Los Angeles Pacific College

About Us

Approval Disclosure Statement

Los Angeles Pacific College (LAPC), 3325 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010, was incorporated in 1993. Since 2004, the institution has been an S Corporation and operating under the legal name, Los Angeles Pacific College. LAPC received approval to operate as a degree-granting institution under the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to Section 94900 of California Education Code.

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) awarded Los Angeles Pacific College accredited status on October 11, 2012 through 2018 for all vocational programs: Associate of Occupational Studies in Accounting (AOS), Business General Program (BGP), Computerized Accounting (CAC), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Graphic Design (CGD) and Vocational English. COE also awarded accredited status for new programs in CGD and Web Software Technology (WST) on February 22, 2017 and April 7, 2017. COE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for post-secondary occupational institutions that offer certificate, diploma, and applied associate degree programs. For further information about this accreditation, please contact COE, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, www.council.org.

The Los Angeles Pacific College English as a Second Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2014 through December 2018 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.665.3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

Instruction is in residence with facility occupancy level accommodating 100 students at one time. California law requires that a student who successfully completes a course of study be awarded a diploma or certificate upon the successful completion of the training.

Prospective enrollees are encouraged to visit the physical facilities of the school and to discuss personal, educational and occupational plans with school personnel prior to enrolling or signing an enrollment agreement. This school currently has available sponsored programs, government or otherwise, to provide grants or to pay for portions of tuition and fees.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by LAPC may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370- 7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

Prospective students are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. Prospective students are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which shall be provided to them prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

All information in the content of this school catalog is current and correct and is so certified as true by Mary Yoon,
President and Owner (100% shareholder).

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History

LAPC was founded in 1989 as a computer training school in Los Angeles, California. We were granted approval in March 2002 as a degree-granting institution from the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE), which now operates as the California State Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). To expand the range of opportunities for conducting quality job training, we obtained federal authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)-now the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)-to enroll foreign students in 1990. In 1992, we began to offer English as a Second Language courses to assist foreign students and new immigrants with their English language education. In March 2002, LAPC became a degree-granting institution when we began offering the Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Accounting.

Taking into account the rapid advances in technology and demand for English language skills, LAPC continues to modify and improve our curriculum to meet the changing needs of potential students and employers.

In addition, Los Angeles Pacific College has received vendor approval from the following entities:

South Bay Workforce Investment Board

SBWIB serves 11 cities in the regional Los Angeles area by providing workforce planning to keep people employed and ensure businesses succeed. LAPC provides workforce training to assist SBWIB in fulfilling their mission.
Visit SBWIB

California State Employment Training Panel

The California State ETP provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. LAPC provides job training and small business training to California residents participating in the program.
Visit ETP

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Introduction

Los Angeles Pacific College welcomes all of our students who come from diverse and unique backgrounds. We believe in the pedagogy, or the art of teaching, of Multicultural Education. Our students arrive at LAPC from different cultures; the staff and faculty recognize each of our students as an individual, and endeavor to meet each student's needs and goals.

We strive to develop the personal growth and professional potential of each of our students. Through our programs of study, students are prepared for employment in various fields including business data processing and computer information technology, or are prepared to continue onto higher education. In addition, we aim to broaden our students' horizons, resulting in career growth and job security. For students studying English as a Second Language, we assist in providing the necessary tools to develop proficiency in English and the opportunities to experience and learn about American culture.

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Mission

The mission of LAPC is to provide quality education and technical training in order to enable students to obtain gainful employment in their chosen professional careers, or to provide a solid base from which they can pursue higher education.

ESL PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at LAPC is to serve the domestic and international community as a postsecondary, intensive English Program which offers the development of communication skills and the enrichment of cultural awareness.

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Philosophy

LAPC believes in providing students with opportunities to recognize their potential. By fostering their development of skills, LAPC prepares its students to meet the needs of American businesses and industries where they can benefit others as well as themselves.

