Los Angeles Harbor College
About Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Harbor College is a public two-year college located in Wilmington, California. Wilmington is a neighborhood of Los Angeles. It lies adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, and Harbor City. Wilmington is the site of Drum Barracks, or Camp Drum, the only major American Civil War landmark in California. Other Harbor area museums include the Banning Residence Museum, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.
The architectural technology program at LAHC prepares graduates for employment as drafters, detailers, and clerks in such fields as architecture, urban planning, and construction engineering. The two-year AS degree program requires core coursework including beginning architectural graphics, three levels of architectural drawing, freehand drawing, architectural detailing, architectural perspective, materials of construction, elements of architecture, strength of architectural materials, residential planning, and architectural practice. At least one architecture elective is also required, along with the basic general education course requirements. Students looking to graduate in one year may choose to pursue a Career Education certificate. Career Education certificates are awarded upon completion of 24 units of technical coursework in architecture, cooperative work experience education, plus one course in written communications and two courses in math. Two options are offered for the Career Education Certificate in architectural technology.
The required courses for graphics include freehand drawing, architectural perspective, architectural rendering, introduction to computers for designers, 3D modeling, beginning architectural graphics, architectural drawing, architectural detailing, introduction to computer-aided drawing, and architectural practice. The construction docs option requires architectural detailing, at least three levels of architectural drawing, architectural perspective, two levels of computer-aided drawing, introduction to computers for designers, materials of construction, and strength of architectural materials. Students may also pursue skills certificates in architectural technology in environmental graphics, design, production drafting, or the architectural technical certificate. The requirements for each include a core of basic architectural courses plus seventeen credit hours of required courses for each specific certificate.
LAHC also offers certificate programs that can be completed in as little as one semester. The Career Education Certificate in media arts digital design will provide media skills in the areas of basic two and three-dimensional design, vector and raster-based computer software as well as Web authoring software to create various types of presentation graphics formats. This program includes coursework in beginning two and three-dimensional design, introduction to computer graphics, presentation graphics, and introduction to digital imaging. LAHC's Skills Certificate in Web development provides the student with the skills necessary to create and maintain interactive Internet Web sites. This program includes principles of computer information systems, introduction to multimedia, introduction to Internet, hypertext markup language, and three programming laboratories.
LAHC offers many institutional and privately funded scholarships to new and returning students. Criteria for consideration for each scholarship varies. Some are based on academics, others financial need, and still others are based upon the student's chosen field of study. A few of the available scholarships include the Alan Hoffman Scholarship, scholarships from the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor scholarship organization, the Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship, the Classified Employees Scholarship, Faculty Scholarship Awards, the Irving and Freida Muh Scholarship, the Van Gelder Waring Scholarship, and the Wendell C. Black Scholarship Fund.
Los Angeles Harbor College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. LAHC provides students with many services including a career center, child development center, computer and Internet services, counseling services, an international student program, disabled student programs and services, health services, a job placement and training center, a learning resources center, a learning assistance center, a life skills center, legal aid, a transfer services center, tutorial services, and Veterans' services. Student activities are financed by money received from the membership of the Associated Students Organization. Students who choose to hold membership in the ASO receive many benefits, including participation in ASO sponsored activities and events and free admission to conference games and certain social events, plus a reduction in the price of admission to all college-sponsored activities. Additional benefits include free legal advice, a discount booklet for off campus services, discount amusement park admission, and savings on services such as Xerox copies and student parking. LAHC also offers many honors, service, departmental, and special interest clubs to students, as well as intercollegiate athletics.