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An analysis of California’s college career training programs by leading higher education resource site, Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), has revealed the top 54 schools in the state for trade and vocational education. Crediting two-year and four-year schools respectively, the site ranked Lincoln University, Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses, University of LaVerne, American River College, Sacramento City College, College of the Sequoias, Cosumnes River College and Cerritos College among the top scoring for Best Schools for Trade & Vocational Programs in California for 2016-2017. “Some of today’s fastest growing industries are in trade and vocational fields, and projections show these industries continuing to gain steam over the next decade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “The California colleges credited on our list are those helping students achieve maximum success with not only high quality training, but career placement and counseling services that can pave the way to successful job placement.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges and universities to meet minimum standards to qualify for ranking. Institutions must be regionally accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit status to be considered. For the Best Trade & Vocational Programs list, schools must also offer career counseling and placement services to assist students. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on analysis of more than a dozen unique statistics, such as student-teacher ratios and program variety. A full list of schools on California’s ranking, as well as details on the data points and methodology used to determine scores and list position can be found at: Allan Hancock College American River College Antelope Valley College Bakersfield College Cabrillo College California College San Diego, San Diego California College San Diego, San Marcos Cerritos College Cerro Coso Community College Chabot College Chaffey College Citrus College City College of San Francisco Coastline Community College College of Alameda College of San Mateo College of the Canyons College of the Desert College of the Redwoods College of the Sequoias Contra Costa College Cosumnes River College Crafton Hills College Cuyamaca College De Anza College Diablo Valley College East Los Angeles College El Camino College Folsom Lake College Foothill College Fresno City College Fullerton College Glendale Community College Golden West College Grossmont College Humphreys College - Stockton & Modesto Campuses Imperial Valley College Irvine Valley College Lake Tahoe Community College Laney College Las Positas College Lassen Community College Lincoln University Long Beach City College Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Harbor College Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles Valley College Los Medanos College Merced College Mission College Monterey Peninsula College Moorpark College Moreno Valley College Mt. San Antonio College Napa Valley College Norco College Ohlone College Orange Coast College Oxnard College Pasadena City College Porterville College Reedley College Rio Hondo College Riverside City College Sacramento City College Saddleback College San Bernardino Valley College San Diego City College San Diego Mesa College San Diego Miramar College San Jose City College Santa Barbara City College Santa Monica College Santa Rosa Junior College Shasta College Sierra College Skyline College Solano Community College Taft College University of La Verne Ventura College Victor Valley College West Los Angeles College Yuba College About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


Gallegos H.A.,East Los Angeles College | Schubert J.E.,University of California at Irvine | Sanders B.F.,University of California at Irvine
Journal of Engineering Mechanics | Year: 2012

Dam safety and flood risk management programs are dependent on damage predictions that are difficult to validate and subject toconsiderable uncertainty. The 1963 Baldwin Hills dam-break flood caused high-velocity flows exceeding 5 m/s and structural failure of 41 wood-framed residences built in the mid-1940s, 16 of which were completely washed out. The flood is revisited here to examine the predictive skill and variability of established structural damage models when coupled with a hydraulic flood model that predicts parcel-scale depths and velocities. Two-way coupling is introduced so that predictions of structural failure affect localized flood predictions, which in turn affects damage predictions, in contrast to one-way coupling where structural failure has no impact on flood predictions. Two damage states defined by structural failure (Level 2) and washout (Level 3) are considered, along with 10 different structural damage models. One damage model considers flood depth alone, while the remaining nine consider a combination of depthand velocity defined by a constant discharge, energy, or force. Two-way coupling is shown to yield predictions with ~30% higher skill and 10% higher false alarms than one-way coupled models. Hence, there is a tradeoff between skill and false alarms that favors two-way coupling. Predictive skill is also shown to be sensitive to the structural damage classification and the damage model. Depth-based damage predictions yield low predictive skill as expected; however, across the nine velocity-based damage models, skill varies from 50 to 78% for structural failure and from 79 to 95% for washout. These results reveal a similar level of predictive uncertainty from the hydraulic model implementation, damage model, and damage classification. Results also point to flow force as a good predictor of both moderate (Level 2) and severe (Level 3) levels of damage. Through calibration, force thresholds of 0.75 and 9.5 m3/s2 arefound to maximize model skill at 85 and 95% for Level 2 and 3 damage, respectively, and these values compare well with previously published thresholds for similar building types. Finally, the results reveal a model bias toward a relatively wide damage zone compared with the observations; therefore, the high skill predictions are accompanied by a high rate of false alarms. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.


