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Let's Vote for Pierce as "Best College" in Daily News Readers Poll

Vote now to help Pierce regain its title of BEST COLLEGE in the community in the 2015 Los Angeles Daily News Readers Choice Awards.  What’s our record? Pierce College has been awarded “Best Place to Work” in 2013 and 2014, and won “Favorite College” in 2014, second place to CSUN as “Best College.”  We must vote! Pierce has not won “Best College” since a two-year run in 2010 and 2011. Let’s get it back!

HOW TO VOTE:  Click this link or go to and click on Vote Now.

1. Enter your email address
2. If you've voted before, you're in! Go to Step 4.
3. If you haven't voted before, the Daily News will send you a verification email and you will follow a few simple steps.
4. VOTE by going to the PLACES category and unver UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE type in "Pierce College."

You do not have to fill in other categories for your vote to count.  Voting ends June 26.   NOW GO BRAHMAS!!!


Still Haven't Signed Up for Summer Classes?


OPEN CLASSES FOR SUMMER B SESSION -- Have you registered for Summer Classes at Pierce College? Summer Session A (5 weeks) and 8-week already began June 15, 2015, but there are openings for Summer Session B (5 weeks), to begin July 20. Now is the time to sign up. The sooner you complete the units you need to reach your educational goals, the sooner you will graduate, transfer or get your job skills certificate.


Summer B Schedule is posted online at



click here to go to the Student Information system:


Do you know what to do to get Priority Registration? You must complete three steps: online orientation, assessment, and making an educational plan. Visit and click Getting Started



Summer Office Hours Posted for Pierce College


Whether you need to obtain a parking pass, get books and supplies, or study at the Library, this list of Summer 2015 Office Hours from 42 offices on campus can help.



LACCD Celebrates $15 Million Grant from California Career Pathways Trust



Taking part in Thursday’s ceremony were (from left to right)  Jasmin Ortega of the California Departent of Education, LACCD Vice Chancellor Dr. Felicito Cajayon, LACCD Board Trustee Mike Fong, Valley College student Pedro Gonzalez, LACCD Board President Scott  Svonkin, LACCD Board Trustee Mike Eng, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Metro CEO Phillip Washington and NIC Technology Regional Manager Cheryl Lasko.

Thursday morning was overcast with intermittent drops of rain falling on the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station in front of the Metro Headquarters Building. But for the 115 people gathered there, it was a radiant day, full of promise for a bright future. With smiles and applause, they were reacting to the formal awarding of a $15 million grant to the Los Angeles Community College District by the California Department of Education. The grant was provided by the California Career Pathways Trust, a portion of the $244 million awarded to 40 programs across the state that blend academic and career technical education, connect employers with schools , and train students for jobs in high-demand fields such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health care and software development.

“This grant will transform the lives of thousands of students,” LACCD Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin told the crowd. “Wherever their dreams take them, they can now go.”

“If we do a good job,” said LACCD Trustee Mike Eng, who chaired the Board committees having oversight over the District's application process, “this is just the beginning of a great ride for our students.”

 In attendance were the value-added partners for this program, including those from workforce investment boards, regional employers, unified school districts, economic development agencies and labor unions. Among the business leaders on hand were Phil Washington, CEO of Metro, Frank Spaeth, CEO of NIC Technology Partners and Tracy Rafter, CEO of BizFed

“Thank you LACCD for reaching out to the business community,” said Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “And thank you business community for reaching back.”

Representing the students at Thursday’s press conference was Pedro Gonzalez from Los Angeles Valley College.

Implementing the program will be the Los Angeles Regional Career Pathways Project, one of the largest collaborative models in California. It unites community colleges, high schools, unified school districts, labor unions, workforce investment boards, and industry-specific employers.

The program focuses on high-demand industry sectors that are projected to grow and offer job opportunities well into the future. The numbers that could be generated are staggering. The project includes over $1,700,000 of in-kind/matched resources and will expand the $15 million Career Pathways Trust grant to serve over 6,000 participants. LACCD’s nine colleges and 20 local high schools will work with other project stakeholders to update articulation agreements, develop multiple career pathways, and align systemic initiatives that will prepare high school and college students for good-paying jobs and careers. The Regional Pathways consortium will work with over 95 employers who will offer over 1,800 internships.

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LACCD’s chancellor, told the audience there was no room for gloom despite the weather.

“I have 15 million reasons to be happy,” he said. “Today is a day of investment. You, our value-added partners, are the wind in our sails. Now, let’s get to work. Our students deserve it.”  

The Los Angeles Community College District, the nation's largest community college district, serves one-quarter million students a year in more than 36 cities in Los Angeles County at its nine colleges. The District covers nearly 900 square miles and has educated and trained the region's diverse workforce since 1969.


Be a Part of the Commencement Ceremony for Pierce's Class of 2015

Announcement:  Commencement will take place RAIN or SHINE!


Celebrate the hard work and achievements of Pierce College’s Class of 2015 at the 67TH Commencement Ceremony, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Graduates are getting their caps and gowns ready; families and friends carrying flowers, balloons and gifts will gather with the graduating students in a crowd of about 3,000. Author-director-producer Rick Najera will be Pierce College’s keynote speaker. Join us at 6 p.m. under the shade of the trees in Rocky Young Park.


