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Fall 2018 Volume 10 • Issue 1


Career Opportunities Choose Your Pathway to Success!

LMC partners with local nonprofits road maps to college and careers

Prepare for Your Future Career through Transfer

Be A First Responder!

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Choose from a variety of career paths or major programs.

• Small Classes Know your instructors & get personal attention.

• Transfer Path Transfer to a four-year university from LMC.

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• Excellent Teachers Study with faculty who care about teaching & student learning.

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• Diversity We provide opportunities for success in a diverse and engaging learning environment.

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Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board: John E. Márquez, Ward I Vicki Gordon, Ward II Vacant, Ward III Gary Walker-Roberts, Ward IV Greg Enholm, Ward V Jessica Cisneros, Student Trustee


Behind the Badge


Los Medanos College Fire Academy

Exciting career as a peace officer

Chancellor: Fred E. Wood, Ph.D. CareerFocus is published annually by Los Medanos College, 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565 All rights reserved. No part of the material printed may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without the permission of the publisher. This magazine received $26,615 from Carl D. Perkins funds. Additional support was provided by the Student Success and Support Program (3SP), the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) and the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). It is the policy of the Contra Costa Community College District and Los Medanos College to provide an educational and employment environment in which no person shall be unlawfully subject to discrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, marital status or physical or mental disability or based on association with a person or group with one of more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Unlawful harassment, discrimination or denial of access of any employee/ student with regard to ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability is strictly prohibited. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the College’s education programs. Inquiries regarding compliance and/ or grievance procedures and requests for the elevation and addition of sports may be directed to the Los Medanos College Title IX Officer and Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Gail Newman, Senior Dean, Student Services, gnewman@ losmedanos.edu, (925) 473-7421.


A Road Map to College – and on to Careers


Spotlight on 21st Century Employability Skills


Prepare for Your Future Career through Transfer

10 Liberal Arts? Yes! 11 Engineer Your Career at LMC!


12 Los Medanos College A-Z List


Learning Communities at LMC Create Opportunities for Collaborative Learning & Support


Energize Your Destiny


LMC Internship Success

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A Road Map to College – and on to Careers

By Cynthia Dial and Whitney Flores

Los Medanos College and Opportunity Junction, a nonprofit organization in East Contra Costa County, are working together to guide young adults to college and then on to careers that will sustain them into the future.

The partnership between Los Medanos College and Opportunity Junction is focused on increasing academic and career success for students who demonstrate a need for extra help. This is achieved on a number of fronts: making resources accessible to those who need them most; sharing realtime student data; establishing relationships among students, College personnel, and nonprofit staff; utilizing the knowledge and expertise of both organizations; and ensuring job placement for students after completing a Career Technical Education (CTE) certificate program at LMC. With a focus on those who have been involved in foster care, “Road Map to College” serves low-income young adults between the ages of 18-24. For some

youth, particularly those without family support, the idea of setting educational and career goals or navigating the community college system seems almost impossible. Opportunity Junction’s two college and career counselors – both of whom can speak to the benefits of attending Contra Costa Community College District – give students the support, information, and guidance they need. “Road Map to College” has helped students like Montanae, a foster youth who came to Opportunity Junction a week before turning 18. She was grappling with big questions: Where would she live? What kind of career could she have with a high school diploma? Could she dream of more? She knew she wanted to work

with children, but had no idea how to get there. Whitney, her Opportunity Junction college and career counselor, began working with her one step at a time. She helped Montanae develop a vision of how a CTE program could help her get on her feet relatively quickly – and helped her navigate not only the college system, but life itself. As a foster youth, Montanae is lacking basic right to work documents – such as her birth certificate and social security card – so she and Whitney have spent countless hours obtaining those items, while also tackling academics. Montanae has loved her classes, enjoys being a student, and attributes much of her success thus far to her relationship with Opportunity Junction. “If I hadn’t learned of


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Opportunity Junction, I probably wouldn’t even be in college. Whitney gives really good advice. She listens to my concerns and helps me work through them,” says Montanae. She has had ups and downs, of course, but Montanae is moving forward with Whitney’s steady support. Now in its fourth year, “Road Map to College” continues to evolve, striving to make the greatest impact on students. The LMCOpportunity Junction partnership is deepening with each successful step, and both organizations are eager to help other partnerships replicate their success.

To find out more, contact Whitney or Dionne at Opportunity Junction: (925) 776-1133.

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Spotlight on 21st Century

Employability Skills

By Amy Schulz, Rajinder Gill, Dave Wahl

Los Medanos College is bringing New World of Work presenters on campus to provide intensive training, and is inviting local partners – high school and adult education teachers, counselors and career center staff, communitybased organizations, and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County – to join them.

The global economy is in the midst of a massive, transformational shift. Currently, one in three Americans is an independent contractor. These freelancers work as entrepreneurs in the “knowledge economy,” providing services to bigger companies on a temporary basis. It is expected that, by the year 2020, 50% of the workforce will be freelance. There are several reasons for this shift, including: technology that makes it easier to connect with the world; a rapidly changing marketplace that puts new pressure on employers to consider the longterm commitment of a full-time permanent hire; and individual desires for freedom within a worklife balance. While it is apparent the students of today will be the “solopreneurs” of tomorrow, what skills do they need to possess in order to succeed in the changing jobs market? In 2013, as part of the New World of Work initiative, the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office

As more employers move from degree-based hiring to competency-based hiring, 21st Century Skills Badges demonstrate the soft/ employability skills that employers value across all industries. The Mozilla Open Badge EcoSystem supplements traditional academic measurements and allows learners to display badges openly across sites such as LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, and in e-Portfolios.

commissioned Feather River College to conduct a series of Skills Panels that included successful entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, K-12 and college educators, and students. The results of these discussions revealed agreement on the types of skills and traits students should attain to be ready for the new world of work. No matter their career or technical training, the art of work attainment and the flow of the workplace are changing rapidly, and will look vastly different from the

workplaces of prior generations. Gone are the days of the 40year career with a guaranteed pension. The workplace of today and tomorrow is not necessarily a place at all. It is a virtual matrix of collaborators, spread across the globe with varied projects – requiring different skill sets at different times. Tomorrow’s workers will need to be agile, financially savvy, entrepreneurial in their approach to work and how to market themselves to the world, resilient, and comfortable in their own self-understanding.

