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2015-09-18

West Los Angeles College: Photo Release -- Leadership Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship, West Los Angeles College

WEST LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is not a
secret that some of the best universities and colleges are located in
California. It's not by accident. West Los Angeles College (West) located in
the hills of Culver City (see picture) is the Jewel of the California
Community Colleges, a collection of 113 colleges, serving 2.6 million
students a year. It plays a significant role in developing highly competitive
and results driven students that feed the university admissions. Not only
does West Los Angeles College offer the traditional Associate Degree, West
leads the way with a new Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

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Understanding what makes West the best college requires no fancy calculations.
Its student-per-teacher ratios are low providing superior one-on-one teacher
student interaction. (see picture

) The college offers resident as well as distance learning capabilities (see
picture

) that balance the curriculum for those who are employed full-time. It offers
a safe environment that promotes racial and social equality and equal access.
According to long-time instructor, administrator and now the Interim
President, Bob Sprague, "The fusion of innovation and entrepreneurship drives
West's future. The Global Institute for Entrepreneurship at West is the glue
bringing local, foreign, industry and business students alike to promote
American ingenuity."

Most notable is West's dedication to student services ranging from special
services for the disabled and/or developmentally challenged to minority and
under-served student populations. West offers a child development center
serving the population who is returning to the workforce or enhancing their
market value through job retraining and professional development. Through an
integrated ambassadorship that's growing and an international body of alumni,
West Los Angeles college is represented in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Iran,
Egypt, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China,
Korea, Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Spain and
Canada, as well as every country in central and south America. Each of these
cultures and their unique needs are served through our counselors to support
a multicultural experience.

Veterans have a special place at West. On September 11th, for the 9/11
anniversary, West opened a Veteran Support Center to bring job placement,
temporary, transitional and permanent veteran housing services, PTSD and
special needs support all to its veteran student population. According to
Paul Hanley, President of Serene Haven, a division of NCVRI, "This is just
the beginning of joint efforts to improve student well-being at the campus."
The Senev Family Trust funds this center through a grant. (see photo

)

In addition to a full range of academics and finely tuned career preparation
programs taught by a staff of hundreds of dedicated faculty, West Los Angeles
College has instructional programming initiatives such as a four (4) course
sequence in Creativity&Innovation

, where divergent thinking, multi-layered idea generation and a collaborative
organizational climate manages the creativity and innovation processes by
guiding a company/person/team/product through the unknown to acclaim-bringing
innovation from the idea to market. Everyone is creative and has the ability
to cultivate and enhance this essential leadership skill.

A five (5) degree program in Global&Area Studies

-Today's economic and political world is driven by forces from Asia, Africa,
Latin America, the Middle East and Europe; one can't exclude any region.
Cultures old and new are changing in startling new ways stressing
socio-economic systems through population growth, healthcare, growing elderly
population, food distribution, access to education and security in an
ecologically fragile world. West Los Angeles College delivers in-depth
knowledge, a DNA, molecular level knowledge of socio-economic systems and the
language of intercultural communications that enhances the student's business
skills; West's programs prepare students for careers with an international
outlook.

Allied Health

-West prepares students for a wide array of in-demand health care professions
such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Emergency Medical
Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting, and Paramedic. (see
Picture

)

BS in Dental Hygiene

-Beginning in fall 2016 West will upgrade its current Associate in Dental
Hygiene to a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program. According to
Carmen Dones, professor of Dental Hygiene, "This exciting development
enhances the professional status of dental hygienists and enables graduates
to move to the master's degree level."

Aviation Technology

-West offers a nationally leading Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)
program that feeds Los Angeles County-one of the busiest air traffic areas in
the country. West AMTs can be found at every major aviation hub of the world.
There is a continuing need for highly skilled aviation maintenance
technicians as air travel and shipping continues to expand. Advanced
technology has become even more mission critical. All instructional labs are
outfitted with the most up-to-date equipment, engines, structures, and tools.
(see picture

) AMT prepares students to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration's
(FAA) Airframe and Power Plant certification exams. With the option to
finish FAA Private Pilot Ground School and Flight Training through USAF Aero
Club, West delivers the most cost effective private pilot program in the
nation. AMT is further enhanced by continuing faculty initiatives such as a
curriculum in conjunction with computer science in unmanned aerial systems to
support the emerging demand for qualified operators in the entertainment,
logistics and national defense industries.

Computer Science

-West's computer science faculty continue to create curriculum that reflects
the dynamic nature of the technology sector in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
and the Silicon Beach. From programs in VMware/cloud computing systems,
Cisco networking, Microsoft networking, Oracle, CompTIA security/A+, to
android and mobile applications development, Apple system administration, and
web design and content management, the computer science faculty are
empowering students with the skill sets they need for beginning careers or
career progression. Students not only earn industry-verified stackable
certificates, they are prepared to take and pass industry certification
examinations. Students frequently are able to obtain employment as they
complete sequences of courses and often start full-time employment even
before completing all required certificate and degree requirements.

Film Production

-A unique partnership between West, Hollywood Cinema Production Resources (a
non-profit), and the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees,
Moving Pictures, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its
Territories and Canada (IASTE) provides industry-specific training in the
marketable trade skills expected of an entry-level person in the art, crafts
and technicians departments of film and television. This training provides
qualified students a unique opportunity to learn these specialized craft and
trade skills from the industry professionals who are masters in their trade.
Through industry partnerships and funded by the Senev Family Trust, students
have the opportunity to actively participate in actual production of
television programing, documentaries and full-length feature films, at every
step of the lifecycle; script development, budget development, production
scheduling, talent acquisition, product placement, print and advertising,
investor relations, to distribution, all through West's baby-studio of sorts
supported by entertainment industry giants. (see picture

)

Fostering curiosity and discipline, West's approach to Science Technology
Engineering and Math (STEM)

- is to educate the upcoming inventors, developers, and scientists through
full immersion creating a diverse workforce able to meet tomorrow's
scientific and technical needs. This opens doors of opportunity in
biotechnology, geology, engineering, computer science, aviation, and emerging
fields such as unmanned aerial technologies and high-end mobile app
development. Stretching back into high schools, linking with world class
research organizations such as JPL and CalTech, STEM students from West are
prepared for professions that hold great promise for new discoveries, new
technologies, and new ways of thinking about our future.

There is also a great support for the artist in each of us, but art today
extends beyond the traditional and integrates technology. The Creative Center
at West

offers a unique combination of courses focusing on developing and marketing
of creative people and ideas, a one-of-a-kind learning experience for the
busy person looking to grow and develop their creative talents. West offers
programs in Performing Arts, Film and Television, Advertising and Marketing,
Interactive Content, Writing and Publishing in Print and New Media, and
Design and Visual Arts, all supporting the main industry focuses of West.

The Global Institute for Entrepreneurship (GIE) is the capstone program that
can be overlaid over each of the industry programs teaching the principles,
tactical skills, strategic planning, risk mitigation and survival for
entrepreneurship. According to Barry Sloan, associate dean, "GIE adds
tremendous value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Los Angeles." Currently
a $5,000.00 scholarship per student is provided through a public/private
partnership with the Senev Family Trust, enabling registrants to gain an MBA
like business experience for a total tuition of $1,500.00. Dr. Sam Senev is
actively involved with the GIE program. (see picture

) "Innovation and entrepreneurship are the basic skills for the 21st century,"
said Dr. Patricia Ciliberti, Executive Director of GIE.

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