LAPC is dedicated to serving the community and its students and strives to provide quality continuing education and training.

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Objectives

The objective of LAPC, shared by all members of the staff and faculty, is to assist students in obtaining employment, developing professional attitudes with self-confidence and discipline, developing interpersonal skills in preparation for pursuing their chosen professional careers, and providing a base from which they can pursue higher education.

We are dedicated to serving our students, continually strive to provide quality continuing education and training, and seek to provide well-trained students to the employing community. Awareness of our mission is spread throughout the community by our staff, faculty, and students. Because it is our mission to provide the community with the well-trained and qualified workforce that they expect, our faculty is comprised of working professionals who can bring their industry experience to the classroom, thereby enriching our students' training process.

LAPC administers training in technical skills for entry-level employment in fields related to computer information, accounting, bookkeeping, graphic design, and general office work. For our students studying English as a Second Language (ESL), LAPC assists in providing the enhancement of their communication skills and enrichment of an intercultural awareness. We also provide these students with the appropriate support and services to assist in making the transition from their home country to the United States.

For all of our students, we recruit the most talented faculty to ensure the best education possible while at LAPC. We try to meet or go beyond our students' expectations in developing their skills of study, whether it is linguistic or technical. It is our responsibility to meet the needs of our students, ordinary or extraordinary, and ensure that their experience at LAPC is both positive and fulfilling.

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Academic Criteria

At Los Angeles Pacific College, all members of the faculty have practical as well as professional experience in their fields. The minimum education and experience requirements for our instructors are as follows:

Academic Director/Coordinator:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum 5 years of related teaching experience and/or demonstrated industry work experience required;
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent advanced degree in business, and/or designation as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred;
  • Possession of related teaching credential, license, or certificate preferred.

Academic Coordinator, English as a Second Language (ESL):

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum 5 years of related teaching experience;
  • Major study in ESL/TESL or Education (with emphasis on English language teaching), English/English Literature, Linguistics, or Communications preferred, but not required;
  • For non-ESL/TESL majors: possession of ESL/TESL or equivalent teaching credential, license, or certificate;
  • Native speaker.

Accounting (AOS)/Computerized Accounting (CAC)/Business General Program (BGP) courses:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum 3 years of related teaching experience and/or demonstrated industry work experience required;
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent advanced degree in business, and/or designation as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred;
  • Possession of related teaching credential, license, or certificate preferred.

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum 2 years of related teaching experience;
  • Major study in ESL/TESL or Education (with emphasis on English language teaching), English/English Literature, Linguistics, or Communications preferred, but not required
  • For non-ESL/TESL majors: possession of ESL/TESL or equivalent teaching credential, license, or certificate; or enrollment in ESL/TESL certification program;
  • Native speaker.

Computer Information System (CIS) courses:

  • Minimum Associate's degree required;
  • Minimum 2 years of related teaching experience and/or demonstrated industry work experience required;
  • Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • Possession of related teaching credential, license, or certificate preferred.

Computer Graphic Design (CGD) courses:

  • Minimum Associate's degree required;
  • Minimum 2 years of related teaching experience and/or demonstrated industry work experience required;
  • Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • Possession of related teaching credential, license, or certificate preferred.

Web Software Technology (WST) courses:

  • Minimum Associate's degree required;
  • Minimum 2 years of related teaching experience and/or demonstrated industry work experience required;
  • Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • Possession of related teaching credential, license, or certificate preferred.

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Facilities & Equipment

LAPC is housed in a 5,351-square-foot facility in a commercial building at 3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, in Los Angeles, California. Unless otherwise stated, all class sessions shall be held at the aforementioned campus facility. The facility includes computer labs, classrooms, and administrative offices. Classrooms and labs are arranged in such a way as to create an atmosphere, which promotes an optimum learning experience for students. Classes employ modern equipment such as computers, printers and scanners, and various audio-visual aids including televisions, radios, VCRs, and portable audio systems to enhance the curriculum. The school has a small student lounge where students can interact with each other. Parking is available in metered street parking, or in the parking structure which is accessible from Catalina.