From the series of Skills Panels, the initiative identified the “Top Ten 21st Century Skills”: self-awareness, social/diversity awareness, resilience, empathy, communication, adaptability, collaboration, digital literacy, entrepreneurial mindset, and analysis/solution mindset. These are not content-based “hard skills,” but rather nuanced “soft skills” learned through a combination of facilitated classroom activities and experiential learning. For the California Community Colleges, the “Top Ten 21st Century Skills” list has been a driving force in curriculum development and pedagogical methodologies to prepare students for the workforce they are entering. To learn more about the “21st Century Skills” and how colleges and K-12 institutions are integrating these skills into educational settings, please visit https://www.newworldofwork.org/.

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Behind the Badge Exciting career as a peace officer

AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice. By Lieutenant Tory Kornblum

– Law Enforcement Code of Ethics Interested in a challenging and exciting career serving your community as a peace officer? The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center Basic Academy (LETC) is a 26-week law enforcement academy. Started in 1946, the LETC is the longest running regional training program in California and has been in partnership with Los Medanos College (LMC) since the College opened in 1974. Over the years, the program was managed by several agencies

and institutions. In 2002, the Office of the Sheriff took over full management of the training center. The recruits accepted into the Basic Academy are either hired by a law enforcement agency or selected as a “nonaffiliated recruit” or student. A non-affiliated recruit is chosen by the academy staff based upon the results of a written test (PELLET-B) and an oral interview. Non-affiliated recruits are responsible for their own tuition and other associated costs. Once accepted into the Basic Academy, recruits are expected to consistently perform at the standards set by the academy staff. Recruits are given four written exams on 42 learning domains, from California laws to ethics and community relations. Minimum passing scores range from 80% to 84%. The academy recruits are required to participate in a rigorous Lifetime Fitness program that pushes them to improve and maintain their physical and mental fitness throughout their law enforcement careers. Recruits


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should enter the academy with a high level of physical fitness. The paradigm of physical fitness training at the LETC is functional and job-relevant. The dominant training modality at the academy is High-Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.). In addition to mental and physical tests, the recruits will be expected to master the technical skills of firearms operation, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle operation. An experienced staff of firearms instructors educates the recruits on manipulation, safety practices, and the firing of handguns and shotguns. Defensive tactics instructors train the recruits in the art of control holds, handcuffing techniques, gun takeaway and retention, electronic weapons, and baton strikes. The instruction is physically demanding and requires the recruits to demonstrate mastery of each technique during a test. At the end of the 26 weeks, provided the standards have been met and all of the required tests passed, the recruit will graduate

with a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Academy Certificate. Through the partnership with LMC, each recruit will also earn 25 transferable college credits. The LETC is considered one of the finest law enforcement training academies in the nation. By employing excellent instructors and placing an emphasis on the success of the recruits, the Basic Academy at the Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Center produces graduates and professionals that are second to none!

Additional information about California Peace Officer employment opportunities and hiring standards is available on the California P.O.S.T. website at www.post.ca.gov. Information about the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center is available at www.cocosheriff.org or at www.losmedanos.edu/rbc.

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Los Medanos College Fire Academy

By Captain Rick Hurtado

Do you enjoy helping people and making a difference? Do you like to solve problems, work as a team, and spend time outdoors? If you enjoy these things, then the firefighting profession is a perfect career for you. The daily work of a firefighter can entail helping people who are suffering a medical emergency, responding to a traffic collision, or tackling a building ablaze or a wildfire. In a state of almost 40 million people, there is always an emergency that requires the expertise of skilled first responders. The Fire Academy program at Los Medanos College (LMC) can take you one step closer to making your first responder dreams a reality. Since 1998, LMC has offered a Firefighter I Academy as part of its Fire Technology certificate and degree programs. The Fire Academy is accredited through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and meets the 2013 Fire Fighter I requirements. The academy, which is conducted in partnership with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, consists of 16 units (408 hours) and is offered once each semester: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The majority of the sessions are held off-campus at the Contra Costa County Fire Training Center in Concord. The Fire Academy offers a number of skills and certifications that may include: • Fire Fighter I • Fire Control 3B – Structural Live-fire Simulators • Auto Extrication • Confined Space Awareness • Basic Wildland Firefighter


• Hazardous Materials – First Responder Operations, Decontamination

Register with Admissions & Records for the next Fire Academy, scheduled for Fall 2018, with prerequisites: Fire 101, Fire 102, Fire 106 or Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), EMT, and EMT National Registry. • Incident Command System 100 and 200 • National Incident Management System 700 • FIRE 170 – Occupational Work Experience in Fire Technology Los Medanos College works closely with surrounding fire agencies to provide work experience training for recent cadet graduates. In doing so, cadets take their experience from the academy and immediately begin applying it in their field of study. They also receive college

credit for their time working in the field through a Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) course. By completing the Fire Academy and gaining work experience, cadets are competitive for the 500+ annual firefighter job openings within a 50-mile radius of LMC. Applicants with Fire Fighter I certificates hold a strong advantage for entrylevel firefighter positions, with salaries that begin in the $50,000 range through median salaries exceeding $80,000 per year.

For further information, contact: Ricky Hurtado, Fire Academy Coordinator, at rhurtado@losmedanos.edu; Mike Grillo, Fire and EMS Department Chair/Professor at mgrillo@losmedanos.edu; or German Sierra, EMS/Fire Assistant Professor, at gsierra@losmedanos.edu.

