Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies - Making It In California
Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry

Los Angeles County Region

13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

David Gonzales, CACT Director
T (310) 973-3170
F (310) 973-3132

Manufacturing and aerospace in Los Angeles are on the rise. We can help you compete.

Partner With Us to Prepare for Tomorrow

The Los Angeles County Region Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) enables manufacturers and aerospace companies to compete successfully in changing markets and the global economy. We’re a college-based team of experts that provides technology education, manufacturing training, and consulting services in the advanced manufacturing sector. Our highly specialized technical consultants and instructors are part of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (CCCEWD) initiative.

Tap into the California Community College system
CACT is your link to the California Community College system, the largest in the nation. As soon as you engage CACT, you are connected to the talent and technology of 22 colleges in the Los Angeles region offering nearly 100 programs for advanced manufacturing, including:

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  • Aeronautical and Aviation Technology
  • Drafting Technology
  • Electrical
  • Electronics and Electric Technology
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Engineering (transfer)
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
  • Machining and Machine Tools
  • Mechanical Drafting
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Sheet Metal and Structural Fabrication
  • Welding

Tap into personalized expertise
When you work with the Los Angeles County Region CACT, you will partner with our Deputy Sector Navigator, David Gonzales. He will evaluate your needs and serve as a liaison between you and the community colleges, ensuring a customized match of needs and solutions. 

Tap into additional programs for businesses

  • Onsite training
  • Low- or no-cost technical assistance
  • Educational workshops
  • Information on how to qualify for state funds to assist with retraining employees and upgrading equipment

LA Advanced Manufacturing Facts

Special Projects

Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW) is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our education system.

PLTW at the Los Angeles County Region CACT is called "Engineering Technology." Exciting courses such as Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing provide relevant hands-on activities to stimulate interest, provide meaningful relevance and improve success in higher level math and science courses. Click here for information about our local PLTW program.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Consortium is an initiative that addresses the significant workforce shortages in Los Angeles in the advanced manufacturing and engineering technology industries. Industry partners and respective unified school districts work together to develop clear pathways for students, beginning in high school and continuing through a bachelor's degree. The consortium is committed to the principles of Linked Learning - an approach that energizes students through an interdisciplinary curriculum, project-based learning, and the integration of career technical education with traditional academic disciplines.

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  1. Greater profitability and improved quality
  2. Increased productivity and reduced waste
  3. High-performance employees
  4. Improved employee safety and reduced hazards
  5. Access to advanced technology
  6. Low- or no-cost services due to leveraged public sector funding
  7. Our experts make it easy for you
  8. College-approved curriculum and excellent training expertise
  9. Unbiased professional evaluation
  10. A better return on your workforce investment