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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1988
To Henry Weinstein's excellent article about vocational schools can be added the sad history of the decline of an entire profession. Respiratory therapy, like nursing, requires graduation from a two- or four-year college program. Unfortunately, most persons employed in respiratory therapy in California are not registered respiratory therapists, but are instead respiratory therapy technicians, products of the plethora of vocational schools that abound here. These technicians, whose original function was to assist the therapists, have traditionally been of such uneven quality that many hospitals would stipulate "No one-year vocational grads" when hiring.
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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 Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems.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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BUSINESS
December 16, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Computer Learning Centers Inc., a chain of 25 vocational schools, was ordered to give back $187 million to the U.S. Education Department for illegally paying commissions to admissions officers. The company had just $2.4 million in cash on Oct. 31. The sanction was one of the largest ever imposed by the Education Department, spokeswoman Jane Glickman said. The money was originally paid by the federal government to the school and its students in loans and other financial aid.
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.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1991 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Concorde Career Institute in North Hollywood, enrollment for its yearlong medical and dental training programs has more than doubled from a year ago. That's partly because the school recently began offering new courses for surgical technicians and vocational nurses. But mostly, the increase to 450 students from 220 at this time last year is an effect of the recession, said Robert Gray, Concorde's director of admissions.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2012 | By David Pierson
BEIJING -- Underage interns working at a plant operated by electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group returned to their vocational schools in the eastern Chinese city of Yantai on Wednesday, the official New China News Agency reported. Foxconn on Tuesday admitted to employing interns as young as 14 at a factory in the city. China's minimum working age is 16. It's unclear how many workers were underage. "Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks," Foxconn said in a prepared statement.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
Foxconn Technology Group is denying reports in the Chinese media that it forced vocational students to work at factories that make iPhones for Apple Inc. The controversy targeting Apple's manufacturing partner in China comes as Apple is expected to unveil the latest iPhone on Wednesday. Foxconn, which in recent months has come under heavy scrutiny in connection with working conditions in its factories, has acknowledged that it uses students on assembly lines but says they are not required to work there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
In a class catalog, it probably would be listed as "College Promotion 101. " That's what it looks like along U.S. 101 in the western San Fernando Valley, where a proliferation of large directional signs point the way to local colleges and vocational schools. In all, school operators have managed to get 36 of the green signs placed along a seven-mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway in Tarzana and Woodland Hills. It's the largest cluster of college directional signs in the Los Angeles area.
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
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.
OPINION
September 27, 2008
California has a reputation as a haven for diploma mills, for-profit trade schools that charge thousands of dollars for questionable training that doesn't bring students the prosperous careers as chefs, beauticians and lab techs they had expected. The state's regulation of these schools was never strong, but since a compact governing them lapsed this year, public oversight has virtually disappeared.
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