HANDICAPPED FACILITIES

LAPC provides certain facilities that are accessible to physically disabled students. Applicants with a physical disability are invited to visit the school to determine if the facilities meet their requirements.

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Library & Resource Facilities

It is LAPC's goal to both provide and continually improve its library resources to support educational processes. Students are encouraged to supplement their course of study by utilizing the resources of the library. During the mandatory orientation week, or the first week of each semester, students are introduced to our library facilities as well as the learning resources available both on-site and off-site. Students are encouraged to attend our Study Skills Workshop held at the library-scheduled dates and times are announced through the student bulletin board and class emails.

Library resources include various reference books, textbooks, and general literature and are available to the students, faculty, and staff of LAPC. Many types of periodicals are available through the Internet. The library is equipped with computers for Internet access, access to a network printer, and desks and chairs. Computers are available to students for internet searches, class-related work including word processing, and using class-related tutorial programs and resumé -preparation software. Additional computers and printers are available in the computer labs, which are open to students after the lecture sessions-students are advised to utilize computer labs for working on class-related assignments or for additional lab practice on a sign-up, first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, monthly or bimonthly publications from professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA), and the California Association for Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) are available to students, faculty, and staff to keep them updated on the latest industry news and various topics of interest in their professional fields.

For additional learning resources off-site, students have access to the Pio Pico-Koreatown branch of the Los Angeles Public Library as well as the Central Library downtown. Both are just a few minutes from campus by public transportation.

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Health & Safety Considerations

It is the policy of LAPC to maintain a safe environment for its students and staff members, and as such has annual fire and safety inspections. Exit signs are posted prominently, and a first-aid kit is located in the office in a conspicuous place. Should greater medical attention be required, area hospital emergency rooms are within quick reach by ambulance.

At this time, LAPC does not offer health insurance to our students; however, the Student Services Director is designated as a resource for providing contact information for insurance agencies and brokers. LAPC highly recommends that students purchase health insurance for the duration of their studies at LAPC, as students are fully responsible for their own medical expenses. The cost of health insurance will vary among insurance providers depending on the student's age, health conditions, and coverage needs.

For accidents, emergencies, and crimes involving students, any instructional or administrative staff on the scene or otherwise alerted are required to immediately contact building security, "911," or the City of Los Angeles Police Department (Olympic Community Police Station) at (213) 382-9102. Please refer to the "Institutional Health and Safety Plan" for more information.

If any student is injured or becomes ill during the course of regular attendance (excluding off-campus hours, weekends, and vacation periods), and LAPC is duly notified, the Student Services Director is responsible for contacting the student's parent/guardian and/or emergency contact person(s) documented in the student's file.

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Class Schedule & Calendar For the School Year

All Certificate Programs

2017WinterSpringSummerFall
Start/End01/09 - 03/3104/03 - 06/2307/03 - 09/2210/02 - 12/22
Midterm02/1705/1208/1111/10
Final03/3106/2309/2212/22
Session BreakNo Break06/26 - 06/3009/25 - 09/2912/25 - 01/05
Session Length12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks
Winter Break 12/25/17 - 01/05/18
2018WinterSpringSummerFall
Start/End01/08 - 03/3004/02 - 06/2207/02 - 09/2110/01 - 12/21
Midterm02/1605/1108/1011/09
Final03/3006/2209/2112/21
Session BreakNo Break06/25 - 06/2909/24 - 09/2812/24 - 01/04
Session Length12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks
Winter Break 12/24/18 - 01/04/19
2019WinterSpringSummerFall
Start/End01/07 - 03/2904/01 - 06/2107/01 - 09/209/30 - 12/20
Midterm02/1805/1308/1211/11
Final03/2806/2009/1912/19
Session BreakNo Break06/24 - 06/2809/23 - 09/2712/23 - 01/03
Session Length12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks12 Weeks
Winter Break 12/23/19 - 01/03/20

The start/end date for the associate-degree or other certificate programs may vary and is subject to change.

