Founded in 1925 as the Frank Wiggins Tech School, Los Angeles Trade Technical College is a two-year college situated on 25 acres in Los Angeles, CA. The college offers associate’s degrees and certificates of completion as well as two-year transfer degrees. Students may also choose to take individual, personal growth classes.
Admission consists of simply completing the application, paying the application fee, and then registering for classes. The cost of attendance is extremely inexpensive and tuition waivers are available along with numerous forms of financial aid, which is available to those who cannot afford to pay for the tuition out-of-pocket. There is even a child development center to assist students that have children. In order to make classes more accessible to the community, students may choose to take traditional, daytime classes or may opt to study online, on the weekends or in the evenings.
There is an active student life on campus and numerous opportunities to participate in sports at the intercollegiate, club sports, and intramural levels. The Beavers participate in a conference that consists of 10 other teams and are competitive in their division.
The college offers or participates in several different programs designed to help students succeed in college. Some of these include the the GAIN/CalWORKS program, the Puente Program, Disability Services and an International Student Center. Many of these are targeted at minority or frequently underrepresented populations that need a little bit of extra help in order to adapt to college and go on to succeed as students and as professionals.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College exists to serve its community and because of this offers several different programs for students of all types. There are two-year transfer programs available for students that would like to take advantage of extremely low tuition costs and a close proximity to home while taking courses that they would normally take during the first two years of an undergraduate program at a four-year university. After completing the transfer degree, students may then transfer to a four-year school in order to finish their bachelor’s degrees.
The college also offers numerous certificate programs that allow students of all ages and education levels to take courses in order to learn a new career or enhance earning potential at their current places of employment. These programs take from one semester to two years to complete and may be completed either full-time or part-time. Students may not alter courses in the syllabus because only classes necessary to achieving the certificate are included in the program. Students must also complete every course with a “C” or better in order to receive credit. Should a student receive less than a “C”, they make take the class over once but if they don’t pass it the second time, a special request must be made to take the class again. Some examples of Certificates of Achievement include Automotive Collision Repair, Accountant Clerk, Professional Baking, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Small Business Entrepreneurship.
In addition, LATTC also offers courses to the community that can either fulfill Continuing Education Credits or simply allow a person that is interested in a certain class to learn skills that may simply improve quality of life or help in pursuit of hobbies and interests.
In order to make an education accessible to more students, the college offers online courses as well as night and weekend classes.
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Admission to LATTC is an extremely simple process that requires potential students to complete an online application and submit a nominal application fee. Students will then be assigned a student number and may access their account online in order to register for classes or make other changes to their status. In order to register for the first time, students will be required to present a picture identification. High school diplomas are not required for admissions but should be submitted for placement purposes. Should a student wish to transfer credits from another college, official transcripts must be submitted from each school attended.
The school also offers a dual enrollment program so that local high school students aged 14 and older may enroll in order to get a jump start on their college careers. In some instances, students may obtain a certificate or associate’s degree before or at the same time as their high school graduation. Additional paperwork is required for students 17 and under that wish to enroll in classes.
Students may apply for admission right up to the day prior to the start of classes but should be aware that it takes about two days for applications to be received and processed. If at all possible, it’s best to apply as far in advance as possible so that there is sufficient time to register and receive all financial aid. Classes are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, which is another reason that it is best not to wait until the last minute.
International students have slightly different application requirements and should contact LATTC in order to determine what is necessary for enrollment.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, federally subsidized student loans and work-study programs. There are also tuition waivers available to some students. Some waivers depend on students’ unique circumstances and dual enrolled high school students can attend without paying tuition.
In order to be eligible for any financial aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January. Students should be aware that financial information for both themselves and their families is required and should have this information readily available when completing the FAFSA.
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Los Angeles Trade Technical College is a member of the South Coast College and offers men’s and women’s intercollegiate swimming, basketball, cross country, water polo and track and field. The college’s nickname is the Beavers and their colors are violet and gold.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, LATTC also offers students the opportunity to participate in club sports and intramural sports. The school is also home to an athletic field that serves as a community recreation area to the community on the weekends.
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