Above, School Board Member Mónica García joins students at the G.O. Tech Central ceremony at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. 

The road to graduation celebration continued this week at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), where officials announced a new agreement that will allow L.A. Unified students to earn their associate’s degree at the community college, along with their high school diploma.

Hundreds of excited ninth-graders attended the “Great Outcomes, G.O. Tech Central” ceremony, which highlighted the new concurrent-enrollment program.

“G.O. Tech Central is all about building a pathway so that students will get involved early, start earning their degree, and build their way to a four-year graduation,” said L.A. Unified School Board Member Mónica García, who represents the area.

Many students at the event reiterated the message that “Community college is for everyone,” and “Community college is for those who are seeking options.”

Officials from LATTC were especially proud to host the gathering and their message was clear:

“Our goal is to transform this community and increase the number of students from L.A. Unified who actually enter and complete college,” said  Leticia L. Barajas, LATTC’s vice president of Pathways, Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness.

Click here to watch a KLCS-TV video about this event.