Conrad S.,California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Alvarez N.,East Los Angeles College
Journal of Web Librarianship | Year: 2016

User feedback on Web site design can be vital to understanding what issues library users may encounter when visiting a Web site, but obtaining this feedback can be time consuming, difficult to structure, and expensive. In past years, staff working on the Cal Poly Pomona University Library Web site collected user feedback from surveys and usability testing. This team was interested in acquiring a more basic understanding of how users interact with the Web in general, whether for research or other purposes, and how such experiences could inform design decisions. This article will discuss what focus groups are, why libraries should consider conducting focus groups for Web site testing and development, how focus groups can complement usability testing, and if focus groups are worth the time and effort. Results from focus group sessions will also be shared and discussed including information that fueled design decisions and benefits that participants gained from the experience. © 2016 Suzanna Conrad and Nathasha Alvarez


Soto-Ortiz L.,East Los Angeles College
Journal of Theoretical Biology | Year: 2016

A mathematical model integrating tumor angiogenesis and tumor-targeted cytotoxicity by immune cells was developed to identify the therapeutic window of two distinct modes to treat cancer: (1) an anti-angiogenesis treatment based on the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab that targets tumor vasculature, and (2) immunotherapy involving the injection of unlicensed dendritic cells to boost the anti-tumor adaptive response. The angiogenic cytokine Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) contributes to the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment, which is responsible for the short-lived therapeutic effect of cancer-targeted immunotherapy. The effect of immunosuppression on the width of the therapeutic window of each treatment was quantified. Experimental evidence has shown that neutralizing immunosuppressive cytokines results in an enhanced immune response against infections and chronic diseases. The model was used to determine treatment protocols involving the combination of anti-VEGF and unlicensed dendritic cell injections that enhance tumor regression. The model simulations predicted that the most effective method to treat tumors involves administering a series of biweekly anti-VEGF injections to disrupt angiogenic processes and limit tumor growth. The simulations also verified the hypothesis that reducing the concentration of the immunosuppressive factor VEGF prior to an injection of unlicensed dendritic cells enhances the cytotoxicity of CD8+ T cells and results in complete tumor elimination. Feasible treatment protocols for tumors that are diagnosed late and have grown to a relatively large size were identified. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


Lopez J.J.,East Los Angeles College | Greer F.,Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Greer J.R.,California Institute of Technology
Journal of Applied Physics | Year: 2010

We report that single-layer graphene on a SiO2 /Si substrate withstands ion bombardment up to ∼7 times longer than expected when exposed to focused Ga+ ion beam. The exposure is performed in a dual beam scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam system at 30 kV accelerating voltage and 41 pA current. Ga+ ion flux is determined by sputtering a known volume of hydrogenated amorphous carbon film deposited via plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.


Tall I.A.,East Los Angeles College
Automatica | Year: 2014

We address the problem of static state linearization of multi-input nonlinear control systems via coordinate transformation. Necessary and sufficient geometric conditions, in terms of certain set of vector fields associated with the system, were obtained in the early eighties stating the fact that such set of vector fields should be commutative and of constant rank. The state linearization problem, i.e., the finding of linearizing coordinates, was thus reduced to solving a set of partial differential equations. The objective of this paper is to provide an algorithm allowing to compute explicitly the linearizing state coordinates. The algorithm is performed using a maximum of n-1 steps (n being the dimension of the system) and is made possible by extending the explicit solvability of the Flow-Box Theorem to a commutative set of vector fields. Examples are provided to illustrate the results. An extension of the method to dynamic feedback linearization is also outlined. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 607.60K | Year: 2015

