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The Accelerated Schools Hold Grand Opening Ceremony for New Dual Language Campus

The Accelerated Schools, a Pre-K to 12th grade network of public charter schools that provides high quality education to students in South Los Angeles, celebrated their grand opening of a new, $37 million campus for its dual language (Spanish/English) school, The Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES). The brief reception honored the hard work and dedication […]

Education First! For LACCD President Sydney Kamlager-Dove

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is a parable that resonates with many in our community, particularly with Sydney Kamlager-Dove, elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) for Board of Trustees. LACCD is the largest community college district in the nation and it has positioned Dove in […]

LAWA Launches Free Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has launched the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program in partnership with Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles Southwest College, and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. The workforce development program will prepare local residents for skilled craft labor careers to support the $15 billion capital improvement program […]

The Other Side of Paradise: How to improve the promise of California’s community colleges

Sydney Kamlager-Dove is the President of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Ms. Kamlager-Dove has spent more than 20 years working in the nonprofit, entertainment and policy sectors and is a strong voice for the people who live in or near poverty in California. Last year, I spoke at a conference on youth homelessness. During pubic […]

LinkedIn pilot program connects trade and logistics students to jobs

It’s one thing to be trained for one of the million-plus middle-skill jobs available in California. It’s another thing to find and land one of those jobs. To help students do just that, an exciting new pilot program connects the career site LinkedIn with a coalition of Southern California colleges offering trade and logistics programs. […]

MOCA Exhibit Highlights Kerry James Marshall’s Compelling Art

The phrase “Black is beautiful” comes instantly to mind when viewing the body of work by painter Kerry James Marshall.  Colorful depictions of ebony African Americans highlight his art, which is currently featured in an exhibit entitled “Mastry” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The collection of nearly 80 paintings are a […]

Kamlager Speaks at Save Our Sons

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Trustee Sydney Kamlager will share insight and advice on obtaining a college degree or a skilled trade at the monthly meeting of the Save Our Sons Prison Ministry. The gathering takes place on Sunday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los […]

New programs launched to help California foster youth succeed in school

Two California education agencies have turned their attention to raising the profile and improving services for the estimated 65,000 California foster youth. The California School Boards Association has shared with its members what it calls “timely resources” to help school districts better understand the foster youth they serve. Instability, including frequent changing of schools, is […]

LACC Offers Programs to Aid Black Students

Several programs to assist African Americans and minority students are available at the nine schools operated by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). According to LACCD Commissioner Sydney Kamlager-Dove, the programs include a free tuition initiative and systems to help emancipated foster students and those who were formerly incarcerated complete their educational goals. “LACCD […]

​13 Women Inspired by Lean In to Seek Office

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? It’s the question Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and writer Nell Scovell ask in the first chapter of their book, Lean In, which was published three years ago today. While some remain skeptical of the book’s idealism, for many women, it provided the last bit of confidence needed to […]

Sidney Kamlager y el renacimiento de los colegios comunitarios

Hay un tema que emociona a Sydney Kamlager, de 43 años, la única mujer afroamericana en la dirección de los colegios comunitarios de Los Angeles (LACCD). “En mi trayectoria he conocido a muchas mujeres latinas y afroamericanas que trataron de progresar, de educarse, para sacar adelante a sus hijos. Pero muchas retrasan la universidad, o […]

VIDEO: Roundtable discussion about the challenges former foster youth face trying to get into or finish college

LA Community College District Board Member Sydney Kamlager and Actor/Activist Delroy Lindo host a roundtable to discuss the challenges former foster youth face trying to get into or finish college.

VIDEO: Innovative program shows way to graduation, not incarceration

Louie Chagolla first ran into trouble with the law when he was 13 years old. The South Los Angeles teen grew up around drugs and gangs and eventually was arrested. Chagolla spent time in youth correctional facilities and it was a cycle that repeated itself with Louie and too many other young people like him. […]


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