Los Angeles Trade–Technical College

Coordinates: 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
PresidentDr. Katrina VanderWoude
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
ColorsViolet and Gold
MascotBucky Beaver
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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 J Line, Grand/LATTC Station of the Metro Rail A Line and the LATTC/Ortho Institute of the E 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 John H. Francis Polytechnical High School, which had relocated to Sun Valley. It then expanded the campus and combined with Metropolitan College to expand its programs.

In 1954, the school was renamed Los Angeles 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] During World War Two, the college offered around-the-clock courses so women could train in vocational areas to help the war effort. The college also boasts the only sign graphics program in the country, based at a community college. L.A Trade Tech offers more career education programs on one campus, than any other community college west of the Mississippi.

The college drew national attention in 2008 when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama held a campaign town hall on the campus in front of more than 2,000 attendees. During his address, he promised to come back to the campus, and he made good on that promise when he returned to L.A. Trade Tech in July 2014 as the sitting President of the United States, to deliver a speech about his career education policy.

Among those who have visited the campus during the last few years are President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, U.S Congresswoman Karen Bass, all of the last five California governors, the late entertainer Jenni Rivera, Kanye West and singer/songwriter Ty Dolla$.

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 Demographics of student body
Ethnic Breakdown 2018[9] 2017[10]
Hispanic and Latino American 69% 67%
African American 13% 15%
Asian American 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 3% 4%
Multiracial Americans 1% 1%
International students 2% 2%
Unknown 9% 8%
Female 48% 48%
Male 52% 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. ^ "Louella Ballerino". Vintage Fashion Guild. August 20, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2008/09/rick-owens-fashion.html
  8. ^ Herman, Valli. "My Favorite Room: Sue Wong holds court with 'famous ghosts' in her Old Hollywood glamour spot". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  9. ^ "2018 Los Angeles Trade–Technical College USNEWS: Overview".
  10. ^ "2017 Los Angeles Trade–Technical College USNEWS: Overview".

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