Jesus Garcia Jesus Garcia is a graduate of the 2017 LMC Fire Academy and has been pursuing a career in the fire service for the past year. He grew interested in joining the firefighting profession because of the team and familyoriented environment it represents. Having the opportunity to give back to the community is another reason why Jesus is pursuing a career as a firefighter. After graduating from the LMC Fire Academy, he was hired as a firefighter with the Cordelia Fire District. Jesus was selected as one of the engine company lieutenants for the LMC Fire Academy and received the “Highest Achiever Award” for academics and skills. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), obtained his Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification, coaches youth soccer, is involved in several community outreach programs, and is fluent speaking and writing in both Spanish and English. Jesus is currently working towards a degree in Fire Technology at Los Medanos College.

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Prepare for Your Future Career through Transfer By Naomi Sheehan and Rachel Anicetti

The cost of a four-year degree and student debt loads have risen relentlessly in the last decade. That’s why so many students choose to attend community college as an affordable alternative to a four-year institution.


But education at a community college doesn’t have to end in a two-year degree. In fact, credit earned at a community college can often be transferred to a fouryear school and counted toward a bachelor’s degree.

Avoid debt Education is an investment worth making, but student loan debts can be a huge burden. On average, a 2015 college graduate is shouldering a whopping $35,000 in debt, according to financial aid website Edvisors. com. Starting at a community college can knock tens of thousands of dollars off the eventual bill for a bachelor’s degree. At Los Medanos College (LMC), the cost of two years (60 credit hours) is $2,760. Compare that to $11,484 for two years at a California State University (CSU)

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campus. And private university costs are higher still. Besides saving money in tuition costs, most LMC students qualify for federal and California state grants, which – unlike loans – do not need to be paid back. For more information on financial aid, such as grants and scholarships, visit www.losmedanos.edu/financialaid.

Experience counts A transfer plan means completing general education requirements at LMC and deciding what major is right for you. Not only will you save money, you will have access to attentive faculty and will benefit from small class sizes and a supportive learning environment. Maybe you have your eye on a degree from a university where your high school GPA or entrance exam scores kept you from admission. By starting at a community college, you

can improve your academic qualifications. Universities consider admissions for transfer students based more on the work they put in to previous college courses than on high school grades. Getting involved in extracurricular activities like student government and clubs can also improve your transfer prospects.

Plan ahead The key to a successful transfer is planning. If you know where you’d like to transfer for a bachelor’s program, start researching what the university and department requires. Los Medanos College has articulation agreements with all

CSUs, University of California (UC) campuses, and most California independent colleges in a range of programs. That means credits earned in your first two years will count toward a degree. What if you don’t already know what you want to do? Taking the basic classes first will ensure that you don’t waste time and money while discovering your interests. The block of general education credits is guaranteed to transfer to California universities. An academic advisor can help you work out a course schedule and stay on track, as well as help you explore program options. We’re here to help! Schedule an appointment at (925) 473-7449, make an appointment online at www.losmedanos.edu/counseling, or drop by the Student Services Center today.

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Learning Communities at LMC Create Opportunities for Collaborative Learning & Support

By Kimberly Stelly and Barbara Cella

Adjusting to college can be stressful. It can be isolating. It can be downright scary! There are, however, opportunities to walk in the door of Los Medanos College (LMC) as part of a learning community – a place to learn, connect, and grow. Student success increases when a student feels a sense of belonging within the campus community. For decades, Los Medanos College has had learning communities that provide participants with a feeling of connectedness, through immersive experiences that enrich their college success and future career potential. Learning communities bring together students in classes, fieldtrips, study sessions, counseling, and beyond. Studies have found that students who get connected and involved early are more successful, completing their educational goals faster than students who don’t. By joining such programs, students are part of a group of fellow students, teachers, and counselors who are there to help the participants succeed. LMC’s learning communities include MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement), Honors, Umoja, Puente, and Transfer Academy. MESA is designed for students headed to transfer as majors in math-based fields. Honors provides its high-achieving members an enhanced academic experience. Umoja is committed to fostering and enriching the educational experience of all students, particularly African American and firstgeneration college students. Puente focuses on success for underrepresented students with English and counseling support. Transfer Academy supports students as they prepare their academic foundation for transferring to a four-year institution.

UMOJA The Umoja Program is a well-established learning community at Los Medanos College. While focusing on African American and first-generation college students, the program seeks to ultimately prepare them for academic, personal, and professional success beyond LMC. Umoja addresses student needs through academic support services and a curriculum that focuses on African American literature and history, as well as contemporary issues facing the African American community.

“Umoja has helped me stay on the right track for transferring and graduating on time with the classes and help that I needed.” Erin White, Umoja participant

“Although I have learned so many things

through the program, what I value the most is that I have learned to take initiative, take responsibility for my downfalls, to not limit my challenges and instead to challenge my limits.”

Leeandra Matthews, Umoja participant and Liberal Arts major, aiming for an advanced degree in public health

“Umoja Scholars value accountability, community, and equity. I've learned that, although we are a diverse group of students in terms of backgrounds, we still share the common goal of achieving academic success and bettering our community.” Donny Lewis, Umoja participant

For more information about LMC’s learning communities and the Umoja program, visit www.losmedanos.edu/learningcommunities.

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“The most important values students take away from being in Umoja are the power of community, knowledge of self, and a sense of belonging in higher education.” Jamila Stewart, Umoja Program Coordinator

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Energize Your Destiny

One life-changing event, women of all ages, and Shell Oil Company

By Tara Sanders

On October 18, 2017, more than 70 people filled the Los Medanos College (LMC) Recital Hall with one mission in mind: transforming the lives of East Contra Costa County women through job training and economic mobility. “Energize Your Destiny,” a Shell Oil Company event, is a partnership between the company’s local refineries, its corporate team, and community colleges. It is designed to share opportunities for job training in the trades and career opportunities for women. This special event has taken place in Louisiana, Texas, and other states, but LMC was the first community college in California to partner with Shell in hosting “Energize Your Destiny.” The day began with women from all over the Bay Area making their way out to LMC’s Pittsburg Campus. Attendees ranged from women looking to return the workforce and youth from various high schools, to women who have never worked outside the home and current college students. The program opened with a warm welcome from LMC President Bob Kratochvil and Jeff Harris, Production and Maintenance Manager with Shell Oil. The uplifting and – as one participant put it – “motivating” moments really started hitting home when


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and emphasized how showing up on time, asking for help, and working on problems as a team were takeaways and a valuable investment in her future.

