Stories of success fill our halls and our communities

Ask almost any student or graduate and they’ll tell you a pretty compelling story of how Los Medanos College changed their life. LMC has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people, and the success and vibrancy of our communities for the past 40 years. There are many stories of success that our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners have to share.  Here are just a few of...

So what is STEM anyway?

A career booster with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math! Looking for a job that’s interesting and rewarding? How about a career field that’s growing fast, pays well, and offers financial security? You may want to consider careers based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM for short—which are on the rise in the Bay Area, and all across the...
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Cutting-Edge Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Hot jobs are available in these hot careers! In 2012, Los Medanos College and the Contra Costa Community College District served as the consortium leads for Design It – Build It – Ship It (DBS), a 4-year, $14.9 million U.S. Department of Labor-funded initiative in the East Bay under the Obama Administration’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program...
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Dynamic Careers in Computer Support and Network Security

Providing support for computers and keeping them secure are ongoing needs in today’s companies. LMC’s Computer Science Department offers a number of options to help you prepare for a career in these dynamic, high-demand fields in the Bay Area. In addition to developing your technical skills, LMC’s programs provide you with new job skills, better career choices and great wages. According to...
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Internships link learning to real world

East Bay Municipal Utility District • Phillips 66 • Shell When thinking about what these companies have in common, there is an important connection that is transforming our college and community that some may not know: each recently provided valuable work experience to interns through the Cooperative Work Experience Education Program at Los Medanos College. “Students are directly...

What are Soft Skills and why are they so important?

Being successful at your job requires skills that are not necessarily taught in the classroom. Skills that are not technical or task-oriented, often referred to as soft skills, are important to a successful and productive career. Examples of soft skills include: Interpersonal skills Integrity Professionalism Initiative Dependability and reliability Critical thinking According to the 2014...
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The right amount of higher education

You don’t have to commit to four years of college to increase your income In choosing a career, it’s important to know your personal interests and talents, the job outlook for occupations matching your interests and talents, the education required, and the earnings you can expect - annually and over a lifetime. Several recent economics studies shed light on the outlook for national and local...

Employers reach out to LMC for their workforce needs

Today, more than 600,000 jobs, most of them technical, are going unfilled across the nation. Business and industry are seeking both tried-and-true and innovative workforce development strategies to develop highly skilled technical workers with the right capabilities. Let us share four examples of how employers can and do access technical training and education for their own workforce needs. Dow...

Reflect, Explore, Pursue!

Your Road to Career Success Starts Here. As you think about the next step in your life, what do you see?  A career?  More education? Job advancement?  Transfer & Career Services at Los Medanos College can help you create your plan for the future. As you consider college majors, careers are a big focus–but where do you start? Follow these steps to get headed in the right...
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“When will I ever use this?” A new look at contextualized learning

Will I ever use this in a future career? Here is a look at innovative math instruction for all ages that exposes students to high-wage, in-demand careers. At some point in every student’s life, the question is asked, “when will this ever be useful?” The Bay Area Water/Wastewater Workforce Development Collaborative (BAYWORK) has found an answer to that very question, by creating engaging...
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Career Focus A to Z

LMC Degrees & Certificates Gives you College Skills Certificate The skills you need to get an entry-level job or additional specialization Certificate of Achievement Expanded certificate with additional knowledge and skills to help you move up Associate of Arts or Science Degree (AA or AS) The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year college Associate in Arts...
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Creating a Diverse STEM Workforce

Where are all my peeps at? Have you considered a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)? These careers certainly need more representation from our communities! The Bureau of Labor Statistics says not only do STEM careers account for more than 10% of the job market, but also pay more than twice the median wage of an average job (2013). Unfortunately, Hispanic, African-American,...
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Earn & Learn East Bay

Working together to bring quality work-based-learning to Contra Costa County [caption id="attachment_1367" align="alignleft" width="169"] Electrical and Instrumentation Technology student, Carlos Magana, participated in a paid internship with San Francisco Water District.[/caption] What do you want to be when you grow up? What if you don’t know? How do you find out about careers? Earn &...
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What Can I Do & Where Can I Go?

Career pathways & exploration for East County high school students In a recent informal survey, I asked people, “When you were in high school, if someone had offered you a GPS that allowed you to type in your career goal and map out your exact career path, would you have taken it?” The responses from young and old alike were a resounding “You bet!” with a few, “Can I get one of those...
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It’s All About Outcomes!

How do YOU measure success? A six-figure income, a fancy car or a big home in the country? Traditionally, success at a community college is measured by the award of degrees and certificates or completion of coursework necessary for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, we know that students attend Los Medanos College (LMC) for a host of reasons. Some want a degree or certificate...