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Resource Development: Updates



Proposals developed since January 1, 2011

Past and/or Present Partnerships:

  • White House, State Department, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Young Black Scholars, Prepare a 2 + 2 Study Abroad Program.  Three week program in first two years, Semester Study Abroad in second year.

  • Beijing Normal University, major partner is ELAC 1+1+2 Program. ELAC has developed a first year in China, a second year in Los Angeles and a transfer to CSU.

  • StraEd - West - Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University 1+1+2 Transfer Film Studies Program.  First year in India, second year at West, third and fourth year at India or United States. 

  • 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Young Black Scholars Program, West LA College WISE for Student Success for African American Students in LAUSD middle schools.

  • New American Theater & Humanities & Fine Arts Division Partnership for a Performance Calendar,seminars and workshops, possible partnership with Culver City High School Perforrming Arts Program.

  • KLCS, LAUSD TV Station with West's Distance Learning Program to deliver programs in partnership with Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Music Center and Instructional Television.

  • West has a pending agreement with ESL Express Study Transitions to provide one-to-two-week fee based educational tours to participants from China.  Participants may also be interested in our Language Academy.

  • West has a pending agreement with the Magic Link Educational Group to provide fee based online instruction, including ESL, to participants in China.  In addition, we may offer short-term educational tours in Southern California and recruit participants to become F-1 students.

  • Patricia Rillera is the Executive Director of Young Black Scholars (YBS)a program supported and operated as an educational acitivty of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles.  Young Black Scholars is a comprehensive college preparatory program for African-American and other minority high school students, thorugh which future leaders participate in more than 40 workshops, programs, seminars, and conferences thorughout the academic school year.  Throughout the Los Angeles area, over 170 high schools and 1,000 students, in grades nine through 12, are involved in YBS.  Since 1986, YBS has assisted more than 21,000 students realize their dreams of attending college.  Patricia Rillera has refined YBS' aproach to reducing barriers thorugh intensive SAT preparation, concentrated Language Arts, and rigorous Algebra courses and a summer math, science, and technology initiative.  In 2010, YBS graduates had an average GPA of 3.5, SAT I score of 1675, and an ACT score of 24 - exceeding the admissions requirements for UC and CSU.  The effectiveness of Patricia Rillera's planning and leadership is clear: 98% of 2010 YBS graduates enrolled in a four-year university and 2% enrolled in a community or vocational college.  Program impact extends far beyond the statistics.  Ingelligent, motivated youth have opportunities for success where before they had none.  As these young leaders go to college and mature into responsible citizens, their success enhances their home communities as well as the very fabric of our social culture.  Started in 1986 as a simple solution to Black students not being competitive for college, YBS has turned into a National Model of Academic Excellence.  From the beginning, YBS adopted a Village Approach-community, corporations, colleges/universitites, high schools, and individual volunteers-all working with the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles toward a common goal.  Through Patricia Rillera's leadership, YBS has expanded its reach to include high school students of all races and ethnicities, developed new partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, and businesses, and dramatically increased scholarship development for underserved students as they get ready to enroll in college.

