Los Angeles Harbor College, CA
Grant Type: Individual Development Grant
Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) is a comprehensive, two-year public community college offering a broad spectrum of transfer, vocational, and community services programs. Located near the bustling Port of Los Angeles, the college’s service area is ethnically and economically diverse, with a majority minority population. Transportation, international trade, and high tech/defense drive the area’s employment. Significant opportunities for individuals with college educations exist; however, educational attainment is surprisingly low. Harbor College is energetically working to prepare students for this rapidly changing workplace. Our faculty includes highly motivated professionals for whom student success is the highest priority. Occupational projections for Business occupations are expected to grow 10-23 percent, and Engineering occupations are expected to grow 21-25 percent over the next 5-7 years.
Los Angeles Harbor College should be a conduit to Bachelor’s degrees in these fields for area residents who need and want to begin at the community college level. Yet these are the programs that are struggling at Harbor College, with low enrollments, low graduation rates, and low rates of transfer.
Over the life of the grant, Los Angeles Harbor College proposes the following activity as a solution to the problem: Accelerating Success at Harbor College
Los Angeles Harbor College proposes to streamline degree completion in the high-demand fields of Engineering and Business, based on a successful model and best practices, by re-designing the curricula to (a) allow student cohorts to complete Associate Degrees in 18-months, (b) incorporate cutting-edge “green technologies,” and (c) provide support for success and completion with contextualized English and Math, Learning Coaches, and technology solutions, such as e-portfolios, e-Live interactive content delivery, student portals, and virtual communities. We will secure successful transfer to bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Business at California State University - Dominguez Hills and Long Beach through faculty exchanges culminating in curriculum alignment and articulated transfer agreements. We will strengthen support for success for all students through intensive faculty development and for first-year students with comprehensive assessment, early alert, and technology solutions that mirror those noted above to ensure successful transitions and promote retention.