CULVER CITY — West Los Angeles College and the University of West Los Angeles signed a formal partnership agreement Sept. 18 allowing university students to complete any outstanding general education requirements at West Los Angeles College before embarking on their juris doctorate or master’s degree programs.
West L.A. College is a community college offering paths to university transfer, associate degrees and career training. The University of West L.A., best known for its law school, has recently added a school of business and an international program.
The West Language Academy at West L.A. College is a convenient resource for international students who need to improve their English language skills before enrolling at the university, a college spokesperson said.
West L.A. College has been increasing its focus on global education by establishing a global studies associate degree; incorporating global themes into the curriculum; welcoming international students; and increasing students’ opportunities to study abroad, the spokesperson said.
West L.A. College’s longtime partners — the Young Black Scholars program, sponsored by 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and the Achiever Program, sponsored by the Angel City Chapter of the Links — will work with the two schools to raise funds to support study abroad for West L.A. College traditional students and those in high school outreach programs connected with the college.
Approximately 20 scholars will be selected for short-term study abroad scholarships by the 2016-17 academic year.
West L.A. College students also will have the benefit of having another university that is available to them for a seamless ‘two-plus-two” program, where students can complete a prescribed set of classes in approximately two years.
After successful completion, the students are guaranteed admission to the University of West L.A. where they can complete a bachelor’s degree in just two more years. West L.A. has a similar agreement with Cal State Dominguez Hills and several other universities.
Additionally, the students from both institutions will benefit from joint educational and social enrichment activities, including but not limited to Law School 101, panel chats, shared use of libraries, distinguished speakers and workshops.