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February 2024

Dear LACCD Colleagues, 

The spring semester is successfully underway, and our spring enrollment has seen a remarkable increase of 20% in enrollments compared to last year—a historic mark for the District’s nine colleges!   

Our District-wide Black History Month celebrations and events are also well underway. Our nine colleges and District Office are hosting a series of dynamic events and programs, and you are cordially invited to participate. Here are a few highlights and announcements to share: 

  • Our colleges sponsored and participated in the Black College Expo on February 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 
  • The African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) will accept scholarship applications for aspiring colleges, beginning February 15.  
  • Our Umoja community at the colleges has curated thought-provoking events throughout the month that delve into the rich history, culture, and achievements of the Black community. Please check with your local colleges. 
  • LACCD is proud to announce our agreement with African American Male Education Network & Development (A2MEND), a leading organization that supports the success and advancement of African American men in education.  

To access detailed information about all the Black History Month events at each college, please visit the LACCD Black History Month website

I am also proud to share that our District has been actively engaged in legislative efforts to advocate for SB 895 (Roth) to address California’s nursing shortage. As a co-sponsor of this bill, we are supporting a law change that would allow community colleges to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  

Lastly, my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your dedicated work and collective efforts during the recent severe rainstorms that affected our region. Your cooperation and support ensured the safety and well-being of our LACCD and the surrounding community.  

Thank you and my best wishes for a strong start to the spring semester. 

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District

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Spring 2024 Scholarships

This spring the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges will award more than $200,000 in scholarships and basic needs grants. Students from across LACCD can review the opportunities and apply through the “Scholarships” tab in their student portal or through this direct link.


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Board of Trustees President Nichelle Henderson
sLACCD Vice Chancellors Dr. Nicole Albo-Lopez and Dr. Jim Lancaster in discussion panel with Kelly King, Foundation director

Celebrating LACCD Leadership & Programs 

On Friday, February 9th, the Foundation hosted 100 supporters and special guests at the Japanese American National Museum to recognize LACCD Vice Chancellors Dr. Nicole Albo-Lopez and Dr. Jim Lancaster, both appointed to their roles in 2023, and to learn more about the work of the Foundation and LACCD expanding educational access and economic mobility.

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2024 Legislative Advocacy in Sacramento California and Washington D.C.

Board President Nichelle Henderson led the LACCD Delegation to the 2024 Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Legislative Conference and Sacramento Legislative Lobby Day on January 28-29, 2024. The Delegation included Vice President Kelsey Iino, 2nd Vice President Sara Hernandez, Trustees David Vela, Steve Veres, Andra Hoffman, and Student Trustee Alexy Cordova.

The Team met with Assemblymembers and Senators representing the 9 LACCD colleges, as well as key staff in the Governor's Office, Lt. Governor's Office, and Assembly and Senate Education and Budget Committees. The LACCD Delegation discussed LACCD’s 2024 State Legislative and Budget Priorities. Many of the Bills have been introduced and are beginning their journey through the legislative process. 

In addition, Vice President Hernandez led a workshop entitled “Student Success Begins When Homelessness Ends: How to Tackle Student Housing” which included panelists Vice Chancellor Nicole Albo-Lopez, LACCD Foundation Director Kelly King, and LA Room and Board CEO Sam Prater. Trustee Hoffman, CCCT Board President, also moderated a workshop titled “Amplifying Women’s Voices for our Community Colleges: Building Your Advocacy Strengths.” She also introduced Senator Roth and keynote, former Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye who now serves as President of the Public Policy Institute.


2024 Legislative Advocacy in Sacramento California and Washington D.C.

Board President Nichelle Henderson led the LACCD Board delegation to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2024 National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., on February 4-7, 2024. The Delegation also included Vice President Iino, 2nd Vice President Hernandez, and Trustees Vela and Hoffman.

The Team met with United States Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler, and several House Representatives representing LACCD colleges. The Delegation briefed members on the progress made on LACCD’s received FY 2022 and FY 2023 Community Project Funding grants, LACCD's Housing Initiative, and LACCD’s 2024 Federal Legislative Priorities.

Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez joined virtually in meetings with the Department of Labor and Department of Housing and Urban Development Administration. Ms. Maria Luisa Veloz provided staff support to the Sacramento and Washington DC delegations. This year marks another very aggressive and exciting advocacy year for the LACCD. 

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Community Colleges - Episode 506: Community College Bachelor's Degrees Inside California Education

Students enrolled in one of the most respected dental hygiene programs in the country at West Los Angeles College can earn a bachelor’s degree and be prepared to enter the workforce. Also, meet Bakersfield high school students who will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, discover why the sky’s the limit for careers in the drone industry at one San Diego County community college, and see how this Sacramento community college is helping to expand the childcare workforce.


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In the news, West Los Angeles Community College bachelor program

How a community college bachelor's program can help close the Latino higher education gap.
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"Community college bachelor’s programs may play a major role in closing the higher education gap for Latino students, according to a report UCLA published Tuesday."...view full article

Can a community college bachelor's program help close this group's higher education gap?
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"Since 2014, only a handful of California’s community colleges have been approved to offer two-year bachelor’s degree programs."...view full article


LACCD Celebrates Black History Month

Across our nine colleges and District Office we are hosting a series of dynamic events and programs, and you are cordially invited to participate. Visit our dedicated LACCD Black History Month website 

President McQuarters, Mayor Bass, President Gebru, and President Culpepper

Mayor Bass invited regional leaders to an event alongside the African American Mayors Association. President McQuarters, President Gebru and President Culpepper attended.


2024 California Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Education Summit

2024 California Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Education Summit

Bringing together key California cybersecurity stakeholders and major partnerships for collaboration, networking, and future activity.

Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 91401
Friday, March 8, 2024
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Register now

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Spring 2024 Enrollment Update:   Comparing Spring 2024 to Spring 2023 as of day 7 of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 15% and enrollment is up by 18% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 17%. Increases are observed for nearly every age, gender, and ethnic group with large increases for female students (+5,837; +10%), male students (+8,535, +21%), students under age 20 (+3,643; +10%), students age 25-34 (+3,200; +15%), students age 35-54 (+5,978;

Spring 2024 Enrollment Update:

Comparing Spring 2024 to Spring 2023 as of day 7 of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 15% and enrollment is up by 18% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 17%. Increases are observed for nearly every age, gender, and ethnic group with large increases for female students (+5,837; +10%), male students (+8,535, +21%), students under age 20 (+3,643; +10%), students age 25-34 (+3,200; +15%), students age 35-54 (+5,978; +45%), Hispanic students (+2,759; +5%), Black students (+1,030; +12%), and White students (+10,902; +67%). 48% of classes are being taught remotely, 45% are in-person, and 8% are hybrid. Remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (83%) followed by hybrid (67%) and in-person (66%) classes. Spring 2024 semester instruction started on Feb. 5, 2024 and the census date for full-term classes is Feb. 20, 2024.

View the LACCD Spring Enrollment Update PDF version

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Enrollment Fair

On January 20, LACC held a free Enrollment Fair in the Student Union. LACC staff helped students enroll and get started on a pathway to earning a degree, transferring to a university, or training for a new career. The college was open for in-person application and registration assistance and to answer questions about our academic programs, student services and more.

LACC Held a Web Training Session with District IT

LACC held a web training session with District IT on editing and navigating the LACC website on January 23. More than 50 faculty and staff attended.

Beat the Rush

LACC held Beat the Rush (January 29 to February 3) and Welcome Weeks (February 5 to February 10) offering extended hours for students.

View the Beat the Rush PDF

LACC’s VAMA Gallery Hosts Fabricated Truths

LACC’s VAMA Gallery hosted Fabricated Truths, an exhibit by LA-based artists Mike Norice and Macha Suzuk, on February 7. The exhibit will run through March 7. An opening reception was held On February 7 from 5 to 8pm at LACC’s DH Gallery.


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LACC Lunar New Year Celebration

LACC faculty, staff and students dressed in festive attire for the LACC Lunar New Year Celebration on February 8, 2024.

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LACC’s Dental Prosthetic Tech Department Holds Open House

LACC’s Dental Prosthetic Tech Department Holds Open House

LACC’s Dental Prosthetic Technology Department held an Open house on February 7 from 1 to 2pm in Holmes Hall 6.

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LACC Hosts the LA County District Attorney Candidate Forum

LACC, the LA City Attorney Coalition, the League of Women Voters of Greater Los Angeles, ACLU-SoCal, NAMI Greater Los Angeles and Nami Urban LA hosted a Los Angeles County District Attorney Candidate Forum on Monday, February 12 from 4 to 5:30pm in the Student Union. Candidates Debra Archuleta, Jeff Chemerinsky, George Gascon, Jonathon Hatami, Nathan Hochman, Dan Kapelovitz, Lloyd “Bobcat” Masson, John Mckinney, David Milton, Craig Mitchell, Maria Ramirez and Eric Siddall discussed their campaigns for this open seat. Rita Zwern, member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Los Angeles, moderated the event.

View the LA County District Attorney Canditate Forum PDF


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Black History Month

Black History: Falling in Love with the Truth Film

On February 14, LACC will screen MLK/FBI (2020) by Sam Pollard. Legendary film director, Sam Pollard delves into recently discovered and declassified files and footage to examine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s relationship with the FBI during that time.

 

Black Joy As A Form of Resistance

On February 21, LACC’s RESJ (Race, Equity and Social Justice) in partnership with Umoja will host a lunch for students, faculty, and staff to explore joy as a form of resistance. The event will center around an open conversation with guests who have established successful careers and lives and how they tapped into joy to navigate that journey.

The event will open with a Spoken Word artist who will present a piece pertaining to the theme of Black Joy.

Black History Month

Black History: Falling in Love with the Truth Film

On February 14, LACC will screen MLK/FBI (2020) by Sam Pollard. Legendary film director, Sam Pollard delves into recently discovered and declassified files and footage to examine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s relationship with the FBI during that time.

 

Black Joy As A Form of Resistance

On February 21, LACC’s RESJ (Race, Equity and Social Justice) in partnership with Umoja will host a lunch for students, faculty, and staff to explore joy as a form of resistance. The event will center around an open conversation with guests who have established successful careers and lives and how they tapped into joy to navigate that journey.

The event will open with a Spoken Word artist who will present a piece pertaining to the theme of Black Joy.

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ELAC Partners with LA Metro to Host Community Meeting

ELAC was the host site for two community resource meetings with LA Metro. The meetings were held at both the Monterey Park and South Gate campuses. Community partners were on hand to give out resources to attendees.

Those on hand learned more about the draft Long Beach to East Los Angeles Corridor Investment Plan and provided input on the recommended projects and funding strategies identified to improve mobility and safety for the communities between Long Beach and East Los Angeles.

Metro has a plan to improve the shared I-710 South Corridor transportation system to provide safe, quality multimodal options for moving people and goods. Their improvements will foster clean air (zero emissions), healthy and sustainable communities, and economic empowerment for all residents, communities, and users along the corridor.

From this hub, you can:

  • Review project information
  • Explore an interactive map
  • View past meetings' videos/materials
  • Read the project fact sheet
  • Get involved in the planning process by attending upcoming Task Force and Public Meetings

    ELAC Theater Host a Career in Theatre Administration Symposium

    The ELAC Theatre Department hosted a Career in Theatre Administration Symposium in the last week of January. It offered an invaluable platform for individuals aspiring to embark on a career in the dynamic field of theater administration.

    This symposium serves as a nexus where industry professionals, seasoned administrators, and budding enthusiasts converge to share insights, exchange ideas, and explore the multifaceted aspects of managing theatrical endeavors. Attendees had the unique opportunity to glean wisdom from accomplished speakers who have navigated the intricacies of theatrical administration, covering topics such as production management, budgeting, marketing, and the ever-evolving landscape of the performing arts industry.

    Through engaging panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking sessions, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge required to succeed in theatre administration.

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LAUSD Superintendent Mr. Carvalho and LAHC President Dorado

LAUSD Region South @ Harbor College

LA Harbor College hosted LAUSD Region South Schools for the Cash for College Event. Over 1,000 students attended learn more about college and being their FAFSA Application. Excitement was in the air the Dorsey HS Drill Team, Banning High Marching Band and Drill Team, Gardena High and more. LAUSD Superintendent Mr. Alberto Carvalho toured the campus along with Mr. Andre Spicer Region South Superintendent. Channel 7 News was there to capture the day.


Black History Month

On February 7, 10 am to 2:30 pm at Harbor’s Student Union Quad area, we will host the Black History Month Kick Off. Teye Sa Thiosane will provide performances and programs in West African song, music and dance. It will be a fabulous interactive celebration of African Heritage. Visit the Umoja Community page for additional events and details.

View Black History Month Events and Activities PDF

View Black History Month Events Calendar PDF


 

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Congratulations to Coach Caballero and Women’s Soccer Athletes

Congratulations to Andrea Reyes and Yamna Areola for earning the Scholar All-American Award from the United Soccer Coaches Association for their academic achievements. 33 athletes in the nation earned this prestigious award, and our program earned two! Andrea (3.88 GPA) and Yamna (3.72) are dedicated to academics and athletics. The students received the Scholar All-American award for athletic and academic achievements. This is the first time in LAHC women’s soccer history that we earned a scholar All-American award.

The award was given to them in person at the Annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Anaheim, CA on January 13, 2024.


Registration, Registration, Registration

Harbor hosted registration events to serve our students! Wednesday, January 31 registration event from 9 am to 7 pm to accommodate our working students. If a weekend works best for students, we got you! We had registration on February 3 and 10, 9 am to 2 pm in the Welcome Center.   

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Dream Resource Center Scholars Start Paid Internships

On January 2nd, our Dream Resource Center (DRC) Scholars officially started their internships on campus. These apprenticeships were created to financially support our undocumented students who do not qualify for federal work-study programs while providing crucial work experience and mentorship opportunities in their chosen majors.

Students have started their internships in Multimedia, Biotechnology, and at our Dream Resource Center. Each student receives a $1,000 monthly stipend, which is made possible through a blended contribution from the LAMC Foundation and generous monthly payroll deductions from our faculty and staff.

Macbeth Takes Center Stage at Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

Macbeth Takes Center Stage at Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

Los Angeles Mission College’s Fall 2023 Theatre Production of Macbeth has been invited to be presented at the 56th Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) Region 8 Festival in February at Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA.

Macbeth is one of only four productions to be invited from Region 8, which includes colleges and universities from Arizona, Central and Southern California, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, Utah, and Guam. A Kennedy Center committee will attend and evaluate each invited production in all eight regions.


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LAMC Celebrates Black History Month

Los Angeles Mission College has a full month of festivities planned for Black History Month, highlighted by an interactive discussion with poet, civil rights activist, journalist, and author Kevin Powell, and an art exhibition showcasing the works of five visionary Los Angeles Black artists.

For a complete list of events, please visit lamission.edu/bhm24.


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Free Tax Services Available for Students and the Community

Through a partnership with California State University Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic, Los Angeles Mission College will provide free tax return services to students and community members who made under $64,000 in 2023.

VITA clinics will be held every Saturday from February 10 through April 13 (closed February 17 and March 30) from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with a special last chance event on Monday, April 15th, from 6:30–9 pm, just in time for Tax Day. For more information, please visit our website.

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Voting Center @LAMC

Los Angeles Mission College has partnered with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office and will serve as a voting center for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election. The center will be open for early voting from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th, and from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, for Election Day.


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Inspiring Inclusion on International Women’s Day

LAMC will host the California Community Colleges Women’s Caucus annual meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th. This year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion which aims to foster community, discuss ways to explore and pursue non-traditional career pathways, and present the Caucus’ Leadership Awards.

For more information, including how to RSVP to this event, please visit our website.

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Spring Enrollment – Super Saturday

Los Angeles Pierce College continues to support access and enrollment to our community through Super Saturdays! This past January, three Super Saturdays were held to assist students with application completion, FAFSA submission, counseling, registration, parking passes, and program information despite the weather. The final Super Saturday for Spring 2024 was February 3, 2024, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.


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Caring Campus Winter Warm-up Event

Coordinated by our team of Caring Campus Ambassadors, the LAPC Caring Campus Winter Warm-up provided Classified Professionals an opportunity to get information about Spring 2024, including campus welcome week for students and projects and activities. The event was an opportunity to reiterate Caring Campus's purpose and strategies, also included team-building exercises, fun trivia about the campus, and opportunities to meet new staff members. 


Welcome Week

To welcome students to Spring 2024, LAPC community is providing way-finding, assistance with class information, quick enrollment changes, information about Financial Aid disbursement, parking, student identification cards, and many more from February 5 to February 8! The Associated Student Organization will be providing donuts to students, and the Brahma Bodega and other student programs will be available for resources. 

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LASC football player Chris King signs with William Penn University

Football Team

On December 20, 2023, head football coach Marquet Miller shared the following news about LASC football players committing to transfer: Chris King to William Penn University, Tauriki Baker to New Mexico Highlands University, Michael and Ryan Franklin to Lincoln University, and Mehiki Haslip was offered a scholarship to McPherson College and is still waiting to make a decision. Also, five players were voted to All-State California Region IV Team: Mehiki Haslip, Chis King, Donovan Castillo, David Uzoma, and Tyreek Curley. Finally, 13 players were selected to the All-Conference Team (American Conference Pacific League): Chris King, Freddy Coyt, Michael Franklin, Jelani Guerrero, Mehki Haslip, Amouray Gray, Donovan Castillo, David Uzoma, Dominic Conner, Tyreek Curley, Lequan Parker, Jeremy Ofulume, and Jonathan Edwards.

On January 23, 2024, Coach Miller also shared academic news for the football team for Fall 2023:

2.65 team GPA, 15 players with 3.0 GPA or higher, 11 players on the dean’s list, and 3 players named to the Academic All-State team.


HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) Orientation

On January 6, 2024, LASC hosted the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) Orientation. 97 applicants were interviewed for the program, which is the largest turnout since the pandemic began. The program anticipates starting with a cohort of 35 students. HireLAX instructor Jesus Fernandez volunteered as an interviewer and speaker. HireLAX is an 8-week program at LASC and provides local residents access to enroll in a comprehensive, construction apprenticeship preparation program. Upon completion, program graduates are competitively positioned for placement consideration on a Los Angeles World Airport's construction project through its contractors and local craft unions.

View the HireLAX Report PDF

HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) Orientation

Vision 2030: Pathways to Success

Vision 2030

On February 13, 2024, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and LASC presented, “Vision 2030: Pathways to Success”. Discussion will focus on the economic impact and pathways of HireLAX, dual enrollment, and allied health. Guest speakers include Dr. Sonya Christian, California Community Colleges Chancellor; Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LACCD Chancellor; and Dr. Anthony Culpepper, LASC President. Following the event, LASC Student Services will host a food giveaway in the food pantry.

View the Vision 2030 PDF  


Public Vote Center

From February 24 through March 5, 2024, LASC will partner with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, Election Operations, Logistics Bureau, Vote Center Assessment and Recruitment departments to serve as a public vote center for the 2024 presidential primary elections. The center will be open for the early voting period between February 24-March 4, 2024, and on election day March 5, 2024.

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Left: guests arrive at check-in; Right: LATTC ASO was one of the first tents to greet guests.

