Rio Hondo considers axing environmental technology program

first_imgBrock said environmental technology was a booming field 10 to 15 years ago. But many colleges have now dropped their programs, she added. Enrollment in Rio Hondo’s program has dropped to 29 students spread out among four classes. In general, the college prefers at least 18 students in each class, officials said. Brock said the college will still offer courses dealing with the environment through other programs. The earliest that trustee could vote on discontinuing the program is March 21. But no vote has been scheduled as of yet, college officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Supporters of the environmental technology program at Rio Hondo College are decrying its scheduled demise at the end of this semester due, officials say, to low enrollment. No official action has been taken. But students in the program Wednesday night implored the college’s board of trustees to keep the program. “I see so much potential in this program. I can’t believe they’re trying to shut it down now,” said student Jeanette Ordenes of Whittier. Environmental technology deals with hazardous substances, the governmental regulations that pertain to such substances, and the protection of human health and the environment, according to a program brochure. Job growth in the field is expected to remain strong for years to come, particularly in such areas as air and water pollution control, hazardous materials and waste management, chemical spill response and site remediation and restoration, according to the brochure. Even so, Marilyn Brock, Rio Hondo’s interim vice president for academic services, said the local environmental technologies industry does not tap into the program or the training it provides. “The labor market statistics from the Los Angeles/Long Beach metropolitan area say the educational requirements for this field is one to 12 months of on-the-job training,” she said. “So they’re either training their own, or contracting with outside firms to do it. It doesn’t leave room for a college-credit program.” Victor Muniz, the program’s director, said he continually gets positive feedback from his contacts in government and private industry about how well-trained his students are. In addition, starting jobs in the field pay about $40,000 a year. Given that, it is difficult to understand why the college would “deny minority students the opportunity to get into a good-paying career,” Muniz said. “There are two objectives this college has – a responsibility to work force development and to move students on to higher education. In my opinion, this program has done both of those,” he said. last_img read more