  • Antelope Valley College — Since 2008 West and Antelope Valley have partnered around Aviation programming, contract education, and grants.
  • Avant Garde Fencing– Westside Extension has been offering their fencing classes for children and adults at AGF’s facility since 2003.
  • Boeing— Westside Extension has conducted Dale Carnegie classes for Boeing employees since 2002. West is working to expand the partnership to include potential workforce training grants.
  • Brandman University– A partnership enabling WLAC students to transfer to Brandman through the Early Advantage Program (concurrent enrollment), communicate online with Brandman via our Transfer eChat system, and complete undergraduate degrees fully online or on-campus.
  • Brit West Soccer— Summer soccer camps for children have been conducted since 2001 through Westside Extension.
  • California Corporate College— Embarking on an additional approach to workforce training, West has partnered with CaCC to conduct customized skills training to employees either at company locations or on campus starting in 2010.
  • California Labor Federation, Workforce and Economic Development — Working together with other partners, West and CLF-WED worked to develop the Hospitality Training Partnership starting in 2009.
  • Cerritos College— West and Cerritos are partners in Aviation and composites/structures programming and contract education and grants development since 2010.
  • City of Los Angeles Community Development Department — Essential start-up funding for the Hospitality Training Partnership has been provided through CDD grant funding.
  • College of the Canyons — West and Canyons are partners in Aviation and composites/structures programming and contract education and grants development since 2010.
  • Country Villa Skilled Nursing Facility — Since 2009, Country Villa has provided clinical learning experiences for West’s Certified Nursing Assistant students
  • Creation Station — Toddlers and young children have been taking CS’s dance classes through Westside extension since 2009.
  • Culver City Senior Center — West has a long standing and continuing partnership with the CCSC, and from 2000 to 2009 West’s Emeritus classes were conducted at the CCSC.
  • Culver City Symphony Orchestra —
  • CVS Pharmacy — In 2006, West and CVS began developing the Pharmacy Technician program. CVS continues to provide student clinical sites and employment for qualified program graduates.
  • Dale Carnegie Program of Southern Los Angeles — Westside Extension has numerous conducted Dale Carnegie workforce skills training classes for southland employees since 2002.
  • Education 2 Go— Since about 2003, Westside Extension has partnered with ed2go to offer online classes for adults in our community.
  • El Camino College— West and El Camino are partners in Aviation and composites/structures programming and contract education and grants development since 2010.
  • Fort Hays State University – Articulation agreements (BBA, Bachelor's of General Studies, 45 unit transfer degree) enable West students to complete undergraduate degrees fully online or by transferring to FHSU.
  • HITCO — Since 2009, HITCO has interviewed and hired West’s Composites & Structures program graduates
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HuTech)– A partnership that enables HuTech students to complete WLAC online degrees using HuTech computer labs, visit Los Angeles for Educational Tours, and allow WLAC instructors to teach at HuTech.
  • Institute of Reading Development— Westside Extension has offered IRD’s summer reading classes for children and adults on campus since 1996.
  • Josephson Academy of Gymnastics— Westside extension has partnered with JAG to offer their childrens’ gymnastics classes at JAG’s facility since 2004.
  • JVS Marina Work Source Center— West has a long standing relationship with JVS, and recently partnered with JVS on the City of Los Angeles funded hospitality training programs
  • Kaiser — Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide/Geriatric Care Tech affiliate since 2005 for clinical learning experiences
  • LAEDC — DOL/workforce grants, collaboration with members
  • Lockheed Martin — In 2010 West began working with Lockheed Martin on potential workforce training grant projects
  • Los Angeles County/USC Clinic System — beginning in 2010, West has joined with LA County/USC Clinic System in the development of education and training programs for their allied health workforce
  • Los Angeles Southwest College — West and Southwest continue to partner on multiple projects: the Career Technical Education Cooperative in areas such as digital media, entertainment, and health care, and most recently allied health workforce development programs in Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, and Phlebotomy.
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College — West and Trade are partners on a federal Hispanic Serving Institutions project to increase faculty and student use of Web 2.0 applications and in curriculum development in allied health areas.
  • Los Angeles Urban League — One of the Hospitality Training Partners, Urban League recruits and qualifies individuals for participation.


  • Letter of Intent with Allied Health Division for HSI-serving institutions for health care education in HIV, hepatitis, obesity: 3-years, $255,000.

  • HSI STEM proposal - with Science and Mathematics Divisions in collaboration with CSUDH: 3-years, $5 million.

  • Planned from the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office:

  • $1 million for IATSE MPTP training with Humanities and Fine Arts Division, $500,000 for Unite HERE hospitality training with the Applied Technology Division.

  • Foundation (TBA) grant for $250,000 per year for film production training for 10 years with Humanities and Fine Arts Division.

