Open house focuses on workforce and transfer

By Cristal Gomez

The Business Administration Department Open House will focus on then California Strong Workforce and panels on transfer experiences from previous students and professionals within fields of business.

The Second Annual Business Administration Department Open House will be on April 26 at F5 201 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the open house there will be a discussion about  The California Strong Workforce, a program  which helps individuals obtain a job with good pay, through two panels.

One panel will have professional attorneys, enrolled agents and entrepreneurs; the second panel will have recent alumni from East Los Angeles College as they explain their transfer experience and showing how the courses relate to their workforce.

Each panel will range from 35 to 40 minutes. After the panel, the students will have a chance to network with faculty, alumni and panelist.

Professor Filemon Samson III said there would be a new Associates in Science in Business for Transfer and Associates in Science in Law Public Policy in Society Degree for Transfer.

These two degrees will guarantee the student admittance to one California State University.

These degrees were put together by professor Laura E. Ramirez. A majority of the courses will be available during Fall 2018 and will be released throughout the next academic school year.

“Part of the units to get toward that degree will be doing an internship that is on campus, working with actual law firms giving legal services to the community and students,” Samson said

One of the alumni from ELAC that will be on the panel is Christopher Chi, who is a former student of Professor Jeniffer Alvarado. Chi attended ELAC to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant  Exam. He had begun last year and is now halfway done with the exams. Last year he attended the first Business Administration Department Open House.

“This is a great way to show students how helpful the coursework is towards getting a career,” Alvarado said.

The Doing What Matters website said the California Strong Workforce is to create opportunities and lift low-wage workers into a living wage job. This program added a yearly investment of $200 million toward Career Technical Education in 114 colleges in California. The California Strong Workforce programs will have students shadowing professionals in the field, obtaining internships or externships, giving the students hands-on experience that can be used for the future.

“We are creating these programs to help students get into the workforce faster and have a living wage,” Alvarado said.

The first 200 students who attend the Open House will receive free lunch. At the end of the event, there will be giveaways of Starbucks Coffee and McDonald’s gift certificates.

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