LATTC Hosts Spring Enrollment Events

Throughout January and February, LATTC has been hosting Spring enrollment events. Virtual Registration Wednesdays have been held every week, and in-person assistance was held on Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, January 27. At our Spring Open House on January 27, LATTC welcomed nearly 350 guests and assisted 239 guests with applications and enrollment. Community members and prospective and continuing students spoke with academic and career pathways and important student services while enjoying music, food, and giveaways.

LATTC looks forward to a full campus this Spring semester!


LATTC Celebrates Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month! Throughout February, LATTC joins the rest of the nation, and many parts of the world, in celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S history. Join the college for a month of activities, including live music performances, conversations, art exhibitions, and a lively festival. 


LATTC Food Pantry is Here for Spring!

LATTC’s Spring Food Pantry schedule is here. Presented by Basic Needs, the program distributes fresh produce and boxes of non-perishables to students in need. Distributions take place every other Thursday at the southeast corner of the E3 Culinary Arts Building from 11 am–1 pm (or while supplies last!).

Distribution schedule:

  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 7
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 30
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Welcome Week Kicks Off Spring 2024
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Welcome Week Kicks Off Spring 2024

Students, faculty and staff is celebrated the start of the Spring semester with an array of Welcome Week activities. The beginning of the week kicked off with a Vision Con Corazon Workshop to help students create their own vision boards for aspirational goal setting. Later in the week, LAVC held a Pause for Paws with puppies to help manage start-of-the-semester stress and anxiety, and an ASU Lunar New Year Festival with food, lucky red envelopes and a dragon dance performance.


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Helping Student Enroll at Spring Registration Days

LAVC hosted Registration Days on January 20, January 31 and February 3 to help students enroll in Spring classes. Students were able to get in-person academic counseling, enrollment assistance, and met representatives from college services and programs. Plus, students who enrolled got a free Metro GoPass!


Spring 2024 Faculty Opening Day

Faculty Prepare for the Semester at LAVC’s Inaugural Spring 2024 Faculty Opening Day

LAVC held its first ever Spring Faculty Opening Day on February 2. As a follow up on the work done at the Fall Opening Day, this flex day for faculty featured a student panel, and a talk by Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, professor/chair of Graduate School of Education and Informational Studies & expert for the Latino Policy Institute. It concluded with breakout sessions for faculty in each of LAVC’s Career & Academic Pathways (CAPs).


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LAVC Celebrating Black History Month 2024

The LAVC Umoja Black Scholars Program is holding a series of events in February to celebrate Black History Month and foster a sense of community. This year’s distinguished lecture will be by Dr. Frank Harris III, co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab at San Diego State. Check out the LAVC Black History Month Calendar.

View the LAVC Black History Month Calendar PDF

View the Umoja LAVC Valley Young Black Scholars Day PDF

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West Celebrates 55 Years

West Los Angeles College opened its doors 55 years ago in February. In honor of this milestone, the college has updated its video history created for the 50th anniversary and will post a series of seven shorts on social media and YouTube (YouTube/WLACInfo) in mid-February.


West faculty, students and alumni with WLAC Vice President Jeffrey Archibald, American Airline Vice President Evita Garces, and LACCD Vice Chancellor Jim Lancastser
American Airline Vice President Evita Garces and WLAC Vice President Jeffrey Archibald receive proclamations from a representative of Senator Smallwood-Cuevas

WLAC Enters Partnerships with American Airlines & BREA

January marked first-of-a-kind agreements between West and the CA State Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) and American Airlines (AA). For BREA, the college Real Estate faculty is developing a practicum program for licensing appraisers, unique in the nation. Evita "Evie" Garces, the vice president of line maintenance at American Airlines, spoke to students, faculty, alumni and AA professionals at a West event marking the beginning of a formal partnership between the airline and the college. West’s Aviation Tech students will have direct access to the airline’s technicians through ongoing engagement opportunities. Top-performing students will be guaranteed interviews. West is one of only two schools to have such an agreement with AA. Additionally, the airline will pay for seven students to attend the Aerospace Maintenance Competition taking place in Chicago in April. 


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Health Care Careers Job Fair

On January 25, West hosted the Regional Allied Health Summit And Job Fair for 17 local Los Angeles colleges and over 40 employers. The day began with colleges and employers discussing how to better work together. Following that, students connected with employers to learn more about and be considered for jobs in the health sector. Employers included UCLA Health, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Aveanna Healthcare, Alta Hospital Systems, St. Francis Medical Center and USC Keck.


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Climate Change Center

The Center for Climate Change Studies at West received a lot of attention from media, representatives, the community and educators in 2023. Yale University’s Climate Change Newsletter took notice and listed the opening of the Center as one of “the most remarkable events of the year in weather, climate, and related policy.” An excerpt from the article appears below.

“U.S. colleges and universities are responding to a growing demand for climate-relevant curricula. Typically called “climate studies” or a variant, these new majors and minors go beyond long-standing programs in atmospheric science and environmental studies. Several are designed to be easily paired as a double major with other specialties, from political science to engineering to education. With both state and federal support, the new California Center for Climate Change Education — based at West Los Angeles College and serving the city’s entire nine-campus community college district — is bringing the trend beyond four-year campuses.”…view full article

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How a community college bachelor's program can help close the Latino higher education gap
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Can a community college bachelor's program help close this group's higher education gap?
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Bill raises hopes for B.S.N. programs at two-year colleges
Inside Higher Ed

 

CSUN Receives $3 Million Grant to Increase Number of Underserved Students in STEM, Arts Disciplines & Close Equity Gap 
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Four spring transfers share their journeys from community college to USC 
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An American Story: Three community colleges bring ‘A Mexican Trilogy’ Downtown 
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LACCD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers for 2024 
Rafu Shimpo 

CSUDH Partners with LA Community Colleges 
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USC EdPolicy Hub Takes Flight: Launches with Conference Uniting Practitioners and Researchers in Education 
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American Airlines To Invest In Maintenance Technicians At West Los Angeles College 
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American Airlines To Invest In Maintenance Technicians At West Los Angeles College 
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COMMUNITY COLLEGES —Episode 506: Community College Bachelor’s Degrees 
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National College Resources Foundation Marks Milestone With 25Th Annual Los Angeles Black College Expo 
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California State Assembly Democratic Caucus - Free Community College Bachelor’s Degree Bill Introduced by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago 
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Community Colleges Could Offer 4-Year Nursing Degree Under New CA Bill 
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Local Community Colleges Back Senator Roth's Bill to Address Nursing Shortage 
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About the Los Angeles Community College District 

LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. 

Members of the LACCD Board | Nichelle Henderson, President | Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D., Vice President | Sara Hernandez, J.D., Second Vice President | Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D. | Andra Hoffman | David Vela | Steven F. Veres | Alexy Cordova, Student Trustee

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January 2024

Dear LACCD Colleagues,

Happy New Year! As we embark on 2024, I hope this email finds you and your families well as we enter the new year. 

Looking ahead, I want to highlight some of our collective efforts that the colleges are undertaking to ensure a strong start to the spring semester including kicking off a robust grassroots enrollment campaign. Utilizing our colleges' and District’s social media channels and websites, we are engaging current and future students to enroll today. Please see the video below:

https://youtu.be/cU-WwL-yIA8

Our counselors and academic supports play a crucial role in our effective outreach efforts. Each college is working diligently to enroll students and to provide the support they need to start or continue their educational journey. College informational sessions are both in-person and virtual, interactive, and provide prospective students and their families with insights into our programs, registration and support services. Visit the LACCD 2024 Enrollment webpage that details all the events each college is hosting to enroll and support students.

Together, let's make this spring semester a positive and transformative experience and welcome our most important constituency to our academic community. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the success of our students!

With respect and admiration,

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District

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Los Angeles City College

Spring Enrollment Fair

LACC with hold their Spring Enrollment Fair on January 20 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

Beat the Rush week will take place from January 29 to February 2 and Welcome Week will take place February 5 to 9, both offering extended hours for student services. 

Los Angeles East College

Spring Enrollment Fair

Join us on January 20 from 10 am to 1pm.

Taco Tuesdays Enrollment event

Sign up for classes & enjoy tacos, ELAC swag, and a gift card raffle.Happening every Tuesday, 10 am–12 pm from January 9 –February 6. 

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Registration Wednesdays happening every Wednesday,9 am–7 pm fromJanuary 10–January 31. 

Super Saturdays 
happening every Saturday, 9 am–2 pm from January 20 –February 3. 

Registration link to Events


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Enrollment days

Join us at our next in-person enrollment event and get help applying to college, enrolling in classes, Admissions & Records, Counseling, and Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Happening every Wednesday, 2–5 pm from January 10 January 31. 

Saturday, February 3 TBA

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New or returning students

Join us for Super Saturdays and get ready for Spring 2024! Happening every Saturday, 9 am–1 pm from January 13–February 3. 

Visit Calendar of Events for Winter/Spring 2024 dates.

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Admissions Spring 2024 Registration Events

February 3, 8 am–1 pm February 10, 8 am–1 pm

Counseling on the Quad registration event - January 25, 2024. The event will be focused on capturing students that have not registered for Spring 2024 semester and any new students that are registering late.


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Get Ready for Spring Semester with Enrollment Assistance Events!

Spring Open House on Saturday, January 27, 9 am–1 pm

Virtual Registration Wednesdays happening every Wednesday, 3–4:30 pm from January 10–February 14. 

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LAVC is hosting Monarch Registration Days on Saturday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 31 in our Student Services Plaza. 

West Los Angeles College

Registration Event Days

West will host Registration Day Events on Friday, Jan 19;  Saturday, Jan 27 and Friday, Feb 2 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. 

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Comparing Winter 2024 to Winter 2023 as of 1 day before the start of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 8% and enrollment is up by 12% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 10%.

Comparing Winter 2024 to Winter 2023 as of 1 day before the start of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 8% and enrollment is up by 12% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 10%. Increases are observed for female students (+819; +4%), male students (+1,872; +13%), students under 20 (+1,533; +14%), and students in the 25-34 age group (+149; +2%), 35-54 age group (1,010; +20%), and 55+ age group (+326; +52%), while decreases are being seen in the 20-24 age group (-67; -1%). Enrollment increases are observed among Hispanic (+454; +2%), Black (+186; +5%), Asian (+52; +2%), and White students (+2,133; +38%). 72% of classes are being taught remotely and 22% are in-person. As seen in previous semesters, remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (92%) followed by hybrid (83%) and in-person (63%) classes. Winter 2024 semester instruction started on Jan. 2, 2024.

View the LACCD Winter Enrollment Update PDF version


Comparing Spring 2024 to Spring 2023 as of 35 days before the start of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 17% and enrollment is up by 25% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 24%.

Comparing Spring 2024 to Spring 2023 as of 35 days before the start of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is up by 17% and enrollment is up by 25% while class offerings show a 1% increase and enrollment per section is up by 24%. Increases are observed for nearly every age, gender, and ethnic group with large increases for female students (+3,195; +11%), male students (+4,794; +24%), students under age 20 (+2,774; +19%), students age 25-34 (+1,244; +10%), students age 35-54 (+3,011; +39%), Hispanic students (+2,795; +10%), Black students (+453; +10%), Asian students (+276; +9%), and White students (+4,758; +49%). 45% of classes are being taught remotely and 35% are in-person. Remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (50%) followed by hybrid (37%) and in-person (35%) classes. Spring 2024 semester instruction starts on Feb. 5, 2024. 

View the LACCD Spring Enrollment Update PDF version

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LACC Hosted Esports/Gaming, why Korea

LACC Hosted Esports/Gaming, why Korea

On December 5, LACC and The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles hosted a lecture and panel discussion on navigating Korea’s Esports and gaming horizon. Panelists included Dal Young Jin, lecturer at Simon Fraser University; Simon Sim, CEO of Kabam/Netmarble; Martin Kim, CRO of GenG and Mark Deppe, UCI Department of Esports. The event was moderated by Eric Elder, Esports/Gaming Program Coordinator. 


LACC Partnered with “Santa’s Circus” to Raise Funds for Guardian Scholars Program 

LACC partnered with the holiday production of “Santa’s Circus” to raise funds for the LACC Guardian Scholars program. Ten percent of proceeds from December shows were given to the program as well as other participating charities. 


The Rams donated $5,000 to support Cubby’s Closet, LACC’s free clothing store for students, and PacSun donated $57,000 worth of clothing for LACC students

LA Rams Honors LACC Student 

The Los Angeles Rams made a visit to campus to surprise student Natalie Goodliffe by honoring her as a 2023 pLAymaker. The Rams donated $5,000 to support Cubby’s Closet, LACC’s free clothing store for students, and PacSun donated $57,000 worth of clothing for LACC students. At the Rams home game on Sunday, December 17, Natalie and other Rams 2023 pLAymakers were honored on the field during the game.


Spring Enrollment Fair 

LACC with hold their Spring Enrollment Fair on January 20 from 10am to 2:30pm. Beat the Rush week will take place from January 29 to February 2 and Welcome Week will take place February 5 to 9, both offering extended hours for student services.

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Former East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Pathway to Law Program student Brooke Abbott

ELAC Proud: Former Student Receives SparQ Award for Inspiring Others 

Former East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Pathway to Law Program student Brooke Abbott has been named a SparQ Hero by the LumenSparQ Organization during the December 16th awards ceremony on the ELAC campus. LumenSparQ’s mission is to spotlight and support local Los Angeles heroes in education. A SparQ is a student who goes above and beyond the regular school day to take on a passion project that impacts others in need. 

In 2001 during Brooke’s first year at college, she fell seriously ill and for seven agonizing years, she battled various symptoms that doctors either ignored or did not properly diagnose. She finally was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 

Her symptoms and IBD continued to worsen until she weighed just 99 pounds and had to undergo a life-saving emergency surgery in 2012 with a 30% chance of survival. The odds were stacked against her, given her frail condition at the time of the surgery. The procedure itself was a three-step process, each with its own set of challenges and risks. Despite the overwhelming nature of the surgeries and a long recovery period, Brooke’s resilience shone through. Just six weeks after her final surgery, she managed to throw a third birthday party for her son in the park, before finally allowing herself some much-needed rest. 

During this time Brooke’s mom implored her to change her life and Brooke started a blog titled The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles which seeks to raised IBD awareness. Her advocacy didn’t stop at blogging; she took her message to Capitol Hill, taught online classes on public policy, sat on advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies promoting health equity, and became a babywearing educator to encourage mothers and fathers with chronic conditions and disabilities to babywear. Most importantly, she founded her nonprofit, IBDMoms.org. 

Brooke recently transferred from ELAC to UC Santa Barbara. Brooke originally started at a different community college but after learning about the ELAC Pathway to Law School Program changed her home-campus to ELAC, graduated, and walked at the ELAC Commencement ceremony in 2022. She is pursuing degrees in the history of public policy and political science and aspires to continue in the area of health equity. She describes ELAC as a night-and-day difference in support compared to her previous college experience.


Supervisor Janice Hahn and ELAC Foundation $40,000 Gift to Strengthen Basic Needs Support

Investing in Education: Supervisor Janice Hahn and ELAC Foundation $40,000 Gift to Strengthen Basic Needs Support 

Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn joined East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Administration and The ELAC Foundation at the ELAC South Gate Campus on December 12th to present $40,000 total in donations to the ELAC Basic Needs Center. 

Supervisor Hahn provided a $20,000 check to the ELAC Basic Needs Center specifically to help unhoused ELAC students find stable housing. ELAC Associated Student Union (ASU) also received a $20,000 donation check from the ELAC foundation. This money will be used to help purchase food and other supplies for the Husky Snack Shack and ELAC Basic Needs Center. 

The ELAC Basic Needs center helps to provide food and other needs free of charge to ELAC students so they can focus on achieving their academic and career goals. ELAC has also partnered with the LA Food Bank to host food distributions for their community twice a month. 

LACCD Board of Trustee President Nichelle Henderson, ELAC President Dr. Alberto J. Román, ELAC Foundation President Marissa Castro-Salvati, ELAC ASU South Gate President Leslie Reynoso, and ELAC Student Services Dean Dr. Sonia Lopez joined Supervisor Hahn to give remarks. 

“These students should get the support they need so they can focus on their education rather than where they are going to sleep tonight,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I applaud East Los Angeles College’s commitment to their students and doing everything they can to make services and support available free of charge.” 

According to a survey conducted in 2023 of ELAC students. 65% of ELAC students answered sometimes true (46%) or often true (19%) when asked if within the past 12 months they were worried whether their food would run out before they got money to buy more. This is much higher compared to the national community college average of 33% sometimes true and 13% often true. 41% of ELAC students answered sometimes true (27%) or often true (14%) when asked if they had to worry about stable housing in the last 12 months. This is also higher than the national community college average of 21% sometimes true and 8% often true. 

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Registration, Registration, Registration 

Harbor is ready to serve students before the Spring 2024 semester begins. Registration events will be held every Wednesday on campus, starting January 10. January 20th will be our Super Saturday Event and Open House to allow students to explore our equity groups and meet some of our faculty. If students are too busy and miss the dates in January, we will be ready for them on February 3.


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Cash For College – January 27, 2023 

LAUSD Region South will host FAFSA/CADAA Fair, in partnership with LA Cash for College, at Harbor on Saturday, January 27, 9 am – 2 pm. Harbor will showcase Student Services and all that Harbor has to offer for the entire family.

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Save the Date! 

The LACCD Culinary Cup is set for May 10, 2024. Do not miss this annual event filled with great food and good competition between LACCD Culinary Programs: LA Mission College, LA Trade Tech and LA Harbor College. Tickets will go on sale soon. Who will take the Gold Chef’s Hat this year?  


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Harbor’s 75th Anniversary Gala – October 10, 2024

Harbor will be celebrating 75 years of educating the hearts and minds of the community. This highly anticipated Gala will bring together the past and present for a memorable and impactful evening of shared stories by alumni and present faculty, staff and students. Registration and location details coming soon.  

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Pacoima Grand Opening & Open House 

Local officials and community members joined Los Angeles Mission College administration, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, December 19, to celebrate the grand opening of LAMC’s new learning facility in Pacoima. 

The college previously held a successful soft launch of the facility at the midpoint of the fall 2023 semester, where free 8-week ESL, GED, and Allied Health courses were offered at the new location. Nearly 300 new students immediately enrolled in classes, underscoring the demand for accessible educational opportunities in the area. 

U.S. Congressman Tony Cárdenas secured funding for the facility through the Community Project Funding initiative. “Earlier this year, we celebrated the allocation of federal dollars for these programs at Los Angeles Mission College, and today we get to see how this funding will change lives in our community,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “This federal funding is a lifeline for the community. By expanding the Allied Health programs and STEM services we are directly addressing the workforce demands in our community.” 


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LAMC Business Student Wins Entrepreneurial Scholarship

On Friday, December 8, LAMC business student Samuel Espinoza was awarded the Rickey M. Gelb Scholarship at the Valley Industry & Commerce Association’s (VICA) 74th Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who embody the ideals of entrepreneurship and scholastics, and this year marks the 8th time the scholarship has been presented. 


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LAMC Honors LAPD Officer Damien Castro for Lifesaving Heroics 

On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, LAMC Academic President Maryanne Galindo presented a resolution honoring former Los Angeles Mission College student and current LAPD Officer Damien Castro for his lifesaving heroics in January 2022. 