Shell Martinez refinery employees discuss the workplace from a woman’s perspective. L-R- Myra Waldhaus, Instrumentation Intern and current LMC student; Nicole Sibley, Reliability Operator; Nicole Pitts, Analyzer Technician and LMC Alumni; Elizabeth McPherson, Machinist

keynote speaker Nicola Maher, General Manager of the CRI Catalyst Plant, and a panel of Shell Martinez Refinery women employees began to tell their stories. The speakers demystified trades work, emphasizing safety, camaraderie, and teamwork. Younger attendees lit up as they listened and learned about the possibility of going to school locally and staying close to home. Other participants

took comfort in hearing about work-life balance, benefits, and parental leave. Nicole Pitts, an LMC alumna from the Electrical & Instrumentation Technology (ETEC) program, stressed the importance of having a commitment to academic studies, and how hard work can pay off with a career and company that many employees stay with for life. Mayra Waldhaus, a current ETEC student, recently completed a summer internship at the Shell Oil Martinez refinery

While Shell employees shared their stories and encouraged participants to explore trades careers, such as Welding and Process Technology (PTEC), participants asked questions about the hiring process and educational requirements. During lunch, community colleges throughout the Bay Area participated in a resource fair by sharing information on their training programs and encouraging attendees to enroll. The day concluded with a prize giveaway, words of encouragement, and – in the words of one inspired attendee – “a renewed hope we can really do this.” This partnership is one of many that Shell Oil Company has with Los Medanos College. For more information on careers at Shell, please visit www.shell.com/careers

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LMC Internship Success First-hand work experience is one of the key ways to gain access to the professional world and prepare for career employment. At Los Medanos College (LMC), the Workforce and Economic Development Program works with local employers to develop paid internships, supporting students’ continuous professional development. In addition to exposing students to the ever-evolving world of work, the College also supports instructors’ professional development through externships in industry. Staying up to date on the skills required for the workplace is one way instructors continue to enhance classroom instruction and support students’ advancement in a competitive economy. Student internships and instructor externships are hands-on work-based-learning experiences that promote long-term learning and success.

Shell Oil Co Welding Externship – Dann Gesink LMC Welding Instructor Dann Gesink completed a week-long externship at the Shell Oil Martinez Refinery. Externships support instructors’ continuous learning through training at companies that employ LMC graduates. Through a safety training, security clearances, projects, and working one-on-one with Shell’s staff, Dann is now able to bring another experience into classroom instruction. This externship was developed through Earn & Learn East Bay www.earnlearneastbay.org

LMC Marketing Department Graphic Design Internship – Gabriella Santos Gabriella Santos, a Graphic Communications major, successfully completed a spring semester internship with the Los Medanos College Marketing department. She was involved with designing and collaborating on institutional and departmental marketing initiatives, including the “Respect Campaign,” which was featured in various locations, both in print and online. Gabriella learned technical and communication skills that will prepare her for a career in the graphic communications field. “My internship experience opened up a world of opportunities. I gained so much experience from the process and my mentors guided me towards a path of success. The internship definitely pushed me ahead of the game after I transferred to Sacramento State. I was more confident in my skill and prepared for the challenges ahead.” - Gabriella Santos

Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce Business Internship – Doyle Mohammad Doyle Mohammad, Business student and Antioch resident, completed a paid summer internship working with the Pittsburg business community through the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. In reflecting on his experience, Doyle said, “My time with the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce was exponential for my personal growth. With the help of the Chamber staff, as well as all of the businesses and organizations that interacted with the Chamber, I obtained many values, and a great sense of professionalism. Opportunity is everywhere, you just have to be willing to go out for it and look.” Internships connect students to the workplace through meaningful experiences and hands-on learning. www.losmedanos.edu/workdev/intern.asp

Contra Costa Community College District Marketing and Social Media Internships – Veronica Hanel and Lorenzo Morotti The Contra Costa Community College District’s Communication and Community Relations department hired Journalism student Lorenzo Morotti and Graphic Communications student Veronica Hanel for paid summer internships focusing on Social Media and Marketing. They spent eight weeks enhancing the District’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. This ongoing internship allows aspiring professionals from varying majors to gain a first-hand understanding of the energy that goes into Public Relations. “Everyone at the District Office was incredibly supportive of my professional goals, and provided me a wide pool of knowledge from which to draw. I had the opportunity to explore all the facets of their communications office, from developing marketing strategies and best practices, to learning professional life skills like email formatting! The internship gave me the experience, confidence, and support I needed to continue my vocational journey.” - Veronica Hanel

Earn & Learn East Bay is a funneled point of contact for employers to work with the region’s schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Participating employers offer internships, workplace tours, guest speakers, and other activities. Employers can now come to one place to be connected with schools in the region.

These internship experiences, along with many more just like them, are made possible each year with the support and coordination of the East Bay’s premier work-based learning platform, Earn & Learn East Bay (ELEB). Earn & Learn organizes work-based learning experiences that are easy and meaningful for employers and transformational for youth.  These experiences connect students and young adults to activities at the school and in the workplace. Learn more about the ways in which you can support Earn & Learn East Bay and the students it serves this year by visiting www.earnlearneastbay.org.

