LA ORT Has a Dream Too

LA ORT Has a Dream Too

Last Wednesday, on the same spot that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, dignitaries, stars and civil-rights leaders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Guest speakers included past presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as prominent African Americans, including Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.

Speaking from the same place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as Dr. King 50 years before him, President Barack Obama reiterated the remarks of his fellow Nobel Peace prize recipient when speaking of the motives behind the original marchers:

ort colleges in los angelesThey were there seeking jobs as well as justice; not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity. For, what does it profit a man, Dr. King would ask, to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can’t afford the meal?

Everyone, regardless of race, should have a fair shot at reaching the middle class and beyond. Continued inequality and stagnant wages show us that, while there have been many advancements towards equal opportunity since Dr. King gave his speech, there is still room for improvement.

President Obama went on to say, This idea—that one’s liberty is linked to one’s livelihood; that the pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work, the skills to find work, decent pay, some measure of material security—this idea was not new.

Everyone deserves a chance at upward mobility. At ORT College, students can quickly earn a degree and “afford the meal” at any lunch counter. ORT College offers continuing education, hands-on experience, work opportunities and sincere support for all students. Economic opportunity is available to you; you just need to take the next step.

People from all walks of life come to ORT College because they want to improve their career prospects. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths, as we provide all cultures the opportunity to learn a trade.

We are proud to say that our Los Angeles campus’ student body contains a great range of cultures and ethnicities, approximately 25% Hispanic/Latino; 40% Asian (Korean/Chinese); 22% White (including Armenian, Russian, Persian and Israeli) and 10% African American.

In Van Nuys our students are approximately 25% Hispanic/Latino; 10% Asian (Korean and Chinese); 69% White (including Armenian, Russian, Persian and Israeli) and 1% African American.

At LA ORT, we have a dream for each and every one of our students, every day. By striving for excellence in everything we do, we are proud to help you make your dream come true.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.