In the early afternoon of January 9, 2022, a single-engine plane lost power shortly after takeoff from nearby Whiteman Airport and crash-landed on a railroad track in Pacoima. Officer Castro was one of three officers to arrive at the scene. After establishing a perimeter to redirect traffic, the crossing gate descended, and a five-car, 600-ton commuter train began to approach the crossing, traveling at approximately 72 mph.

Acting swiftly, Officer Castro ran to the cockpit to attempt to remove injured pilot Mark Jenkins and succeeded with the assistance of fellow Officers Christopher Aboyte and Robert Sherock. A mere four seconds after the trio dragged Jenkins to safety, the train struck the plane, demolishing the aircraft. 

On behalf of LAMC faculty, Academic Senate President Galindo presented a declaration to Officer Castro, commending him for embodying the ideals of community service while setting an example for others to follow through his heroic actions. 

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Biotech Students Secure Internships at Annual Research Project Presentation

On Thursday, December 14th, the Fall Biotechnology II class at Los Angeles Mission College held their semester-end research poster presentation at the college’s Center for Math & Science Building. 

The presentations showcased a range of topics, including “Immunoglobulin M (IgM): Smoking Away Immunity,” “Recipes for Bioremediation: A Green Health Approach,” “Aqua Force: A Chromogenic Analysis of Water,” “Endotoxin Expedition: Opening a Can of Germs,” and “What You Meat to know: Better Beef.” 

Before officially completing the 16-week Biotech Lab Assistant Certificate, 17 students secured job interviews or internship offers with local biotech industry partners such as Grifols Biologicals, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Pharmavite, with two students joining Cedars-Sinai’s Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) Lab as research lab assistants. 


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Enrollment Days Return in January 

Starting January 10th, LAMC will host an Enrollment Day every Wednesday to assist students enrolling in Spring Semester. 

 The college provides one-on-one support with enrolling in classes, Financial Aid, Counseling, Admissions & Records, and applying to the college. A Saturday Enrollment Event is scheduled for February 3th, with Just-In-Time Enrollment Assistance planned for February 5th and 6th. For more information, visit lamission.edu/enrollmentdays

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Agricultural Education Center Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Agricultural Education Center Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pierce College opened its newest center on campus to further train students in the Agriculture program. The center features learning and gathering spaces, as well as temperature-controlled greenhouses. President-elect Trustee Henderson spoke about the importance of educational centers and her fondness for the Pierce Agriculture program. On behalf of the Board, she thanked the faculty, staff, and administration for their commitment to education. Vice Chancellor Rueben Smith spoke about his team’s commitment to creating the best learning environment. Vice President Apigo reminded us that Pierce started as an Agriculture program and that the new center closed the loop in Pierce’s history delivering quality training in the areas of Agriculture in the 21st century. 


Wall of Hope, Peace, and Gratitude

Wall of Hope, Peace, and Gratitude

Pierce College celebrated a campus community day on December 6, 2023. The event allowed students to reflect on the semester, especially sharing who they were most grateful for and what they were more hopeful about. Given what is happening in the world, it was also an outlet for students and participants to remind themselves of self-care prior to finals. 

Here’s an excerpt from one of the posts: “One that I'm grateful for - to have the opportunities I do and carry the struggles that build me. Someone that has impacted me positively, my family.” Thank you to the Guided Pathways team, Career Center, and International Center for coordinating the event. 


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Open Mic at Pierce College Multicultural Center

Open Mic at Pierce College Multicultural Center 

Open Mic was held on Friday December 8th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The purpose of the Open Mic was to bring together student creatives to share their talents - spoken word, musical performances and vocals. Over 80 students attended to watch and support their peers. Thank you to the Associated Student Organization for sponsoring the event.  


Upcoming Events

Spring 2024 Super Saturdays – January 13, 20, 27, and February 3. 

These Super Saturdays provide assistance to new, returning, and prospective students complete application, FAFSA, and registration. Information about Academic Programs, Special Services, Athletics, and Promise Scholarship are also provided. 

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LASC Head Football coach Marquet Miller

American Pacific League Conference, Coach of the Year 2023 

On November 13, 2023, the Southern California Football Association awarded LASC Head Football coach Marquet Miller as the American Pacific League Conference, Coach of the Year 2023. Coach Miller joined LASC in March 2023, with over 30 years of coaching experience, most recently at WLAC for 14 seasons. In addition, he teaches Kinesiology in LACCD. 


Christmas with the Cubs

Christmas with the Cubs 

On December 2, 2023, members of the LASC football team including Coach Marquet Miller volunteered for Christmas with the Cubs. The event was hosted by the Academy Project at Loyola High School. Foster youth were invited to participate in cookie decorating, snowball basketball, and ornament decorating, including free food and presents. Special guest appearance by Santa Claus. Video link: https://www.facebook.com/LASouthwestCollege/  

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Snoop Youth Football League 

On December 3, 2023, LASC hosted the Snoop Youth Football League. SYFL was founded by rapper Snoop Dogg in 2005. It is an organization that provides the opportunity for inner-city children to participate in youth football and cheer. Children between the ages of 5 to 13 years old learn the value of teamwork, good sportspersonship, discipline, and self-respect, as well as the importance of academics. Over 2,500 people attended the event. 


LASC’s adjunct professor Fernando Pullum

Humanitarian Award 

On December 7, 2023, LASC’s adjunct professor Fernando Pullum received the Artist For Action (AFA) Chapin/Kragen/Belafonte Humanitarian Award in New York City. AFA is an artist-led coalition that promotes unity in the prevention of gun violence. The award honors those who have made a difference in the world through their advocacy. Mr. Pullum is the founder and executive director of the Fernando Pullman Communications Arts Center. 

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LASC Business Pitch Competition

LASC Business Pitch Competition 

On December 8, 2023, LASC hosted a LASC Business Pitch Competition, organized by LASC Business professor Hasib Azhand. The first 15 applicants competed for a chance to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges, which included President Culpepper. They described their business, product or service, marketing strategy, and financial projections. The winners were: Emani Morris in first place, awarded $3500, Pam Licavoli in second place, awarded $1000, and Miguel Delgado in third place, awarded $500. 

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LASC Foundation 

On December 13, 2023, the LASC Foundation presented a LASC-Foundation grant of $5,000 to student families at the LASC Child Development Center. 34 LASC student families received a Target gift card of $125 as an incentive to continue their educational journey. Five of the families received two gift cards for early submission of the requested eligibility survey and one dad (only dad present) was given a gift card by the committee. Ms. Hattie Fraizer, Dr. Janet Clark, and Dr. E. Robinson presented each family with gift cards and shared words of inspiration and encouragement. 

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Students during the barbering competition

LATTC Hosts the First Barber Battle!

On December 11, LATTC’s Cosmetology Pathway hosted its first Barber Battle. 33 LATTC Barbering students faced off in a competition across six categories, including Best Haircut & Style, Most Creative, The GOAT (greatest of all time), Fastest Fade, Crispiest Lineup, and Best Beard Style. The competition began in the college’s Cosmetology Building where students had two hours to complete the styles on their models.

Following the competition, the evening hosted an official program with featured guest speaker, Mr. Elton Robinson. Mr. Robinson was a former LATTC Cosmetology instructor, and eventual department chair, starting at the college in 1997 before retiring just two years ago. He was instrumental in founding the Barbering program at LATTC in 2015, which became one of the first Barbering programs established at a California community college. Mr. Robinson’s legacy continues to course through the halls of LATTC, as demonstrated by the evening’s lively competition.

Cosmetology Pathway Chair, Ms. Lidia Ley; LATTC President Dr. Alfred McQuarters; Academic Affairs Dean, Dr. Ayesha Randall; former Cosmetology Pathway Chair Mr. Elton Robinson; Dean of Pathways and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Marcia Wilson; and former Cosmetology Pathway Chair, Ms. Marilyn Maine.

The growth and success of these students is dependent upon their instructors who work steadfastly alongside them. Kudos to Barbering Instructors Ms. Jacquelyn Glover, Mr. Benjamin Hernandez, Mr. Ruben McCain, and Ms. Jacqueline Monge, Creative Director of the Barber Battle. 

Congratulations to all of the college’s barbering participants; it was an evening to remember! 

Read more about the event in the LATTC News post


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Cosmetology Attends Senator Steven Bradford’s Christmas Fair and Toy Giveaway

 On December 9, LATTC’s Cosmetology pathway attended Senator Steven Bradford (District 35)’s Christmas Fair and Toy Giveaway at CSU Dominguez Hills. It was an afternoon filled with holiday fun and giveaways and also featured a special booth for children’s face painting staffed by LATTC’s own Cosmetology students and faculty. 

It was a great day to be out in the community, showcasing the best that LATTC has to offer. 


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Fall 2023 Gold Thimble Fashion Show: Immortal Fashionistas

Fall 2023 Gold Thimble Fashion Show: Immortal Fashionistas 

On December 8, LATTC’s Design & Media Arts (DMA) pathway hosted its Fall 2023 Gold Thimble Fashion Show. The evening included category looks such as swimwear, children’s wear, athleisure, men’s wear, avant-garde, gender neutral, evening—and the show’s theme Immortal Fashionistas, paying homage to legendary fashion designers including Virgil Abloh, Hubert de Givenchy Issey Miyake, and Vivienne Westwood. It was a night to remember! 

Read more about the event in a recent Apparel News feature.

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Join Us for Spring Monarch Registration Days 

LAVC is hosting Monarch Registration Days on Saturday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 31 in our Student Services Plaza. These in-person events give students the opportunity to get one-on-one academic counseling, get assistance with enrolling in Spring classes, and learn more about college services and our career and academic pathways. 


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LAVC Students Prepped for Fall Finals at Late-Night Crunch Time

The LAVC Academic Resource Center and the Associated Student Union held its popular Late-Night Crunch Time on December 4-7 to help students as they prepare for finals. For four evenings, students dropped in to use a dedicated study space with free tutoring, and get free coffee, snacks, and massages! 


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Coming Together for LAVC’s 2nd Annual Holigay Mixer 

The LAVC Rainbow Pride Center hosted an LBGTQIA+ Holigay Mixer on Thursday, December 7 in the Mosaic Village. This annual gathering brings together LGBTQ+ students and employees together to share coming out stories, entertainment and food. 

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WLAC Named MAP College of the Year 

The California Mapping Articulated Pathways (MAP) Initiative has awarded West their College of the Year recognition. West awarded 292 students an average of 9.6 units of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) for a total of 2812 units in Dental, Real Estate, Aviation, EMT, etc. This saved over $6.5M in education-related expenses and opened the college door to over 200 working adults who may not have entered were it not for CPL. The recognition stated, “Your amazing progress in awarding CPL is an inspiration to the field and proof that the opportunity to increase equitable access and attainment among our working adults and veterans is substantial and overdue.” 


LACCD / WLAC Baccalaureate Meeting 

In mid-November, a team from West shared our learnings with the District Office of Information Technology (OIT) and Educational Program and Institutional Effectiveness (EPIE) teams in an all-day meeting titled “Baccalaureate Program Current Process Map.” The meeting was intended to evaluate the current functionality of the SIS system to determine if it is sufficient to support the growing number of baccalaureate degrees being offered among the nine colleges. The steps reviewed included paying educational fees, curriculum development, financial aid distribution, advising services and more. 

Carmen Dones ,WLAC Acting VP of Academic Affairs at LACCD Baccalaureate programs meeting

Participants from WLAC included the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Student Services, the Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid staff, the Allied Health Division Chair and Director of the Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree program. 


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Men’s Basketball Highlighted in State Ranking Poll

A poll of the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association (CCMBCA) highlighted the recent winning streak of WLAC’s men’s basketball team. “West LA makes a major jump in the poll after stringing together seven consecutive wins.

West LA was a perfect 3-0 at the Fullerton Crossover event, which included wins over LA South, San Diego City and Compton.” The poll ranks the top 30 teams across the state and West has climbed to #5. 

Screen print from CCCMBCA web site that praises WLAC’s men’s basketball team

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Steve Soboroff Among Millionaires Sharing Wisdom with High School Students at West 

Over 300 high school students heard from successful entrepreneurs at the Future Entrepreneurs Conference (FEC) recently held at West Los Angeles College. 

Speakers included Steve Soboroff who pulled volunteers on stage to demonstrate how to effectively present your business card, shake hands and make eye contact. The little things can be critical, he explained. Soboroff was Chairman and CEO of Playa Vista, a former LA Mayoral candidate, and a Los Angeles Police Commissioner for 10 years.  

The event emcee and a fellow millionaire was David Shands. Shands told the youth, “I need you all to make a goal. Whoever takes care of you all, you are in debt,” explaining that children owe a debt to those who teach, clothe and feed them into adulthood. Shands is CEO of David Shands LLC, a business training and coaching firm that specializes in helping people become the best versions of themselves. 

Several other millionaire entrepreneurs addressed the youth, who received gift cards, hats and books, as well as opportunities to connect with representatives from local tech companies. Students from Fremont High; Hamilton High; Washington Prep High; Westchester High; Hilda Solis High; and Morningside High participated. The FEC was sponsored by PVJOBS, a 25-year-old local nonprofit organization, and the event exposed students to various outlets for their futures. 

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LA Community College District board selects new president 
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Nichelle Henderson Elected LACCD Board President 
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The Grinch, Lowriders, Prancing Horses and Santa Show up for 56th Annual Pacoima Holiday Parade 
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USC EdPolicy Hub Launches With Conference Bringing Together Practitioners and Researchers 
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Apple Adds $25 Million to Racial Equity & Justice Initiative 
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Food 4 Less celebrates 35 years after getting its start in San Bernardino 
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About the Los Angeles Community College District 

LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. 

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December 2023

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As the holiday season approaches, the Board of Trustees and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significant achievements and milestones that we have accomplished together over the past year. 

Our hallmarks of dedication to student success, innovation in and outside the classroom, and the collective pursuit of excellence across all nine colleges and our District have positioned us for continued success, service and impact in our communities.

Our collective accomplishments both define us and inspire us. Thank you for everything you do to sustain our colleges and District as beacons of hope, social and economic mobility and opportunity. 

Wishing you all a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year! 

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District

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Season of Giving

Thanks to community support, the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges granted more than $1 million in scholarships and programmatic resources in 2022-2023. These funds assisted students across LACCD through direct aid, immigration fee assistance, experiential learning opportunities, and more. 

Your gift during this Season of Giving provides critical assistance to our students. 

Please join us in making a tax-deductive contribution. 
Give here: https://tinyurl.com/seasonofgiving23


LACCD at 2023 Real College Basic Needs Conference in San Jose

LACCD at 2023 Real College Basic Needs Conference in San Jose

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LACCD Enrollment Update

Comparing Winter 2024 to Winter 2023 as of 22 days before the start of the semester, districtwide, student headcount is down by 1% and enrollment is up by 2% while class offerings show a 3% increase and enrollment per section is down by 1%. Declines are observed for female students (-886; -5%), and students in the 20-24 (-721; -9%) and 25-34 age groups (-697; -9%), while increases are being seen in the 35-54 (+287; +7%) and 55+ (+158; +30%) age groups. Enrollment declines are observed among Hispanic (-1,108; -7%), Black (-155; -6%), and Asian students (-181; -9%), while White student enrollment is displaying an increase (+1,196; +27%). 71% of classes are being taught remotely and 23% are in-person. As seen in previous semesters, remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (68%) followed by hybrid (56%) and in-person (39%) classes. Winter 2024 semester instruction starts on Jan. 2, 2024.

View the LACCD Enrollment Update PDF version

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 LACC President Amanuel Gebru was interviewed live on KCAL noon news about the Fall Classic Hiring Spree

On November 13, LACC President Amanuel Gebru was interviewed live on KCAL noon news about the Fall Classic Hiring Spree, watch the interview at https://www.lacitycollege.edu/offices/pr/press/in-the-news.

The Fall Classic Hiring Spree was held on Thursday, November 16 and featured approximately 128 employers and more than 6,200 job openings.

On November 21, LACC and the Associated Student Government hosted their annual “Day of Gratitude” providing Thanksgiving meals to students.

On November 21, LACC and the Associated Student Government hosted their annual “Day of Gratitude” providing Thanksgiving meals to students. 


On December 5, LACC hosted “Navigating Korea’s Esports/Gaming Horizon,”

On December 5, LACC hosted “Navigating Korea’s Esports/Gaming Horizon,” a lecture and panel discussion. The event was hosted in partnership with The Consolette General of the Republic of Korea as part of the Korea Friendship Festival 2023. 


On December 7, LACC hosted a Kwanza celebration with food and music in the Main Quad. 


Los Angeles City College Year in Review Highlights

On March 29, 2023, KCBS and KCAL news feature LACC’s Cubby’s Closet on four live cut away segments on their morning news programs featuring interviews with staff and students.

On March 29, 2023, KCBS and KCAL news feature LACC’s Cubby’s Closet on four live cut away segments on their morning news programs featuring interviews with staff and students. LACC’s Cubby’s Closet opened in February 2023 and offers students free gently used and new clothing and accessories. Students can pick up one free outfit each month. View link at: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1UVmOHpsoQ 

LACC hosted its annual Women’s History Month Afternoon Tea in March. Keynote speakers included the four female LACCD trustees.

LACC hosted its annual Women’s History Month Afternoon Tea in March. Keynote speakers included the four female LACCD trustees.   


On October 5, LACC hosted an unveiling ceremony of a new King Sejong the Great statue.

On October 5, LACC hosted an unveiling ceremony of a new King Sejong the Great statue.   LACC received extensive local, national, and international press coverage, including KABC-TV, KTLA-TV, KoreaTown Daily, Korea Daily, KBS News, The Chosun USA News, The Freedom Times, Asian American News, Daehan Shinbo, Yonhap News, Character Media, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and other media outlets. Media coverage can be viewed at https://www.lacitycollege.edu/offices/pr/press/in-the-news.

On August 1, Dr. Amanuel Gebru became the new permanent President of Los Angeles City College. Dr. Gebru followed Dr. Mary Gallagher, who served in the role since January 2018.  


K Lunch Box, a reality Korean cooking show filmed segments featuring LACC in Spring 2023. Segments are available on YouTube. The show featured a group of chefs and judges who visited the campus and created a Korean style lunch. Segments also included footage of students who ate and commented on the lunch, view a clip at https://www.lacitycollege.edu/offices/pr/press/in-the-news


LACC was featured in the October 16 LA Times featuring the LACC Extension Sewing Made Easy course. Link to coverage at https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/list/best-los-angeles-sewing-studios.  


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 On October 28, LACC hosted Housing Ideas for LACCD: Community College Edition, a public housing forum for the community and stakeholders to give input and hear about LACCD’s potential development of student and/or workforce housing. Speakers included LA Deputy Mayor for Housing Jenna Hornstock, LACCD Board President David Vela, LACCD Trustees Steve Veres and Andra Hoffman, Chair Ad-Hoc Committee on LACCD Student Basic Needs Sara Hernandez, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez and LACCD Vice Chancellor/Chief Facilities Executive Rueben Smith. On October 19, LACC also held a Housing Forum for the LACC community to discuss housing needs and policy.

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East Los Angeles College Year in Review Highlights

ELAC Honored as a Champion of Higher Education: Leading the Way in ADT

ELAC Honored as a Champion of Higher Education: Leading the Way in ADT 

ELAC has been named a 2023 Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Recognizing the campus’ exemplary work in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). 

