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By Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College Governing Board Member

Employment in the U.S. 
is expected to grow by 8.4 
million jobs in the next decade, 
according to a recent report by 
the Bureau of Labor Statistics 

The BLS’s list of the 20 fastest 
growing occupations sounds a 
bit like futuristic fiction. Solar 
photo-voltaic installers lead the 
list at 63 percent job growth, 
followed by wind turbine service 
technicians at 57 percent. Other 
high-tech jobs in top 20 list 
include information security 
analysts, genetic counselors and 
operations research analysts. 
These are all high paying jobs, 
and most require at least some 

The BLS cites an aging 
population as a factor in its 
projected changes in workforce 
demographics. That population 
also will result the need for more healthcare workers. It’s interesting to note that while there will be an 
exodus of retiring older Americans in the next 10 years, the share of baby boomers and those over 55 
remaining in the workforce longer is expected to increase from 23.1 percent to 25.2 percent.

For those searching for a new, profitable, in-demand career, here are a few options to consider:

Wind Turbine Technician – Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind 
turbines. These jobs typically require a postsecondary non-degree award (i.e. some college) and pay a 
median annual wage of $54,370.

Information Security Analyst – These workers plan and carry out security measures to protect an 
organization’s computer networks and systems. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree in a 
computer-related field. The median wage for these jobs is $98,350.

Physical Therapist Assistant - Physical therapist assistants entering the profession need an associate’s degree 
from an accredited program. The median annual wage for physical therapist assistants is more than $58,000.

Medical Assistants - Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices 
of physicians, and other healthcare facilities. These jobs typically require a postsecondary non-degree 
award. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent in the next decade, much 
faster than the average for all occupations. The median wage is about $33,610.

Community colleges throughout California provide low cost, high quality academic and career training 
to prepare students for the jobs of the future. Whether it’s an associate degree, a vocational certificate or 
the first two years of a Bachelor’s Degree that’s required, a community college is a great place to start.

About the Author:

Dr. Edward C. Ortell is the senior governing board member at Citrus College and a Professor Emeritus 
at Pasadena City College. He has served on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) state 
board of directors and 11 terms as president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees.

Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


Dr. Edward C. Ortell examines human simulator in Citrus College 
nursing lab. (courtesy photo)



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 It was Friday afternoon, and I was sitting around a redwood table in the shade under tall eucalyptus 
trees. Five of us were about to continue on a porch renovation of one of Highland Park’s century-plus-old houses. We 
were taking a break, enjoying the cool breeze of the afternoon while reviewing the plan.

 All five of us there had known each other for at least 30 years, so we were almost like married people who no longer 
care for the other’s jokes, and barely care what the others look like. We were there united for a common cause only, 
and were about to begin.

Timothy said, “Well, let’s have a toast before we continue,” though we had only water.

 “Wait,” I said, “Let’s have a little kombucha for our toast.”

 Everyone smiled agreeingly at the prospect, and I pulled out a beautiful bottle of a golden liquid and carefully poured 
a little into each cup. We were quiet as I poured and everyone examined the unique col-or of our beverage. We could 
hear the slight breeze in the background, and insects buzzing, and the mu-sic from the neighbor’s house of monks 
slowly singing some Middle Ages chant.

 I explained that the kombucha was home-made, and made locally. “Ah,” said Cody.

We held our cups as Timothy made a toast to our enduring friendship, and to the porch which we wanted to be made 
acceptable to greet visitors for decades to come.

 We each sipped. I sipped slowly, savoring the subtle flavor and odor. There was none of the harshness, or astringency, 
that I’d come to associate with kombucha, commercial kombucha. I knew that kombucha was good for you, and I’d 
made it for a long time when I lived in Highland Park, but I never real-ly liked it. Even the commercial kombucha at 
Whole Foods and elsewhere, flavored as it was with rasp-berry and other additives, was never something I enjoyed. 

But this was like a soft nectar. Everyone was quiet as we sipped, and Timothy broke the silence by blurting, “That’s 

My body felt good from the home-made drink, and I felt light, and lightened.

There was enough for everyone to get a second serving, and so we quietly sat and sipped while sitting in the breeze, 
the monastic chanting in the background making me feel transported to another place and time. I felt that this was 
the first time I’d ever consumed a kombucha that I actually liked.

 We were all about ready to get back to work, but no one quite wanted to get up yet.

“Was it made with chi’,” Cody asked.

“I don’t know, but I suspect it was,” I responded.

“Is this alcoholic?” asked another.

“I don’t know,” I said. “It’s wonderfully effervescent, and maybe there’s a bit of alcohol, but probably not much.”

Everyone was nodding, enjoying the final drops.

“Is this available for purchase?” asked another.

“This is a local home-made batch. It was a gift from a good friend. It’s not something that she makes as a business. So, 
it’s probably not available for purchase. Just enjoy it,” I said. “You can buy the next-best thing at the health food store.”

My body and mind and heart felt good, and everyone got up to go back to work with a smile on their faces.

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