1 million Californians work in non-profit and community-based organizations, which is the fourth largest industry – more than construction, finance or real-estate. These individuals are the driving forces behind developing working cities, equitable urban development, educational innovations, opening health-care access and developing the future leadership of our country. Yet, there are few direct pathways in the academic arena which allow for individuals to be able to grow and learn while engaging in change work.

CDTech is a proud partner in one of the few academic experiences in the nation which create opportunities for students to learn from professionals in the non-profit and community-development field while engaging in projects that are directly connected to community-based work.

The Community Planning and Economic Development program at Los Angeles Trade Tech works in partnership with CDTech and the LATTC Labor Department to develop quality professional development and a rigorous academic experience.



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Students who have graduated with a ComPlan certificate are now working with a number of Los Angeles organizations developing green spaces, fighting for educational equity, creating vocational opportunities for others or developing their own community-based projects. ComPlan courses are also designed to be easily accessible to community residents, starting professionals and long-term professionals looking for a refresher. ComPlan instructors are current leaders in community-based work and continually engage students in developing their own vision for community planning and economic development. This semester, we have the pleasure of welcoming Tamu Jones, MPH, to the roster of great instructors. Ms. Jones is a Program Manager with The California Endowment and will be leading student through understanding Health Leadership and Community Development.


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Enrollment in courses is an simple process and because courses are offered at the Los Angeles Trade Tech college campus, course fees low and financial aid is readily available for those who qualify.




In a time where community leaders, residents and allies are looking to develop strategies that will help keep communities together, create affordable housing and develop sustainable economic growth, the ComPlan program offers an environment that fosters inclusive dialogue while offering tools to move classroom conversation to community action. The Fall 2016 semester offers some especially relevant courses such as Commercial Real Estate Development, Health Leadership & Community Development, Elections, Community, Power & Systems Reform and History of Community Development in Los Angeles, among others.

Enrollment is Fall 2016 courses is now open. 

Click on the image below to take the first step in enrolling, and the next step in developing your community leadership.



For more information, contact sbalque@cdtech.org