Los Angeles Trade Technical College is a two-year public school located in Los Angeles, California. LA Trade Technical was founded in 1925 as the Frank Wiggins Trade School, making it the oldest of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. Trade-Tech services the entire 882 square mile Los Angeles Community College District. The school’s colors are violet and gold and are nicknamed the “Beavers.”
LATTC’s 25-acre campus is located in Downtown Los Angeles on the southern edge of South Park. The campus is about one mile north of the University of Southern California and about two miles south of the Central Business District. LATTC is served by the Grand Avenue Station of the Metro Rail Blue Line and the 23rd Street Station of the Expo Line.
The college consists of 12 major buildings with approximately 780,561 gross square feet and 586 assignable square footage. School facilities include an athletic field, which serves as a recreation area for community members during evening and on weekends. The college’s Grand Theater hosts both college and community events. The campus is currently in the midst of multi-million dollar modernization and revitalization project. Two new buildings, Student Services and Technology, have already been built and will include new lecture halls, classrooms, computer labs, and faculty offices.
LATTC offers Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees as well as Certificates of Completion in nearly 90 vocational programs. Workforce and Professional Development programs are available in short-term programs, which grant certificates, and longer programs that lead to associate’s degrees. Some of these programs include Renewable Energy, Fashion Design, Digital Media, and Motorcycle Repair Mechanics. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College has 15,516 students (all undergraduates) and 440 faculty members, giving the university a 41:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 183 teach full-time and 257 teach part-time. About 28% of undergraduate students study full-time and 72% study part-time. Nearly half of all Trade-Tech students work more than 30 hours per week.
The student body contains 49% female students and 51% male students. About 52% of all students are Hispanic with the remaining students being black (30%), white (10%), and Asian (8%). About 45% of students are ages 24 and under with 55% of students being ages 25 and above. About 96% of students are from California, 1% are from out-of-state, and 3% are from a foreign country.
The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 60% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 31%. The overall graduation rate is 16% and the overall transfer-out rate is 10%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 13% for males and 18% for females.
Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, financial aid help, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare. Special learning opportunities include distance education and study abroad. Athletic teams compete in the South Coast Conference. Sports offered include: men and women’s cross-country, men and women’s water polo, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s track and field, women’s swimming, and women’s volleyball.
Tuition costs $1,220 per year for in-state students and $6,160 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,665 per year. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $10,962 per year with $4,158 in additional living expenses. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 83% of those attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College receive financial aid.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College has an open admissions policy. To apply, submit an online application and registration information will be sent to the student’s email address. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid prior to enrollment and are also required to take a placement test before class registration. Only students who have been admitted to the college and are in approved active status may attend classes.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:8,534
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