Los Angeles Trade–Technical College

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34°01′53″N 118°16′14″W / 34.0315°N 118.2706°W / 34.0315; -118.2706

Los Angeles Trade–Technical College
Former names
Frank Wiggins Trade School, Metropolitan Business School (merged)
TypePublic Community College
PresidentInterim VP TBA
Academic staff
Administrative staff
400 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles
ColorsViolet and Gold
MascotBucky Beaver
Website www.lattc.edu
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Los Angeles Trade–Technical College (L.A. Trade–Tech) is a public community college in Los Angeles, California. It offers academic courses towards 4-year colleges and vocational training programs. It is part of the Los Angeles Community College District and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, The American Culinary Federation, and the National League of Nursing among others. [1]

The 25-acre campus is located just south of the Historic Core of Los Angeles. The campus is served by the Metro Busway Silver Line, Grand/LATTC Station of the Metro Rail Blue Line and the LATTC/Ortho Institute of the Expo Line and is approximately one mile north of the University of Southern California. [2]


The original Frank Wiggins Trade School in LA’s Historic Core, ca 1925.

Founded as the Frank Wiggins Trade School in 1925, the college is the oldest of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. After World War II, the school moved to the former campus of Metropolitan Polytechnical High School, which had relocated to Sun Valley. It then expanded the campus and became known as Metropolitan College.

In 1954, the school was renamed Trade–Technical Junior College. In 1969, the college became a part of the Los Angeles Community College District. [3]

L.A. Trade Tech's fashion design program is the oldest in Los Angeles, [4] having started in 1925. [5]

The college drew some national attention in 2017 when an internal investigation found that some students were awarded fraudulent grades for algebra courses. [6] The following year, another internal investigation alleged that two of the school's administrators improperly claimed more than $157,000 from a federal training grant; one left the college and the other has been placed on leave pending a federal criminal investigation. [7] In 2019, 127 of the college's faculty members voted "no confidence" in the college president alleging that he failed to adequately address these scandals. [8]

Campus modernization

The campus is currently in the midst of a multimillion-dollar modernization and revitalization project. Two new buildings have been constructed, a student services building and a technology building that will include new lecture halls, classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices.

The in-state tuition and fees for 2017-2018 were $1,220, and out-of-state tuition and fees were $7,538. There is no application fee. The school utilizes a semester-based academic year. The student-faculty ratio is 21-to-1. Total enrollment of 12,984. Full-time 2,964 and part-time 10,020 students.

Notable alumni

Fall 2017 Demographics of student body [12]
Hispanic and Latino American 67%
African American 15%
Asian American 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
White European Americans 4%
Multiracial Americans 1%
International students 2%
Unknown 8%
Female 48%
Male 52%

See also


  1. ^ "LATTC Accreditation". Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  2. ^ "LATTC About Page". Los Angeles Trade Tech. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 2014-2016 General Catalog" (PDF). lattc.edu. September 2014.
  4. ^ "LATTC | Fashion Center – FAQs". college.lattc.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  5. ^ "LATTC | Fashion Center – About the Fashion Center". college.lattc.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  6. ^ Watanabe, Teresa; Xia, Rosanna (June 30, 2017). "L.A. Trade-Tech algebra innovations spark uproar — and an internal investigation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Watanabe, Teresa; Xia, Rosanna (July 8, 2018). "L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Watanabe, Teresa (March 7, 2019). "L.A. Trade-Tech faculty demand ouster of president amid campus scandals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Louella Ballerino". Vintage Fashion Guild. August 20, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2008/09/rick-owens-fashion.html
  11. ^ Herman, Valli. "My Favorite Room: Sue Wong holds court with 'famous ghosts' in her Old Hollywood glamour spot". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  12. ^ "2017 Los Angeles Trade–Technical College USNEWS: Overview".

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