Erin Brooks, Marketing and Communication Coordinator for the Contra Costa Community College District and Marketing and Social Media and internship supervisor feels “Internships are so important for students on their educational journey. It’s

essential to supplement classroom learning with real world, applicable experience that can provide students an honest look into the career field they are interested in pursuing. Whether students are earning a certificate, an associate’s degree or looking to transfer, participating in an internship provides all students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and course credit while developing professionalism.”

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Liberal Arts? Yes! By Nancy Ybarra

Are Liberal Arts degrees a dead end for graduates seeking to enter the job market? With all the current emphasis on STEM fields, one might be tempted to think so. But think again. There is mounting evidence that the 21st century workforce will need more than science, technology, engineering, and math to flourish. The skills, dispositions, and abilities of those who study literature, philosophy, music, and other traditional Liberal Arts are the very traits that employers are looking for – and too often failing to find. A 2013 national survey of business and nonprofit leaders conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities found that:


of employers preferentially hire college graduates who can innovate in the workforce


say that an ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than one’s undergraduate major;


value the ability to demonstrate ethical judgment, intercultural skills, and the capacity for new learning These uniquely human traits are the explicitly stated outcomes of a Liberal Arts education. Add to these foundational skills a strategic subset of technical skills – such as digital literacy, marketing, sales, and social media savvy – and you have a winning combination, according to studies by Burning Glass Technologies, a company that analyzes job market data for the government, higher education institutions, and corporations. Their analysis of “big data” indicates that there is a high demand for Liberal Arts majors who: demonstrate solid skills in writing, research, and creativity; and possess some subset of technical skills that can be learned with a few courses or short-term internships. And businesses are willing to invest in them at substantially higher entry-level salaries. Innovation and automation are indisputable characteristics of the 21st century workforce. Those individuals – who can do what computers, for all their formidable algorithmic power cannot – are well poised to command the future. George Anders, author of You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education (2017) advances the case that the future economy will require individuals who can think creatively, present persuasively, perceive patterns, and synthesize vast amounts of data to draw meaningful conclusions, and then apply all of these abilities in real-life situations. Understanding culture, context, and the ways in which people connect and behave is essential to harnessing the transformative power of new technologies. Certainly science, technology, and engineering are woven deeply into the fabric of our future society. But graduates in these fields will need to form lasting partnerships with those who study the Liberal Arts. It is not a question of STEM or Liberal Arts; it is a question of how to skillfully blend both to build a humane, just, and equitable society that honors what makes us uniquely human.

Let’s encourage those who would seek to study the humanities and the behavioral and social sciences. Let’s support them as if our future depends on it. It does.


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Engineer Your Career at LMC! Have you ever used a computer, a car, or a mobile phone? Do you like to listen to music, bake, or watch TV? Have you ever ridden a bicycle or been on an airplane? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you have interacted with engineering systems. Engineering is the creative application of mathematics and science to design, build, and maintain structures, with the intent to improve quality of life. Then, the question is: do you enjoy making stuff and learning how things work? Are you are creative and want to make things work better? If so, you may want to consider an engineering degree.

By Francesca Briggs

NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team display their coring device for loose regolith in microgravity.

Engineering jobs are some of the most in-demand and well-paid across the nation. The profession includes a variety of applications – from buildings and aerospace structures, to medical devices and sporting goods – while providing an opportunity for travel, as well as working on exciting and fulfilling projects. At Los Medanos College (LMC), you have the opportunity to complete the first two years of many typical engineering degrees and launch a career as an

engineer. The LMC Engineering program offers a solid foundation for upper division studies in most engineering fields, including mechanical, civil, electrical, aerospace, industrial, and many other engineering disciplines. LMC’s Associate of Science in Engineering degree features the same general education, math, and science courses required by universities. Students in the program full-time can expect to complete their coursework in two years, if no Calculus, Chemistry, and English courses are required.

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As an LMC engineering student, learning goes far behind class time. You are tasked with practical design projects, which involve: designing and building components; testing materials; working on technical reports and presentations; and effectively preparing for the working engineering world. In addition, you are encouraged to be creative, detail-oriented, and adept at performing as part of a team – as well as working on extra-curricular programs, such as NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) challenge. The Micro‑g NExT program tasks undergraduate students from community colleges and four-year institutions to propose, design, and build a spacewalk device that could be used by NASA astronauts in the future. Having the opportunity to participate has been a lifechanging experience for LMC’s students, and transformative for academic programs at the College. In 2011, LMC sent a team of four students to Houston to test the precision and accuracy of an electromagnetic launcher in various gravitational environments. The photos and stories they brought back from that experience were inspirational and served as great motivation for the next cohorts of future engineers and scientists attending the College.

The legacy of this 2011 group took on a new form, when another group of LMC students traveled to Houston in 2016 to test their coring device for loose regolith in microgravity. This group’s project was a smashing success, and their work was highlighted as the keynote presentation at LMC’s annual STEM Student Research Symposium.

Engineering jobs are some of the most in-demand and well-paid across the nation. When compared to the same courses at many four-year institutions, Los Medanos College offers smaller engineering class sizes, personal attention from instructors and advisors, and lower tuition. Every student receives expert advice and is encouraged and supported to reach his/her full potential. If a career in this field appeals to you, consider joining the Engineering program at Los Medanos College – you could become the next great engineer!

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American Sign Language College Skills Certificate in American Sign Language

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Facilitate communication between hearing and hearing-impaired persons through: interpretation into a signed language; or transliteration of a language into a visual and/ or phonemic code by an oral interpreter, a signed language interpreter, or cued speech interpreter. Interpreter and Translator: $14.47-$39.42

Anthropology Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer

LMC Degrees & Certificates

Gives you

College Skills Certificate

The skills you need to get an entry-level job or for additional specialization

Certificate of Achievement

Expanded certificate with additional knowledge and skills to help you move up

Associate of Arts/Science Degree

The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year institution

Associate of Arts/ Science Degree for Transfer

The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year institution

Job titles and compensation are obtained from O*NET OnLine, a resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and reflect workforce data from within California.

