It is an amazing outreach to our community. If you recall, a few months ago we launched our ALAS program, which brings adult immigrant students to take courses designed to helped them build English language acquisition but to place them on a career pathway in areas like transportation and fashion. They have worked hard in this cohort, to become part of the college fabric. And last night, the ALAS fashion students with the help of LATTC instructor Carlos Alcala, held a runway fashion show! It was a great display of creativity and a sense of pride. These students are excited to be here and we are excited to have them.
Last Thursday, the Mayor’s Office of Reentry held its Fair Chance Celebration and Job Fair on campus. This celebration honored those formerly incarcerated students who attended the Job Preparation Academy at our CRCD Work Source Center, learning job skills, building resumes, preparing for interviews and dressing for success. After the celebration, they were sent over to the North Tent where the Fair Chance Job Fair was set up. We had 50 employers handling interviews and hiring some of these students on the spot. Trade Tech played a major role in giving these young men an opportunity to work. Everyone should be proud.
It is steeped in tradition. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with nursing pins. Our pinning ceremony took place in the South Tent last night. Our nursing program at LATTC has been among the most respected among community colleges. We congratulate the nursing students for their hard work this year.
It is a partnership borne out of a need to support those looking for a second chance. Scott Budnick brought the Anti-Recidivism Boot Camp to LATTC, because we could provide top-notch training in the construction trades. We along with the CRCD Work Source Center, the LA County Federation of Labor and the LA/OC Building Trades put together this program for the formerly incarcerated where they attend boot camp and classes, receive training and then move into the ranks of union workers. Today these young men graduated from their boot camp and are headed to work. LA County supervisor Hilda Solis led an inspiring ceremony, talking about the success that is taking place here at Trade Tech. Rusty Hicks from the County Fed also congratulated the graduates along with Chris Hanna from the Building Trades.
The Consumer Resource Center opened officially today in Redwood Hall. It’s part of the Work Source Center. This is a real location for anyone, students or staff, to come by with questions about various consumer issues like tenant’s rights, immigration policies, funeral arrangements and just about anything else facing people. Check them out.
There isn’t an official culinary arts/professional baking graduation, but every year these students like to get together at the end of the semester and celebrate another year of serving this campus. This semester they gathered at the K-Mall stairs to wish each other well, and to thank each other for what has been a tremendous year of work. Two longtime members of the culinary arts faculty also are retiring and students wanted to say their goodbyes. Chef Eddie Sims and Chef Don Warriner are heading off to retirement and will no doubt be in a kitchen somewhere remembering the great times and great students at Trade Tech. We wish them well.