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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 11/19/2019

News and Events for the week of November 18

Good Tuesday Morning: 

Last week we hosted a wonderful event to kick off the holiday season, our Day of Gratitude holiday buffet. More than 700 plates of wonderful Thanksgiving dinner were served to students, faculty, staff, donors, community partners, and local elected officials. LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; Rana Ghadba, CEO of the Hollywood Chamber and LACC faculty, staff and students shared a traditional Thanksgiving meal together in the Kinesiology Gym South.

Food for Thought Pop-up Food Pantry

Our weekly Pop-up Food Pantry, located in front of the Student Union, is distributing food again this week from approximately 11am until 2pm on Monday and Thursday. Information on Food for Thought services can be found @lacitycollege on Instagram. 

LA LGBT Center Housing Navigator

On Monday 11/18, any students can meet with an LA LGBT Center housing representative at 12noon in AD 108 to learn about resources and to assist students with housing. They are here to help all students in need of housing.

Evening Concert Series – Student Showcase

On Monday 11/18, the Music Department will host a Student Showcase with student performances at 7pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert  Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

City Tales Storytelling Event

On Tuesday 11/19, the Communication Studies Department will host City Tales – A Storytelling Event. Original stories told by LACC students, alumni and faculty around the theme of transformation will be presented from 4:45pm to 6:30pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

VAMA Visiting Artist Lecture Series Features Mat Gleason

On Tuesday 11/19 at 6pm artist and founder of the highly controversial Coagula Art Journal Mat Gleason will be featured in the Visual & Media Art’s Visiting Artist Lecture. Gleason is known for his aversion to established orthodoxies and his fearlessness in voicing an informed opinion. The event will take place at 6pm in the Chem 3 Lecture Hall.

Student Workshop: Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

On Wednesday 11/20 at 12:30pm the Life Skills Center/Health and Wellness will host: “Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Abuse,” a workshop to assist students in learning the warning signs when recreational use turns into abuse and what to do about it. For more information, please contact Joe Exnowski at exnowsjj@lacitycollege.edu

LACC Book Program Welcomes Author Dana Johnson

On Wednesday 11/20 at 12:45pm, The Charles Greene and Margaret Garth Steinert Greene Book Program will present “A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Dana Johnson.” Dana Johnson is a Professor of English at USC. She will be speaking about becoming a writer in Los Angeles with a reception and book signing to follow. The event will take place in HAMC 140.

Theatre Academy Auditions

On Wednesday 11/20 at 4pm, the Theatre Academy will hold auditions for enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester at the Camino Theater. Please visit https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Calendar/Events-Calendar/All/2019/1074 for information on filling out an application.

Naturalization Information Session

On Wednesday 11/20 at 5:30pm, a USCIS Community Relations Officer will be on campus to discuss the naturalization process and requirements for naturalization. The event will be held in the Student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room. For more information, contact Angel Amaro at amaroa@lacitycollege.edu.

Yamaha Artist Concert Series Welcomes Gerald Clayton

On Wednesday 11/20, our Yamaha Artist Concert Series will host musician Gerald Clayton at 7:30pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Hunger & Homelessness Resource Fair

On Thursday 11/21, LACC will host a Hunger & Homelessness Resource Fair at 12pm noon in the Main Quad. Current LACC students can enter to win a scholarship by submitting a 500-word essay based on their experiences with housing insecurity along with a copy of their unofficial transcripts to the ASG office by November 20th.

Amazon Job Information Session

On Thursday 11/21 from 12:30pm to 2pm, we will host an Amazon Job Information Session in front of the Student Union Building.

Theatre Academy Presents Post Pinocchio

This Thursday through Saturday, the Theatre Academy will present Post Pinocchio, a new theatrical work inspired by the characters in Collodi’s 19th century tale of growing up. Show times are 7pm on Thursday 11/21, Friday 11/22 and Saturday 11/23 with an additional matinee show at 2pm on Saturday. Visit https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Calendar/Events-Calendar/All/2019/1158 for tickets.

Evening Concert Series – Percussion Ensemble

On Tuesday 11/19 at 7pm, the Music Department will host a percussion ensemble concert in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Student Work Showcase

On Tuesday, 11/26 at 12:45 PM, the Communication Studies department will host students from Visual Arts, Communication, and History to showcase their final projects in the first floor of the Student Union Building,

Umoja Kwanzaa Celebration

The Umoja program is proud to bring together the LACC community for a Kwanzaa Holiday Celebration on Thursday 12/5 at 1PM on the 1st Floor of the Student Union. Please plan to join us.

For Faculty & Staff: Cub Café Presents A Taste of Japan

On Tuesday 11/19, Cub Café will present A Taste of Japan. Staff and faculty can enjoy Japanese inspired dishes, contact Alyshia Marcelletti for a reservation, marcelae@lacitycollege.edu.

