A Legacy Moving Forward

By Jasmine Phillips, Counselor LATTC As I looked around the room, I was proud to see these new, yet familiar faces.  As with tradition, we blessed our food and broke bread to open this gathering; and I knew it would be a wonderful semester. The first Umoja meeting of the year demonstrated the deep bond from students…

First CCC Student to Use HBCU Transfer Guarantee

Clarnetta 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…

Long Beach City College to Hire New Faculty

Long 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…

Henry Louis Gates Visits Trade

The Trade-Tech library hosted a film project for PBS, and as it turned out, the 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…

Happy Retirement for Abbie Patterson

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, in the penthouse ballroom overlooking the south bay–at the Doubletree Hilton in Torrance, California–family, colleagues, and friends of Abbie Patterson celebrated her 37 years in education.  Corey Rodgers, dean of admissions and records of Harbor College was the master of ceremonies.  Pastor Charles Williams from Grace Chapel gave the invocation…

California Community Colleges’ Smooth Pathway to HBCUs

It has been a hard and long road to ensuring that students have a smooth transition from community colleges to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  In 2008, led by Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye,  previous president of Southwest College and former vice chancellor of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District, and under the guise of the…

Going Black in Time

On Friday, February 27, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm, join the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association on a bus day trip to the past.  It’s the Black Heritage Tour of Los Angeles designed especially for LACCD faculty, staff, and students! Discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel…

Casino and Game Night Fundraiser

Join the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association for its first annual Casino & Game Night!  This event is for the entire LA Community Colleges.  Please come on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. under the South Tent.  There will be Casino games, Black Jack, Poker, Craps, and Roulette.  If you…

President Barak Obama Visits LA Trade Tech

Courtesy of 89.3 KPCC:  The White House statement is rather bland. It says President Obama will speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Thursday to address “the importance of job-driven skills training.” The stop comes amid two fundraisers with ticket prices as high as $32,400. With so many options for a Southern California appearance, why Trade…