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oplnlC The public opinion forum where Beverly Hills dukes out the issues HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM? Daniel Rosales Jr. Michael Waxman Public and medPl attentlun has been ahn~,xt c~:mp~etct3 'lhcl os Angclc', Comnmnity (o]~ge 1)istlict tLACCDI i\~cuscd on lhc upcoufillg prdnary Ibr Los Angeles M~y*,tpla) s a vb~l xole ill uur c~mnnunnv by pioviding access t~ and City Atto~l~ey, '~ hilt an iulpor~ant Counb Wide lace I\~t ~t qu~tb~,, higbe~ ~:ducad,m Reg~udless ~,1 your ~lge, COl- tile Los Angc/cs Comnmndy C~,llegc Disuicl BO~lTd ~l i ~: nwtt'~ '-,,ut~,cc,~n~,lnlc I,:lukgl~tllltl *,~ high sch,,,d gtadcs, Trustees has recci;ed scant atlentl~,ll, our ~,t~lll~t~lllty c,dIcgcs sh~:uld pluvide ~ lu~urlm~ cnvi This seat inv~dves responsibildy ~or o':cl ~, bdlion d,,lhl,s i c ,nmcat ill wIucb c~tch studem b:~ ~h~ ~pl~,l~J~lly [u suc in public m~estment and the selection will be made in the. clod Yhcsc c~legcs haw a icsplnlsibility U, ,11cl cuul s~'s e/cc~i~tls coming up Tuesda?, April IO ;Jzl,I ply,grams designed ~, plcpale students witl~ the it~,E Board qtustccs Imve ~hc rcspousibilib, ~o o~crscc man tl~i~,l~ ka~,~lcdgc, attdudcs and ~kilis i~uccxsary ~, lul~c ~i,m ploductivcly and cllceti,,cly ill ~heir public, v~,c~ll~,ll~ agement oi the $50O million Conul~unity College L)~stlict al and personal li,,es Operauons Budget as weft as ,3 possible $1 2 billion con fhc LACUD is the largcsl ctumnuni~y college disuict in the nation wbh ~wcr I/l/,(~lO struction program, students attending nine colleges Eas~ I.A C,dlcge. City College, ttarbor College, As one of the two candidates running ft~r rFI ustec Seal #2, I propose a vision t~,1 the nine Mission College, Pierce ('~llegc, 'l'l ado 'l~chnical College, Valley College, Southwest Campuses of the LACCD that derives b'om 20 yeats of personal cxperiencc as a college College, and Wcsl I.A College It also has the raps1 ethnically divczsc student body ol studem, a ct~mmuni~y activist, a governmellt servant and ~1 member ol the pr~wue sector, any c,,mmtmity college dLs~tict m tile Undcd States and an ~d~llgation to p~ovide a~l And I am the only one who has personal~y a~tended and graduated from a Comnmndy n~cmbcrs ol uut con~nmndy inch~ding those l~nl disadvamaged hackgrounds with die COllege a~ well as a State University and a Law School, opp~rtunlty to hcttcl thuir lives, These Community Colleges strengthen families through education and this inissi~m can Fhelc arc i~uL key areas ~ba~ sh~,uld bc addrcxsed to improve Ihc LACED: be fulfilled if the lbllowing five issues are addressed and accomplished. Constru'tion "n Pro os~t~on A All nine campuses desperately need basic lacildy repair, modernizalion and new classroom construction. On April ~0. Ihe public will wne on Proposition A and determine if $1 2 billion will he funded through bonds. 1~~ At the ni ..... p .......... keling ........ houhl be ed and students taught ~o package and market Iheir schools lhrough lectules at b~cal feeder high schools and local employers and Iberefore increase enrollment and good will c~ftlt i Pr m Currently few co/' potato' internships" '~lre offered ~11 the iwo-ey ar uslieges and those offered fail to reflect the regmnal economies surrounding ale campus Through efforts with my employer, Councilmember Alcx Padilla Los Angeles Mission College and several biotechnology firms in the northeast San Fer~ando Valley. are form- tag local partnerships to ensure that students learn cutting edge technology and are work force ready ~.glr,~llgal~ To expand opportunities for communi y college transfer students. all nine schools should form extensive agreements with Universities and ColLeges that are cuniculum or vocation specific. An example is Culinary Education and the transfer