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California Community Colleges’ Smooth Pathway to HBCUs

20 Mar

HBCU PhotoIt 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 African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI), created 9 articulation agreements for the following HBCUs: Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Paine College, and Savannah State University.

More recently, Helen Young, Transfer Center and Honors Director at West Los Angeles Community College was part of the committee of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office that worked over the past 18 months to form state-wide articulation agreements to form a pioneering Historically Black Colleges and Universities Transfer Admission Guarantee Program with the following 9 HBCUs:

Because of this hard work, students will now have two pathways to these HBCUs.  They can either complete :

  1. Thirty (30) CSU/UC (Cal State University/University of California) transferable units with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  2. An ADT (associate degree for transfer) degree with min. 2.5 GPA  (IGETC/CSU GE Breadth Certification) 

Because these agreements are intended for all 112 California Community Colleges (CCCs), they have been kept simple to ensure easy pathways for students. These agreements do not replace any specific articulation agreements (course-to-course or program) that a CCC might have with a HBCU currently.  Both Young and Delahoussaye who attended the signing ceremony in Sacramento, discussed the need to work on updating LACCD’s HBCU articulation agreements.   The AAOI has already begun working on that undertaking scheduled for this spring.

For more information, visit the California Community Colleges website here:  http://extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer.aspx.  You can download a flyer here:  http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/SSSP/HBCUTransfers/HBCU_Handout.pdf.  Also, go to extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer/Resources.aspx for information and instructions on how to download buttons and promote this new agreement to students on your website.Download this document about effectiveness of HBCUs on student success: http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/HBCU_webversion2.pdf.

LATTC’s Umoja Spring 2014 Induction Ceremony

7 Jun

Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is a culturally responsive learning community and student support service dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.  This year marks the progam’s second annual Spring Induction Ceremony, where students make a pledge toward personal and academic excellence.  Students who have been selected to be part of the program and who have maintained the required grade point average, were officially inducted into Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Umoja Community.  At this special pinning ceremony, students took a pledge toward personal and academic excellence and were presented with Kente stoles.

Dr. Keneesha Tarrant gave inspirational words from the president’s office and Deborah Campbell, counselor and Black Student Union advisor, also came to congratulate the students.  This year, the students asked Garnet King, an LATTC staff and Umoja supporter, to present Linda Cole, Michael Hopper, and Dean Dorothy Smith with gold trophies.  They wanted to thank them for their tireless dedication to the students and the program.  Faculty members Thurman Robinson, Michael Hopper, Elton Robinson, and Gerald Mock, along with staff member, Garnett King, made up the receiving line to congratulate the students.

The Culinary Arts program, led by Steve Kasmar, prepared a wonderful lunch for the event.  Guests feasted on chicken parmesan, salad, and homemade rolls.  The culinary arts department also made a delicious chocolate cake, blueberry lemon parfaits, and an assortment of homemade cookies, tarts, and other delicious desserts.

Counselors, Maurice Burnett and Derek Majors were the original advisors of Umoja.  They attending the required professional development training and set the ground work to officially bring the Umoja Community to the campus.  After a lack of resources and financial support, the program was archived.  But in 2012, faculty advisors, Linda Cole, Michael Hopper, and Dr. Ayesha Randall officially relaunched Umoja (oo-moe-juh).  Dean Dorothy Smith, dean of student services, and Linda Cole provided seed support for its launching.

For more about LA Trade Tech’s Umoja program, visit http://college.lattc.edu/umoja/.