Building Local Power through Apprenticeships

Celebrating the Power of People On June 30th, 2017, nearly 50 young community members, their friends and family filled a room on the Los Angeles Trade Tech campus with exuberant shouts and cheers. They were gathered to celebrate the 6th Annual Celebration of Emerging Leadership, a graduation ceremony recognizing community residents who have engaged in CDTech’s programming[…]

Rethinking Community Education

Courses in the Community Planning and Economic Development (ComPlan) program for the Los Angeles Trade Technical College Fall 2017 semester have been announced and enrollment is now open. The upcoming semester will offer courses in Popular Education, Research & Organizing, Health Policy among other topics. The courses are part of the Community Planning and Economic[…]

Online Enrollments Now Open!

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 This summer we will be offering an opportunity to be a part of the Community Planning/Labor Studies Changemakers College Academy[…]

Benjamin Torres named Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Awardee, 2017

  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

  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[…]

Meet Your Future Community Planners!

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[…]

Building Power: Latina Immigrant Women in South LA

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[…]

Partner CD Tech Brings Smokefree Apartments LA to Local Wellness Convention

by Michael Fine (This post originally appeared on 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[…]