What We Do
CDTech is a catalyst for change in South LA, activating and focusing the potential of residents and businesses. We equip them with the training, strategies and programs they need to be leaders and organizers for neighborhood improvement and economic growth. With 20 years of experience, CDTech combines grassroots participation with strategic policy understanding, creating community development and economic development programs that incorporate deep insight into the actual needs, desires and capabilities of South LA. Grassroots participation, including the development and utilization of local human capital, helps CDTech to deliver self-sustaining programs with long-term, strategic benefits.
Community Planning and Economic Development courses lead by CDTech reported to have influenced 83% of students "a great deal" to be more civically engaged or engaged in different ways in their community.
Advancement in Community Education
With support from CDTech, the Community Planning Program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College saw a student enrollment retention rate of 93% in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Non-Profit Leadership Development
Last year, the Public Allies, Los Angeles professional and leadership development program retained and graduated 97% of program participants who are now ready for the workforce.
Last year, our Economic Development program graduated 100% of participants in the UNIDAD Workforce Development program, providing community members with vital workforce skills and connecting them with professional networks.
Our Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Enrolling in our programs has become a bit easier! People interested in learning more about community planning, or looking for an affordable professional development opportunity can now enroll online! To enroll, please visit http://college.lattc.edu/student/new-students/ This summer we will be offering an opportunity to be a part of the Community Planning/Labor Studies Changemakers College Academy[…]
CDTech President and CEO, Benjamin Torres has been named one of the Durfree Foundation Sabbatical Awardees. Every other year, The Durfee Foundation, whose mission is to “build partnerships with individuals and institutions that share (The Durfee Foundation’s) ideals of creativity, risk-taking, fiscal care, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and continuous learning” awards six organizational leaders a[…]
LATTC Students Shine at Showcase Los Angeles Trade Technical College Students in the Community Planning and Economic Development Program (also known as ComPlan) shone brightly as they presented their student projects to family, friends and supporters during the ComPlan Student Showcase on June 1st. Student presenters were selected by their course instructors and[…]
Join us! CDTech and Los Angeles Trade Tech invite you to join us for our 1st Annual Community Planning & Economic Development Showcase! See Cutting edge student presentations from our top students, The future leaders of our Communities! Keynote address from ComPlan Alumni Haleemah Henerdson, Development Officer at Watts Labor Community Action[…]
The intersectional experiences of Latina immigrant women in South Los Angeles have without a doubt, created compounded obstacles for reaching both economic and social capital in a community that it, of itself, has historically faced systemic challenges. They are women. They are people of color. They are immigrants. The commencement of this year brought[…]
by Michael Fine (This post originally appeared on www.smokefreeapartmentsla.org on March 16, 2017) Smokefree Apartments Los Angeles was one of dozens of community programs represented at this year’s All Peoples Wellness Convention, thanks to our partner CD Tech. This past weekend, families came from all over the Los Angeles area converged upon the All Peoples[…]
South Central LA Update: A $1.2-billion mixed-use complex in South L.A. is closer to being built, despite community opposition
Article originally published by The Los Angeles Times on November 1, 2016 By Angel Jennings Plans to build a $1.2-billion residential, hotel and retail complex in South Los Angeles are one step closer to approval after city officials Tuesday rejected the arguments of community activists who said the project could lead to widespread displacement of low-income[…]
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[…]
It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipients of CDTech’s Inaugural Community Change Praxis Awards. The Community Change Praxis Awards are presented to CDTech Alumni who are practicing community empowerment and change-making leadership. These rising change-makers have been a part of one or more of CDTech’s programs, projects or community engagement efforts and[…]
CDTech’s Visionary Award is presented to an individual who uplifts Los Angeles through innovation and vision. For our inaugural year, CDTech is proud to present the Visionary Award to CDTech’s founder and continued advocate for community change, Dr. Denise Fairchild during our 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 19th. Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President of Emerald[…]