Los Angeles Trade–Technical College
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|Frank Wiggins Trade School, Metropolitan Business School (merged)|
|Type||Public Community College|
|President||Laurence B. Frank|
400 W. Washington Blvd.,
|Colors||Violet and Gold|
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.
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.
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.
The college drew some national attention in 2017 when an internal investigation found that some students were awarded fraudulent grades for algebra courses. 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. 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.
- Louella Ballerino (1900–1978) – fashion designer known for her work in sportswear
- Don Campbell - creator of the hip hop dance style called locking
- David Hammons - American conceptual artist
- Allan McCollum - New York City-based contemporary artist
- Rick Owens - owner of the Rick Owens clothing label
- Jeffrey Sebelia - winner of Project Runway Season 3, and founder of the clothing label Cosa Nostra
- Tadashi Shoji - owner of Tadashi Shoji and T by Tadashi clothing labels
- Sue Wong - fashion designer known for Old Hollywood-inspired cocktail dresses
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.
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- Herman, Valli. "My Favorite Room: Sue Wong holds court with 'famous ghosts' in her Old Hollywood glamour spot". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
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