  • Los Angeles Southwest College Homeland Security training with the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Computer Science Divisions--400 trainees, 3-year project, $800,000.

  • PBI 4-year update of current LEARN grant $2 million.

Hospitality Training Partnership Abstract

California Labor Federation’s Workforce & Economic

Development Program (WED), West Los Angeles College (WLAC), and UNITE-HERE Local 11, will join with local hotels in Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Century Boulevard/LAX corridor, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) WorkSource Center, and the Urban League to form the Hospitality Training Partnership (HTP)—a strategic partnership with a commitment to providing effective multi-level training for new and incumbent workers in the Los Angeles hospitality industry. Each of the partners brings unique strengths and experiences that will significantly increase the economic vitality of the hospitality sector and provide effective career lattice and career ladder opportunities for industry workers.


This partnership brings the talent and expertise honed by prior hospitality programs in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego, as well as experience in workforce development programs that demonstrate expertise in serving the hospitality industry. WED brings direct experience in establishing programs such as the San Jose Hotels Partnership Project and the Four Cities Hospitality Project funded by the State of CA. WLAC possesses industry-targeting curriculum in both Hospitality and Travel. JVS’ WorkSource Center and the Urban League have demonstrated capability in recruiting participants for high skill/high demand employment training programs. HTP’s primary focus is to develop, and pilot, through an applied research approach, a sustainable model for hospitality workforce training in Los Angeles. To accomplish this, the HTP will define key issues that need to be addressed for a sustainable and scalable high road hospitality sector training program. HTP will build a strong foundation for sustainability among the partners and enable 297 workers to achieve career advancement. The HTP will build on lessons learned from similar projects, the community college Career Advancement Academy for integrated curriculum, and incorporate cutting-edge topics such as green practices, the use of mentors, and the integration of employment experience. The major questions that will be addressed are: how to build a sustainable structure;how to be worker-centered; how to build a high road partnership for the hospitality industry; how to be responsive to employer needs for economic competitiveness.


Hotel workers can pursue traditional career laddering within the same department (i.e. Door Attendant to Bell Captain to Front Desk Agent), move across different departments in the same major category (i.e. Houseman to Steward or Prep Cook to Skilled Cook), or from one department to another (i.e. Inspectress to Garde Manage to Specialty Cook) to access different career pathways.


Typical Career Lattices and Ladders are:

Guest Services:

  • Bell Attendant/Door Attendant & Bell Captain/PBX Operator & Front Desk Agent/Guest Services Agent/Reservations & Assistant Front Office Manager/Supervisors/Concierge &

Lead Workers for Front Desk & Valet Front Office Manager & Rooms Division:

  • Room Attendant/Houseman/Public Area Attendant/Laundry Worker/Night Turn-down & Inspectress & Supervisors &

Food and Beverage:

  • Busser/Bar Back & Room Service Order Taker/Host/Cashier/Barista & Restaurant Server/Bartender/Room Service Server & Shift Supervisor &


  • Stewards à Prep Cooks/Cafeteria Attendant/Food Runner/Expediter & Skilled Cooks/Garde Mange & Lead Cooks/Specialty Cooks Banquet, Pastry/Kitchen Supervisor/Stewarding Supervisor & Sous Chef/Banquet Chef & Executive Chef

Banquet and Meeting Services:

  • Banquet Bar Back & Banquet Houseman & Banquet Server/Banquet Bartender & Banquet Captain & Banquet Manager.


  • Anytime, Anywhere Pathways To Success


Los Angeles City College (City) in Los Angeles and West Los Angeles City College in Culver City, California, both public two-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions, have come together to propose a cooperative project, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS. The project will 1) increase the enrollment and completion rates of Latino students in our adjacent service areas, and 2) develop and share resources to enhance each institution’s ability to serve the needs of low-income and Latino students.


Brief Profiles and Needs: City (enrollment 17,636) and West (10,932) are public, comprehensive, independent colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). They serve dense, urban areas of west, central and south central Los Angeles, where higher education attainment is low and poverty rates are high, especially for Latinos. More than one-third of students at both colleges work at least part-time to support themselves or their families.