We hope that you plan to participate in our 2015 Commencement Ceremony and want to remind you of the following important information:

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Rocky Young Park (Grassy area next to Business Bldg. and fountain)

Commencement Day Schedule:
5:15 p.m.: Graduates assemble at the Center for the Sciences courtyard
6:00 p.m.: Commencement ceremony begins
7:30 p.m.: Reception

Caps and Gowns: Students will be wearing the traditional black cap and gown (available in the bookstore). The cost is $31.95 +tax. Caps and Gowns are mandatory! Students who do not have a cap and gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. No exceptions! (Note: Nursing students will be wearing white caps and gowns)

Arrive Early: Please plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. at the Center for the Sciences courtyard. You will need time to complete your name card and receive instructions on the procession.


Parking: Instruct your guests to arrive early and park in Lot 7 (near the Mason and Victory entrance). Parking permits will not be required for this special event.

For complete and up-to-date information, please visit the college website at, (Click on “Students” and scroll down to “Events and Student Information”)

Everyone is invited to attend Pierce College's 67th Commencement and no tickets are necessary.

Well done, Pierce graduates!



Pierce College Choir to Bring Broadway Hits to Life in Free Concert

The Pierce College Choir presents a free concert, The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Performing Arts Building. The choir will perform musical selections from the most famous Broadway plays, including Showboat, The Sound of Music, Hair, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats.


Journey Through Nostalgia with Pierce Encore Singers


The Encore Singers at Los Angeles Pierce College will be presenting their spring concert on Sunday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building on the Pierce College campus. The concert, entitled "I’ll Be Seeing You: A Journey through Nostalgia," will include music made popular during the WWII era. Songs will include: Don’t sit Under the Apple Tree, The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and, of course, I’ll be Seeing you. 


Tickets may be purchased the day of the concert beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Theater Box Office. For more information and directions to the college, please visit us at Pierce Encore Singers on Facebook.  Tickets are $10 General Admission and $5 for Children under age 12. 



Student Grads Should Resend their Email Requests to be Posted on Marquee

NOTICE:  Due to the recent email crash, some Pierce emails sent between 5/5 and 5/25/15 are currently lost.  All students who are graduating, transferring, earning a degree or certificate, and would like to be posted on the electronic marquee on Victory Boulevard, need to resend their information to

As before, students who would like to be shown on the marquee must send an email to with the following information by THE EXTENDED DEADLINE of Friday, June 19, 2015.

  • Your Name
  • One of the following:  Name of the college you are transferring to, name of the degree, or the name of the certificate you earned
  • Your Student ID88 number

Pierce student achievements will be highlighted on the electronic marquee at the corner of Victory and Winnetka beginning June 8, 2015. Look for the names of students who are transferring from Pierce College to a university or college, or who have earned a degree or certificate on the marquee this summer.  Congratulations.


Pierce Dance Theatre to Give Good "Impressions" this Weekend in Concert

"Impressions" is the Spring Dance Concert to be presented by the Pierce College Dance Theatre as their end of term capstone event. Enjoy the inspiring choreographic work students and faculty have done this term in dance. “Impressions” is a showcase for student and faculty choreographers, characterized by individuality of concept and diversity of aesthetic approach.


The performances are Friday, May 29, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 8:00 p.m.,  and Sunday, May 31, 2:00 p.m. All Tickets for this inaugural event, in the newly renovated Performing Arts Center are only $10. Call for reserved tickets at 818-610-6598 or go online for tickets at:



Indulge in the Icebox Philosopher’s Cabaret on May 28

Pierce students celebrate the creative exploration of philosophical ideas with this mixed media event that combines digital video, live spoken word, and live performance. Students will create and present performances (up to 4-minutes) centered on the theme View through the Rabbit Hole: the Paradox of Perspective.


The Philosophers Cabaret will take place on Thursday, May 28th at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall; reception immediately following; live bands to open and close the cabaret; special guest host to perform throughout; refreshments and DJ after the show.


Performances may include original songs, skits, videos, poetry, dance, performance art, etc. Students may also create visual artworks, which will be displayed in The Great Hall. There will be an opportunity to participate in a group art project during the Cabaret. All Pierce students are encouraged to participate. To perform or submit art, email Dr. McQuitty by deadline of Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m. Or just show up and enjoy the show!


When we open the icebox, we are looking to be inspired, nourished, indulged. We hunt through the shelves and find an assortment of ingredients and dishes. Every flavor the mind can conceive is waiting to be sampled and savored. The icebox we aim to explore with the student contest isn’t just any old refrigeration device. It’s our imagination, which houses creativity, artistry, and individual perspective. For this semester’s theme, we are exploring the philosophy of perspectivism and asking you to artistically respond with what you think about perspectives and/or their significance in our world.


Icebox Student Contest winners will be announced at the Cabaret, and they will each be awarded a $50 prize. We will also be celebrating our third issue of Icebox Journal with readings from the upcoming edition.