NOTABLE VISITORS

Joe Biden and Dental Hygiene

The year began with Vice President Joe Biden touring the Dental Hygiene program the same week that it became one of only 15 California community college programs authorized to offer a Bachelor's degree. The Vice President also held a round table and press conference on the importance of community colleges and President Obama's proposal that the first two years of a community college should be free...Read More | ABC News Coverage

West Hosts UC President Napolitano's Meeting With LACCD Presidents

In November, West hosted a discussion between UC President Janet Napolitano, the LACCD presidents, and other community college presidents on how to improve transfer to UCs. The meeting occurred the day after the UC announcement of a proposal to raise resident enrollment by 10,000 undergraduates over the next 3 years. The plan would boost in-state enrollment of freshmen and transfer students by 5,000 next fall.


PARTNERS

Charles Drew University

West and Charles Drew University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a friendly afternoon ceremony held at Charles Drew University. "What we are building today is a Baccalaureate completion program. Therefore, West Los Angeles College is not a junior partner in this deal but rather an entry-point to a 4-year science and health professional degree," explained Dr. Steve O. Michael, CDU Provost...read more

UWLA

West and the University of West Los Angeles (UWLA) entered into a partnership with a focus on global education efforts and transfer. Among those in attendance at the September 18 signing of the MOU were: Robert Sprague, Interim President - WLAC; Robert Brown, President - UWLA; Sydney Kamlager, Trustee - LACCD; Dr. George McKenna III, Board Member - LAUSD; and the presidents of the Links, Inc. Angel City Chapter and 100 Black Men of Los Angeles ...read more

HBCU

Representatives of the 9 LACCD Colleges and representatives from major Historically Black Colleges and Universities met to re-affirm transfer agreements and discuss making the path from our campuses to the HBCUs even smoother.


COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Culver City 4th of July

For the second year, West was home for the Culver City Fireworks Show produced by the Culver City Exchange Club. Approximately 10,000 attendees enjoyed food trucks, picnicking, carnival games, live music and, of course, FIREWORKS.

STEAM Nation

In October, STEAM Nation returned to West for the third year bringing over 2,500 K-12th grade Los Angeles County students who got to have hands-on, fun experiences with science and technology in a college setting. The event is produced by STAR Education in partnership with LAUSD's Beyond the Bell.

Ask 2 Know

Ask 2 Know, a Culver City based organization, sponsors forums where kids ask the questions. This was their second event at West where they again held a CCUSD candidate forum attended by over 150 local high school and middle school students and parents too.

Spotlight on Success (S O S)

LAUSD's Beyond the Bell also brought their annual Spotlight On Success (SOS) event to West to reward selected outstanding students and showcase student talent including dance teams, solo dancers, singers, actors and other performers...see more


CAMPUS EVENTS

Veterans Center and Day

Thanks to a generous donation from the Senev Family Trust, West opened a Veterans Support Services Center on the 4th floor of the Student Services Building. The Center is operated in partnership with Serene Haven, a veterans support organization. Soon after, the WLAC Veterans Club hosted a Veterans Day breakfast and flag raising ceremony...learn more

Public Safety Career Fair

This year's annual Public Safety Career Fair was held in conjunction with the annual Fall Transfer Fair. Children from the Child Development Center and West students were delighted to see a rescue helicopter land on the community field.

Going Global! - Global Conference, Study Abroad and International Students

Science Stuff

In addition to the on-going STEM Scholars program at West, a new partnership with Base 11 has opened even more opportunities for students including aerospace and CalTech internship programs. Base 11 provides funding, equipment, facilities and curriculum for hands-on STEM education and training. Later in the year, West's Campus & Community Programs hosted a day of science for nearly 1,000 K-12 students and our own Upward Bound high school students.

Child Development Center (CDC) Halloween and Trikathon

Our littlest students also look forward special events like the annual Halloween celebration and Trikathon. The CDC provides free and low cost child care in an educational and fun environment.


ARTS RENAISSANCE

Theatre

“Wiley & the Hairy Man,” a play for the whole family, took the stage in May. The play, based on an old folktale, is set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp and centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams.

Dance

Art

Film Festival

The annual Student Poster Showcase added a new component this year, the WestFest Film Festival - "West72". West’s participating film writing and production students had 72 hours to produce short films shot on smart phones. The topic given was "Moving Towards Equity." Entries were reviewed remotely by celebrity judges including producer/director/screenwriter John Singleton, and actress Vanessa A. Williams as well as West faculty and staff. All films were screened at a special event in May.