Accounting Certificate of Achievement in Accounting Associate of Science in Accounting

Research, evaluate, and establish public policy concerning: the origins of humans; their physical, social, linguistic, and cultural development and behavior; and the cultures, organizations, and institutions they have created. (A paleoanthropologist studies prehistoric humans. A social anthropologist studies living societies.) Many aspiring anthropologists work as assistants doing ground-level research and writing surveys before earning advanced degrees. Courses in this discipline are the foundation for studies in anthropology at four-year institutions. Anthropologist & Archeologist: $17.79-$47.37 Anthropology & Archeology Teacher, College: $23.60-$90.13

Appliance Service Technology College Skills Certificate in Electrical Appliance Technician College Skills Certificate in Refrigeration Technician Certificate of Achievement in Appliance Service Technology Associate of Science in Appliance Service Technology Employment with a small or large business as a repair and service technician for home appliances, such as: icemakers, freezers, refrigerators, washers and dryers; selfemployment. Home Appliance Repairer: $13.81-$30.06 HVAC Mechanic & Installer: $14.80-$42.28 Stationary Engineer & Boiler Operation: $26.85-$49.12

Accounting positions in many types of organizations, including: accounting/CPA firms; small businesses; large corporations; banks; hospitals; and schools systems and government agencies preparing financial statements, balance sheets, and tax returns. Transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Tax Preparer: $11.54-$50.84 Payroll and Time Keeping Clerk: $13.65-$33.05 Accountant or Auditor: $21.96-$61.86

Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement in Basic Law Enforcement Academy Intensive Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Investigations Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Law Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Employment in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields, such as: police officer; deputy sheriff; county detention officer; state trooper; intensive probation/parole surveillance officer; correctional officer; and loss prevention specialist. Law enforcement agencies require additional training and certificates. Transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist: $27.03-$51.44 Police Patrol Officer: $29.33-$62.35 Criminal Investigator and Special Agent: $34.26-$67.12

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration College Skills Certificate in Appliance Service Technology: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Employment with firms that specialize in installation, servicing, and repair of heating and cooling systems in homes, offices, and commercial buildings; self-employment. The program prepares students for employment with HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) firms at the residential, commercial, and industrial levels. Leads to apprenticeships. Maintenance and Repair Worker: $11.61-$32.09 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers: $14.80-$42.28


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Art Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications Associate of Arts in Graphic Communications Associate of Arts in Fine Arts Associate in Arts for Transfer in Art History Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer Graphic design is the applied art of arranging image and text to communicate a message. It may be applied in any media, such as: print, digital media, motion pictures, animation, product decoration, packaging, and signs. Work in entry-level graphic communications or in these courses can be the foundation for studies in this discipline at four-year institutions. Fine artists create original art. They specialize in one or two art forms, such as: painting, illustrating, sketching, sculpting, printmaking, and restoring. Work as an entry-level artist or in these courses can be the foundation for studies in Art at four-year institutions. Fine Artist, including Painter, Sculptor and Illustrator: $16.43-$62.32 Prepress Technician: $11.46-$32.06 Desktop Publisher: $13.66-$35.66 Graphic Designer: $14.50-$46.50 Web Developer: $17.50-$67.69 Commercial and Industrial Designer: $18.70-$55.84

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A bachelor’s degree in astronomy and astrophysics can lead to a variety of career options. Traditional career paths include those of astronomer, scientist, technician, engineer and relevant management positions. Although LMC does not offer an astronomy degree, courses at LMC prepare students for advanced studies at major universities.

Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree

Atmospheric and Space Scientist: $26.76-$67.11 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Postsecondary Teachers: $21.54-$89.08

Automotive Technology College Skills Certificate in Air Conditioning Specialist College Skills Certificate in Automotive Chassis Specialist College Skills Certificate in Engine Performance College Skills Certificate in Engine Repair & Machining Specialist College Skills Certificate in Smog Technician Specialist College Skills Certificate in Transmission Specialist Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology Associate of Science in Automotive Technology Employment as automotive service technicians in dealerships, privately owned garages, and repair shops diagnosing and repairing automobiles; self-employment. Graduates should be prepared to take the ASE exam. Automotive Service Technician: $11.63-$35.29 Automotive Master Mechanic: $11.63-$35.29 Automotive Specialty Technician: $11.63-$35.29

Biological Science Associate in Science in Biological Science for Transfer Degree Train to be a lab technician in the market of biotechnology. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment; monitor experiments; make observations and calculations; and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs. These courses can be the foundation for studies in various biology fields at four-year institutions. Radiologic Technician: $15.03-$36.76 Diagnostic Medial Sonographer: $25.15-$64.88 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician: $25.83-$60.39

Prepares students desiring advanced degrees in chemistry. LMC chemistry courses meet the lower division transfer requirements for chemistry. The curriculum includes the first- and second-year requirements to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University. Veterinary Technologist: $11.68-$27.68 Chemical Technician: $12.78- $37.15 Respiratory Therapist: $26.20-$50.12

Child Development College Skills Certificate in Assistant Teacher Work Permit Coursework College Skills Certificate in Associate Teacher Work Permit Coursework College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Infant Toddler Care College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Special Needs Care & Education College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Site Supervisor/Program Director College Skills Certificate in Specialization: School Age Child Care College Skills Certificate in School-Age Development and Education College Skills Certificate in School-Age Associate Teacher Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer Employment working with children, from infancy through middle school environment, in settings such as day care centers, nursery schools, and Head Start programs. With an AS degree, graduates qualify for positions such as assistant teacher, group supervisor, head teacher, or director. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in education or early childhood development. Teacher’s Assistant: $10.54 -$21.80 Preschool Teacher, Except Special Education: $10.93-$24.33 Elementary School Teacher, except Special Education: $22.74-$48.36

