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News                 For Immediate Release:   December 3, 2007

                Contact:   Lisa O. Fitch, Public Relations Specialist
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Assemblymember Portantino Tours Los Angeles City College

Photo:  Assemblymember Portantino with LACC President Moore

The Chair of the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, Anthony Portantino, toured Los Angeles City College recently, exploring its renowned Cinema/TV Department.  Pictured from left are student Ana Belen Beas; LACC President Jamillah Moore; Portantino; TV/Cinema Chair Vaughn Obern; and student Delores Williams.

      
       The Chair of the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, Anthony Portantino, toured Los Angeles City College recently. A former TV and film producer, he explored LACC’s renowned Cinema/TV Department, observed the ongoing construction, visited the on-campus WorkSource Center and met with faculty, staff and students.
       “We need to use our limited resources more effectively,” Portantino stated, referring to the billions in the state budget shortfall. “We should put them where we can get the biggest return on our investment – and our children are our best investment.”
       Portantino was impressed with the four campus construction projects taking place at once – the Martin Luther King Jr. Library; the Child Development Center; the Science/Technology Building; and the parking structure/field – all a result of voter-approved Propositions A and AA.
       Named “Freshman of the Year” by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Portantino has authored Assembly Bill 1409, which would expand California education from a traditional K-12 model to a seamless K-14 experience by allowing more concurrent enrollment and stronger partnerships between high schools and community colleges.
       “I have had the pleasure to work with Assemblymember Portantino on college issues,” LACC Interim President Dr. Jamillah Moore said. “He is an advocate for our campuses and a supporter of our mission – strengthening college programs to lead toward student success.”
       Los Angeles City College offers post-secondary arts, sciences and vocational courses enabling students to complete curriculum in preparation for transfer to a four-year university or toward an associate degree or certificate leading directly into the workforce. The LACC spring semester begins on February 4, 2008 and financial aid money is available to assist students with fees, supplies and books. Visit LACityCollege.edu.

 

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