ELAC is one of only 18 California community colleges to be selected as a Champion of Higher Education and one of only three community colleges to earn the honor for excellence in ADT. 1,306 total Associate Degrees for Transfer were awarded to ELAC students in the 2021–22 academic year. 


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ELAC Recognized as the #1 Community College in the US for Hispanic Student Enrollment

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Ranked 1st in the nation with 31,099 total enrollment of Hispanic/Latinx students at a Community College for the 2021-2022 academic year according to the annual Top 100 issue of Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine. 

ELAC was also 9th in the nation with 2,878 total associate degrees granted to Hispanic/Latinx students. ELAC also finished as a top ten school in the nation for degrees granted in three separate majors. This is especially impressive because this ranking is against both two-year and four-year institutions. 

  • Top 100 (2021-2022 Total Enrollment 2-year Schools) - #1 
  • Top 100 (2021-2022 Total Associate Degrees Granted) - #9 
  • Top 10 Schools By Major (2021-2022): 
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences - #2 
    • Homeland Security Law Enforcement Firefighting and Related Protective Services - #6 
    • Social Sciences Degrees - #1 

*SOURCE: NCES/IPEDS Database 2021-2022 


ELAC Department of Psychology and Addiction Studies Program Awarded $8.1 Million in Grants 

The East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Psychology department and Addiction Studies program were recently awarded $8.1 million in grants. This is the largest ever received by the department and also one of the largest grants awarded in ELAC history. There has been a shortage of Addiction Counselors in the United States and ELAC is ready to bolster the workforce. A portion of this grant will also go to the ELAC Foundation to help train and place addiction counseling interns. 

ELAC Department of Psychology and Addiction Studies program will receive the following grants: 

  • $6.1 million from the Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) Department to train and place a total of 158 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselors over the next 3 years. Grant partners in the Substance Use Disorders Earn and Learn (SUDEAL) project include the Amity Foundation, Cuesta College, CRCD, LA CADA treatment center, NewWays toWork, and Helpline Youth Counseling. 
  • $1.5 million from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) to administer a 3-year Substance Use and Behavioral Disorders Apprenticeship Program (SUBDAP). ELAC’s SUD Apprenticeship program was recently approved by the State’s Department of Labor and this project will significantly increase employment opportunities for Addiction Studies graduates. 
  • $203,000 from the Justice and Careers Opportunity Department (JCOD) to continue the College to Careers Bridge program targeting persons who have been impacted by the criminal justice system and helping them earn a certificate in Addiction Studies. 
  • $135,000 awarded to the ELAC Foundation to train and place Addiction Counseling interns at Helpline Youth Counseling’s Mentored Internship Program (MIP) 
  • $60,000 awarded to the ELAC Foundation to process stipends for the SUBDAP grant. 
  • $150,000 awarded to the ELAC Foundation for the ELAC Cares Grant, helping youth start their career pathway in the Addiction Studies Field.
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Los Angeles Harbor College Year in Review Highlights 

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Harbor Palooza - Harbor Palooza 4.0 is our Fall Kick-Off for students to re-engage and jumpstart the Fall semester. Over 1,000 students, families, faculty and staff were on site for the festivities. In-n-Out as always, was a crowd pleaser.  

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2023 – 14th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame.  Over 200 friends and family gathered to induct past and present legends into the LAHC Athletic Hall of Fame. The evening was filled with stories about their journey of failures, hardships and success in their athletic careers and in life. 


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Harbor Athletics – The Men’s Basketball made it to the CCCAA Playoffs and took the South Coast Conference Title. Although we lost in the 2nd round of the CCCAA Playoffs, our Athletes showed heart and played hard!  Athletes were honored for their stellar performance in the classroom and in their sport.  LAHC Women’s Soccer Team and Coach Caballero take the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. Go Seahawks!  


Southeast Hall is coming to Harbor in Fall 2025.  On June 26, 2023, we held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southeast Hall, the newest two-story 50,000 GSF with spaces for Nursing and Health Sciences, Equity Programs, Disabled Student Services, a Student Health Center and a large multipurpose assembly room.  It will include a new 30,000 SF multipurpose plaza where students can study or relax, a new east parking lot with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) and Infrastructure for future EVCS Installation.  A “Top Out” ceremony will be held on December 12, 2023. 

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Counselors, Faculty, Staff, and Administration during Super Saturdays

Super Saturdays were SUPER!  The energy on campus welcoming back students was fantastic. Counselors, Faculty, Staff, and Administration were present to assist students. and help launch their educational journeys. Sharing information on Pathways and TCAPS is important for our students. Check out the fun videos on Insta! Of course, the culmination of all the hard work and celebrations is our Graduation!   

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LAMC Hosts Local High School Counselors and Administrators

On Tuesday, November 7th, Los Angeles Mission College hosted over 60 LAUSD and private school Counselors and Administrators at their High School Day event designed to help forge partnerships and streamline processes between the high schools and the college. 
Attendees learned about the LAMC’s Academic Programs and Student Services, as well as the Dual Enrollment, Adult Education, and Promise programs. Campus tours were also available, and lunch was served by our award-winning Culinary Arts program. 

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Basic Needs Holiday Donation Drive

Los Angeles Mission College is proud to announce the return of its Basic Needs Holiday Donation Drive. Started in 2022, LAMC faculty & and staff donate items to support the college’s most vulnerable students through their Basic Needs Center. 
After listening to student feedback, the college requested gift card donations this year to allow families to address their individual needs. The donation drive culminated at the annual Holiday Party, where it was announced that the college-sponsored 63 families, supporting a total of 120 people. 


Student Services & Administration Building Grand Opening

California State Senator Caroline Menjivar, LACCD Board President David Vela, LACCD Trustee Steve Veres, , and L.A. City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez assisting college President Armida Ornelas in cutting a ribbon at the Student Services & Administration Building Grand Opening

It was standing room only on Tuesday, December 5th as Los Angeles Mission College celebrated the Grand Opening of their Student Services & Administration Building with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  

LACCD Board President David Vela, Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, California State Senator Caroline Menjivar, and L.A. City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez were on hand to help cut the ribbon and officially open the building. 

The new three-story, 59,000 square-foot building consolidates fourteen Student Service departments formerly housed throughout the campus into one location, creating a “one-stop shop” where students can receive help with Counseling, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, applying and enrolling in classes, and much more. Additional photos and video of the event can be found on the college’s Instagram page


Pacoima Holiday Parade

On Saturday, December 9th, LAMC once again sponsored and participated in the Pacoima Holiday Parade. Celebrating its 56th year, the parade is a local draw and brings Pacoimians together to celebrate their community. 

This year, the college announced its new learning facility, located on the parade route, at the corner of Van Nuys and Telfair. The college has also scheduled a Grand Opening and Open House for Tuesday, December 19th to help prospective students apply to the college and enroll in classes. 

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Los Angeles Mission College Year in Review Highlights

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Kevin Powell Hosts an Interactive Conversation to Celebrate Black History Month

On February 27th, Los Angeles Mission College welcomed acclaimed poet, civil rights activist, journalist, and author Kevin Powell as part of the college’s month-long celebration of Black History Month. 

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LAMC Hosts First Ever Dream Resource Forum 

On April 21st, nearly 200 LACCD faculty & and staff gathered at Los Angeles Mission College for an insightful and informative day designed to expand support for undocumented students throughout the District. 


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Food & Wine Festival Raises Over $100k to Support Students

Over 500 college and community members attended the San Fernando Valley Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, April 29th, for an afternoon of wine tasting, live music & dancing, and delicious street food. 

The sold-out event raised over $100,000, which will benefit the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation and provide scholarships to students. These crucial funds and scholarships provide a local and much-needed financial support system for students. 


Congressman Tony Cárdenas Secures $2M in Funding to Increase STEM Workforce Programs 

On July 7th, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas announced $2 million in Community Project Funding to Los Angeles Mission College to increase STEM Workforce programs. 

The goal of the project is to expand the current offerings of the Allied Health programs to meet the workforce and demand in the community while supporting non-English speaking, foreign-born STEM workers and those new to or interested in STEM fields. 

Congressman Tony Cárdenas, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, LACCD Trustee Nichelle Henderson, LAMC College President Armida Ornelas, and LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez posing next to a giant-sized check for 2 million dollars

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Los Angeles Mission College to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Biomanufacturing 

In October, Los Angeles Mission College learned that the California State Chancellor’s Office granted full approval for the college to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing. This marks the fourth Bachelor’s Degree for the District and the first for the college.

“The demand for skilled professionals in biotechnology continues to rise, and this program will transform lives by providing students with the skills and expertise needed to compete for high-paying jobs in a growing industry,” said LAMC President Armida Ornelas. 


LAMC Receives $3M Grant to Address Basic Needs Insecurities

In November, it was announced that Los Angeles Mission College was one of only 16 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to earn a $3 Million grant from the Department of Education to increase student access and success for those experiencing the stress and trauma of basic need insecurity. 

This grant has allowed the college to establish a GANAS (Gaining Access to Needs to Accelerate Success) Program to bring much-needed funding to their Basic Needs Center and Dual Enrollment Program. 

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Holiday Greetings from Los Angeles Pierce College!

1st Annual Horticulture Day and Plant Sale  

On November 29, 2023, Pierce College celebrated the 1st Annual Horticulture Day and Plant Sale on campus. The day was filled with gardening, composting, and plant education. Community nurseries and horticultural organizations also displayed local and exotic plants and flowers, as well as, fruit trees and shrubs for sale. Plants were also raffled to support the Horticultural Program.

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Motor4Toys’ 20th Annual Charity Car Show & Toy Drive

Motor4Toys’ 20th Annual Charity Car Show & Toy Drive was held at Pierce College on December 3, 2023. Thousands of car enthusiasts and guests donated hundreds of brand-new bicycles, sports equipment, and thousands of toys for underprivileged children of all ages.


On, December 2, 2023, the LAUSD’s 47th Annual Band and Drill Team Championships competition was held at Pierce’s Shepard Stadium. Twenty-nine Different LAUSD schools from all over the region participated in the event, competing for the honor of the top LAUSD band. 


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Journalism Association of Community Colleges Awards 

Several LAPC Roundup, The Bull, and KPCRadio.com students captured awards during JACC’s Southern California Conference held at CSU Northridge. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Benjamin Hanson and David Pashaee first place photo essay 
  • Benjamin Hanson first place sports action photo  
  • David Pashaee first place sports feature photo  
  • Sammy Johnson first place newspaper opinion writing 
  • The Roundup staff second place front page layout 
  • Lindsey Whittaker third place podcast audio news 
  • Lindsey Whittaker third place news story 
  • Nathalie Miranda third place feature story (non-profile)
  • Alexis Guevara third place magazine photo essay 
  • Fabiola Carrizosa fourth place on the spot news story  
  • Desiree Chloe Ganabe fourth place magazine profile article 
  • Benjamin Hanson and David Pashaee honorable mention magazine photo story essay  
  • The Bull Staff honorable mention magazine design/layout 
  • Benjamin Hanson honorable mention magazine photo 
  • Benjamin Hanson honorable mention on the spot feature photo 

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Fall Athletic Programs 

Congratulations to LAPC’s Women’s Soccer Team and Coaching Staff for their excellent season. The Women’s Team made it to the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association’s Women’s Soccer Playoffs.

This Fall, the Brahma Football and Men’s Soccer also competed valiantly and is looking forward to next season stronger! 


Los Angeles Regional Adult Educational Consortium 2023 Collaboration Award 

Pierce College is the winner for the 2023 LARAEC Collaboration Award for Virtual Cash 4 College Event. Innovation and Collaboration Awards are designed to recognize schools and staff within the consortium who have introduced new strategies to promote innovation or collaboration. The awards were presented at their November Board Meeting. 


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Pierce College President Recognized with Alumni Role Model Award 

West Foundation presented Acting President Aracely Aguiar with its Alumni Role Model Award for 2023. The award was presented at the West Los Angeles College Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala held on November 7 at the Hilton Los Angeles Culver City Hotel. 


Los Angeles Pierce College Year in Review Highlights

Dr. Arati Prabhakar with Students and Administrators

 

WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR IMPRESSED BY LAPC TOURS OF SCIENCE AND AUTOMOTIVE FACILITIES AND STUDENTS

When Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez met the Science Advisor to the President at the White House in D.C., he invited her to visit LACCD colleges and committed to her that we would show their federal dollar investments at work. Arati Prabhakar, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director and Science Advisor to President Biden, visited Pierce College on Tuesday, May 2 to see our students, faculty and facilities in action. Prabhakar toured LAPC’s Biotech Lab in the Center for Sciences, the Advanced Automotive Building, and the Plant Science Lab in Earth Sciences, talking to many students along the way. Prabhakar’s goal was to learn more about LAPC’s efforts to equitably strengthen our nation’s biotechnology and biomanufacturing ecosystem, as well as their zero-emissions vehicle training program.


Promise Scholar Continues to Grow at Pierce College

It was a busy summer and fall for LAPC as Promise Scholars were onboarded through a variety of transition programs including Summer Bridge and #Pierce Success. The summer culminated with our very first Brahma Family Night. This event provided parents with strategies and resources to help their scholars succeed at Pierce College. Workshops on retaining the Promise Scholarship were also held in English and Spanish.

Parents inquiring about Athletics and other programs.

LAPC’s Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing Receives Provisional Approval

Pierce College received provisional approval from the State Chancellor’s Office to advance in the Intersegmental Consultation phase of developing a new 4-year degree in Biomanufacturing. The Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing will develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge students need to work in the unique environment of biological manufacturing.

The program is designed to meet a critical demand in the biotechnology industry for employees who have received baccalaureate-level preparation for technical and quality-related positions. Students will also benefit from LA Pierce College’s longstanding expertise in the agricultural industry with unique specialization opportunities in plant engineering, algae biotechnology, synthetic biology, and mammalian cell culture.

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 Quinlock Dolores Sheen received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at LASC

On November 11, 2023, Quinlock Dolores Sheen received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at LASC. She is affectionately addressed as “Aunt Delores” and has been involved with LASC for decades. Some of her accomplishments at LASC include: wrote the “Alma Mater” that has been adopted by the college, founded the ASO Club Village People and guest speaker of ASO, active in the Theater Arts program, and mentored LASC students. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. Recipients receive a personalized certificate, official pin, medallion, or coin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Congresswoman Maxine Water and other dignitaries were in attendance. 


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On February 9, 2023, LASC hosted the Los Angeles Community College District and African American Outreach Initiative celebration of Black History Month 2023

Black History Month 2023 

On February 9, 2023, LASC hosted the Los Angeles Community College District and African American Outreach Initiative celebration of Black History Month 2023. All nine campuses were invited to attend in person or virtually. The special guest speaker was Dr. Chike Akua. He is a professor of Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta and has been called "an educational revolutionary" and is recognized as a leading authority on culturally relevant educational materials and instructional approaches.

“I See You” Women’s History Month Event

“I See You” Women’s History Month Event 

On March 23, 2023, LASC hosted an event to celebrate Women’s History Month. All staff were invited to come and hear the stories and honor the sacrifices of phenomenal women who have made history.

A legendary example is Odessa B. Cox, the principal founder of LASC, “It feels so good to see the things we have fought for so many years finally coming to pass.”


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Juneteenth Mural Celebration 

On June 15, 2023, LASC Umoja and the Men of Color Engagement Center hosted the unveiling of the Juneteenth Mural Project to celebrate Juneteenth at LASC. The mural highlights the history of Juneteenth and was permanently installed on campus in the Umoja Community Center. Lauren Evans, Art Professor at LASC collaborated with over 30 faculty, staff, and students in painting the mural. 


HireLAX program expansion

On August 4, 2023, Congresswoman Maxine Waters visited LASC to attend the HireLAX graduation and presented a check for $1,000,000 to LAWA to expand the HireLAX work program. HireLAX is a construction apprenticeship program which has been ongoing for six years. It empowers people in the communities around LAX airport, particularly those with limited economic opportunities. The 8-week program at LASC also includes a rigorous physical training course. With this new federal grant, HireLAX can train more people for these coveted union construction jobs. https://www.lawa.org/lawa-employment/lawa-hirelax/hirelax  

Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

On August 31, 2023, the Los Angeles Sentinel published an article about Fernando Pullum transforming lives of Los Angeles youth through arts and music. Professor Pullum is an adjunct professor in Arts and Humanities at LASC. In 2001 he established the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center which has been serving Leimert Park Village for 22 years. The Pullum Center offers free performing arts classes to underserved youth, serving more than 1,200 students, ages 5-20. 

https://lasentinel.net/fernando-pullum-transforms-lives-of-l-a-youth-through-arts-and-music.html  


LASC President Anthony Culpepper, was recognized with a  Los Angeles Times Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access (DEIA) Visionary award

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access Visionary award

On October 19, 2023, Juliet Hidalgo reported that LASC President Anthony Culpepper, was recognized with a Los Angeles Times Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access (DEIA) Visionary award which recognizes those whose work of service not only embodies, but demonstrates through life experiences the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. Part of this recognition includes being honored at the event and an article in the Fall/Winter special section of the LA Times. https://www.laccd.edu/news/three-los-angeles-community-college-district-laccd-college-presidents-recognized-their 

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Marvin Segundo, Basic Needs trainer/presenter; Tracii Smith, Basic Needs Office Assistant; Maggie Cordero, Dean of Pathways and Student Affairs; Dr. Michael Reese, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Ronjanay Johnson, Basic Needs Center Student Worker; Sara Hernandez, LA Community College District Trustee; Charalambos Ziogas, Vice President of Administrative Services; Dr. Kathleen Burke, Deputy Chancellor of the LA Community College District; Dimitrios Synodinos, Vice President of Student Services; and Dr.
Marvin Segundo, Basic Needs trainer/presenter; Tracii Smith, Basic Needs Office Assistant; Maggie Cordero, Dean of Pathways and Student Affairs; Dr. Michael Reese, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Ronjanay Johnson, Basic Needs Center Student Worker; Sara Hernandez, LA Community College District Trustee; Charalambos Ziogas, Vice President of Administrative Services; Dr. Kathleen Burke, Deputy Chancellor of the LA Community College District; Dimitrios Synodinos, Vice President of Student Services; and Dr. Alfred McQuarters, President of LATTC

LATTC Cuts the Ribbon to New Basic Needs Center

On November 29, 2023, LATTC was pleased to host the grand opening celebration of its Basic Needs Center.  

The event began with a welcome from LATTC President, Dr. Alfred McQuarters, with other remarks provided by Ms. Sara Hernandez, LA Community College District Trustee and Ms. Naomi Riley, Director of Outreach for the office of Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove of the 37th District. Following the welcome program, the ribbon was cut to the college's new Basic Needs Center. Guests enjoyed tours of the new center from the Center's staff and attended a companion resource fair with services available to students. 

The new center located in the college’s C4 Building, Room 126, features a snack and food pantry, microwave and water cooler-and students can also pick up toiletries and first aid kits. Additionally, a lounge area provides computer stations, free printing, and a safe space where students can work and socialize. 

The Basic Needs Center will be open to students Monday–Thursday, 8 am–4 pm and will be staffed with a licensed social worker and college personnel. Additionally, a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) representative will be at the center every Tuesday to do Coordinated Entry System (CES) intake with unhoused students. 

Future workshops will be programmed at the Center featuring monthly guests from community resource programs such as CalFresh and MediCal. 

