Archive | July, 2015

First CCC Student to Use HBCU Transfer Guarantee

17 Jul

Clarnetta MaddenClarnetta Madden’s original objective was to obtain her Associate Degree (AA-T) and transfer to a California State University for the fall 2015 semester.  However, in March, her professor at Norco College, Raul Madrid, informed the class about a new Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Guarantee Transfer Program for California Community College students.  As a full-time college student and native of California, Clarnetta had an interest in transferring to HBCUs because of their rich histories and supportive environments.

After talking with her professor and getting some recommendations from the HBCU Grant Project Director and Counselor, Elaine Moore, Clarnetta researched the nine HBCU partner schools and applied to four. With a GPA above a 3.0, Clarnetta had no problem qualifying for the new transfer guarantee program.  After some extensive research, Clarnetta decided on Tuskegee University.  “I selected Tuskegee because of their strong business program and their high graduation rate” Clarnetta explained.

Clarnetta will begin her junior year this fall at Tuskegee University. Although expressing some nervousness about leaving family and adjusting to the weather, she feels that she is ready for the new experience.  “I am looking forward to interacting with different cultures, people and environments that will help prepare me for the future,” Clarnetta stated. Her goal is to become an accountant and entrepreneur.

Clarnetta is the first student to take advantage of the new HBCU Transfer Guarantee Project that is funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Under this initiative, students are guaranteed admissions as juniors with an Associate Transfer degree or with 30 or more University of California or California State University units and a 2.5 grade point average.  Students will also be given priority consideration for housing and scholarships with a 3.2 or higher grade point average.

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Long Beach City College to Hire New Faculty

17 Jul

jobsLong Beach City College plans to hire 27 new faculty members and increase the assignments of dozens of staff positions that were previously reduced as a result of the recession.

The College will spend $3.6 million to hire new faculty and increase the assignments for many staff members whose jobs had been reduced, LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said. During the recession, the assignments of some staff members were cut from 12 to 10 months a year as a cost-saving measure to avoid additional layoffs.

“This is an investment in the future of Long Beach City College,” Oakley said. “These new positions will allow us to offer our students more of the classes they need and will give our faculty additional support.”

The 27 new faculty positions, Oakley noted, comes on the heels of LBCC hiring 55 new faculty members in 2014, a single-year record for the college.

In addition to the new faculty members, 44 staff positions will be increased and three new positions added. While not all positions were increased, ones that directly impact student learning were given highest priority, Oakley said.

The proposal will be addressed at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 28 and included in a preliminary College budget that will be considered by the Board on June 23. If approved, the plan will become effective July 1.


Ida B. Wells’s 153rd Birthday and Her Connection with Dr. Tyree Wieder

16 Jul

idabwellsToday, Thursday, July 16, 2015, Google is honoring the 153rd birthday of civil rights activist, suffragist and journalist, Ida B. Wells, with a Doodle of her typing away on typewriter with a piece of luggage by her side.

In a tribute to Wells, Google wrote, “She was a fierce opponent of segregation and wrote prolifically on the civil injustices that beleaguered her world. By twenty-five she was editor of the Memphis-based Free Speech and Headlight, and continued to publicly decry inequality even after her printing press was destroyed by a mob of locals who opposed her message.”

Read the full article from the Huffington Post article here.

Did you Know?

Ida B. Wells credits Rev. Robert Nelson Countee, the great-grandfather of Los Angeles Valley College President Emeritus and previous Interim Chancellor, Dr. Tyree Wieder, for beginning her career in journalism.  See the quote below from the book, “They Say:  Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race” by James West Davidson:

“When Ida B. Wells first sued the C&O in the winter of 1883-1884 Memphis minister Rev. Robert N. Countee was in the process of launching a blackReverend Robert Countee newspaper, the Living Way.  The opportunity to be published was gratifying, if only a small step up from Wells’ occasional essays for the Memphis Lyceum. What made the crucial difference was that Countee sent the Living Way to a number of nonlocal subscribers, including T. Thomas Fortune, a sharp-eyed editor of another black paper, the New York Globe.”

How great it to have a personal LACCD connection with the “fearless and uncompromising” Ida B. Wells!

Source:  Huffington Post, Dr. Tyree Wieder

Henry Louis Gates Visits Trade

15 Jul

Gates in LATTC’s Library

The Trade Tech Library lined up some filming for PBS, and as it turned out, their guest was one of BFSA’s favorite black intellectuals–Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University–Henry Louis Gates!

Gates is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. He has written 17 books and created 14 documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots, now in its second season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.  Gates is editor-in-chief of, a daily online magazine, while overseeing the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field.

In 2012, The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader, a collection on his writings, was published. Gates’s latest book is Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, released by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014.

Gates has directed the W.E.B. Institute for African and African American Research—now the Hutchins Center—since arriving at Harvard University in 1991, and during his first 15 years on campus, he chaired the Department of Afro-American Studies as it expanded into the Department of African and African American Studies with a full-fledged doctoral program. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Aspen Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of America, and the Brookings Institution. He has chaired the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards since 1995, and travels each September to Cleveland, Ohio, to lead a community celebration of the winners. He won the prize himself in 1989 for editing the 30 volumes of “The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers”.

Source:  LATTC Email and Wikipedia



Sydney Kamlager at Trade July 11th

9 Jul

Sydney KamlagerOne of the newly-elected LACCD Board of Trustees members, Sydney Kamlager, the District Director for State Senator Holly Mitchell and a long-time early childcare advocate who worked at the non-profit, Crystal Stairs, will have her Community Swearing-in this Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 pm.  The ceremony will take place in the historic, Steven’s Square, named in honor of previous LATTC president, Thomas Stevens, Jr.outside the Magnolia Hall atrium.

The eight-member, non-partisan Board of Trustees guides policies and oversees the operations of the District’s multi-million dollar budget, operations and curriculum standards. The Board of Trustees serves a vital role in supporting the students, staff and faculty of the system’s colleges by developing partnerships between civic and business leaders and institutions, and by advocating for increased state and federal funding for the community college system.

Kamlager is excited to launch her service to the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Board on the Trade Tech campus, in the same location that, only one year ago, President Obama gave a speech about “economic patriotism” and the heroic efforts of community colleges in helping to build the middle class; and seven years ago, then senator, Obama addressed an audience in the same place.

LACCD BFSA members have committed to coming out and showing their support for Kamlager.  They are asking you to come out and join them.