Through the Scholarships in STEM To Achieve Results (S-STAR) project, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) will provide scholarship support for 15-20 students annually. The awards will be available on a competitive basis to all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors who demonstrate finanical need and the aptitude to succeed in STEM disciplines. Data shows that attrition in STEM disciplines is disproportionately high among Hispanic students at ELAC. Building on the infrastructure established by the institutions Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) and Academic and Student Support to Improve Student Transfer (ASSIST) programs, S-STAR will provide not only scholarships, but also supplemental instruction, access to a STEM Study Center, one-on-one counseling, mentoring, research and internship opportunities, professional development workshops, and other support services that are strategically planned to foster student success. Being the states largest Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), ELAC is implementing S-STAR to increase the number of academically talented, underrepresented STEM students successfully prepared for transfer to four-year STEM degree programs, and ultimately to high-skill, high-wage jobs in fields of local and national need. Additionally, this project will contribute to diversity in research. By increasing S-STAR students competitiveness and encouraging them to participate in undergraduate research, these students will more likely to attend graduate school.

S-STAR objectives are to: (1) alleviate economic burdens of college students with demonstrated financial need, while improving students educational opportunities; (2) increase retention, success rates and degree completion; and (3) increase the number of skilled STEM students ready to succeed in technical areas of local and national need by increasing their competitiveness to participate in research and internship experiences within four-year institutions, industry, and/or national labs, while at the community college. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection efforts will be used to assess the attainment of the objectives. Ongoing dissemination of incremental outcomes, best practices and lessons learned is planned through scholarly articles focused on women and minorities in science and engineering, community college STEM student success, and through presentations at conferences that offer platforms to share knowledge among both community colleges and four-year institutions.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.94M | Year: 2011

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is providing the programmatic, academic and student support necessary to increase the annual number of STEM graduates and transfers by 60 students by the end of five years, which is 64% growth over baseline. The project improves articulation at both high school to college and two-year to four-year institution levels; implements faculty advisement and counseling, assigns students to faculty mentors who help design efficient educational plans and STEM pathways; expands research and internship opportunities at university laboratories; and exposes students to professional milieus, broadens their vision of career opportunities, and helps them to develop research skills. In addition, a summer bridge program attracts high school juniors and seniors who have not previously considered STEM careers.

Given its large Hispanic enrollment, advancing STEM education at ELAC helps to increase Latino STEM graduates and transfers. Increased rates of graduation and transfer enable more educationally disadvantaged Latinos to enter the STEM workforce. With this project, the colleges infrastructure is redesigned to focus on opportunities in STEM careers, and to smooth transfer pathways to regional universities. Faculty participation in advising, mentoring and sharing of effective pedagogical methods helps transform ELAC into a STEM transfer gateway institution. ELAC disseminates information about the project to similar types of institution, shares best practices, and encourages them to adopt procedures to increase STEM transfers and graduates.


PubMed | East Los Angeles College
Type: | Journal: Journal of theoretical biology | Year: 2016

A mathematical model integrating tumor angiogenesis and tumor-targeted cytotoxicity by immune cells was developed to identify the therapeutic window of two distinct modes to treat cancer: (1) an anti-angiogenesis treatment based on the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab that targets tumor vasculature, and (2) immunotherapy involving the injection of unlicensed dendritic cells to boost the anti-tumor adaptive response. The angiogenic cytokine Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) contributes to the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment, which is responsible for the short-lived therapeutic effect of cancer-targeted immunotherapy. The effect of immunosuppression on the width of the therapeutic window of each treatment was quantified. Experimental evidence has shown that neutralizing immunosuppressive cytokines results in an enhanced immune response against infections and chronic diseases. The model was used to determine treatment protocols involving the combination of anti-VEGF and unlicensed dendritic cell injections that enhance tumor regression. The model simulations predicted that the most effective method to treat tumors involves administering a series of biweekly anti-VEGF injections to disrupt angiogenic processes and limit tumor growth. The simulations also verified the hypothesis that reducing the concentration of the immunosuppressive factor VEGF prior to an injection of unlicensed dendritic cells enhances the cytotoxicity of CD8+ T cells and results in complete tumor elimination. Feasible treatment protocols for tumors that are diagnosed late and have grown to a relatively large size were identified.