View media coverage of the opening on NBC LA and Telemundo 52


Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Year in Review Highlights

LATTC’s winning team pictured with President Kathleen Burke, Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, and LACCD Trustee Nichelle Henderson and the coveted Golden Chef’s Hat trophy.
LATTC’s winning team pictured with President Kathleen Burke, Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, and LACCD Trustee Nichelle Henderson and the coveted Golden Chef’s Hat trophy.

LATTC Takes Home the Golden Chef’s Hat Trophy at LACCD’s 3rd Annual Culinary Cup Competition!

On May 12, 2023, Trade-Tech hosted LACCD’s 3rd Annual Culinary Cup competition. More than 400 culinary enthusiasts from across the District and the community gathered as teams from LA Harbor College, LA Mission College, and LA Trade-Tech College competed for the Golden Chef’s Hat trophy. 

Students teams competed in three categories: savory, dessert, and tablescape—with their final product being reviewed by a panel of chef judges, which included Food Network personality, Chef Jet Tila. Ultimately, Trade-Tech's Culinary Arts team took home the victory across all categories, including savory, dessert, tablescape, and overall. The full day also included engaging demonstrations by industry chefs, an exhibition and silent auction, and a delicious lunch prepared by Trade-Tech.  

The event was covered on Eyewitness News and LAist/89.3. Read more about the day's competition in Trade-Tech's news post.  

All student participants did an incredible job! We look forward to the 2024 competition at LA Harbor College!


LATTC Hosts 98th Commencement Featuring Keynote Speaker Mayor Karen Bass

LATTC Hosts 98th Commencement Featuring Keynote Speaker Mayor Karen Bass 

On June 6, 2023, Trade-Tech hosted its 98th Commencement at the Galen Center where 4,500 guests arrived to celebrate more than 800 graduates. LATTC was especially honored to welcome LA Mayor Karen Bass as the annual event's keynote speaker, who, during her address, asked students, "Will you help me change the world?"  

Additional messages of inspiration and encouragement were shared by LATTC’s Interim President Dr. Kathleen Burke, LACCD Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, and LACCD Trustee Sara Hernandez. The event was also attended by incoming President, Dr. Alfred McQuarters. 

Check out ABC Eyewitness News’s coverage of the day and view more photos from LATTC’s 98th Commencement via the college’s Facebook page


LATTC's Electrical and Power Transmission Installation Program Leads LA Times Article on Most Lucrative College Majors

Over the summer, a powerful article from the LA Times discussed the important role that college majors play in determining post-grad earnings, regardless of the institutions attended.  

The article features LATTC’s Power Transmission Installation program and spotlights recent LATTC grad, Elijah Calderon. 

“[Calderon’s] education was free, thanks to federal and state financial aid. The work, which involves building and maintaining electrical power systems often atop 35-foot poles, has given him pride of accomplishment. He’s gotten in shape, mastered marketable skills and is set to begin a path to financial prosperity. 

LATTC's Electrical and Power Transmission Installation Program Leads LA Times Article on Most Lucrative College Majors

“There’s more than just going through a four-year,” he said. “Be a little more open to trade school. Give it a chance.”” 

Read the story 


Left: Dr. Alfred McQuarters with Senator María Elena Durazo; Right: guests attend the Reentry Fair
Left: Dr. Alfred McQuarters with Senator María Elena Durazo; Right: guests attend the Reentry Fair.

LATTC Joins Project Impact in Hosting the Reentry Resource and Job Fair 

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, Project Impact of the LA Mayor's Office with LATTC's Reentry and Employment and Career Success Pathways hosted the Reentry Resource and Job Fair. The all-day fair featured a breadth of resources for the college’s justice-impacted community including expungement, ticket clearing, and identification cards, as well as employers looking to hire.

The event began with welcome remarks from President McQuarters who introduced Karren Lane, Deputy Mayor of the Office of Community Safety. After the Deputy Mayor’s remarks, guests heard from California State Senator María Elena Durazo who shared about her team’s part in passing SB731 which is designed to seal the criminal records of eligible individuals and allow others to petition for it. The bill will provide an unprecedented opportunity to access stable housing, employment, and more. Other remarks were then provided by Mary Weaver, Executive Director of Friends Outside, which assists children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration. 

The Reentry Fair is one of the many events that were facilitated by LATTC’s Reentry Pathway, which works year-round to support our justice-involved community by providing individual support, resources, connections, and an inclusive community.

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Veteran Day Celebration with State Senator Menjivar at LAVC 

The LAVC Veterans Resource Center celebrated Veterans Day with special guest speaker State Senator Caroline Menjivar, and a resource fair for veterans. Senator Menjivar is also a USMC veteran. 


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Celebrating First-Generation Students and Employees

Students, faculty and staff gathered for the first annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8. Organized by the LAVC TRiO Program, it celebrated the contributions and experiences of first-generation students and personnel and featured poet Angela Aguirre. 


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LAVC to offer a Respiratory Therapy Degree in Fall 2024

The California State Chancellor’s Office granted permission to LAVC to offer a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy. It will be one of only 4 four baccalaureate programs offered in the state, and the first bachelor’s degree offered by LAVC. The bachelor’s program provides a path to an advanced level of training and education and will help meet the growing demand for respiratory therapists. Enrollment in the program is slated to begin in the Fall of 2024.

A Spectrum One News interview with professor Cheryl Pearson talks about the new program. 


College and District officials gather to break ground on the LAVC Academic Complex 1 project. (L to R: Pankow Construction Vice President Jack Mollenkoph, Ryan Ahari from Councilmember Nithya Raham's Office, LACCD Director of Bond Capital Constriction Ian Erhardt, LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons, LACCD Board 1st Vice President Nichelle Henderson, LACCD Vice Chancellor and Chief Facilities Executive Dr. Ruben Smith, LAVC ASU President Ani Ramazyan, LACCD Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, and LAVC Dean De

LAVC Kicks Off Construction on New Academic Complex building

In May 2023, LAVC and District officials gathered to break ground on a brand-new $90 million academic complex classroom building on the former site of the college’s original 1950s post-war bungalows. The Academic Complex 1 building will house classrooms and the departments of Business Administration, Computer Science Information Systems, Emergency Services, Mathematics, Psychology/Statistics and Sociology/Ethnic Studies. 


LAUSD students met with college and university representatives, and attended workshops to help guide them on how to apply.
LAUSD students met with college and university representatives, and attended workshops to help guide them on how to apply.

11th Annual College Fest with LAUSD Region North

In September, LAVC and LAUSD Region North held its 11th annual College Fest. The event was open to the public but was targeted towards LAUSD students in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area, and LAVC students. Over 2,000 students and families met with college/university representatives and attended workshops on UC/CSU/private school admissions, Financial Aid, College Promise, foster youth/special programs, and more. 


Students wait eagerly to pick up fresh produce and non-perishable food at the weekly Monarch’s Market.
Students wait eagerly to pick up fresh produce and non-perishable food at the weekly Monarch’s Market.

LAVC Monarchs Market Food Distribution Helps Students in Need

The Basic Needs Center held Monarchs Market Weekly Food Distributions on campus every Thursday. All students in need received a wide variety of fresh produce and non-perishables.  


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2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising for National Coming Out Day 

The LAVC Rainbow Pride Center celebrated National Coming Out Day on October 11 by raising the Pride Flag with State Senator Caroline Menjivar while the LAVC College Choir performed a moving rendition of “All You Need is Love”. The Senator, who is the first LGBTQ legislator to represent the San Fernando Valley, shared her personal coming out story. She also presented a certificate to the Rainbow Pride Center for its support of the LGBTQ community at Valley College. 

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WLAC Foundation Celebrates 50 Years 

For the first time in more than a decade, the relaunched WLAC Foundation hosted a fund-raising gala to commemorate its 50th anniversary serving the college and its students. Over 250 guests attended the event at Hilton Los Angeles Culver City which raised over $145,000. Honorees included LAPC’s Interim President Aracely Aguiar awarded “Alumni Role Model.” Aguiar entered West as a dental hygiene student and exited as Vice President of Academic Affairs who played a pivotal role in bringing the bachelor’s degree program to the college. “Educator of the Year” went to Biology Professor Vered Mirmovitch. The Non-Profit Excellence Award went to the LA Regional Food Bank which partners with the College food pantry. Boeing received the Corporate Partner Award for their partnership with the Aviation program.


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Child Development Program Adds In-Language Learning & Path for Parents

The WLAC Child Development program has been increasing access through innovation. Through a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, UCLA, and several other organizations, West is helping busy parents complete the coursework required to qualify for various pre-kindergarten teaching positions, ranging from assistants to lead teachers. The college is also welcoming its third cohort of students taking classes in their native language of Spanish. For-credit, in-language classes became possible thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill 1096. These students can now pursue CA State Pre-school Permit preparation and get to work while acquiring English at their own pace. Additionally, many of these students are dually enrolled in the college High School Equivalency (GED) program which allows them to enroll in both the noncredit and credit paths for free. This dual enrollment program earned a 2023 LARAEC Innovation Award

WLAC IN THE NEWS: Ed Source- Parents Become TeachersEd-Source – In-Language Learning 
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Partnering with LAUSD Region West Brings Hundreds Of Students to Campus

West and LAUSD Region West once again partnered to hold a joint Transfer Fair which brought hundreds of high school juniors and seniors to campus to meet with university representatives and learn more about West LA College. Additionally, busloads of seniors strolled booths on the athletic field in May to learn more about West’s program and services, enjoy performances and celebrate college signing day. 


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Climate

From the opening ceremony on Earth Day in April to being the host site for the State Chancellor’s Climate Summit, to the three-day Climate Action Palooza in October that attracted over 700 people, the new Center for Climate Change Education at West has captured the attention of education and community partners, policy-makers, employers and media. West is committed to being the green epicenter for environmental education and innovation. Enthusiasm to integrate climate change studies into curriculum and campus practices, beyond the college’s unique climate change studies degree, is widespread. 

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West Authorized to Offer a Second Bachelor’s Degree

In June, West was granted permission to offer a second Bachelor’s Degree. It is in Aviation Maintenance: Avionics. This makes West one of only 29 of the 116 California Community Colleges authorized to offer a Bachelor’s Degree and one of only four that offer 2 degrees.

The second Bachelor’s Degree program at West is Dental Hygiene. This program was among the first 15 authorized in 2015 under Senate Bill 850.

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Aspen Institute Honors WLAC President & College 

After West was named to the prestigious Aspen Institute 2023 list of the top 150 community colleges in the country, WLAC President James M. Limbaugh was invited to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Institute’s Presidents Fellowship. Leaders were selected through a competitive process based on their commitment to student success and equity, willingness to take bold steps to improve outcomes, understanding of the importance of community partnerships, and ability to lead lasting change aimed at improving student outcomes. As a fellow, Dr. Limbaugh will spend a year learning from and collaborating with top community college experts to sharpen strategic reform strategies. …WLAC IN THE NEWS: Culver City Crossroads 

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City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs Reveals Grant Recipients Of The 2023/24 City Of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project 
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Magazine Sneak Peek: A Case Study in Reduced Energy Consumption 
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National Hispanic Health Foundation Addresses Shortage of Latino Medical Professionals, Awards 66 Scholarships Nationwide 
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National Hispanic Health Foundation Addresses Shortage of Latino Medical Professionals, Awards 66 Scholarships Nationwide 
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California Community Colleges Board of Governors Recognizes 2023 Energy and Sustainability Award Recipients for Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change 
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Community college students can take classes in their native language under a new law
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David Vela: A Champion for LACCD’s LGBTQIA+ Rights 
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Project Angel Food Thanksgiving, a remarkable group of volunteers 
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California Makes Strides Toward Improving HBCU Transfer Pathway For Community College Students 
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About the Los Angeles Community College District 

LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. 

Members of the LACCD Board | David Vela, President | Nichelle Henderson, Vice President | Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D., Second Vice President | Andra Hoffman | Sara Hernandez | Steven F. Veres | Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D. | Alexy Cordova, Student Trustee

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November 2023

November is a time of reflection and for giving thanks. 

The Board of Trustees and I recognize and applaud your professionalism and dedication that has resulted in awards, accolades and amazing accomplishments all across the nine colleges and District.  

Here are just a few highlights: 

LACCD sponsored a Community Housing Forum at LA City College on Saturday, October 28. Over 200 students, employees and interested stakeholders gathered to learn more about LACCD student and workforce housing options. The forum gave the public and interested parties a chance to provide input and hear about LACCD’s potential development of student and/or workforce housing. With leadership from the Board of Trustees, we were able to unveil our roadmap of how we plan to systematically invest in housing to address student basic needs.  

Our District prides itself on providing affordable and accessible education to all who seek it. At LACCD, we remain committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, accessible and equitable learning environment for all students, and to actively engaging with our civic partners, elected officials, non-profit and community organizations, and philanthropy to serve this region, while promoting inclusivity and advancing social justice.  

This month should serve as our urgent clarion call for those of us with the audacity to call ourselves educators. Let’s do all we can to ensure equitable access and student success—an essential investment towards California’s future stability, progress and inclusive prosperity. But we know that a lack of basic needs that many of our students face, such as affordable housing, nutritious food, and quality healthcare, is the foundation of a thriving, educated and equitable society.   

As we enter the holidays and season of giving, our Foundation for the LA Community Colleges is supporting students by collecting funds for scholarships, emergency assistance, and basic needs support. Here’s how to help: click here to donate if you are interested in participating. 

I want to express my deep appreciation for your dedication to the success of our students and for your continued support.   

With respect and admiration,

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District

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Season of Giving

Season of Giving

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back to the causes we care about most. This year, we ask for your support to help our LACCD students succeed.

Your gift during this Season of Giving provides critical support to community college students, such as scholarships, emergency assistance, and basic needs support.

Please join us and make a gift to support our students. Give here: https://tinyurl.com/seasonofgiving23 
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AAOI organizers with Trustee Nichelle Henderson (left), LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons (third from left), and Johnathan Franklin (second from the right).
Left to right: Trustee Nichelle Henderson, Marissa Bowman, Director of Community Engagement – Office of Mayor Karen Bass, LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons, Fallon Nelms, Dr. Krishna Smith, Dr. Regina Smith, Johnathan Franklin and Kimberly Wright LAUSD Director of the Black Student Achievement Plan – Region North.

LACCD’s Welcome B(l)ack Outreach Event Held at Valley College

More than 300 LAUSD high school students and Umoja students across the District gathered at LAVC for the 4th annual LACCD’s Welcome B(l)ack and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Day on Tuesday, October 24.


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Housing Ideas for LACCD: Community College Edition

Speakers included LA Deputy Mayor for Housing Jenna Hornstock, LACCD Board President David Vela, LACCD Trustees Steve Veres and Andra Hoffman, Sara Hernandez, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez and LACCD Vice Chancellor/Chief Facilities Executive Rueben Smith. Trustees Vice President Nichelle Henderson, Second Vice President Kelsey Iino and Gabriel Buelna were also in attendance.

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the Assembly Higher Education Committee chaired by Assemblymember Mike Fong

LACCD closed the 2023 Legislative Session with two major events at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). On Monday, October 16, the Assembly Higher Education Committee chaired by Assemblymember Mike Fong held an Assembly Higher Education Oversight Field Hearing to discuss topics including Community College Enrollment, California’s Community College (CCC) Vision 2030 plan, and Community College Workforce Development and BA Programs. LACCD Vice Chancellors Nicole Albo Lopez and Jim Lancaster testified at the Hearing. They were also joined by ELAC Vice President Miguel Duenas, who gave welcome remarks on behalf of the District and the college. 

Board Vice President Nichelle Henderson and Trustee Gabriel Buelna represented the Board at the press event

On Thursday, October 19, Assemblymember Mike Fong and LACCD hosted a press conference to thank the Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom for the signing of AB 1096 (Mike Fong). The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2024, will enable community college students to take courses in their native language without requiring them to concurrently enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Board Vice President Nichelle Henderson and Trustee Gabriel Buelna represented the Board at the press event. 


LACCD is gathering legislative and budgetary ideas to build its 2024 advocacy priorities. For more information join the LACCD Legislative and Public Affairs Committee on November 15, 2023.

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Check out what’s new in the VRC!

The Vision Resource Center is an online learning and communication platform that offers all California community college employees access to a variety of professional development opportunities and trainings. Topics include tips and advice on improving writing or communication skills, personal health and wellness, diversity equity and inclusion, leadership, and many more. Log in through the link on the front page Employee SharePoint site or use the QR code.

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LACCD Enrollment Update Fall 2023 TO Fall 2022 COMPARISONS DAY 63 - RELATIVE TO THE BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION

The LACCD continue to experience a strong enrollment recovery in Fall 2023. Comparing Fall 2023 to Fall 2022, student headcount and enrollments are up 17% and 14%, respectively. Double-digit increases in headcount and enrollment are being seen at nearly all colleges. Even though class offerings increased by 5% in Fall 2023, instructional productivity is showing a 21% increase due the large enrollment increase, which is reversing  the trend in declining average class. Districtwide, comparing Fall 2023 to Fall 2022, there have been large increases in first-time students (+5,972; +36%), continuing students (+4,561; 8%), and concurrent high school students (+2,957; +21%).  We are also observing increases across all age and gender groups and most ethnic groups, with large increases in the Under 20 (+4,426; +12%), 25-34 (+3,601; +16%), and 35-54 (+6,085; +47%) age groups, in male students (+10,251; +24%), and in Hispanic (+5,847; +9%), Black students (+1,414; 15%), and White students (+9,795; 65%). Slightly under half (49%) of classes are being taught in-person. As seen in previous semesters, remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (77%) followed by hybrid (71%) and in-person (70%) classes.

Priority enrollment for the Winter 2024 and Spring 2024 semesters started on Oct. 23, 2023 and open enrollment will begin on Nov. 13, 2023.

View the LACCD Enrollment Update PDF version

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King Sejong the Great statue

On October 5, LACC hosted an unveiling ceremony of a new King Sejong the Great statue.  LACC received local, national, and international press coverage, including KABC-TV, KTLA-TV, KoreaTown Daily, Korea Daily, KBS News, The Chosun USA News, The Freedom Times, Asian American News, Daehan Shinbo, Yonhap News, Character Media, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and other media outlets. Media coverage can be viewed at https://www.lacitycollege.edu/offices/pr/press/in-the-news.


LACC was featured in the October 16 LA Times featuring the LACC Extension Sewing Made Easy course. Link to coverage at https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/list/best-los-angeles-sewing-studios.


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California Community Colleges’ Undocumented Student Week of Action

LACC hosted a variety of events during the California Community Colleges’ Undocumented Student Week of Action from October 16 through October 19. A total of 10 virtual and in-person events included workshops, meetings, DACA presentations, and information on tuition and financial aid assistance.  


2023 International Latino Book Awards Ceremony

On October 21, LACC hosted the 2023 International Latino Book Awards Ceremony. The event celebrates and recognizes authors and their books by, for, and about Latino citizens and culture. Presenters included legends from prominent organizations, universities, and publishing houses within the Latino community. Media coverage included an article in the Mexico Daily Post, https://mexicodailypost.com/2023/10/12/international-latino-book-awards-celebrates-25-years-of-honoring-books-by-latinos/


Pulitzer Prize winning LA Times investigative reporter Harriet Ryan

On November 8, the Los Angeles City College Foundation will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning LA Times investigative reporter Harriet Ryan as part of their Nick Beck Endowment. Since joining the LA Times in 2008, Ryan has written about high-profile people, including Phil Spector, Michael Jackson and Tom Girardi, and institutions, including USC, the State Bar of California, the Catholic Church, the Kabbalah Centre and Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin. Ryan will share her experiences as a journalist and there will be a Q & A session.