Communication Studies Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer This degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University. Students will: complete lower division courses in public speaking, argumentation, intercultural and interpersonal communications; and have their choice of preparing for a more traditional degree in communication studies, or preparation for a degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism. Reporter: $12.70-$42.64 Editor: $16.05-$64.01 Public Relations Specialist: $16.45-$62.28 Training and Development Specialist: $16.68-$57.16 Advertising and Promotions Manager: $21.04-$98.33 Technical Writer: $25.46-$61.42

Business Certificate of Achievement in Small Business Management & Operations College Skills Certificate in Fundamental Business Skills Associate of Science in Small Business Operations Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer Employment in small and large businesses, as well as government agencies, in administrative support positions requiring knowledge of: software applications, office management, organizational principles, basic financial management, and electronic presentations. Administrative office jobs in medical and other healthcare-related offices requiring knowledge of medical terminology, medical coding, billing and insurance. Employment as a medical language specialist to interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals. Starting a small business by learning entrepreneurial skills. A career in retail management. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in Business, Business Management, Finance, or Marketing. Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerk: $12.67-$31.74 Supervisor of Office & Administrative Support Worker: $16.95-$44.81 Executive Secretary & Executive Administrative Assistant: $19.56-$45.19

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Computer Science/Computer Networking College Skills Certificate in Core Competencies College Skills Certificate in Foundation College Skills Certificate in Game Design College Skills Certificate in PC Repair Technician (A+ Certification) College Skills Certificate in Web Design Certificate of Achievement in Computer Support Specialist (Advanced) Certificate of Achievement in Computer Support Specialist (Basic) Certificate of Achievement in Computer Applications Specialist Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Security (Advanced) Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Security (Basic) Associate of Science in Computer Support Specialist Associate of Science in Networking and Security Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer Degree Employment as an applications specialist, microcomputer service technician, help desk specialist, computer operator, computer security specialist, network specialist, or database specialist with organizations, such as: telephone companies; television stations; schools and colleges; Internet providers; and professional offices. Computer User Support Specialist: $16.44-$46.71 Computer Service Representative: $11.58-$29.94 Computer Network Support Specialist: $20.60-$58.36

Drama Associate of Arts in Acting Associate in Arts for Transfer Play a part in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform an audience. May dance and sing. May play parts in television commercials. Work in various areas of performing arts and transfer to a four-year degree program in theater. Actor: $10.01-$100.00 Art, Drama, and Music Teacher, Postsecondary: $22.21-$83.68

Economics Economists study how society distributes resources – such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery – to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They research issues, such as energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes, or employment levels. These courses can be the foundation for studies in various economic fields at four-year institutions.

Engineering Associate of Science in Engineering Engineering technicians solve technical problems, and some work in quality control. They examine products, conduct tests, and collect data. In manufacturing, they may help in design, development, or production. Most engineering technicians specialize in certain areas, such as civil engineering technicians or electrical and electronics engineering technicians. Employment as a civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering technician. Transfer to a four-year degree program in various engineering fields. Electro-Mechanical Technician: $15.94-$41.60 Electronics Engineering Technician: $18.40-$48.56 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician: $18.40-$48.56

English Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Teach or instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, non-vocational, and nonacademic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution. These courses can be the foundation for four-year university studies in English, and/or a career as a writer. English Language and Literature Teacher, Postsecondary: $22.57-$93.73

Fire Academy

Economist: $24.63-$95.45 Economics Teacher, Postsecondary: $23.97-$100.00

College Skills Certificate in Basic Fire Academy Certificate of Achievement in Fire Academy

Electrical/Instrumentation Technology

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts. Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Certificate of Achievement in Electrical Technology Certificate of Achievement in Instrumentation Technology Associate of Science in Electrical Technology Associate of Science in Instrumentation Technology

Fire Fighter: $18.92-$51.22

Fire Technology

Employment installing and maintaining electrical/electronic systems and instrumentation in industrial facilities. In-house maintenance departments at manufacturing facilities also offer job opportunities.

College Skills Certificate in Fire Prevention College Skills Certificate in Fire Protection Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology Associate of Science in Fire Technology

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician: $17.98-$48.41 Electrical and Electronic Repairer: $17.22-$44.81 Electrician: $17.10-$51.01

Fire science technology is an applied science in: control and prevention of fire; handling of hazardous materials; investigation; rescue operations; security and safety.

Emergency Medical Services

Forest and Conservation Technician: $12.38-$26.97 Fire Inspector or Investigator: $27.05-$63.53

College Skills Certificate in Emergency Medical Services College Skills Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Recertification


Can lead to employment in private emergency medical or ambulance services, fire departments, and hospitals, where life-saving skills are required.

Prepares students for jobs in research and analysis in such places as government and other institutions. Work with newspapers, photographers, interview, films, and manuscripts.

Ambulance Driver: $10.08-$17.29 Emergency Medical Technician: $10.71-$29.48 Clinical Laboratory Technician: $13.44-33.43


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Associate in Arts in History for Transfer

Historian: $20.97-$54.62 History Teacher, Postsecondary: $23.88-$88.28

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Associate of Arts in Journalism Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer

Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer

Careers in journalism include: writers and editors; technical writers and editors; reporters and correspondents; advertising and public relations; and publications designer. Work in an entry-level position in media or transfer to a four-year degree program in journalism. Reporter & Correspondent: $12.70-$42.28 Editor: $16.05-$64.01 Technical Writer: $25.46-$61.42

Entry-level positions in government agencies, such as the census office. Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. These courses can be the foundation for studies in mathematics at four-year institutions. Mathematician: $26.02-$78.84 Mathematical Technician: $27.99-$33.59

Music Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Music-Business Management Associate of Arts in Music Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Become a professional musician, conductor, concert artist, studio musician, arranger, composer, accompanist, music teacher, private instructor, or church-related musician, such as minister of music, organist, or choir director. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in music. Commercial music careers include: instrument sales, instrument repair, pop singer, orchestration, arranger, music publisher, music activities producer, recording engineer, music therapist, music librarian, music critic, music software technician, and radio music director. Musician and Singer: $11.38-$67.64 Music Director and Composer: $12.07-$46.04