Tattoos no longer just for bikers

first_img Howard Singer is 53. He has a shaved head and wears a navy tank top, light jeans and white sneakers. He stands in Alley’s private studio waiting for another session to begin. He was 17 when he had his first tattoo done above his shirt sleeve. He was afraid to flaunt it. “My friends were too,” the North Hills chiropractor says. “We wanted to keep them covered up.” That’s not a concern anymore. Singer regularly adjusts spines and knees and shoulders in the comfort of a short-sleeved polo shirt. He doesn’t worry about what his patients – children, seniors, rabbis, priests – might think. “The worst thing they say to me is, Wow, that’s new, Dr. Singer. When did you get that?” Occasionally, a patient or a patient’s friend proudly shows Singer a new tattoo. “They come in with these cheap $45 or $50 tattoos – and that’s what they look like. You get what you pay for,” he says. Contrary to the common parental warning, tattoos are not necessarily forever. They can be removed with the help of lasers that pass through the skin and into the ink. The laser breaks the pigment into smaller pieces, allowing the body to dissolve it. That process is described by some as more painful than getting the tattoo. “I would say the majority of people have buyer’s remorse,” says Dimitrios Alexiou, coordinator of the Tattoo Removal Program at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Burbank. The program is a service to those whose body-art choices affect their social and professional options. Though it is free, participants are required to perform 16 hours of community service or attend additional schooling for each laser-popping session; most tattoos demand five to eight treatment sessions. Alexiou estimates that about 65 percent of program participants are former gang members. Their bodies display tattoos pretty much everywhere. One guy had devil horns; another had tombstones on his forehead and “(expletive) HAPPENS” above his upper lip. Alexiou’s favorite story is about the nun in training who was covered in tattoos. “People should take time to think about are they going to want this in five years,” he says. “Are you still going to be as proud of it at age 80 as age 21? If you are, by all means.” Singer’s first tattoo, a rose with H-O-W-A-R-D across it, is long gone, buried beneath the dark ink of a black bear’s head, which was covered by the green-and-black petals that now engulf his left shoulder. Three tattoos on his left arm have become one, joined three hours at a time during the past eight months. Neither the artist nor the “artee” can explain exactly what the sleeve of ink means. “The most common question is what does it mean? It doesn’t mean anything,” Singer says. “It’s art.” Mainstream tattoo shops – what Alley calls “street shops” – have drawings all over their walls. A customer walks in, spots the stencil he or she likes and sits down for a bitter hour or two. Alley began in a Sunland shop in 1992. He was 29, having floated around the music industry since high school, and was looking for a way to capitalize on his passion for art. He had spotted the boom occurring in the tattoo industry. In 1997, he opened F. Kirk Alley Private Studio, a 15-by-15 room on the second floor of a yellow retail building in Studio City. The tattoo wall of fame displays some of Alley’s proudest work. The frames hang on purple walls that he painted blue and gold with wallpaperesque detail. The crown molding is black with gold flowers. The room has a couch, a desk, an examiner’s table, a 1920 Koken barber’s chair and bookshelves with the likes of “Gray’s Anatomy,” “The Japanese Tattoo” and Playboy. Most of his business comes from referrals. He doesn’t advertise and even tries to keep his studio out of the phone book, though that has proven futile. Alley himself has too many tattoos to count, though his skinny arms, legs and back have lots of available acreage. He’s had to trust the branding to others’ hands. “When you ask someone why they got a tattoo, it is almost impossible to come up with a halfway intelligent answer,” Alley says. “We just like the way it looks. Some women get their ears pierced, we like to get tattoos. It’s just decoration.” Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 brad.greenberg@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He works Wednesdays through Saturdays, one client a day in a three-hour session. Hours like that make even the French workweek seem arduous. But staining skin is a lot different than pushing papers. It’s as much science as art, and well-done tattoos demand a controlled hand. So goes the work of a guy who discovered doodling as a boy, but eventually found a tattoo machine to be his instrument of choice and flesh to be his canvas. Fifteen years ago, tattoos largely were reserved for “bikers and prisoners and sailors and loose women,” said Chuck Eldridge, historian for the National Tattoo Association. But they’ve become the decor of professional athletes and soccer moms, often permitted in the workplace. “Sometimes they are very appropriate and accepted and attractive,” says Donna Farrugia, a vice president for professional staffing services at Robert Half. “It’s like an accessory or a haircut – it’s a trendy thing.” One in six Americans has a tattoo, according to a 2004 Harris poll. Even Christians, who long opposed body markings as unbiblical, have joined the fray; the Christian Tattoo Association has 380 members, mostly tattooists. A lawyer shopping for his first piece of body art recently called Kirk Alley, a tattooist who charges $240 an hour and whose planner is booked until early May with clients who are architects, doctors and entertainers. “You gotta be kidding me. I charge $150 an hour,” the lawyer said, and hung up. Alley is no normal tattoo artist. He’s one of L.A.’s sought-after inkers who works by appointment only in an almost arcane studio on Ventura Boulevard. As tattoos have become more socially acceptable, his business has grown and his customers have become less predictable. “Guys that you see on the street and you have no idea what is going on underneath their clothes,” Alley says. “It’s very rare to see a Harley-Davidson in front of my store.” last_img read more

Donegal Deputy hits out at the Agriculture Minister over fodder crisis

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment with Minister Michael Creed who is not due to appear before the Agriculture Committee until September.Deputy McConalogue wrote to the Chair of the Committee earlier this week asking for the Committee to be recalled so that the Agriculture Minister could outline his plans to deal with the impending fodder crisis.  A date for the Committee meeting has now been set for September 4.“I am extremely disappointed that the Committee will not meet until next month, given the seriousness of the situation facing farmers.  It is obvious that Minister Creed is completely out of touch with the reality on the ground and is failing to grasp the gravity of the cash flow issues facing farmers the length and breadth of this country,” said McConalogue. Deputy Charlie McConalogue“There appears to be no sense of urgency on the part of the Minister.  This is exactly what happened last year but farmers will not survive another harsh winter unless a plan is implemented in the coming weeks.”Spokesperson on Food & Horticulture Jackie Cahill added, “We have laid out a 12 point plan to avert the impending fodder crisis, which was published last month.  While the Minister has adopted some of the measures, we need to see him embrace the plan as a whole if we are to prevent a repeat of last winter.“This meeting needs to be brought forward.  There is no time to waste.  The Minister must outline his plans so that they can be rolled out without delay.”Donegal Deputy hits out at the Agriculture Minister over fodder crisis was last modified: August 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more