One Book

This year, West launched the One Book program where participating faculty, staff and students all read and discussed the same book. The idea was that a common read could foster a sense of community and stimulate conversation across the college. The book selected was "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Mrs. Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Related activities included discussions on cells, race and research in a profit-driven society as well as a skype interview with the granddaughter of Mrs. Lacks.


CELEBRATIONS

Transfer Day at West's

At West we say - "Go West. Go Far." For some students that is launching directly from West into satisfying careers in business, technology, health care, entertainment and more. For others, it is advancing to competitive universities where they will complete their Bachelor's and higher degrees.

Graduation

For the first time in as long as anyone could remember, it rained a bit on graduation. The keynote speaker noted that such an extraordinary occurrence must certainly indicate that the WLAC class of 2015 was destined to also be extraordinary.

Black Grad

The LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Organization hosts a special ceremony each year to honor their African American graduates. This year, the event was held at West. Guest speakers included Steve Rhodes, former U.S. Ambassador and advisor to Vice President George Bush and Susan Burton, named a CNN Top 10 Hero in the category of
“community crusader.”

 


OTHER COOL STUFF

Signs - Jefferson, Overland

It's a little easier for new students and guests to find their way around the college now. New direction and building signs were added all over campus. And, to help people stay informed and find the campus tucked in the hills, there is now more prominent signage at the Overland entrance and a digital sign at the Jefferson entrance.

The Global Institute for Entrepreneurship Puts West on the NASDAQ Screen

The launch of the Global Institute for Entrepreneurship (GIE) through Westside Extension was seen on online news sites around the country and around the world. It was even seen on the big NASDAQ screen in Times Square in New York! GIE is a public and private partnership for business growth and survival teaching the principles, tactical skills, strategic planning, risk mitigation and survival for entrepreneurship. 

Summer Bridge

The 6-week Summer Bridge program helped in-coming freshmen get a head start on their English classes, explore career goals, choose a major, and plan for their upcoming classes in the fall. Other benefits included learning about campus services and making friends. Students even earned credit toward their Associate degrees and university transfer requirements.

Wildcat Athletics Highlights

WOMEN'S SOCCER beat rival SMC and Coach de Seriere was selected from 500 candidates for a prestigious NSCAA Program.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY began their 2015 season in a dominating fashion as they ran to victory at the Ventura Invitational where they took 1st through 5th place in the 4-mile race. This was only the second time in the meet's 10-year history that a team swept the top 5 places...read more

MEN'S BASKETBALL welcomed a new head coach, Anthony Jones. In addition to a long and successful track record coach at the high school and college levels, Coach Jones was also a personal trainer for NBA players...read more

TRACK ALUMNUS Alex Amankwah ran the fastest time in the world in January in the Men's 800 meters...read more

FOOTBALL ALUMNUS Trey Boone was feature on SportsCenter for making the No. 1 Play of the Day after doing a front flip into the end zone over a defender and landing on his feet...see clip

History Book

In honor of the college's 45th anniversary in 2014, the WLAC Foundation commissioned the creation of a history of West book titled "Go West. Go Far. A History of West Los Angeles College." The book was completed in 2015. Copies are available in the library and excerpts can be found on the companion web site.


CONGRATULATIONS to...

Many programs, students, faculty and staff earned distinction this year. Here are just a few.

CSIT STUDENT Paul Grad competed on the team which won "Best Music Hack" at the LA Hacks Competition at UCLA. In just 36 continuous hours, Paul's team created the LS-Living Sound Ap which allows users to visualize their music like never before.

DENTAL HYGIENE took 1st place in the Scientific Research category at the California Dental Hygienists' Association competition in Anaheim, CA...read more

AVIATION TECH finished 4th out of nearly 20 teams at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Las Vegas...read more

THE AtD TEAM - Achieving the Dream named West one of 19 institutions to earn "Leader College" distinction in 2015. This national designation is awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. Overall, West student Fall to Fall persistence rose from 63.2% for the Fall 2010 cohort to 68.4% for the Fall 2011 cohort to 69.5% for the Fall 2012 cohort and 65.1% for the Fall 2013 cohort...read more 

Westside Extension Instructor DR. ROSEMARY HAROUNIAN COHEN won the "Mom's Choice Award" for her book Anousch - The Daughter of King Shen and her historical novel The Mother of Jerusalem is Crying. The later was also an "International Book Awards" Winner and "Next Generation Indie Book Award" Finalist...read more

PROF. NIKKI MEHRPOO JACOBSON (Paralegal / Business Law) was once again recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of its Super Lawyers...read more