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ELAC Recognized as the #1 Community College in the US for Hispanic Student Enrollment 

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Ranked 1st in the nation with 31,099 total enrollment of Hispanic/Latinx students at a Community College for the 2021-2022 academic year according to the annual Top 100 issue of Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine

ELAC was also 9th in the nation with 2,878 total associate degrees granted to Hispanic/Latinx students. ELAC also finished as a top ten school in the nation for degrees granted in three separate majors. This is especially impressive because this ranking is against both two-year and four-year institutions. 

  • Top 100 (2021-2022 Total Enrollment 2-year Schools) - #1 
  • Top 100 (2021-2022 Total Associate Degrees Granted) - #9 
  • Top 10 Schools By Major (2021-2022): 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences - #2 

  • Homeland Security Law Enforcement Firefighting and Related Protective Services - #6 

  • Social Sciences Degrees - #1 


ELAC to Host Startup World Cup Southern California Regional Competition 

ELAC is partnering with HUMANBULB to host the 2023 Startup World Cup Southern California Regional on the ELAC campus on November 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! Join us for this inspiring, fast-paced event where 10 Southern California Startups will be selected to compete for the title of Startup World Cup Southern California Regional Winner! Each startup will pitch for 2-minutes followed by a LIVE 4-minute rapid-fire Q&A by our Investor panel. 

The winner of the Southern California Regional will go on to compete at the Global Grand Finale in San Francisco from 11/29-12/1/23 for a $1 million USD investment prize. The Startup World Cup is a prestigious international competition and prior years’ Global Grand Finale speakers have included: 

  • Spencer Rascoff, Co-Founder of Zillow 
  • Thuan Phan, CTO of Coupan and former CTO of Uber 
  • Marianna Tessel, CTO, Intuit 
  • Nikesh Arora, Chairman & CEO of Palo Alto Networks and former COO of Softbank 
  • Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple 
  • Reid Hoffman, Founding CEO of LinkedIn 
  • Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems 
  • Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder of Siri 
  • John Chambers, Former CEO of Cisco 
  • Marcelo Claure, Chief Operating Officer, Softbank 
  • Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix 
  • Tim Westergren, Founder and Former CEO, Pandora 
  • Jay Vijayan, Former CIO of Tesla 
  • Ray Lane, Former President & COO, Oracle 
  • Terry Jones, Founding Chairman, Kayak 
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Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating “Familia."

Conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month with Noche de Familia 

Puente Project held a beautiful event concluding our Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating “Familia.” Music, inspirational speakers and more than anything, “Familia” shared the evening celebrating their student. Thank you to Groupo Folklorico Nadino from San Pedro who provided Entertainment.


National First-Gen Day

National First-Gen Day – November 8, 2023

Calling all First Gen and First-Gen Supporters. We celebrate those paving the way for generations to come. Students will hear inspiring stores from administrators, faculty and/or staff that have blazed the trail before them.


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South East Hall Construction

The South East Hall, construction is moving along well. It will house our Allied Health and Student Services Village. The Beam Signing Ceremony will be December 12, 2023 at 11:00 am. More details to come.  

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Future Seahawks! 

Middle schools leading the way in Dual Enrollment. Harbor had the pleasure of hosting 120 middle schoolers who have community college plans in their future! A group of students were so excited to become college students that they hit the submit button together! Once A Seahawk, Always a Seahawk. 

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Los Angeles Mission College to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Biomanufacturing 

Los Angeles Mission College is excited to announce that the California State Chancellor’s Office has granted approval for the college to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing. This marks the fourth Bachelor’s Degree for the District and the first for the college. 

“The demand for skilled professionals in biotechnology continues to rise, and this program will transform lives by providing students with the skills and expertise needed to compete for high-paying jobs in a growing industry,” said LAMC President Armida Ornelas. 

A recent LAist interview with STEM Dean Farisa Morales and Biotechnology Program Director Chander Arora shed light on the process that led to state approval. 


LAMC Receives $3M Grant to Address Basic Needs Insecurities 

LAMC was one of only 16 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to earn a $3 Million grant from the Department of Education to increase student access and success for those experiencing the stress and trauma of basic need insecurity. This grant will allow the college to establish a GANAS (Gaining Access to Needs to Accelerate Success) Program and bring much-needed funding to their Basic Needs Center and Dual Enrollment Program. 


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Workshop Series Aims to Reduce Mental Health Stigma 

LAMC’s Basic Needs Center has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to host a series of Mental Health Workshops. Presented entirely in Spanish, these sessions are designed to reduce the stigma attached to Mental Health by removing language barriers. 

The workshop series was recently covered by LAist, and will continue through November 13th. 


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Día de los Muertos @LAMC 

LAMC hosted several events to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Our MEChA students kicked things off by making Altars and a Tepete in the Instructional Building on October 26th, while our MSW Interns hosted a Collage for the Soul workshop on October 30th. Our Multicultural Club invited students and faculty & staff to share Legends and Folklore from their respective cultures on October 31st, and MEChA closed things out by hosting Tianguis in the Quad with local vendors, food, face painting, and altars on November 1st. 

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New Community Health Graduates

New Community Health Workers Complete Program through LAPC 

The Adult Education Program held its Recognition Ceremony for 29 students who completed the Community Health Worker Careers for a Cause (C4C) Program on October 27, 2023. Partnering with the Department of Economic Opportunity of Los Angeles, the 8-week program trains students with lived life experiences such as homelessness, justice system involvement, and other marginalization to hands-on paid training and job placements in the social services sector. Congrats graduates!


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LAPC Pi Chapter hosts Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Regional Conference

With over 150 attendees, the AGS Regional Conference at LAPC on October 28 was a smashing success. Students had the opportunity to join in activities, presentations, and workshops. AGS is the California Community College Scholastic Honor Society. Their purpose is to foster, promote, maintain and recognize scholarship. Thank you to Chapter Advisor Professor Dr.Kaycea Campbell and everyone who assisted in hosting this event.


LAPC’s Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing Receives Provisional Approval 

Pierce College received provisional approval from the State Chancellor’s Office to advance in the Intersegmental Consultation phase of developing a new 4-year degree in Biomanufacturing. The Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing will develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge students need to work in the unique environment of biological manufacturing. The program is designed to meet a critical demand in the biotechnology industry for employees who have received baccalaureate level preparation for technical and quality-related positions. Students will also benefit from LA Pierce College’s longstanding expertise in the agricultural industry with unique specialization opportunities in plant engineering, algae biotechnology, synthetic biology, and mammalian cell culture.


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LAPC Department of Communication Studies hosted Filipino-American, Emmy winning producer and creative Augie Max Vargas for a “kuwentuhan” or chat session with students on how to position themselves into careers in the entertainment industry. The presentation and Q/A session were a hit with students. Adding to the Filipino-American celebration, small desserts and popular Filipino foods were also available for students and participants to enjoy. Thank you to Chair Yeprem Davoodian and the Communication Studies team for celebrating Filipino-American History Month at Pierce.


Other Notable Events: 

Adult Education Rising Scholars Program Expungement Clinic on October 31 assisted 14 students. The event was sponsored by the Law Offices of Los Angeles County Public Defender Office (LACPD). This is the 3rd Expungement event at Pierce held by the Public Defender’s Office. 

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Registered Nursing Program 

On October 10, 2023, Indiana McClellan, Director of the LASC Nursing Program, shared that the LASC Registered Nursing program had a 100% pass rate for the testing quarter. Every student who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) passed! This is remarkable considering in April 2023 the Board of Registered Nursing increased the difficulty and format of the exam. For Fall 2023, the nursing program paid for additional NCLEX review for its students, which contributed to the increase in the pass rate.


Transfer Fair and Career Expo

Transfer Fair and Career Expo 

On October 26, 2023, LASC hosted the Transfer Fair and Career Expo, organized by the Transfer Center and Workforce Development. This joint event included over 60 college and career representatives as well as employers on campus who met with students and answered questions about transferring to a four-year university or learning about different career options. Students had the opportunity to meet hiring managers and receive same-day interviews. 


Blood Drive 

On November 1, 2023, the LASC Child Development Department and The American Red Cross hosted a Blood Drive. All students and employees were invited to donate. They hoped to exceed their goal of 40 units. 

LASC Child Development Department and The American Red Cross hosted a Blood Drive

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award 

On November 11, 2023, Quinlock Dolores Sheen will receive the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at LASC. She is affectionately addressed as “Aunt Delores” and has been involved with LASC for decades. Some of her accomplishments at LASC include: wrote the “Alma Mater” that has been adopted by the college, founded the ASO Club Village People and guest speaker of ASO, active in the Theater Arts program, and mentored LASC students. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. Recipients receive a personalized certificate, official pin, medallion, or coin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Congresswoman Maxine Water and other dignitaries will be in attendance.

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Left: LATTC President McQuarters welcomes attendees to the campus; Right: LA Mission President Ornelas greets attendees. Dr. Ornelas served in facilitating the day’s discussion.
Left: LATTC President McQuarters welcomes attendees to the campus; Right: LA Mission President Ornelas greets attendees. Dr. Ornelas served in facilitating the day’s discussion. 

LATTC Welcomes Justice-Involved Community for Afternoon of Dialogue 

On October 17, LATTC hosted a work group session for Los Angeles County Juvenile and Youth Justice Services dialogue. It was a productive time of discussion and conversation with members of the juvenile court system, public defender's office, youth development office, and representatives from LACCD, as representatives discussed the Rising Scholars program and ways to strengthen support for our justice-involved community. 


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LATTC DRC Raises Nearly $10k During First Annual Dream Resource Center Scholarship Luncheon 

On October 19, LATTC’s Dream Resource Center hosted the first annual Dream Resource Center Scholarship Luncheon. Held during Undocumented Student Action Week, the funds raised for the luncheon will go toward essential scholarships and financial assistance for the college’s dreamer students. During the luncheon, the Dream Resource Center (DRC) shared that they had met their fundraising goal of $6,000 a week prior to the day’s luncheon. The DRC upped their fundraising goal to $10,000, which they were close to reaching at the time of the luncheon's conclusion. 

The afternoon luncheon began in the Culinary Arts Building with a greeting from LATTC President Alfred McQuarters, followed by welcome remarks from Dean of Pathways and Student Affairs, Maggie Cordero and LATTC Dreamer Liaison, Arcelia Alvarez. Guests also heard uplifting words and encouragement from LACCD Board of Trustee Gabriel Buelna and sharing from LATTC RiSE (Respect Immigrant Student Education) Club Secretary Daniela Rosales, followed by a special keynote address from Sharet Garcia, Co-Founder of UndocuProfessionals, which provides support for professionals and aspiring professionals, regardless of immigration status. 

Left: LACCD Trustee Dr. Gabriel Buelna, who generously committed $1,000 to the day’s funds raised, with LATTC President Dr. Alfred McQuarters; Right: The scholarship luncheon also received generous support from the LACCD Foundation; LATTC’s Arcelia Alvarez pictured with Kelly King, Executive Director of the LACCD Foundation and LATTC’s Michelle Segura.
Left: LACCD Trustee Dr. Gabriel Buelna, who generously committed $1,000 to the day’s funds raised, with LATTC President Dr. Alfred McQuarters; Right: The scholarship luncheon also received generous support from the LACCD Foundation; LATTC’s Arcelia Alvarez pictured with Kelly King, Executive Director of the LACCD Foundation and LATTC’s Michelle Segura.

This was the first annual DRC Scholarship Luncheon, and following its success, the Center looks forward to continuing the event again in the future. 


Left: LATTC President McQuarters with California State Senator María Elena Durazo; Right: Guests attend the Reentry Fair
Left: LATTC President McQuarters with California State Senator María Elena Durazo; Right: Guests attend the Reentry Fair

LATTC Joins Project Impact in Hosting the Reentry Resource and Job Fair 

On Wednesday, October 25, Project Impact of the LA Mayor's Office with LATTC's Reentry and Employment and Career Success Pathways hosted the Reentry Resource and Job Fair. The all-day fair featured a breadth of resources for our justice impacted community including expungement, ticket clearing, identification cards, as well as employers looking to hire.

The morning began with welcome remarks from President McQuarters who then introduced Karren Lane, Deputy Mayor of the Office of Community Safety. After the Deputy Mayor’s remarks, guests heard from California State Senator María Elena Durazo who shared about her team’s part in passing SB731 which is designed to seal the criminal records of eligible individuals and allow others to petition for it. The bill will provide an unprecedented opportunity to access stable housing, employment, and more. Final remarks were then provided by Mary Weaver, Executive Director of Friends Outside, which assists children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration. 

The Reentry Fair is one of the many events facilitated by LATTC’s Reentry pathway, which works year-round to support our justice involved community by providing individual support, resources, connections, and an inclusive community.


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2023 LA Chef Con Hosted at LATTC Introduces New Mentorship Program for Five Culinary Arts Students 

On October 30, LATTC was thrilled to open its doors to the 2023 LA Chef Conference. The annual ticketed event, now in its fourth year, welcomed hundreds of food industry experts and enthusiasts for a full day of panel conversations, cooking demos, and delicious food. Special guests in attendance included Chefs Josiah Citrin, Phil Rosenthal, Curtis Stone, and Jet Tila, food journalists Bill Addison and Jenn Harris from the LA Times, and more.  

LATTC Culinary Arts students were able to participate in the full-day event; with five students selected for the first annual LA Chef Con/LATTC Mentorship program. As part of the new partnership, the selected students will win $1,000 each and be paired with a leading industry mentor for one year to further their growth and education in the culinary arts. This includes a meal with the mentor at their restaurant, quarterly zoom calls and access to mentors. 

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Senator Menjivar presents the Rainbow Pride Center’s Counselor Natalie Guerrero with a certificate to the Rainbow Pride Center for its support of the LGBTQ community at Valley College.
Senator Menjivar presents the Rainbow Pride Center’s Counselor Natalie Guerrero with a certificate to the Rainbow Pride Center for its support of the LGBTQ community at Valley College.

2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising for National Coming Out Day 

The LAVC Rainbow Pride Center celebrated National Coming Out Day by raising the Pride Flag with State Senator Caroline Menjivar, The Senator, who is the first LGBTQ legislator to represent the San Fernando Valley, shared her personal coming out story. The LAVC College Choir also performed a moving rendition of “All You Need is Love”. 

The Pride Flag was raised on the college’s flagpole.
LAVC President Barry Gribbons with the Associated Student Union officers at Noche de Fiesta.
LAVC President Barry Gribbons with the Associated Student Union officers at Noche de Fiesta. 

LAVC Celebrates Latinx Heritage at Noche De Fiesta & the Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 

LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) celebrated Latino Heritage Month with several events. On October 5, 2023, students campus to campus to celebrate Latinx Heritage, culture and food at the ASU Noche De Fiesta. On November 1, it held a Celebracion de El Dia de Los Muertos with the In Tlanextli Tlacopan Fire Dancers performed a blessing ceremony. 

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Valley Star & Crown Magazine Bring Home JACC General Excellence Awards 

Journalism Association of Community College (JACC) awarded The Valley Star, LAVC’s student-run newspaper, and The Crown, LAVC’s student-run magazine, with General Excellence awards on October 21, 2023. In addition, LAVC student journalists also won more than a dozen awards, including many first-place honors. The regional competition held at CSUN brought together 25 community colleges from across the southern region of the state, including schools coming from Bakersfield and Chula Vista. Read the article in the Valley Star https://www.thevalleystarnews.com/post/valley-star-staff-hauls-in-awards-at-jacc


Keynote speaker Johnathan Franklin at Welcome B(l)ack at LAVC on October 24, 2023.
Keynote speaker Johnathan Franklin at Welcome B(l)ack at LAVC on October 24, 2023.
Left to right: LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, LAMC Professor Beville Constantine, LAMC ASO Advisor Robert Crossley, LAMC Black Scholar Program Coordinator Princess Harrison, LAVC Professor Desireé Lee-Perry, LAMC Student Will Jenkins, LAVC Umoja Counselor & Coordinator Dr. Elliott Coney,  LAMC Student Ronysha Hughes, and LAMC Student Janesha Harrison.
Left to right: LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, LAMC Professor Beville Constantine, LAMC ASO Advisor Robert Crossley, LAMC Black Scholar Program Coordinator Princess Harrison, LAVC Professor Desireé Lee-Perry, LAMC Student Will Jenkins, LAVC Umoja Counselor & Coordinator Dr. Elliott Coney,  LAMC Student Ronysha Hughes, and LAMC Student Janesha Harrison.
AAOI organizers with Trustee Nichelle Henderson (left), LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons (third from left), and Johnathan Franklin (second from the right).
Left to right: Trustee Nichelle Henderson, Marissa Bowman, Director of Community Engagement – Office of Mayor Karen Bass, LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons, Fallon Nelms, Dr. Krishna Smith, Dr. Regina Smith, Johnathan Franklin and Kimberly Wright LAUSD Director of the Black Student Achievement Plan – Region North.
ELAC Umoja students talked with an admissions representative from Dillard University.
ELAC Umoja students talked with an admissions representative from Dillard University. 

LACCD’s Welcome B(l)ack Outreach Event Held at Valley College

More than 300 LAUSD high school students and Umoja students across the District gathered at LAVC for the 4th annual LACCD’s Welcome B(l)ack and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Day on Tuesday, October 24.

Organized by LACCD AAOI’s (African American Outreach Initiative), the event kicked off with featured keynote speaker Johnathan Franklin, former Green Bay Packer running back, who shared his inspirational story of resilience following a serious neck injury that ended his professional football career. The California Community Colleges (CCC) to HBCU Caravan was there to let participants to meet the HBCU admissions representatives and learn about community college transfer opportunities.


Upcoming Events 

First-Generation College Celebration 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 
11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
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The First-Generation College Celebration is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions and experiences of first-generation students and personnel at LA Valley College. 

Veterans Day Celebration 
Wednesday, November 8 
12 p.m. 
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You are invited to LAVC’s Veterans Day Celebration at the LAVC Flagpole! The LAVC Veterans Resource Center will hold a resource fair, and we will be joined by special guest State Senator Caroline Menjivar. 

Faculty Arts Exhibition Opening Reception 
Wednesday, November 15 
12-2 p.m. 
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The LAVC Art Gallery will celebrate the exhibition opening of its Art Faculty Exhibition. The exhibition runs from November 13-December 8, 2023.

Jazz Combo Concert 
Friday, December 1 
1 p.m. 
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Join us for an afternoon of contemporary popular music works by some of the greatest bands and songwriters of the last 100 years 

Broadway Class Concert 
Friday, December 1 
7 p.m. 
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Students in the Musical Theater Repertoire class will present an evening of Broadway selections from a variety of shows, musical revues, and films. 

College Choir & Chamber Singers Concert 
Sunday, December 3 
7 p.m. 
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The Chamber Singers and College Choir present “Something Bigger Than Me,” a tapestry of music and poetry examines the human spirit in its relationship to the universe, the sea and sky, love, a higher power, forgiveness, compassion, and hope. 

