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Why It's Important to Start Earning Your Degree at Pierce College this Fall



Reach your educational and career goals by making a smart decision. Attend a college with the lowest-cost high-quality education in the nation:  Pierce College. When you register for Fall Semester 2016, you’ll receive individual attention from great professors who are here to help you. Pierce classes are now filling and start August 29, 2016.  Here are the links you need.


For Pierce’s Fall Schedule click and Open Classes List at  To register for classes, log in to the Student Information System using your ID88 and 4-digit pin at  


Don’t have an ID88 number? Then you need to apply for admission.  Admission is open to everyone; no high school diploma or GED is needed, because you can start here at Pierce College no matter where you are in your education or training.


Click here (Admissions homepage) to find out about applying.  Or cut to the chase to begin your application at this link:


Why should you apply and register? Because education pays off. People who have a college degree can earn $1.5 million dollars more during their career than people who don’t have a degree. Plus, more than sixty percent of our students take advantage of $50 million in financial aid, so that classes are tuition-free, and finish their two-year degree without debt.  Find out about Financial Aid here:


Sign up now for Fall classes. At $46/per unit, Pierce College still has the lowest cost higher education in the nation, and savvy students have figured out that this is the smartest way to start earning a valuable degree.


Photo Gallery of PIerce College Commencement 2016 Now Posted


A gallery of highlights of Pierce’s 2016 Commencement with many student photos taken before the graduation ceremony is now posted online at These are photos that were taken independently of the formal photographers’ photos.  Enjoy the gallery!



Register Now for Five-Week Summer B starting July 18


There is still time to sign up for classses in Pierce College's five-week Summer B Session, which starts July 18 and ends August 20, 2016. The schedule is posted at


The more units you take, the faster you will move ahead to the career or university of your choice and the more likely it is that you will complete your education. It makes sense to sign up for Summer B at Pierce College.



Student Achievers To Appear on Marquee in June

Pierce student achievements will be highlighted on the electronic marquee at the corner of Victory and Winnetka beginning June 7, 2016 (Commencement Day). 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, this June. Pierce College students are definitely going places.

Students who would like to be shown on the marquee must personally send an email to with the following information by Thursday, June 2, 2016:  

  • 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

Then watch the corner marquee in June!   In 2015, 348 students sent in their names and appeared on the marquee.



Recent High School Grads Wanted for Summer Bridge, Freshman Academy


The deadline has been extended to apply! Want to meet and take classes with other recent high school grads? Get a head start with the Summer Bridge Program. If you have a friend, brother or sister graduating from high school this year who wants to know more about college -- they can get a head start on college this summer with Pierce's Summer Bridge Program. Or sign up for Fall's new Freshman Academy. Registration is ongoing now and acceptance in the programs are first come, first served.

With Summer Bridge, students complete six units in just eight weeks. The courses are English & counseling 40; the class schedule is Monday – Thursday, June 13 - August 4, 2016. YOU choose the time. Either 8:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.  Attend a mandatory orientation Sat. June 11th. Questions? Want to apply? or call 818-610-6508.  See the flyers for more detail.

Vote for Pierce College as the Best College in the Valley 2016


VOTE FOR PIERCE COLLEGE as the #1 Best college in the San Fernando Valley! We won this Daily News Readers Choice “Best College” last year--let's win again for 2016!


VOTE NOW! Here's how:

Click at the link below, then enter your email. At the next page, click on PLACES, then scroll down to COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY and type in Pierce! Click Submit at the bottom.  You will get an email back to validate your vote—just open it and your vote is counted.

Voting ends Friday, JUNE 30th, 2016.


Create Your Original Work for "Being in the World" Cabaret


Pierce students will celebrate philosophy with this mixed media event that combines digital video, live spoken word, and live performance while highlighting the creative exploration of philosophical ideas. Students will create and, on May 26, 2016, present performances (up to four minutes) centered on the theme “Being-In-The-World.”