A Preview of the Upcoming Evening Concert Series:
Chamber & Contemporary Ensembles

Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7PM at the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Pop & Jazz

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 7PM Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Guitar Ensemble

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 7PM, in Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210  

Gospel & Latin Ensembles

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7PM, the ensemble will be in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Choirs

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7PM in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

HAMC Music Academy Completion Concert

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7PM Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

LACC Jazz Band

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7PM Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

LACC Community Corner 

No outside action this past week. I did, however, send a draft proposal to UCLA-CESMII (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute) to partner on their project to reinvent how manufacturing is done. It was positively received. I will keep you posted on where we go from here.

Update on President’s Initiatives

In meetings, presentations and conversations I have had over the past two years, I have mentioned three key initiatives I have been working on. Here is an update:

1.  Los Angeles Health Occupations Center

For at least the next two decades, healthcare is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in Los Angeles. The already existing healthcare and healthcare support workforce shortage will continue to grow. Currently, many of the community colleges in Los Angeles offer associate degrees or certification programs in nursing and a limited subset of healthcare technician positions (e.g., pharmacy technician, respiratory therapy technician, radiologic technologists), but they are unable to offer additional programs because healthcare coursework and the associated lab and fieldwork are so expensive to teach. Given the lack of options at community colleges, many students attend private schools and end up with student loan debt from short-term programs that lead to low wage jobs. I am hopeful that the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District can work together and pool resources to expand training in all aspects of the healthcare industry employment, including both direct patient care and support positions. I am currently spearheading the recruitment of colleges to join this collaborative effort to offer healthcare occupations programs to our community. These programs will benefit students and patients far into the future. We have a group of four colleges who are considering working together to launch of this Center.

2. Career Exploratorium Center

Many students who enroll in community colleges have not identified a career direction, which results in random course selection, the accumulation of unnecessary units, and increased time to graduation. To assist students in identifying a career path, LACC is working to develop and launch a career exploration and employment assistance center. In the center, students, prospective students, and community members will have access to dedicated career counselors and occupation specialists who can advise them as to career and occupation options that align with their interests, goals, and abilities. Beyond mere literature and salary information, the center will offer augmented and virtual reality (AVR) modules that will allow center visitors to experiment and experience different occupations. Armed with knowledge of and experience in wide variety of industries and occupations, students will be empowered to make informed choices about their career and educational paths. The Center will also leverage LACC’s many private and public sector connections to offer internship and employment placement assistance. We have hired a career counselor who will begin the conceptual framework of this center and develop its inner workings.

3. Business Development Center
Business Incubator and Makerspace

LACC is working to develop and equip a makerspace for students and faculty, as well as the community, to apply their creativity and classroom concepts to experiment, create, and problem-solve using cutting-edge technology. The makerspace will be equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, robotics tools, virtual reality technology, design software, tools for light machining, electronics design, fabrication, test equipment, and more. Students, faculty, and community members will be able to work on individual projects, collaborate with others, and seek advice and training from knowledgeable makerspace staff. Alongside the makerspace, LACC will launch its Entrepreneurship Incubator and Business Development Center. The Incubator will offer workshops, lectures, speaker panels, mentorship matching, funding opportunity referrals, and other practical assistance to LACCD students and community members seeking to start or grow a business or market a product or idea. The Incubator will actively recruit individuals from groups typically underrepresented in small business ownership, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Leveraging the expertise and experience of LACC’s community and industry partners, the Incubator will increase students’ access to startup and small business service providers, financial resources, and industry and capital connections. We are currently soliciting funding for the makerspace and a business incubator.

The development of these three initiatives will provide exposure, employment, and educational opportunities that could change the course of students’ lives and the face of the Los Angeles workforce. By pursuing innovation in these three areas, we will provide the opportunity for upward career and socioeconomic mobility to our students and community.

The other initiative we have as an ongoing project is working to help our students meet their basic needs of food, shelter, shower, and laundry. We are feeding between 1,000 and 2,000 students at our pop-up food pantry each week. We have had a Housing Navigator on campus on Mondays for several hours for over a year. That will be expanded to 20 hours per week by the first of the year. If you become aware that a student needs housing, please send them to the Genderversity Center for assistance. Our showers in the North Gym are available Monday through Friday from 6AM to 8AM. One of our donor groups from Long Beach, who joined us last Thursday for our Day of Gratitude, puts together donated toiletries for our students in need. Supervisor Kuehl’s Office donated funds for washers and dryers. The initial place identified for these washers and dryers was the South Gym; however, the area cannot accommodate the additional electrical load so we working to locate a new place for them. Stay tuned.

Finally, we have been approached by a virtual reality company who produces educational content, along with other types of virtual reality. They would like to install a virtual reality library for us. If you have never experienced virtual reality, it is amazing. We are working to identify the right space for this project.   


Yes, we have a lot of projects underway. There is strong interest out there to partner with LACC. I will provide you with updates as things continue to develop.

Have a great week!

Mary Gallagher

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029

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