Wind Ensemble Concert 
Monday, December 4 
7:30 p.m. 
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From beloved classics to contemporary arrangements, this concert will feature a diverse repertoire of winter-themed compositions and cherished holiday favorites. 

Ceramic Sale 
Wednesday, December 6 
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
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Start your holiday shopping by visiting the annual Ceramic Sale. Come early! These unique and one-of kind art works are highly coveted and sell quickly. 

Valley Symphony Orchestra 
Wednesday, December 6 
7:30 p.m. 
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Join us for an evening of exciting music by Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, and Mozart featuring two of our violinists in a double violin concerto and our clarinetist with the famous Swan from Carnival of the Animals. 

Dance Showcase 
Thursday, December 7 
7 p.m. 
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Don’t miss the Dance Showcase showing off the work and skills students in our dance classes have learned over the past semester.

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The end of September through mid-October were busy at West Los Angeles College


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TRANSFER FAIR

On September 26, the College once again held its annual Transfer Fair in conjunction with LAUSD Region West. Hundreds of high school students as well as current WLAC students browsed university information booths, attended information sessions and enjoyed marching band, cheer and dance team performances from Venice High School and King Drew Magnet High School. 


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CLIMATE ACTION PALOOZA 

With the goal of being the green epicenter for environmental education and innovation, the college’s Center for Climate Education hosted a three-day event dubbed “The Climate Action Palooza” from October 24 – 26. This inaugural annual conference focused on youth activism, green-collar job training and education. The conference began on International Day of Climate Action and hosted a mix of college and high school students, industry and organization leaders. High schools represented included Amino Venice, Amino Inglewood, Hamilton, Westchester and John Marshall. News media present included ABC. Univision, Telemundo, Spectrum, LAist and USC.  

Day 1 (Oct. 24): Wawa Gatheru, acclaimed young adult environmental activist and influencer, served as the keynote speaker.  

Day 2 (Oct. 25): Green gaming hackathon with guest judges Chacko Sonny, Head of Studio at Netflix Southern California Game Studio, and award-winning YA author Dana Claire. 

Day 3 (Oct. 26): Labor and education organizations convened to identify new college curriculum and workforce training programs needed to advance sustainability careers. Asm. Isaac Bryan, LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez and resident & CEO of the LA County Economic Development Corporation (LAECD) Stephen Chung provided remarks. The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Fofrich from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. 


LA TIMES HIGHLIGHTS BACHELOR DEGREES

West and Antelope Valley College with featured in an LA Times article about the growing number of Bachelor’s degrees available at California Community Colleges. See “Where to get a low-cost bachelor’s degree close to home and a job lead: Community college” on September 25, 2023 by Debbie Truong. 

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

While snacking on pan dulce on Wildcat Walkway, students enjoyed music and ballet folklorico performances from the non-profit artists of Nuestras Raices. Via Zoon, students heard from Dr. Rigoberto Marquez, a faculty member for UCLA's Center for Community Engagement who discussed “"Pride & It's Prejudice: Queer Latinidades in the Community College Setting.” Additionally, the college social media feed featured profiles on indigenous cultures and faculty and staff reflecting on their Latino heroes. 

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LACCD Plans to Build Campus Housing. It’ll Take Years, Leaving Student Wondering About The Present | LAist 
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Student and Workforce Housing at LA City College – Community Meeting Oct. 28 - Patch 
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Student and Workforce Housing at LA City College – Community Meeting Oct. 28 
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L.A. Community College District seeks input on student housing
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Pasadena City College’s ‘Future of Work’ Conference Aims to Revolutionize Workforce Pathways for Equitable Student Success 
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LA Mission College Joins Growing Number of Community Colleges Offering Bachelor's Degrees 
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Measure ULA survives legal challenge, New Metrolink station, and more 
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Los Angeles Mission College to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Biomanufacturing 
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At LA Mission College, Spanish Speakers Find The Right Words To Improve Their Mental Health 
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Tiny home that was 3D printed in just days costs fraction of new house 
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Great California ShakeOut Day 2023: What to know about the annual statewide earthquake drill 
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What Are You Doing at 10:19 a.m. Thursday? Millions in L.A. County Will Drop, Cover and Hold On 
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Residents, businesses across L.A., O.C. to partake in Great Shakeout 
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Millions stopped everything for a minute to join the Great California ShakeOut 
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College campuses launch new ‘climate studies’ majors » Yale Climate Connections 
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ELAC Number 1 community college for Hispanic student enrollment 
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Newsom Signs AB 1096 – More Languages, Less Requirements for Community College Courses 
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International Latino Book Awards Celebrates 25 Years of Honoring Books By Latinos 
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8-foot statue of King Sejong unveiled at LACC to commemorate Hangul Day 
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Education for Clean Energy – LACCD Graduates Premier Class 
Culver City Crossroads 

California Community College Students Struggle With Food, Housing Insecurity 
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About the Los Angeles Community College District 

LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. 

Members of the LACCD Board | David Vela, President | Nichelle Henderson, Vice President | Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D., Second Vice President | Andra Hoffman | Sara Hernandez | Steven F. Veres | Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D. | Alexy Cordova, Student Trustee

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Chancellor's Monthly Report October 2023

 

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Welcome to the October Chancellor’s Monthly, where I’ll highlight some of the key areas from the 2023 State of the District Address that I am presenting to the Board of Trustees at its October 4, 2023, meeting. 

Accreditation Reaffirmation 

Following site visits earlier this year, the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) acted to Reaffirm Accreditation for all nine colleges of the LACCD for an additional seven years. There were no requirements for compliance with any of the Accreditation Standards noted at any of the nine colleges and many colleges received individual college Commendations.  This accreditation reaffirmation recognizes and affirms the strong legacy of excellence in service to our community, and to social justice and equity. 

2023-24 Adopted District Budget 

In September, the District adopted its FY 2023-2024 final budget, totaling $10.4 billion for all funds. As mandated by LACCD Board Policy, the District maintains a minimum of 6.5% General Reserve, a 3.5% Contingency Reserve, and a two percent (2.0%) Deferred Maintenance Fund. 

For 2023-2024, the District's financial outlook remains stable under the current state-adopted Student-Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) and has benefited from the State Chancellor’s Office Emergency Conditions Allowance (ECA), which has brought additional one-time funds of $45.4 million to the District.  The budget reaffirms the SCFF “hold harmless” provision for the Fiscal Year 2025-2026.   

Thanks to Governor Newsom and our State legislature for their investment and trust in our state’s community colleges. This investment helped us maintain financial stability, sustain our levels of services and workforce, and keep our college doors open. With this investment, LACCD is navigating the multiple effects and aftermath of a global pandemic.  We’ll continue to be prudent as we approach the end of the “hold harmless” period in 2024-2025 and prepare for any potential future shortfalls. 

Fall 2023 Enrollments 

Student enrollment continues to show robust growth in the number of students choosing LACCD with about a steady 17% increase thus far, compared to last year, and a strong increase in their unit load. Our commitment to student success remains our North Star, and we are actively implementing strategies to enhance recruitment, retention, persistence and student completion. The District remains strongly focused on increasing enrollments as a priority and providing an accessible, affordable higher education through our colleges.  We continue to see our amazing and resilient students, most of whom are first-generation, achieve great things. 

Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements 

With the voter-approved passage last November of our District’s $5.3 billion local bond, known as Measure LA, we are actively investing in improving facilities and the infrastructure of our nine campuses and educational centers. Several renovation projects have been completed, and we have broken ground on numerous new projects for further enhancements, including modernized classrooms, updated technology resources, and improved facilities to support student learning and engagement.  

Workforce and Economic Development 

Our District is expanding our program offerings to meet the evolving needs of our regional workforce and university transfer partners. In collaboration with local industry leaders, we have expanded offerings in healthcare, technology, and renewable energy, ensuring that our students are well-prepared for their careers and to transfer. We will continue to forge strategic partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide valuable internship and workforce opportunities for our students. 

State and Federal Advocacy 

LACCD sponsored several statewide bills in 2023 with one (AB 1151: McKinnor) already signed into law, and another (AB 1096: Fong) awaiting final action by Governor Newsom, and multiple other priorities incorporated into the 2023-24 state budget, including a $2.5 million state allocation to establish and $30 million over the next three years to support statewide LGBTQIA+ programs and services.  

At the federal level, our District and colleges have secured over $13 million over the past two years for various academic and student programs and services. A shout out to our strong network of support locally with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the County Board of Supervisors, and our representatives in the State Assembly and Senate. 

Stay the Course 

At LACCD, we remain committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning environment. We will continue to invest in designing and implementing diversity training programs for faculty and staff, to increasing scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students, and to actively engaging with our civic partners, elected officials, non-profit and community organizations, and philanthropy to serve this region, promote inclusivity and advance social justice. 

Our District prides itself on providing affordable and accessible education to all who seek it. I want to express my deep appreciation for your dedication to the success of our students and for your continued support. Each student represents immense potential and opportunity. Together, we have the power to unleash and harness that potential, to kindle the flames of curiosity, and to cultivate skills that will shape their lives and the world around us. 

Thank you and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, 

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District

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Undocumented Student Action Week

This October, the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges is pleased to recognize California Community Colleges' Undocumented Student Week of Action and the incredible work generosity and partners in supporting LACCD’s Dreamers. 

The Foundation is proud to support LACCD’s nine Dream Resource Centers (DRC) including recent grants for advertising and promotion, emergency aid, and workshop series focused on entrepreneurship at the LA Southwest College and skills for success at LA Trade-Tech College. 

Through the support of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and in partnership with CHIRLA and CARECEN, students across our campuses can access fee waivers for a wide range of immigration-related applications from DACA and Advance Parole to Asylum and Adjustment of Status. Students can reach out to their Dream Resource Center for more information.

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Evalina Fernandez's Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope & Charity

This fall City, East, LAVC and Mission College are joining forces with the Latino Theatre Company to present Evalina Fernandez's Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope & Charity. LAVC and Mission will combine to present Hope, the 2nd part of the story of a Mexican-American family's journey to America over 100 years. Each college will then converge at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in January to present the trilogy as a whole, East LA College presenting Faith, LAVC presenting Hope, and LA City College presenting Charity. Please check each college website for more information.

Charity at Los Angeles City College (October 5-7) for five performances.
Faith at East Los Angeles College (October 13-22) for eight performances.
Hope at Los Angeles Valley College (November 2-5) for five performances.

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Upon Adjournment on September 14, the 2023 State Legislative Session came to a close in another incredibly successful advocacy year. I am proud that three of the LACCD-sponsored bills successfully passed the legislature. AB 1151 (McKinnor), a measure proposed by Trustee Veres relating to Community College Facilities, was signed into law. SB 715 (Rubio) was incorporated into the State Budget and allocated $2.5 million to establish the LACCD Small Business Entrepreneurship Center at East Los Angeles College. In addition, we successfully secured $10 million for LGBTQ+ Student Support for the next three years for a total of $30 million statewide. LACCD’s sponsored AB 1096 (Fong) proposed by Trustee Buelna relating to native language instruction was unanimously approved by the legislature. The measure was approved by the State Senate with a vote of 39-0 and approved by the State Assembly by 79-0. It is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, awaiting final action before the constitutional deadline of October 14.

Another LACCD-sponsored bill, AB 506 (Fong), regarding community college Ethnic Studies approvals between the California State University (CSU) system and the California Community Colleges (CCC) was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee. LACCD is continuing its advocacy for the bill’s provisions and will have a meeting between the District and California State University State Chancellor’s Office to explore a way to increase the number of LACCD’s ethnic course approvals.

LACCD will now begin planning for the 2024 legislative session priorities. The next Legislative and Public Affairs Committee meeting is scheduled for October 18, 2023, at 1 p.m.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

All of the stories and articles about data breaches and hackers can seem overwhelming. Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds everyone that there are many ways to help keep your data safe, and you can make a big difference by practicing the basics of cybersecurity. Here are things you can do to protect yourself and our students, employees and community: 

Complete Annual LACCD Information Security Awareness

The District’s annual information security awareness program is in the Vision Resource Center. The course is called “LACCD | Information Security Awareness 2023-2024.” Learn how you can protect yourself and others by practicing the fundamentals of cybersecurity.  

Visit the LACCD Information Security Page

The LACCD Information Security Team will focus on a new topic each week of October 2023 that focuses on a new way to protect yourself and data. Topics include spotting online scams, choosing strong passwords, using Multifactor Authentication, and keeping software up-to-date. Visit us our Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 page for more information. 

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Open enrollment began Monday, September 18 at 8:00 AM and ends on Friday October 13, 2023, 5:00 PM.

To make any changes to Medical, Dental, Vision, or Life Insurance Policy, employees must go through the LACCD Employee Self-Serve Portal (The Portal), at:

https://myportal.laccd.edu/irj/portal/.

Employees interested in the Flexible Spending Account, the account funded by you the employee, then you will go either through our portal or directly to ASI's Portal to update your Flexible Spending Account selections for 2024. The annual contribution limit in 2023 for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) is increased to $3,050. For Dependent Care accounts, the maximum annual contribution limit is $5,000 for single taxpayers and married couples filing together or $2,500 for married people filing separately.

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There has been a strong enrollment recovery in Fall 2023. Comparing Fall 2023 to Fall 2022, student headcount and enrollment are up 17% and 14%, respectively. Double-digit increases in headcount and enrollment are being seen at all colleges and, even with about 5% more class sections offered in Fall 2023 compared to Fall 2022, instructional productivity (enrollment per section) is showing a 9% increase, which will reverse the trend of declining average class size seen in previous fall semesters. Districtwide, comparing Fall 2023 to Fall 2022, there have been large increases in new students (+6,934; +42%), continuing students (+5,578; 10%), and concurrent high school students (+2,825; +21%). Increases across all age, gender, and ethnic groups are being observed, with large increases in the Under 20 (+4,273; +12%), 25-34 (+3,729; +16%), and 35-54 (+6,284; +46%) age groups, in male students (+10,701; +25%), and in Hispanic (+5,426; +8%) and Black students (+1,253; 13%). About 44% of classes are being taught in-person as compared with 49% remote and 7% hybrid. As seen in previous semesters, remote classes continue to have the highest fill rate (78%) followed by hybrid (70%) and in-person (69%).

View the LACCD Enrollment Update PDF version

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LACC held a reception and opening on September 7 for VAMA Manners: A Faculty Exhibition at the VAMA Gallery at LACC’s DaVinci Hall. The exhibition will run through September 21.  

 

On September 13, LACC teamed with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive. 

On September 15, LACC held a group viewing of the Zoom presentation of the California Law Pathways for Constitution Day.  

LACC held a reception and opening on September 7 for VAMA Manners: A Faculty Exhibition at the VAMA Gallery at LACC’s DaVinci Hall. The exhibition will run through September 21. 

“Coffee with the President”, President Gebru

LACC launched their “Coffee with the President” meetings on September 18 and will hold meetings to meet and have conversations with President Gebru throughout the rest of the year. 


LACC’s Dream Resource Center, supporting undocumented students, held a staff/faculty launch on September 18 and a student launch including music, food and giveaways on September 19.  

On September 21, LACC held a free guided meditation on the soccer field to celebrate the International Day of Peace. 

On September 21, 25 and 28th LACC’s ASG in collaboration with the LACC Foundation facilitated in-person scholarship workshops for students.  

On September 22, LACC held a screening of the film “The Central Park Five,” a film by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns.  

On September 23, LACC participated in the Way2Success Community College Resource Fair held at the Red Shield in Pico-Union, providing student workshops and information on community college programs.  

On September 26, LACC’s CTE Career Lab held the first of a series of career workshops offering career counseling from CTE counselors, live stream webinars and information on career paths. 

On September 28th, LACC’s outreach team hosted the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Instructional Strategies meeting, with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Dr. Karla Estrada. The event was attended by 150 LAUSD lead administrators, including the LAUSD Superintendent, Deputy Superintendents, Region Superintendents, and lead regional administrators.  

On September 30 and October 1, LACC hosted the Los Angeles Black Expo.  

On October 5, LACC host an unveiling of the King Sejong Statue, gifted by the Imperial Family Company. The event will take place on the LACC Main Quad at 11am. 

On October 17, LACC will host the LAUSD Counselor to College Summit with approximately 150 counselors.  

On October 19, LACC will host a Housing Forum.  

The Los Angeles Business Journal featured an article on September 18 on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s $65,000 grant to aid cinema, television and journalism students at LACC. 


USC’s Annenberg Media featured the LACC Pop Up Food Bank

National Hunger Action Month resulted with tons of media coming out to cover LACC's Monday Food Pantry. 

Media coverage included: 
KNBC, Channel 4 
Telemundo 
KABC, Channel 7 
KCAL, Channel 9 
KCBS, Channel 2 

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Vincent Price Art Museum & ELAC Unveil Gallery Named After Gloria Molina

Vincent Price Art Museum & ELAC Unveil Gallery Named After Gloria Molina 

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) unveiling the newly renamed Gloria Molina Gallery on Friday September 22nd. ELAC president Dr. Alberto Roman, LACCD board o trustees president David Vela, LACCD chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, and VPAM Foundation president Chelo Montoya along with Valentina Martinez, daughter of Gloria Molina, gave powerful remarks.  

The unveiling will be followed by a Town Hall celebrating Gloria Molina’s life & accomplishments. A panel of various people connected to Gloria Molina’s life spoke on her impact on politics, art and her commitment to her family. An ofrenda was also created to honor Gloria for the upcoming Día de los Muertos holiday. 


ELAC Women’s Volleyball Team Off to Best Start in Program History

ELAC Women’s Volleyball Team Off to Best Start in Program History

Back when East LA College head coach Dr. Elliott Walker took over the women's volleyball program, the team's annual win total was exceptionally low, and expectations were even lower. Those who were around to witness Dr. Walker's early years were happy that he increased the overall competitiveness of the program as well as the yearly win total. And yet, he has never had a team that could set its sights for the top of the SCC and also a state playoff berth. 

Coach Walker’s team is now sitting with a record of 15 wins and 2 losses and is undefeated at home. This season also already has included some firsts for the program. They defeated the Mt. San Antonio College Mounties for the first time in ELAC history and now are ranking in the top ten (#9) in the entire state of California. 

To learn more about the program and check their website at
https://elacathletics.com/sports/wvball 


ELAC to host “Unincorporated”: East Los Angeles

ELAC to host “Unincorporated”: East Los Angeles 

ELAC will continue its Social Justice and Racial Equity Town Hall series with “Unincorporated”: East Los Angeles. The town hall brings focus to East Los Angeles (Unincorporated) in the late 70s and early 80s from a social, historical, political and cultural lens.  

Alfonso “Fox” Orozco former photographer for Lowrider Magazine will takes us through a journey of Unincorporated East Los Angeles with his one-of-a-kind photos taken from this era. 

There will also be a taste of East LA after the town hall with free food, music, and cars.  

October 13, 2023 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
S2 Recital Hall 
RSVP HERE 

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LAHC Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Thursday, September 23, 2023 Harbor hosted the Opening Ceremony to launch the series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. We had beautiful music by Mariachi Lindas an All-female Mariachi and delicious Pupusas! Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Galvez, Director of the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute for LACCD encouraged and inspired us all. The ambiance truly captures the essence of the Hispanic Culture. Events will be hosted through October 17 – check out the calendar.  