CLASS SESSIONS

LAPC offers morning, afternoon, and evening classes. The schedule is inclusive of lecture and lab sessions, and is as follows:

Morning: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. M-F Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F Evening: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. M-F

Classes in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate Program are available as follows, inclusive of lecture and lab sessions:

Morning: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. M-F Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. M-F Evening: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. M-F

CLASS SIZE

LAPC limits the size of its classes to maintain the educational quality of its instructional programs. Class size may vary from one subject area to another, and from laboratory to lecture. In general, a typical class size ranges from 10 to 15 students.

Courses are held throughout the calendar year. In most cases, students may enroll in programs and begin their training at the beginning of any session. Specific schedules are available at the admissions office. All the course starting and completion dates are subject to change. Students will be duly notified.

Granting of Academic Credit

Prior to enrollment, students will be asked to list any previous education, training or experience in the area they wish to study. If it is considered current and can be demonstrated to a satisfactory proficiency level, appropriate credit may be allowed at the discretion of the school administration. Please refer to the Transfer Policy section of this catalog for additional guidelines for the degree program in Accounting.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. M-F Instructional Hours*: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. M-F

The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Presidents' Day Good Friday Memorial Day (Official Observance) Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day, and day after Thanksgiving Christmas Eve, Christmas Day (**including Christmas week and New Year's week)

*May vary based upon class schedule
**Classes are not held during Christmas week and New Year's week; however, the school is open for students requiring assistance or desiring additional lab practice by prior arrangement.

ENROLLMENT WINDOW

The Computer Graphic Design (CGD), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computerized Accounting (CAC), and Web Software Technology (WST) programs admit new students at the start of each new course within the program. The Associate of Occupational Studies in Accounting (AOS-A), Associate of Applied Science in Computer Graphic Design (AAS-CGD), and Associate of Applied Science in Web Software Technology (AAS-WST) programs must have at least ten students enrolled to start, or it can start at the Academic Director's discretion.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program has an open enrollment window. If students enroll during a term and the ESL class has been in session for ten school days or more, students are given the option of auditing the class (no credit given) for its duration, or taking the class when it starts again. Students may progress to the next level in the ESL Program if the student passes the final exam for each subject with a grade of C or higher.

DROP AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY

The drop and withdrawal periods vary depending on the length of the course as described in the table below. A prorated refund schedule for drops can be found in section VI.

Foreign students who must withdraw under special circumstances (such as returning to home country, change of status, etc.), will be required by Student Services to submit supporting documentation. Those students will be designated "withdrawal under special circumstances" in their records.

Course DurationDrop without "W"Withdrawal
4-6 weeksWithin 1 week (5 business days)After 1 week (5 business days)
8 weeksWithin 2 weeks (10 business days)After 2 weeks (10 business days)
12 weeksWithin 3 weeks (15 business days)After 3 weeks (15 business days)
16 weeksWithin 4 weeks (20 business days)After 4 weeks (20 business days)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

All instruction at LAPC will be conducted in English.

GENERAL TERMS

Without prior notification, LAPC reserves the right to change or modify the program content, equipment, staff, materials and organization as it deems necessary, with the approval of the school's regulatory agencies. Such changes may be required to keep pace with technological advances and improve teaching methods or procedures. In no event will any program changes diminish the competency of any program or result in tuition changes. LAPC also reserves the right to cancel a scheduled course if registration is insufficient to make up a class. In such a case, all monies paid will be refunded within 10 days.

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BPPE Annual Report (2015)

BPPE Annual Report (2016)

School Catalog (2016)

School Catalog (2017)

School Performance Fact Sheet (2014)

School Performance Fact Sheet (2015)

School Performance Fact Sheet (2016)