“Anytime, Anywhere Pathways to Success” Project: With City as the lead institution, the proposed cooperative project is designed to help overcome significant barriers many residents face to accessing the predominately traditional on campus face-to-face delivery of higher education at City and West. With over 9,900 Latino students at City and West, increasing the educational goal attainment of Latino and other students has become a critical priority as three-year graduation rates (12% at City, 9% at West) are unacceptably low. Analysis of each institution’s strengths and weaknesses reveals that competing work and family responsibilities, in addition to the sheer difficulty of traveling around Los Angeles, keep many students from succeeding in traditional, campus-based programs.


To expand opportunity, access, and persistence for Latino and low-income time- and placebound students, City and West will expand curricular offerings available via distance education by developing an online A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts and adding three new online/hybrid certificates in high-need fields (Renewable Energy, Animation, and Digital Media). Recognizing that courses alone are not enough to help students succeed, the project will develop online student services, including tutoring, financial aid and library services. Rigorous faculty development will support all project efforts and will enable the ongoing conversion and revision of courses and services for distance delivery. All are designed to provide students with well-defined pathways to success, anytime, anywhere.

Project Opportunidad Los Angeles Abstract

APPLICANT: Pierce College (Pierce), Woodland Hills, CA

COOPERATIVE PARTNER: West Los Angeles College (West), Culver City, CA

PURPOSE OF Project ¡OLA!: To expand opportunity, access, and persistence for Latino and other low-income time- and place-bound students to courses within the partners’ Basic Skills/Developmental Education programs, transfer programs, and specific occupational programs by expansion of distance learning and hybrid options.


Pierce (fall 2006 enrollment 19,540) and West (8,828) are public, comprehensive community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. They serve parts of the San Fernando Valley and Westside areas where educational attainment is significantly below average and poverty rates are high, especially for Latinos. Over 70% of students at both colleges work at least part-time. With over 8,600 Latino students now, our combined enrollments are predicted to continue a 15-year growth trend. Increasing Latino and other students’ educational goal attainment has become a critical priority. Three-year graduation (5% at Pierce, 6% at West) and transfer (5.6% Pierce, 3.2% West) rates are abysmal. Analysis of institutional strengths and weaknesses reveals that competing work and family responsibilities limit potential Pierce and West students’ access to education.


We will, therefore, adapt or create 60 online and hybrid courses that will make opportunities for higher education more accessible. We also propose to develop online orientation, tutoring, advising, financial aid, and library services to support student success. Rigorous faculty development will support all Project ¡OLA! efforts and enable ongoing conversion of courses and services for distance delivery.


Competitive Preference Priority: Pierce College has no Title V grants.

  • Invitational Priority 1: This proposal strengthens academic offerings and program quality in the following National SMART Grant Program fields of study: computer science, technology, and life sciences.

  • Invitational Priority 3: This proposal aims to improve academic attainment of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals by improving tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve student academic success in the National SMART Grant fields of study named above.

  • Invitational Priority 5: This application includes an external evaluator to assess the project's plan for rigorous experimental design and evaluation to determine linkages between proposed project interventions and successful outcomes.

Instructional Materials Rental Initiative Abstract

West Los Angeles College will implement the innovative Instructional Materials Rental Initiative (IMRI) that design is uniquely posed to lead to four key outcomes: (1) significantly reduce of the cost of textbooks for students enabling them to have needed, affordable course materials for all aspects of course work, (2) engage with faculty to create and implement a rental-friendly materials adoption policy, (3) develop and implement a transformative and sustainable business model for the bookstore enabling it to thrive in an ever-changing environment, and (4) add to the body of knowledge on instructional materials rentals. In doing this, there will be significant reduction in textbook costs for students, faculty will make more-informed, longer-term decisions about textbooks, and a model for sustainability will be developed that will be applied at the other eight LACCD bookstores and be available for adoption, in full or part, at other colleges across California and the Nation.


