattc.edu
chemical technology certificate and AS degree programs with an emphasis in environmental and industrial laboratory testing. Core courses in this certificate and degree program that are directly related to green technology include: Directed Studies Environmental Health and Safety (CT185), Industrial Processes (CT 131), Quality Control (CT 168), and Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis I, II (CT 132 & 142).
supply water technology AS degree program with an emphasis in water purification. This program at the College includes a Supply Water option in which courses are focused on the operation and design of water systems, wells, pumps and meters; water treatment for potable water; water purification, and technical phases of automatic controls, including power and code considerations. Core courses directly related to green technology include: Water Purification I (Potable) (WTR 4), Water Purification II (Potable) (WTR 5 ), and Wastewater Operations IV (Basic Laboratory Analyses) (WSTE 15).
wastewater technology AS degree program. The Water Systems Technology program at the College offers students a choice of two concentrations within water systems industry. The Wastewater option offers courses focusing on preliminary, primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment systems as well as disinfection methods, solids treatment, and solids and effluent disposal practices. Core courses directly related to green technology are as follows: Wastewater Operations I, II, III (WSTE 12, 13, 14), Wastewater Operations IV (Basic Laboratory Analyses) (WSTE 15 ), and Wastewater Operations VI (Public Health, Environment, and Management) (WSTE 17 ). These courses have been approved by the California State Water Resource Control Board and are eligible for eight (8) educational points, for each 3 unit course completed, toward the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification educational requirements.
contact information. Xenia Wright, Chair Science Department 213.763.7296 WrightXV@lattc.edu
miscellaneous green curriculum
principles of healthy living (HLTH 11). This course includes a module on environmental health. Content includes conserving energy and improving the air, saving the ozone layer, reducing garbage, reducing chemical pollution and toxic waste, saving water, preserving wildlife and the natural environment, biodiversity, and reducing noise pollution.
cultural patterns of western civilization (HUM 001). This course includes elements of human experience that relate to humans role as custodians of the earth. Content includes origins of natural oil and how the use of oil leads to escalating world conflicts and the availability and use of alternative methods of transportation.