Linda V. Guerrero Honored as a Lifetime Member by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication About Linda V. Guerrero Ms. Guerrero is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker United, Realtors which is a real estate agency in Sugar Land, Texas. She represents both sellers and buyers in real estate transactions and helps people in Fort Bend County and Harris County to buy and sell new homes. She specializes in first time home buyers and new construction homes. Ms. Guerrero assists veterans in buying a home and works with homeowners that want to lease their house as well. She is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. She takes continuing education courses on new laws and policy changes in the industry, which helps her keep clients better informed. Previously, Ms. Guerrero served as a Judicial Assistant from 1997 through 1999 with the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles, California and also served as a Judicial Assistant to John Wilson, a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. From 2000 through 2002, she served as an Executive Assistant with Fluor Daniel. Throughout her years with this Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, she has served on the campaign “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” for the American Cancer Society many times. She is affiliated with the Women’s Council of Realtors of Fort Bend, the National Association of Realtors, the Houston Association of Realtors and the Accredited Buyers Representative Association. Ms. Guerrero has worked on numerous company sponsored programs including the United Way campaign, Rodeo Run, ConocoPhillips volunteers at the NFL experience at the George Brown Convention Center in 2004, Conoco’s Rodeo Run, Keep 5 Alive through Habitat for Humanity in Houston and Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Community Relations from 2003 through 2005. Born in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Guerrero obtained an A.A. in Business from East Los Angeles College in 1976 and completed continuing education courses in Real Estate. She married Robert on October 6, 1979 and they have four children. In her spare time she enjoys music, piano, travel, family activities and being a parent volunteer at Brazos Bend Elementary, Sartaria Middle School and Travis High School. “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910) About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Sugar Land, TX, November 22, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Linda V. Guerrero of Sugar Land, Texas has been honored as a Lifetime Member by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 10 years in the field of real estate.About Linda V. GuerreroMs. Guerrero is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker United, Realtors which is a real estate agency in Sugar Land, Texas. She represents both sellers and buyers in real estate transactions and helps people in Fort Bend County and Harris County to buy and sell new homes. She specializes in first time home buyers and new construction homes. Ms. Guerrero assists veterans in buying a home and works with homeowners that want to lease their house as well. She is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. She takes continuing education courses on new laws and policy changes in the industry, which helps her keep clients better informed.Previously, Ms. Guerrero served as a Judicial Assistant from 1997 through 1999 with the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles, California and also served as a Judicial Assistant to John Wilson, a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. From 2000 through 2002, she served as an Executive Assistant with Fluor Daniel.Throughout her years with this Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, she has served on the campaign “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” for the American Cancer Society many times. She is affiliated with the Women’s Council of Realtors of Fort Bend, the National Association of Realtors, the Houston Association of Realtors and the Accredited Buyers Representative Association.Ms. Guerrero has worked on numerous company sponsored programs including the United Way campaign, Rodeo Run, ConocoPhillips volunteers at the NFL experience at the George Brown Convention Center in 2004, Conoco’s Rodeo Run, Keep 5 Alive through Habitat for Humanity in Houston and Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Community Relations from 2003 through 2005.Born in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Guerrero obtained an A.A. in Business from East Los Angeles College in 1976 and completed continuing education courses in Real Estate. She married Robert on October 6, 1979 and they have four children. In her spare time she enjoys music, piano, travel, family activities and being a parent volunteer at Brazos Bend Elementary, Sartaria Middle School and Travis High School.“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910)About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide

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