December 6 , 2002

Mission College Wins Two Workforce Awards

Mission College has captured two of the top prizes at the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Commmunity College District's Excellence in Workforce Development Awards ceremony.

The awards, announced at a ceremony held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, were developed to recognize and celebrate the outstanding workforce development programs at the nine colleges in the LACCD.

Los Angeles Mission College won awards for its Clerical Office Assistant and THRIVE-Family Development programs.

Under the Clerical Office Assistant program, Mission College offers 11-week training sessions in clerical duties for about 30 students per session. The goal is to train the students in office skills in order to qualify them for employment as clerical office assistants with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Susan Rhi-Kleinert and Ana Mari Ramon are the directors of the program.

THRIVE (which stands for Teach-Honor-Respect-Inform-Vision-Educate) provides support services, resources and counseling to families in the Pacoima community. Its goal is to guide troubled families towards self-reliance and to mobilize communities toward becoming self-sustained. Angelica Toledo heads the program.

"The LACCD's Excellence in Workforce Development Awards provide the District's faculty and staff with an opportunity to highlight and celebrate our best practices, " said John Clerx, Associate
Vice Chancellor of Instructional and Student Services. "We are continually improving our programs to better serve the workforce development needs of Los Angeles."

Other winners:

Los Angeles Pierce College won for its Computer Applications and Office Technologies Program. Los Angeles Valley College won two awards for their job training programs: Child Care Job Training Program and Job Training Program with Superior Super Warehouse.

East Los Angeles College took three awards. Winning programs included: Administration of Justice; Computer Applications and Office Technologies and Marketing of Career Programs. Los Angeles Trade-Technical College two program winners were Automotive Collision Repair and Learning Communities.

West Los Angeles College's Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice was recognized along with Los Angeles City College's Tech-Prep Photography Program.

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