Evaluation of IMRI will reveal that (1) a fully functional course materials rental program is establishes by the end of the grant period, (2) the rental program saves students significant sums of money, (3) faculty will develop an enhanced understanding of the course material needs of students, (4) IMRI is an effective methodology, (5) sister colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District learn from and adopt/modify IMRI for their emerging rental programs, and (6) IMRI is sustainable when the federal funding is no longer available.


Contract Education

  • Corporate College (Butte Glen College) for Green Construction and Solar Energy Systems: $30,000 for ten classes -California Building Performance Contractors Association for basic licensing training.

  • Awarded a LEED award for hospitatility green practice with Unite HERE and Portfolio Hotels.

  • 30 fee-based college credit courses in career and technical education programs designed to enhance job placement-Summer Session 2011 with Allied Health, Business, Science, Computer Science, Applied Technology, and Behavioral and Social Sciences Divisions.

  • Title V STEM with Science faculty - five years: $3.2 million total.

  • Title V Individual on Student Success and Transfer -five years: $2.875 million total.

  • Title V Cooperative with CSU Dominguez Hills Transfer Academy - five years: $3.2 million total; 40% to West.

  • Title V Cooperative with Harbor College.

  • Resource Development to create a grants center and a foundation with alumni development - five years: $3.2 million total; 40% to West.

  • DOL - TAA Consortium Proposal with Aviation Maintenance Technology, five colleges, 35 aerospace employers- $20 million.

  • DOL-TAA Consortium Proposal for Entertainment Studies with HFA, Theater, English and Film Production $12 Million.

  • DOL-TAA Consortium for Allied Health with the Allied Health Division - $12 million.

  • DOL-TAA Hospitality & Entertainment with the State of Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, Unite HERE - $20M, West LA College's Travel & Aviation Division.



  • White paper in development.
  • Meeting with LACCD General Counsel for Spring 2011 to review legal issues.


Enterprise Account

  • Athletics Facilities
  • Civic Center Permits
  • Conference Center
  • Naming Rights


Global Initiative

A purpose of the Global Initiative is to enhance West's  capacity to serve students in its instructional programs and support services and to increase participation by West's community.

West's institutional strategy for cultivating collaboration between diversity/multicultural education and internationalization centers on creating a college-wide committee that becomes the focus of discussion and provides leadership to the college by (1) seeking input from consulates, business, major research institutions and think tanks, and government agencies on integrating international topics into West's curriculum and building bridges to organizations in other countries with which West's staff, faculty and students can interact, (2) encouraging faculty to work together around common themes each semester and intertwine these with course content through readings and student activities to prepare our student population for a greater role in a society that is rapidly globalizing, and (3) coordinating and unifying the broad array of initiatives that the college has begun.  The leadership committee will develop and implement action plans to achieve these strategies.

Key measurements of these activities will be (1) more international topics in syllabi, (2) thematically linked courses each semester that explore a particular topic from diverse, multicultural, and international points of view through readings and classroom activities (discussion questions, research, papers, presentations, guest speakers, etc.), (2) increase in the number of students who study abroad, (3) create a mentoring program aligning native Los Angeles students with international students, (4) facilitating relationships with faculty at and universities in other countries, and (5) holding open events for the college and community on global topics.



  • State Chancellor's Office Medical Assistant -$443,280. To enroll and train 30 incumbent medical assistant workers in a certificate program in conjunction with partners --SEIU and WERC.

  • State Chancellor's Office CTE Collaborative with Harbor and Southwest Colleges --$400,000:develop IT outreach to middle and high school students.

  • California Foundation --$46,000 - to enhance safety practices in the AMT program.

  • DOL Earmark Award --$600,000 to develop MPTP courses for IATSE incumbent workers for upgrade training in digital technology especially, and develop online courses for MPTP.

  • Southwest College EMT and Phlebotomy training: CNA and HFA training: 150 participants: $300,000