EOPS Honor Ceremony

We held the EOPS Honors Ceremony today in AH101. The program honored those in the program who are graduating or transferring after this semester. For many, this college experience has changed their lives and this program has been the catalyst in completing that education. We congratulate all students in the EOPS program, and for those moving on, we wish them the very best. The program featured two LATTC alums who have been successful in their careers. Both encouraged students to take on whatever they want to do.

CDC Graduations

The Child Development Center held its graduation with all of the children dressing up in their caps and gowns. It’s always so cute! One great side note, CDC director La Tanga Hardy says that UCLA grad students do a study of each of the nine child development centers on the LACCD campuses. Guess who finished number one for their work? That’s right LATTC. Congrats La Tanga, her faculty and her entire team.

Umoja Rite of Passage

The very inspiring UMOJA Rites of Passage event took place on Thursday. More than 30 students were honored for their commitment to improving their communities, their families and their lives. A huge thank you to Jeremy Jackson for his guidance in putting together a tremendous cohort of young people representing LATTC.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day was exciting once again. Lots of folks putting on their noses and taking some silly photos. Thanks to everyone on campus on who participated in supporting children around the world.

CATS Graduations

The Center for Advanced Transition Skills is an LAUSD program designed to guide certain students into a college environment and to provide them with a pathway to higher learning. Here at Trade Tech, Brenda Smith has done some incredible work with the transitional students and has created a vibrant program with many students who have secured degrees at LATTC and other colleges. There are six CATS programs at various LACCD colleges and today they held their culmination ceremony at Trade Tech. All of the students who have completed the program were honored including several from Trade Tech. It is an inspiring event.

Nursing Retirement Party

and several of us got together to celebrate Debi Jenkinson’s retirement. She is a longtime nursing/allied health faculty member who has contributed so much to her program and to Trade Tech. Debi has always been a really positive force on this campus and just loves the direction the college is going. Thank Debi for your service to your students and this institution. We will miss you, but please come back and visit.

Educational Tech Expos

LATTC partnered with Office Depot in putting together a pretty cool Educational Tech Expo in Magnolia Hall’s atrium. There were about ten or so educational technology demonstrations going on, giving faculty, staff and students and great hands-on look at some of things being employed on college campuses. There were 3-D printing systems and some very high tech visual monitors along with digital design software. All of the demos were engaging and useful. There were even some giveaways and raffles along with food provided by culinary arts. All in all a great experience for the attendees. Congrats to VP Mary Gallagher and her team along with Office Depot, for setting up this expo.

Dancing with the Foster Youth

t’s hard to believe that the Dancing With the Foster Care Stars event celebrated its fifth year this year! And of course the event has grown to be bigger and better than ever. Dr. Dione Washington and her team put together last week’s event at Steven’s Steakhouse and it was a packed house in support of our foster students. The theme was the Roaring 20’s. There were plenty of milestones being marked this year, including the fifth year of the event. It is also the tenth year for the LATTC Guardian Scholars, one of the most important programs we have on campus. Also I must mention that the real driving force behind our Foster and Kinship Care Program is Dr. Dione Washington. This is her platinum anniversary in the field of foster care, 20 years of service to young people in this area, 17 of those years right here at Trade Tech. Please join me in thanking her for outstanding contributions to this program as well as generations of young people and families.


(Also, a very special thank you to Ms. Young for providing the hair stylists, to Ms. Ley for providing make-up artists and to Mr. Robinson for coordinating and overseeing all beauty services for the 5th year!

The annual Tools for the Trades Dinner was a wonderful success last night! The student winners were overwhelmed seeing their tools laid out in impressive fashion as they joined with faculty, staff, friends and family in celebrating their scholarship. To hear their personal essays about why they enjoy what they are studying, is always touching. This year was no different. Congratulations to all of the students who were honored, and we hope these tools help build your future.