Nursing Certificate of Achievement in Vocational Nursing Associate of Science in Registered Nursing

Kinesiology-Physical Education Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or physical education. This major will introduce students to many areas of study, including: health and fitness; physical education; therapeutic/sport medicine; and coaching sport instruction. Degree curriculum will also provide coursework necessary to prepare students for national certifications in the health/fitness industry, such as personal training, group fitness instructor, and lifestyle/ weight management consultant. Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties, according to established regulations. Include all sporting officials, referees, and competitive judges and coaching/teaching for high school and college sports. Fitness Trainer & Aerobics Instructor: $10.25-$40.46 Athletic Trainer: $11.41-$35.42 Physical Therapist: $31.06-$61.43

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): Employment as a Vocational Nurse in hospitals, rehabilitation/long term/home health facilities, clinics, nursing homes, and physicians’ offices. A VN administers nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse by participating in the delivery and evaluation of patient care, and ensuring the health, comfort, and safety of patients. Licensure required. Registered Nurse (RN): Employment as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ officers, or other health care agencies. RNs evaluate, plan, implement, and document nursing care for an assigned patient population. LVN to RN degree program is offered for those who wish to upgrade to an RN. Transfer to a four-year university for a BSN to expand career opportunities in nursing education or administration. Licensing required. Registered Nurse: $30.51-$71.85 Licensed Vocational Nurse: $17.79-$33.82 Acute Care Nurse: $30.51-$71.85

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Behavioral Science and Social Science Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Math and Science These courses can be the foundation for studies in various programs at four-year institutions. Education Administrator, Postsecondary: $31.51-$93.54

Management and Supervision Certificate of Achievement in Management and Supervision Associate of Science in Management and Supervision The program is designed to train students for entry into supervisory, team-leader, and management positions. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in business administration. First-Line Supervisor/Manager of Retail Sales Worker: $12.27-$33.16 General Operations Manager: $24.17-$100.00

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Philosophy Develop critical thinking skills, argument skills, communication skills, information management, design and planning skills, research and investigation skills, and management and administration skills. These courses can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities. Philosophy and Religion Teacher, Postsecondary: $21.50-$78.27

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Recording Arts College Skills Certificate in Recording Arts Level 1 College Skills Certificate in Recording Arts Level 2 Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts Associate of Arts in Recording Arts Become an audio engineer, producer, or other recording arts professional. Prepares students for entry-level positions in the recording arts industry. Broadcast Technician: $11.42-$45.91 Audio/Video Technician: $12.88-$44.57 Sound Engineer Technician: $13.48-$66.02



Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer

This major will introduce students to many areas of study, including: engineering; physics; chemistry; astronomy; geology; and certain specialized majors, such as architecture. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Work in a variety of fields and assist programs, groups, or organizations – such as government agencies – in urban development and planning. These courses can be the foundation for studies in sociology at four-year institutions.

Physics Teacher, Postsecondary: $24.41-$90.00 Physicist: $24.92-$78.12

Social Science Researcher: $13.35-$43.50 Sociology Teacher: $24.36-$85.82 Sociologist: $28.57-$71.55

Political Science

Travel Marketing

Become a political campaign advisor or lobbyist; prepare for community outreach, community development, and pre-law studies. These courses at LMC can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities.

College Skills Certificate in Cruise Specialist College Skills Certificate in Home-Based Travel Specialist College Skills Certificate in Travel Marketing Certificate of Achievement in Travel Marketing Associate of Science in Travel Marketing

Political Scientist: $19.03-$89.17 Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary: $34.51-$82.91

Process Technology Certificate of Achievement in Process Technology College Skills Certificate in Bridge to Advanced Manufacturing Associate of Science in Process Technology Process technicians are skilled plant operators who safely run refineries and chemical plants. Examples of work include the processing of samples, monitoring equipment, and solving problems that arise in processing plants. Chemical Equipment Operators & Tender: $10.99-$37.02 Chemical Plant & System Operator: $16.18-$37.87 Petroleum Pump System Operator: $21.58-$47.72

Employment with travel agencies, online travel agencies, home-based travel agencies, airlines, tour companies, or cruise lines to assist clients with planning and making leisure/corporate travel reservations. Travel Agent: $11.70-$28.02 Travel Guide: $11.86-$23.86 Market Research Analyst & Marketing Specialist: $17.00-$69.49

Welding College Skills Certificate in Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology Associate of Science in Welding Technology Employment as a certified welder using oxy-acetylene welding, shielded-metal arc welding, TIG, MIG, flux-cored arc welding, and metal cutting in industries, such as: petrochemicals; railroads; construction; transportation; plant maintenance; bridge fabrication; ornamental iron; machining; aerospace; boiler-making; ship repairs; fabricated metal products; and transportation equipment manufacturers. Welding, Soldering, & Brazing Machine Settlers Operator, & Tender: $12.62-$28.44 Welder, Cutter, and Welder Fitter: $12.48-$31.49 Reinforcing Iron & Rebar Worker: $13.76-$40.97

World Languages Psychology Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Monitor patient physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields – such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work – to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in: identifying available benefits; finding social and community services; and obtaining these resources. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult day care. These courses can be the foundation for studies in psychology at fouryear institutions.

College Skills Certificate in American Sign Language College Skills Certificate in Cultural Competence in Modern World Language College Skills Certificate in Spanish Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer Facilitates communication between hearing and hearing-impaired persons through interpretation into a signed language, or transliteration of a language into a visual and/ or phonemic code by an oral interpreter, a signed language interpreter, or cued speech interpreter. Interpreter and Translator: $14.47-$39.42 Foreign Language & Literature Teacher, Postsecondary: $20.88-$87.89

Counseling Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95 School Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95 Clinical Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95


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