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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems. The school, opened in 1988, provides training in medical fields to about 800 students at campuses in South Gate, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems. The school, opened in 1988, provides training in medical fields to about 800 students at campuses in South Gate, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1991
An unexplained fire at a West Covina vocational school early Thursday partially destroyed a building used for classrooms and damaged medical and office equipment, a school administrator said. The school, Northwest College, offers training in health-related fields. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the 2100 block of West Garvey Avenue at about 1 a.m. after receiving a phone call from a man who lives in a house behind the building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Single-engine Cessnas and a former Coast Guard HH-52 helicopter will continue to line one of the most unique classrooms within the Los Angeles Unified School District, thanks to a $100,000 donation announced Monday. The North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center had been facing closure or relocation after 40 years at Van Nuys Airport because of budget cuts and a rent increase. In recent weeks, the vocational school - which has produced thousands of mechanics - gained some high-powered backers, including L.A. Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1998
A vocational school seeking to forge ties with business and industry leaders hosted a breakfast Thursday at the campus in an attempt to secure jobs for its students upon graduation. The Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center hosted "Fresh Start Workplace Partnership," which is designed to encourage business and industry to make an employment commitment to the school and the Watts community.
NEWS
December 13, 2000 | Associated Press
Thirty women and teenage girls clashed with security guards, police and each other in a riot at a vocational school dormitory. Four Keystone Job Corps Center students were arrested on charges that included disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Several officers were injured in the melee that started after two girls argued with each other, police said. The center, operated by a private company for the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
A homeowners group and a vocational school are nearing a compromise that could diffuse what was expected to be a tooth-and-nail battle over the school's bid to continue doing business in Encino. Pacific Coast College, which opened in 1992, requires an exception to the Ventura Boulevard Specific Plan because it is operating in an area reserved for retail and pedestrian-oriented uses.
NEWS
June 17, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
In July, 1980, New Jersey businessman Albert A. Terranova, who was in the midst of two years of probation for illegally obtaining federal job training funds, purchased a bankrupt vocational school in Brooklyn and renamed it Adelphi Institute. Terranova's criminal record was not discovered by New York officials, and he quickly obtained a license. The school had a meteoric rise.
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
When the commercial for the beauty school interrupted the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Nancy Konczal listened carefully: It was the stuff dreams are made of. A waitress and mother of two, Konczal had wanted for years to become a hair stylist. The commercial for D'Or Beauty College promised professional training leading to a good-paying job. Classes could be financed with a government-backed loan. Enrollees would receive a "diamond" pendant just for signing up.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1988 | ERIC SCHINE, Times Staff Writer
John J. McNaughton, chairman of National Education Corp., the country's largest and most diversified network of vocational schools and training programs, said Tuesday that he will retire from the company he founded 34 years ago. At Irvine-based NEC, McNaughton successfully tapped the mushrooming national demand for home study and vocational schools. McNaughton, who recently turned 65, said he is stepping down as of Thursday to comply with his company's mandatory retirement rules.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If you're under 21 and studying viticulture or winemaking, by law, you're not allowed to sample the wines you're learning to make. A proposed bill in Washington state aims to change that. According to reporter Tim Haeck at MYNorthwest.com , representative Larry Haler “has introduced introduced a measure, HB 1549, to allow students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are enrolled in a wine-making or a similar program at a college or vocational school, to sip the wine they're studying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti on Friday called for measures to keep a highly regarded aviation mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport from shutting down or being moved to smaller facilities elsewhere. Garcetti said he will request at the Jan. 4 council meeting that Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of Van Nuys, and the Los Angeles Unified School District explore ways to ensure the continued operation of the vocational school, which has produced thousands of mechanics during its 40-year history.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
YANTAI, China - The five schoolboys weren't of legal age to work on an assembly line. But when their vocational school sent them to a Foxconn manufacturing plant last month as part of an internship program, they were soon piecing together Sony PlayStations 12 hours a day. One boy said he worked an overnight shift that started at 7:30 p.m. looking for imperfections on finished gaming consoles. Another struggled to stand after spending hours screwing together thousands of devices. The intern assigned to lug plastic cases for the product bore red welts on his neck from hoisting heavy loads onto his thin shoulders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2012 | By Maria L. LaGanga, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND — The former nursing student charged with seven counts of murder after a shooting rampage at a vocational school in Oakland pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon. One L. Goh, a 43-year-old South Korean national, had also been charged with three counts of attempted murder in the rampage at Oikos University nearly a month ago. Shackled to a chair in the jury box of Department 11 and clad in a red jail uniform, Goh appeared thinner than the day he was arrested in the killings of six students and a school employee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND — The suspect in a killing rampage at a small Christian vocational school admitted to police that he took a .45-caliber handgun and four fully loaded magazines of ammunition to the campus, kidnapped one woman and shot several people before fleeing in a victim's car, according to court documents released Wednesday. One L. Goh, a 43-year-old South Korean national, was charged with seven counts of murder — all with special circumstances — and three counts of attempted murder.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The parking lot behind Hollywood landmark restaurant Musso & Frank Grill was purchased by a Los Angeles developer who intends to build a mixed-use complex on the site. Champion Real Estate Co. bought the paved 1.1-acre site behind the Hollywood Boulevard restaurant and between Cherokee and Las Palmas avenues from Common Fund. The price was not disclosed, but Hollywood real estate experts familiar with the property valued it at nearly $10 million. Last year, Champion paid $20 million for a 2.76-acre property at the northeast corner of Highland and Selma avenues, which it also intends to develop.
NEWS
September 10, 2002 | PAULINE M. MILLARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Amanda Wilson says that a lot of people tried to talk her out of enrolling in a vocational school two years ago. At her old high school in Hamilton, Ohio, she earned a 4.0 grade-point average. She was told that a bright student such as herself should stay on the academic course--and continue to excel. "Everyone said to me, 'Why are you going to do that? You're doing so well here,' " she says. "But I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field, and I wanted to get a head start."
BUSINESS
September 12, 2003 | Ronald D. White and Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Times Staff Writers
It was a somber graduation day at Computer Career Connection on Thursday. Rather than celebrating, staff and students at the West Covina vocational school fretted over a state bill to slash workers' compensation costs. The bill, which is expected to pass both chambers of the Legislature and be signed by Gov. Gray Davis today, proposes to save $1.2 billion in workers' comp costs by repealing a program that gives injured workers up to $16,000 each for counseling, retraining and living expenses.
OPINION
July 15, 2011 | By Michael Morris
My mother married my father, a violent and abusive man, when she was 17 — a week after she graduated from high school. We fled from him when I was 5, showing up at my grandparents' house during a thunderstorm. The memory of that night comes to me in flashes. I remember feeling scared and confused. We stood in their living room right by the front door, and I didn't realize that I was trembling until my grandmother wrapped her steady arms around me. In the months that followed, while my mother went to vocational school to learn a trade to support us, my grandparents stepped up to the plate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
A sweet ending for a one-of-a-kind cake museum was assured Friday when bakery students from a San Fernando Valley vocational school rescued more than a hundred colorfully decorated cakes from a trip to the dumpster. The elaborately designed wedding and birthday cakes — actually, frosting-covered Styrofoam — were kept in glass display cases by cake-decorating expert Frances Kuyper. She operated her museum in Pasadena before moving to a Boyle Heights retirement home. For a dozen years, operators of Hollenbeck Palms allowed Kuyper to maintain a mini museum in a small basement room.
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