The Centinela Valley Center of the Arts, a theater at Lawndale High School, was spearheaded by the TELACU Construction Management. (http://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/)
What is the structure of the organization?
As an umbrella organization, TELACU owns various subsidiaries and companies. TELACU Industries and the TELACU Education Foundation are its main for-profit and nonprofit subsidiaries respectively.
TELACU Industries, the organization’s wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, empowers the underserved East Los Angeles community through the creation of new jobs, businesses, and property. Due to its composition of profitable businesses, TELACU Industries can acquire self-sustaining assets to ensure long-term viability. This combination of profitability and social service enables TELACU Industries to promote economic sufficiency inside as well as outside the subsidiary.
It operates a family of companies in 4 business sectors:
TELACU Education Foundation
In response to rising college dropouts by Latino students, TELACU created the TELACU Education Foundation (TEF) for the purpose of breaking higher education barriers. Through the TEF, thousands of first-generation students are able to receive academic support via TELACU's college success and STEM & Business Initiative programs.
"At TELACU, we believe that the true measure of our success is not the number of our scholars who begin college, but rather the number who ultimately attain a college degree." -TELACU
These videos highlight the successes and setbacks of the TELACU Education Foundation since its founding in 1983.
How is TELACU run?
A top-down organization, TELACU maintains a rigorous hierarchical structure. At the top of the pyramid, David and Michael Lizarraga head the organization as chairman and chief executive officer respectively. Below the father-son duo, multiple leaders oversee various sectors within the TEF and TELACU Industries. This organizational structure not only ensures the success of TELACU’s subsidiaries, but also the institution as well.
As the economic vehicle of the organization, TELACU Industries requires more leadership and supervision than other underlying companies and subsidiaries. (chart created on Excel)