LA Trade Tech College / CD Tech Center (CYLC)

LA Trade Tech College / CD Tech Center (CYLC)


About this course

Community Planning Program @ LA Trade Tech College (Empowered by CDTech)

Certificate of Achievement and an Associate’s of Arts Degree in Community Planning and Economic Development (ComPlan)

The Community Planning program at LATTC is the only program offered at an accredited community college in the United States. Our unique program provides students the knowledge and training needed for successful employment in the field of community and economic development. The community and economic development industry focuses on revitalizing low and moderate-income communities. Rebuilding the economic, physical and social infrastructure of urban communities represents a new, growing and exciting career opportunity. Students can learn basic planning knowledge, development strategies, technical skills and networks needed to enter the industry, earning a Certificate of Achievement.

The Community Planning curriculum and courses are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are relevant, industry appropriate and cutting edge. Industry experts (academic and practitioners) develop, design and teach our courses. Our industry partnerships provide critical resources for our students, providing them with invaluable employment, volunteer, internship and networking opportunities. Our courses are structured to be laboratories (classroom and field work) that combine lecture, project driven learning and hands on application of knowledge to contemporary issues affecting communities. Community planning courses are taught during the evening/weekends on campus and in the community to provide students with the greatest range of educational opportunities. 

Successful students will be able to apply a community organizing set of skills and tools that address multiple community and economic development issues. Students who complete the program become viable and competitive for employment opportunities. They will have developed their knowledge and skill base, practiced their learning through field work, internships or paid experience and have created networks and/or participated in collaborations that have maximized their knowledge with capacity to understand urgent issues and trends.


Watch the Spring 2021 ComPlan Showcase & Graduation

Student Experiences:
Timestamps: Liliana Cortez (00:32 – 00:39), Matthew Vu (00:57 – 01:03) & Richelle Cailles (01:25 – 01:32) 

Community Partners and Funders


Latest Information

The Fall 2022 ComPlan Non-Profit & Community Development Academy at LATTC is a series of college courses and internship opportunities that will be offered by the Community Planning & Economic Development Program at LA Trade Tech College and CD Tech/CA Youth Leadership Corps – LATTC – CD Tech. The Academy is perfect for aspiring and current professionals who wish to build their knowledge and skills in advocating for various social justice issues through the non-profit sector. Students who take 1 or more units this term will qualify for our paid internship and have priority access to various benefits such a 1-on-1 career coaching, tutoring etc; participating students will also receive a Certificate of Completion from the community development organization CD Tech.

We accept students on a rolling basis year-round:

Summer 2022 Term: 

Friday, May 27th, 2022
July 1st, 2022

Fall 2022 Term: 

August 5th, 2022
September, 16th, 2022

LATTC Application for Admission: LATTC/CCC Apply Admissions Application

Spring 2023 Term: 

February 6th, 2023
June, 5th, 2023

Contact Information

Shelia Balque, Senior Program Manager
CDTech, ComPlan Program
Program Administration & Partnerships

For prospective Partners, please contact our Senior Program Manager Shelia Balque

Paolina Cuevas, Program Coordinator
CDTech, ComPlan Program
Student Outreach & Support