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Foundation for Success!. Welcome! Bienvenidos!. Presenters: Maryanne Galindo Joe Guerrieri Allison Tom-Miura. Think BACK…. TO YOUR 1 ST DAY IN COLLEGE (answer these questions as if you’re a student!). It’s my 1 st day of college and I am…. Excited by the possibilities

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Foundationfor Success!




Maryanne Galindo

Joe Guerrieri

Allison Tom-Miura

Think BACK….TO YOUR 1ST DAY IN COLLEGE(answer these questions as if you’re a student!)

It’s my 1st day of college and I am…

  • Excited by the possibilities

  • Nervous about what to expect

  • Unsure if I can “do” college

  • Feeling lost & alone in a big machine

  • Annoyed by the misinformation from different offices


This is my first time in college.

  • Yes

  • No


I am the first person in my family to go to college.

  • Yes

  • No


Someone in my family went to college before me but he/she DIDN’T tell me how to play the game.

  • True

  • False

  • Not applicable

I’m not good at Math.

  • True

  • False

I’m not good in English.

  • True

  • False

When I went to college, I had an “orientation” for...

  • 1-hour

  • 3-days

  • 1-week

  • N/A (None)

If you did have an orientation, did it actually help you succeed in your classes?

  • Yes

  • No

  • N/A

My primary role on my campus is…

  • Faculty

  • Administrator

  • Counselor

  • Community Partner

  • Student


  • 17,500 students per semester ~30,000+ per year

  • Urban Setting – Downtown and South Los Angeles Communities

  • Ranked #1 on the Educational Needs Index

  • Low rates of student progression and completion over a period of ten years

  • No/Low Academic History - Adults:

    • 55.2% Do Not Have HS diploma or GED; 35.0% have less than a 9th grade education

  • No/Low College Going Culture – 18 – 24 yr olds:

    • Only 35% enrolled in post-secondary education

400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 

What Led Us Here….

  • Poor performance on student success measures

  • Data on LATTC Student Success

    • LATTC Ranked Lowest in ARCC 2010 Report especially in Credit Basic Skills:

      • Successful Student Completion Rate,

      • Improvement Rate for Credit Basic Skills and Credit ESL Courses

  • Matriculation Coordination – Needed a better portal for orientation and assessment

Our Response…..Trade Bridge Academy (TBA)

The Trade Bridge Academy (TBA) is a college-wide initiative that incorporates student support and instructional strategies to improve overall student success

TBA is a commitment to continuously re-engineering and improving policies, procedures, and practices that are most critical for ensuring ALL Trade-Tech students complete their educational goals with expedience and excellence.

Basic Skills 75CE: Introduction to College

  • Support first-time students in learning how develop a college support network.

  • Facilitate students in identifying career interests and making informed choices about training and education pathways so they can discuss them with counselors/depts.

  • Inform students of math and English options such as taking math/English refresher courses, challenge exams, preparing for and taking the placement exam, that can lessen the time it takes for them to successfully complete math/English certificate and degree requirements

Part 2: The Experience

Part 3: The Next Level

What happens AFTER Orientation?

  • Students use TABE Locator “pre-placement” test to get an idea of their strengths and non-strengths.

  • Students use their results to inform which classes are best for them given the context of their skills and goals; options include:

    • Free, short, intensive refresher Math and English classes (Basic Skills 2CE, 23CE and 35CE)

    • New classes start every 5-weeks

    • Learning Skills

Program Goals & Design Principles

  • Utilize their TABE locator test scores to develop their personal strategy for strengthening their English and math basic skills

  • Explain options and consequences so students can make informed choices for themselves

  • Provide readily available and accessible opportunities for students to refresh their basic skills throughout a semester

  • Create and nurture a college-going culture by exposing students to their post-secondary opportunities while setting high expectations and academic standards

Our Pedagogy and Shared Philosophy

  • College is for everyone

  • Build upon students’ existing knowledge, skills and assets

  • All students will benefit from having a gauge of their academic readiness without penalty

  • All students will benefit from academic preparation before they take the Placement test

  • Set students up for success by focusing on relationship-building and helping them navigate our systems

  • Sharing of personal stories helps students connect with others in creating a support system for their college journey

Student Success


  • First Semester & Year Success and Persistence – Introduction to Post Secondary Education Course

    • Successfully completing a course ( 6%)

    • Successfully completing 6 units ( 25%)

    • Persistence from first to second term ( 10%)

    • Successfully completing a math and/or English class ( 10%)

Student Success


  • First Semester & Year Success and Persistence – Math/English Refresher Course(s)

    • Successfully completing 6 units ( 17%)

    • Persistence from first to second term ( 13%)

    • Successfully completing a math and/or English class ( 11%)

    • Successfully completing a math and/or English class and 6 units in first year ( 12%)

Q & A

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