Grants Awarded, CA Community College Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Grant 

In July 2019 the California State Legislature passed the 2019-2020 State Budget Bill – AB74 which allocated new funding – the first of its kind – to address homelessness among college students. Harbor College was awarded the CA Community College Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Grant. As a result, we will be able to assist students who may need assistance prior to becoming homeless using Problem Solving Tools. We are grateful to be able to offer this to our students.

 

Alcanzando el Éxito (AEE) Spanish for Achieving Success

Harbor College was awarded the AEE Grant - $3,000,000 for five (5) years, to strategically expand and enhance educational opportunities to ensure Hispanic and low-income students attain postsecondary degrees in a timely manner. AEE reflects the college’s commitment to the advancement of equity and pedagogy and student services to provide pathways to academic and career success.  


Hall of Fame 

Eleven former LAHC Athletes will be inducted on Saturday, September 30, 2023. Family and friends, including our Coaches and current Athletes will enjoy of evening of stories from the Legends! Check out a short video highlighting the Inductees


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Campus Life

Our calendars are filled with activities to engage students this Fall Semester. From Transfer workshops, to Halloween fun activities, we have it all!  

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Financial Aid and Empowerment Workshops

Financial Aid & Empowerment Workshops

Throughout September, Los Angeles Mission College hosted a series of workshops to educate students about Financial Aid and the importance of personal financial management. The weekly workshops were split into two parts – first, students attended a Financial Aid workshop to review their eligibility, the application, and deadlines. The next day, they learned the ins and outs of personal finance management and discovered new tools to help them manage their finances. Personal finance workshops were offered in both English and Spanish.


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Transfer Tuesdays

From September through the end of November, every Tuesday at LAMC is Transfer Tuesday! This college-wide initiative was started to raise awareness about the fall CSU and UC transfer deadline by encouraging faculty and staff to wear apparel from their alma mater and favorite universities. 


Los Angeles Mission College 2nd Annual Industry Day

Industry Day @LAMC 

On Friday, October 6th, Los Angeles Mission College will host its 2nd Annual Industry Day. Local business and industry partners from the northeast Valley have been invited to learn about LAMC’s Academic Pathways & programs and how they can partner with the college to establish internship & job candidate pipelines. DIY Girls Founder and 43rd District Assemblywoman Luz Rivas will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. 

STEM Department 2nd Annual “Magic of Science”

STEM Department Hosts 2nd Annual “Magic of Science” 

On Saturday, October 21st, our STEM Department will host their 2nd Annual Magic of Science (Magia de Ciencia) at the Center for Math & Science Building at East Campus. This family-friendly event encourages kids and adults of all ages to discover the magic of science with a fun day full of science activities and experiments. 


The Valley’s premier Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th

Oktoberfest Tickets Are Still Available

Don't miss the Valley’s premier Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th! Join us as we turn our Culinary Arts Patio into a Biergarten, featuring local craft beers from 818 Brewing, San Fernando Brewing Co., and Shadowgrove Brewing, with wine exclusively provided by Napa-based winery Vino Unidos. Bavarian-style cuisine will be prepared by our award-winning Culinary Arts program. 

Beer & wine tasting, all-you-can-eat-food, and entertainment are included with admission. Visit lamission.edu/oktoberfest and get your tickets today. PROST!


LAMC to Host Lecture with Acclaimed Los Angeles Artist Salomon Huerta

On Tuesday, October 10th, Los Angeles Mission College will host a guest artist lecture at the college's Arts, Media & Performance Theater, featuring renowned Los Angeles-based artist, Salomon Huerta. 

Celebrated for his powerful blend of contemporary and introspective elements, Huerta’s distinctive style, characterized by striking portraiture and vibrant colors, has earned him international acclaim, and has left an enduring impact on the art world. Huerta will take attendees on a deep dive into his personal creative journey, exploring the inspirations that have shaped his artistic vision while gaining insight into his creative process. Huerta will also share personal anecdotes and stories behind some of his most iconic pieces, offering a rare glimpse into the mind of a true artistic luminary. 

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP for this event, please visit lamission.edu/huerta 

Acclaimed Los Angeles Artist Salomon Huerta
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Brahma Bodega staff and volunteers package food for students
Brahma Bodega staff and volunteers package food for students 

Heavy Demand for Basic Resources at Pierce College Bodega

The trend of heavy usage of the Brahma Bodega continues this Fall 2023.  In addition to 200 hot lunches daily and 120 EveryTable pre-packaged meals per week served to students, an average of 150 students have visited the Bodega every week for canned goods, bags of rice and beans, and various produce.  In addition to ready to eat meals and pantry service, LAPC continues its collaboration with Student Lunchbox to distribute fresh produce and other USDA products twice a month.  Last year, the Bodega served over 1100 students and distributed about 43,000lbs of food.  From summer and just the first few weeks of Fall, the Bodega has already seen over 900 students seeking food assistance.  The increase in demand has prompted Pierce to continue to expand partnerships to access more food for distribution and to apply for a grant through Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council.


La Marisoul and La Santa Cecilia
La Marisoul and La Santa Cecilia 
Student Services Team and ASO President
Student Services Team and ASO President 

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Celebration 

As a proud Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI), Pierce College opened Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month celebration and recognition with two fun yet educational events last Wednesday, September 20. “Holy Guacamole!” took on the history and importance of the avocado to the Mexican and indigenous people of the area. Students also made guacamole and shared their families’ food traditions.

Held at the LAPC Performing Arts Theater, the Grammy winning La Marisoul and La Santa Cecilia offered a musical performance and lecture; as well as, a Q&A session that provided the audience an insight on how music, culture, life experiences, and social advocacy influence each other and the artist.

Thank you to the Multicultural Center Team and Professor Angelita Rovero for the awesome kick-off. For information on Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month events, visit: https://www.lapc.edu/campus-life/events


Students with their new laptops.

Child Development Department Apprenticeship Program Fall 2023 Cohort

The LAPC Child Development Department has started an apprenticeship program for parents of children in early childhood programs.  Funded by California Apprenticeship Initiative and in collaboration with organizations like CCRC, Volunteers of America, and ECEPT, the program provides parents who may not see themselves as “college material” a chance to earn a certificate, state permit, and an AA degree.  This year’s inaugural cohort has 24 students, exceeding the requirement of 20 students per year.  Each student earns free tuition and fees, access to tutoring, and free resources like laptop to ensure all learners are successful.  Thank you to the Child Development chair Patricia Doelitzsch and her amazing team for this life-changing opportunity. 

Professor Benny Ng in the kitchen
Professor Benny Ng in the kitchen

Chemistry Professor Benny Ng in “Chemists in the Kitchen”

Since his syllabus video with Snoop Dogg went viral in 2020, Professor Benny Ng continues his multimedia approach to teaching Chemistry AND culture through food on the popular LabX YouTube Channel and program “Chemists in the Kitchen.” In the two episodes featuring Professor Ng, he shared with other chemists and biologists his childhood comfort food, taught other chemists how to make tofu pudding, and discussed the science behind the recipe and ingredient. LabX is funded by the National Academy of Science to bring science and culture to the general public. Check out Professor Ng’s episodes: https://youtu.be/_qDFERKop-E?feature=shared.


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Peer2Peer Mentor 
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Industrial Technology Club 
Film Club
Film Club 
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Fall 2023 Club Rush

Held on September 13 and 14, 2023, LAPC Associated Student Organization’s Fall 2023 Wild Western-themed Club Rush saw a busy two days on the Campus Mall.  With over 50 clubs and organizations to choose from, Brahmas have many options for clubs to choose from.  Several exhibitors, including the Pierce College Farm and Petting Zoo, were also a hit with students.  Thank you to Student Leadership Coordinator Lara Conrady Wong and all of the clubs and advisors who were present to recruit new members! 


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Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center 

On August 31, 2023, the Los Angeles Sentinel published an article about Fernando Pullum transforming lives of Los Angeles youth through arts and music. Professor Pullum is an adjunct professor in Arts and Humanities at LASC. In 2001 he established the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center which has been serving Leimert Park Village for 22 years. The Pullum Center offers free performing arts classes to underserved youth, serving more than 1,200 students, ages 5-20. 

https://lasentinel.net/fernando-pullum-transforms-lives-of-l-a-youth-through-arts-and-music.html


DACA Program Update

DACA Program Update

On September 27, 2023, the LASC Dream Resource Center will host a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) updates presentation provided by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). On September 13, 2023, Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal judge in Texas, ruled against the DACA program. This decision is expected to be appealed first to the Fifth Circuit and then will likely end up at the Supreme Court. The LASC Dream Resource Center provides free immigration legal consultations for students, staff, and faculty. These services are offered by the CHIRLA. Through this partnership the DACA Renewal Immigration fees ($425) are covered.

Latin Jam Dance Party

Latin Jam Dance Party

On October 3, 2023, LASC will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a Latin Jam Dance Party. Special guest includes Stephanie Stevenson, aka the "Princess of Salsa". Ms. Stevenson is a Los Angeles-based Salsa dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor. She has over 25 years of dance experience, is the Undefeated Women's Solo Champion in Salsa, and has traveled over 30 countries as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, most notably choreographing for hit shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Students, staff, and the community are invited to enjoy the celebration. 

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LATTC Welcomes New CMU Students

LATTC Welcomes New CMU Students

Trade-Tech's first weeks of fall semester were full and exciting as the college welcomed new and returning students to campus. On September 8, Dr. McQuarters provided opening remarks during the Construction, Maintenance & Utilities pathway orientation which greeted hundreds of future carpenters, electricians, welders, line workers, and engineers. The pathway is Trade-Tech's largest with over 2,500 students enrolled for fall 2023.


LATTC Celebrates Constitution Day
Left:LATTC President McQuarters with ASO Treasurer Diara McBroom, ASO Vice President Mars Rodriguez, and ASO President Kenny McDaniel
Right: President.McQuarters swears in ASO President Kenny McDaniel.

LATTC Celebrates Constitution Day

On September 20, LATTC was pleased to celebrate Constitution Day. LATTC’s Associated Student Organization (ASO) President Kenny McDaniel served as the event’s emcee and welcomed guests before inviting LATTC President McQuarters to the stage. Additional remarks were provided by LATTC History Professor Maria Martinez, Veterans Resource Center Director Kookie Wiliams, and African American Studies Professor IFe JIe. Speakers encouraged attendees to promote positive and meaningful change in their own communities. The event concluded with the swearing in of this year’s ASO Board members. 


LATTC’s Basic Needs Food Pantry Starts Strong for Fall Semester

LATTC’s Basic Needs Food Pantry Starts Strong for Fall Semester

LATTC was pleased to kick off its fall Basic Needs Food Pantry in September. The college’s first pantry on September 7 distributed fresh produce and non-perishable items to 132 guests with its second distribution on September 21 going to 162 guests. Food Pantry continues every other Thursday from 11 am–1 pm. 

LATTC Fall 2023 Food Pantry Schedule: 

  • Thursday, October 5 
  • Thursday, October 19 
  • Thursday, November 2 
  • Thursday, November 16 
  • Thursday, November 30 
  • Thursday, December 14

Upcoming Events 

Reentry Resource & Job Fair 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
10 am–2 pm 
RSVP 

Project Impact of the Los Angeles Mayor's Office and LATTC’s Reentry and Employment and Career Success Pathways are pleased to present The Reentry Resource and Job Fair. The event will feature a breadth of resources available to our justice impacted community including expungement, ticket clearing, and ID's, as well as employers looking to hire. All are welcome. 

 

LA Chef Conference 

Monday, October 30, 2023 
Learn more 

LATTC is the host location for the 2023 LA Chef Conference. The major annual event is geared toward the chef and restaurant industry and will feature panels and live cooking demonstrations with some of the biggest names in the food industry. In concert with the conference, a new mentorship program will select five Trade-Tech Culinary Arts students who will be awarded $1,000 each and be paired with a leading industry mentor to further their growth and education in culinary arts. 

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LAUSD students met with college and university representatives, and attended workshops to help guide them on how to apply.
LAUSD students met with college and university representatives, and attended workshops to help guide them on how to apply.
LAUSD Region North students met with LA Valley, LA Mission and LA Pierce, UC, CSU and private college and university representatives at CollegeFest.
LAUSD Region North students met with LA Valley, LA Mission and LA Pierce, UC, CSU and private college and university representatives at CollegeFest.

LAUSD Region North students met with LA Valley, LA Mission and LA Pierce, UC, CSU and private college and university representatives at CollegeFest.  

Black students and families attend a Black Excellence and Empowerment Summit workshop presented with the Village Nation and LAUSD’s Black Student Achievement Plan.
Black students and families attend a Black Excellence and Empowerment Summit workshop presented with the Village Nation and LAUSD’s Black Student Achievement Plan.

Black students and families attend a Black Excellence and Empowerment Summit workshop presented with the Village Nation and LAUSD’s Black Student Achievement Plan.

11th Annual College Fest with LAUSD Region North

LA Valley College, Mission, and Pierce College hosted the 11th annual College Fest for LAUSD Region North at LAVC on Saturday, October 7. The event, which was open to the public, was targeted towards LAUSD students in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area. About 3,000 students and their families met college/university representatives and attended workshops on topics ranging from UC/CSU/private school admissions, Financial Aid, College Promise, Black Excellence, and foster youth/special programs! 


Bringing Students Together at the Unity Picnic
Bringing Students Together at the Unity Picnic
Bringing Students Together at the Unity Picnic
Bringing Students Together at the Unity Picnic

Students picnicked in Monarch Square with their free lunch from the Unity Center, and participated in a fun drum circle. 

Bringing Students Together at the Unity Picnic 

On September 13, the Rainbow Pride Center, Basic Needs Center, and Dream Resource Center in LAVC’s Mosaic Village: Unity Center hosted a Unity Picnic with a drum circle and free lunch on September 13. It distributed 200 lunches and 200 welcome bags to students on campus.  


LAVC Monarchs Market Food Distribution Helps Students in Need
LAVC Monarchs Market Food Distribution Helps Students in Need

Students pick up fresh produce and non-perishable food at the weekly Monarch’s Market staffed by the LAVC Basic Needs Center. 

LAVC Monarchs Market Food Distribution Helps Students in Need

The Basic Needs Center's Monarchs Market Weekly Food Distributions are held every Thursday on campus at 11:30 am. Any student is eligible to receive a wide variety of fresh produce and non-perishables.


More LAVC Activities

The LAVC Veterans Club

The LAVC Veterans Club hosted an info session on September 19, 2023 in the Veterans Resource Center to help veterans learn more about the club and meet other students. 

Trustee Andra Hoffman with Juan Castellanos and counseling interns Lucia Martinez and Javier Cano

Trustee Andra Hoffman with Juan Castellanos and counseling interns Lucia Martinez and Javier Cano at the Forging Equitable Futures for Student Parents in California Summit on September 15, 2023.


Upcoming Events 

In-Person Monarch Registration Day 
Wednesday, October 18 

Walk-in Counseling, Financial Aid assistance, chat with Admissions, and get one-on-one help registration assistance to enroll in Fall 2nd 8-week classes. 

Relay for Life Across the Greater Valley 
Saturday, October 21 

The American Cancer Society is holding a Relay for Life Across the Greater Valley at the LAVC’s Soccer Field. 

Fall 2023 Media Arts Student Showcase
Friday, October 27 

The LAVC Media Arts Department proudly presents a Media Arts Showcase of student films from Spring 2023. Free admission. 

“Harvest Your Future” Career Fair 
Thursday, November 2 

LAVC Workforce Development, LAVC LAEP and LAVC Cooperative Education invite students and the public to find career opportunities at the Harvest Your Future Career Fair. 

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WLAC President James M. Limbaugh has been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Institute’s Presidents Fellowship

College President Selected for Aspen Fellowship

WLAC President James M. Limbaugh has been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Institute’s Presidents Fellowship. Leaders were selected through a competitive process based on their commitment to student success and equity, willingness to take bold steps to improve outcomes, understanding of the importance of community partnerships, and ability to lead lasting change aimed at improving student outcomes. As a fellow, Dr. Limbaugh will spend a year learning from and collaborating with top community college experts to sharpen strategic reform strategies. Learn more here: LINK 

This honor is in addition to West having been named to the 2023 Aspen Institute Top 150 list of community colleges. President Barak Obama once described the Aspen Prize as “basically the Oscars for great community colleges.” 

This class of fellows represents the diversity of our nation’s community colleges. They lead institutions across 14 states that collectively educate over 280,000 students in incredibly varied settings, from a rural college of 700 students to an urban one with enrollment over 24,000. The incoming class of Presidents Fellows is 56 percent women and 44 percent people of color. 

"I'm privileged to be a member of the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Institute's Presidents Fellowship as West builds on its Aspen Top 150 designation and continues our focus on equity and student success," said Dr. Limbaugh.


Apprenticeships & Related Programs Seeding Job Pipelines

Apprenticeships & Related Programs Seeding Job Pipelines

Dental Assisting: West has launched its ninth Dental Assistant Apprenticeship cohort, with 38 apprentices, with three different employer partners, and 5 participants from the DPSS Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) opportunity program. 

Early Childhood Education: The fourth apprenticeship cohort of 40 students pursuing careers in early childhood education launches in October. These students will take the 4 courses required by the state of CA to obtain the associate teacher permit and complete 2000 hours of paid, on-the-job training. 

Upskilling for LAX Workers: In partnership with the nonprofit “Building Skills Partnership”, a nonprofit that assists property service workers with career advancement, West launched its first cohort of 13 LAX workers looking to upskill to more advanced positions at LAX. This cohort will take a variety of courses at West to learn about the different career opportunities at LAX, including aviation maintenance, and then receive assistance with enrolling in specialized career courses. 

Boeing Recruiting: In September, Boeing met with over 80 aviation technology students to describe employment opportunities with Boeing. 


A WLAC photo of the EOPS team was selected to grace the cover of the Community College League of California’s September 2023 report

On the Cover

A WLAC photo of the EOPS team was selected to grace the cover of the Community College League of California’s September 2023 report on basic needs among California community college students. 


Climate Action Day featuring guest speaker Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, climate storyteller and youth activist

coming soon

Events details at WLAC.edu/News/Westweek 

September 26: University Transfer Fair 

October 10: Hispanic Heritage Celebration 

October 24 – 26: Climate Palooza 

Oct 24: Climate Action Day featuring guest speaker Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, climate storyteller and youth activist 

Oct 25: Hackathon – Greening Gaming 

Oct 26: Climate Careers Conference

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Where to get a low-cost bachelor’s degree close to home and a job lead: Community college 
Los Angeles Times 

The 'Frida and Diego' of L.A.; Married muralists come full circle at Roosevelt High in Boyle Heights 
Los Angeles Times 

Hangul Day to be honored with unveiling of King Sejong statue on Oct. 5 
www.koreadailyus.com 

Becky G Teams Up With Cheetos For Scholarship Giveaway 
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Becky G Teams Up With Cheetos For Scholarship Giveaway 
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Apple Adds $25 Million to Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Increasing Financial Commitment to over $200M since 2020 – News On Media 
newsonmedia.com 

Community College District Moves into Student/Workforce Housing 
Culver City Crossroads 

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About the Los Angeles Community College District 

LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. 

Members of the LACCD Board | David Vela, President | Nichelle Henderson, Vice President | Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D., Second Vice President | Andra Hoffman | Sara Hernandez | Steven F. Veres | Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D. | Alexy Cordova, Student Trustee

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