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Xenia Wright, Department Chair

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Photo: Students use simple distillation to purify organic liquids.Chemical technicians play an important role in a variety of industries, performing chemical testing, assisting chemists, chemical engineers, and other professional specialists. The Chemical Technology program at LATTC is the oldest and most successful training program in the western United States. The program was developed and approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), University of California, Berkeley, and local chemical industries.

We train our students by using a hands-on approach to learning. Students use state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Graduates of the program are employed by health and environmental services, waste water treatment plants, environmental and forensic laboratories, oil refineries, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, aerospace, biotechnology, and many other industries. Students may earn a certificate or an Associate of Science Degree. Graduates may select from many job offers, and typically entry-level salaries range from $30,000 to $60,000 per year.


  • Fall August/September
  • Spring in mid January/February
  • Summer (Intro to Chem Tech only)


Photo: Students use rotary evaporator to concentrate chemical sample.Our campus mirrors industry, with labs and classrooms equipped to prepare students for the working world. Students perform actual industry laboratory tests in two fully equipped, professional laboratories.

Tuition is low. Book and tuition scholarships are available for full time students. Plus, we make it easier for working students to attend classes by providing morning classes only and support services such as loans, childcare, tutoring, health care, and more.


Our faculty members have extensive teaching and work experience in their field and relate that first-hand knowledge to students. We believe such mentoring is critical to the learning process. Also, we are an outstanding member of the California Chemical and process Technology Alliance (CCPTA), an Industry/Education Alliance designed to keep the program current with industry standards.

April 3, 2008