pro- grams off, red at the University of Reap, Nevada A v W e ~" - ' - The District relies on part-time teachers i!tracting the best part-timers requires wage and benefit parity. Tbe District can accom- P ish this by funding office hours, estimated time required for grading assignments and e~am~. Se~.:ondly, benefit packages should be given to part-time faculty Finally, mote lull time POsitrons should be created to mitigate the impact ot the " part time freeway" system of f~eulty we see at our campuses. This task requires the ability to lobby State OIlicials and futd resources over and beyond the funds allocated by California Proposition 98 As a community college plodUct, I Gew these schools through the eyes of the pubJic it Serves 1 have experienced these scho~ls as a studem, all activisl and as a public serwmt As the best candidale as Trustee tZ~r Seat #2, [ look lorwa~d t~ ser,~lllg ~,(nl Daniel Rosales Jr:, J.D , Semor Fieht Deputy [ur City ,~] Los At~gele,~ Cout~thuemb~ ~ Alex Padilla, grew up in ,~l~a~ CA Pass ProllOsilion A Pnol3osdion A is a bclnd incasuru on tile Apriltll ballot tllal wid rcp;fir and rcnovalc school buihldlgs, and provide classloonls with tecbnob~gy rele- vant t,~ t~day'~ wo~ kplace Cuncntly, d~cc~dlegcbuihbngsa~cunsalc,dcterbuamlgand badly ill accd ol repair Tb~s bond will address the m,~s~ urgent and basic rep;mx and elc- ate a ehlssroom cnvironlncn~ tbal is clean, xaIc, and conducive ~o Icandng Develop more public plivate paltuelships. The cbJ/mmnity tolleges play a vital rule as the traudng ground fur me skilled, high-paying j~b~ real we Impe to urcatc and maintain in Lo~ Angeles "Ib ensure our colleges can adequately scrve as classrotmls liar the new economy, the LACCD should build partnersllips with surrounding industries and local businesses s~ that ~he colleges know the neuds ol today's changing market- place and have access to the latest technology aud vocational too~s ql~e colleges should also expand on exisdng partnerships tt, pr,,vidc s~udents with nlore internship opportu nities and a searnless transdion l?olu the classrooms to the workforcc: Provide guidance to ensure sludcnts maximize their college experience, Unlbrtunately, more than 4(1% of community college sludents in tile LACED currently drop out after their first semester To solve this problem, the community colleges should implement a mandatory orientalion program Ttds program should provide students with basic information on everything from where to go fi~r financial aid and a tutor, to how best to maximize their college experience -- whclher Ihe student is atlending college for vocational training or in preparation to translcrring Io a lout-year college. A mentors program should also be established Io provide students with invaluable advice and guid- ance throughout their college careers Fighlforourlkbrxhare AsarcsuhufProposition 13, our commundy colleges receive their funding from Sacramento The state's funding Ibnnula. however, I~avors suburban community college districts whde placing Ihe LACCD at a disadvantage To ensure that the LACED gets its fair share ol the funding required m offer ml~rc classes, Icarning materials, and maimain its facildies, the Board should work with elected olfi cia]s in Sacramento and in WashinglolL D.C., a souree not traditionally looked to for commundy college fimdmg Uaimalely, it is Ihe responsibility ~/t the community h~ make suit that our community c~llcges lncel the high standards we sllould expect On Aplil Ill, w~te to elect Cnlnmuuily Cullcge 'lru~lee wb~ ~tc dedicated ~t~ implcnlcntdlg tile goals outlined above and who Will SUpl,,nt tile I,ALCI) as d ~ni~es ~r exceflencc "lk~gethcr, we can alake our cOnlllHinity ctdlegcs the best m ihc tmlion If you have an idea for "The Ring," call 310,688.6761 March 15 - 21,2001 5