News Release
  May 6, 2005


Mission College captured the top prize among awards given to programs designed to train students for careers in business and industry.

Mission College’s “Careers in Child Care Training Program” was named best-of-the-best at the fifth annual Excellence in Workforce Development Awards ceremony on May 6.

The program, directed by Morena Escobar, trains aid-dependent recipients for careers in child care. “Careers” also received the award for best track record after 80-percent of its participants found employment.

The excellence awards are given annually by the Los Angeles Community College District. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Mission College.

In addition to the two awards won by Mission College, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) won four. Four other awards were divided among Pierce, Valley, Los Angeles City and Trade Tech colleges.

The programs are nominated by the deans of workforce development at each of the nine colleges in the district. The programs are then judged by professionals in the field of economic and workforce development and education.

The following programs (and sponsoring college) were recognized:

Best Workforce Development Program – “Careers in Child Care Training” - Mission College
Best Track Record – “Careers in Child Care Training” - Mission College
Best Integration of Academic/Technical Skills – “Communications Plus” – Pierce College
Outstanding Collaboration with Business and Industry – “Fire Technology” - ELAC
Use of Instructional Technology – “Computer Applications/Office Technologies” - L.A. City College
Flexible Class Scheduling - “Workforce Literacy Program” – L.A. Valley College
State of the Art Curriculum - “Electronics & Computer Technology” – L.A. Trade Tech College
Encouragement of Non-Traditional Goals – “Engineering” - ELAC
Best Marketing for Vocational Programs - ”An Integrated Approach to Marketing” - ELAC
Best Community Collaboration – “Administration of Justice Student Club” – ELAC

Workforce education programs provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a career. Vocational English as a Second Language, tutoring, and counseling are included. Workforce programs often include on-site training.

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