Being-in-the-World speaks to the idea that existence is to be understood as a unified whole. Thus, our existence references a totality of involvements, rather than being isolated from everything else. With this semester’s theme, we are posing questions related to this idea. For instance: What does existence mean to you? What does it mean for you to be in the world? How do you interpret world?


Performances, taking place in the Great Hall at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, will include original songs, skits, monologues, videos, poetry, dance, performance art, etc. Students may also create artworks that reflect the theme to be displayed in The Great Hall. There will be an opportunity to participate in a group art project throughout the evening. All Pierce students are encouraged to participate. To perform or submit art, email Dr. McQuitty by Monday, May 23, 2016 at 12 p.m. Or just show up and enjoy the show.  For more information contact



AGS Honor Society Hosts Faculty Appreciation Banquet May 11


Alpha Gamma Sigma will host the Faculty Appreciation Banquet and Golden Apple Ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall.


“Professors do so much here at Pierce College and it’s that time of year when we recognize it,” said AGS President Joe Hernandez. “Our Professors here at Pierce College work tirelessly to uplift, motivate, encourage and inspire their students!”


All students are encouraged to participate and vote for their favorite professors in the Golden Apple awards, a tradition of showing appreciation at Pierce College. Tabling will be on the Mall and will run until May 9, where the poll tallies will reveal which professors have the most votes from their students.


Hernandez said, “This wonderful event is an end-of-the-year awards ceremony dedicated to honor those who labor long hours grading papers and exams; to commemorate the efforts of the men and women who are regarded as mentors, inspirations, friends, advisors, and family; and to show our gratitude to our professors.”


The Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society members will be serving a catered lunch, courtesy of the Associated Student Organization.


At the Golden Apple ceremony, professors who have the most votes in their respective departments will receive a Silver Apple Certificate of Appreciation. The Top Voted Professor will receive the prestigious Golden Apple Plaque.


All Professors are invited to come to lunch and enjoy this ceremony dedicated them.  Any questions should be addressed to


Student Art Show to Display Broad Spectrum of Talent and Media


Come be impressed by all the creative hard work produced by Pierce College students at the Annual Student Art Show. It opens Thursday May 5th and runs through Tuesday May 24, 2016 in the Pierce College Art Gallery. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be at 6 pm in the Art Garden.  All events are free and open to the public.  For parking, please obtain a permit from the yellow kiosk in parking Lot 6 and follow the signs to the gallery.


This year’s exhibition features works that demonstrate the broad spectrum of courses taught in the Department of Art and Architecture.  Everything from sculptures carved out of alabaster and marble, to delicate portraits rendered in charcoal and graphite, to bold mixed media paintings, and vibrant still lifes will be on display.  Christian Tedeschi, Assistant Professor of Sculpture from CSUN is this year’s Guest Juror, and will award prizes for Best of Show, 1st through 3rd Place Awards, as well as Honorable Mentions. 


For further information contact Monika Del Bosque, Pierce College Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art, at 818-710-2262 or email


Financial Aid Disbursements to Switch from Higher One to Bank Mobile Vibe

Pierce students’ Higher One financial aid disbursement accounts become Bank Mobile Vibe on June 1, 2016. The current ATMs on campus will stop working on May 4 until the new system is employed. Bank Mobile Vibe reduces or eliminates several fees that were charged with former accounts. These changes do not impact students’ account balance, will not change PIN numbers, or require any action on Pierce students’ parts.

Here are the key points to know:

·        Higher One accounts becomes Bank Mobile Vibe on June 1, 2016

·        There will be no change in account numbers

·        Students do not need to get a new bank card

·        Students will be able to access cash from more locations off campus without paying a fee. The number of fee-free ATM locations increases to 55,000 nationwide.

·        Greater access to money means students no longer have to go to campus to withdraw cash or pay fees at many ATMs.

The new Bank Mobile Vibe will cost less for many transactions. Above is the new fee structure. Beginning June 1, 2016 students will have access to thousands of fee-free All Point ATMs nationwide, including one on each campus, from which students may draw funds.

For a complete list of Bank Mobile Vibe ATMs, visit For questions about this new service, please contact your campus Financial Aid office.