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Creating Hope for Students in LA


November 9, 2011 - 0 Comments

At the end of the day, technology isn’t about hardware and software – it’s about people. Nowhere is that more clear than at a place like the Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

A few years ago, LATTC was a simply a trade school in an under served area of Los Angeles, training at-risk students who are often the first in their families to get a post-high school education. Today, the campus is redesigned and revitalized, both inside – with a powerful Cisco network infrastructure – and out, and providing a wide new range of opportunities to its students.

We found an amazing and inspirational group of faculty, teachers, and students at this school! LA Trade Technical college dedicates itself to creating hope for students who sometimes have little reason to hope. Among others, we met Dr. Mary Gallagher, vice president of operations, and welding teacher Lisa Legohn when we went to meet the faculty and do the interviews for our new video, “Los Angeles Technical College: Transforming Hope.”

Seeing how the students take advantage of a wide range of networked devices in the classroom was fascinating. I especially liked watching Ms. Legohn utilize the Cisco network and video applications in her welding class . A star in her field – literally, she was on a reality show as a welder – she uses digital video demonstrations regularly in her classroom, for example, to compare side by side homework assignments and show the students how to best approach each project.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Ms. Legohn’s students – often single moms – are graduating with the ability to win six-figure jobs and assure a future for their families.

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