Campus News

Pierce College will Open as COVID-19 Testing Site End January


L.A. Pierce College is setting up to open as an official free drive-through COVID-19 testing site for the community at the end of January 2021.  The site will be manned by the L.A. Fire Department (LAFD) in a partnership between them, the City of L.A., and L.A. Pierce College.


LAFD is currently transforming Pierce’s enormous Parking Lot 7 with RVs and containers for workers and cones for traffic patterns for the drive-through operation to be able to serve hundreds of people a day. Pierce College’s Lot 7 stretches along the south side of Victory Boulevard between Winnetka and Mason Avenues in Woodland Hills.


People interested in getting tested must be L.A. County residents. They will go online, sign up for an appointment and bring proof of residency. This procedure keeps the traffic moving smoothly at the testing site. Please wear face coverings and continue social distancing at all times.


Once the site is about to go live, a website link will be posted to make appointments. You can find current L.A. City testing sites at


It is expected that eventually COVID-19 vaccines will be administered in Lot 7, but at present only COVID-19 testing will be available. More details will be announced.


Winter Intersession and Spring Semester Class Schedules are Posted; Registration Begins

Class Schedules for Winter and Spring 2021 are now available. Find them at the buttons at the top of the home page, or go into your portal in the Student Information System (SIS) and search for classes you are interested in. Right now they are all open – make your choices!   New students should apply now at the button at the top, as well.

Continuing students’ registration for Winter intersession – only 5 weeks long – began Oct. 30, 2020. Continuing students’ registration appointments for Spring Semester began Nov. 16. Every continuing student is assigned a day and time to use their Priority Registration Appointment. When those are done, open enrollment for everyone begins,.

Visit our Schedules web page at and select the “Winter” or “Spring” tab to find the class schedules.

Reach your SIS portal where you can manage classes, search for classes, find your priority registration appointment and enroll at

Haven’t applied to Pierce College yet? Go to the home page top right and click “Apply Online” or go to

Winter and Spring 2021 classes will be offered online, and so will services and business.

Remember you can get assistance from our staff through Cranium Café virtual chat in many departments on our Student Services Online webpage at

Need support? The Student Support help desk number at Pierce is 818-464-4410, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staffers are trained to field questions from IT issues to financial aid to help solve your problem. The Student Support email address is

Don't give up on your education - we can get there together at Pierce College!


Winter and Spring 2021 Semesters Will Continue Online, Says LACCD Chancellor


September 17, 2020
Dear Students,

I am writing to provide an important announcement regarding the upcoming Winter session and Spring 2021 semester.  Our country remains in a declared public health emergency and our best health experts agree that we are still far from a full recovery without a vaccine or responsive therapeutics.

Therefore, LACCD will deliver all classes for the Winter session and the Spring 2021 semester in primarily remote/online learning environments for the remainder of the academic year.  We are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide safe, limited access for on-campus instruction that supports the State’s Essential Infrastructure Workforce.  However, courses that can be taught remotely and online will remain so for these upcoming terms.

We do not make this decision lightly, but your safety, and the safety of our faculty and staff, must be our top priority.  We know this is disappointing news for many, but, as conditions improve, we are also hopeful that we will see a return to some additional on-campus activities in the Spring 2021 term.

For now, I want to thank you for your confidence in LACCD and our colleges under these difficult circumstances.  I recognize your uncommon dedication to your educational success and your resiliency.

LACCD Proud. You are the best of us!

With my deepest admiration and respect, 

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Los Angeles Community College District


Vote Center Open Oct. 24-Nov. 3 on Campus; Drop Off Ballot Box Located Below Marquee on Victory and Winnetka

LA Pierce College is serving LA County Voters with a Ballot Drop Box and Voting Center for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential election. The Ballot Drop box is now available, and community members who have completed their paper ballots can drop them off in the Ballot Box located at the corner of Victory and Winnetka, directly below and behind the college’s large three-sided electronic marquee. It is easiest to park on Winnetka Avenue just south of Victory and walk to the ballot box. 


For those who choose to vote in person, the Vote Center at LA Pierce College will be open for the full eleven-day period between Oct. 24 and Nov. 3. Although the campus is not open for classes or services due to COVID-19, arrangements have been made to safely allow voters to cast their ballots. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Enter the college at Victory and Mason; signage at Pierce College will direct voters to parking in Lot 7 along Victory Blvd., including ADA access, and to the Vote Center in Building 600 on campus.


Now through 11/3/2020 
LA Pierce College 
Southwest Corner of Victory Blvd. and Winnetka Avenue  
Underneath the large electronic marquee 
Park on Winnetka Ave just south of Victory and walk to drop box


Address:  6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371 

Enter on Mason Avenue off Victory Blvd.

Designated Parking in Lot 7

Vote Center in Building 600 

Dates:  10/24 – 11/3/20 
Hours:  10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily from 10/24-11/2 
Election Day hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 11/3/2020 


For complete one-stop voter information, visit 



Last Chance to Sign up for Late Start Classes


It’s getting late – but it's STILL not too late for Late Start Classes that have seats open. Now is the time to sign up for Fall 2020 Late Start Classes, only 8 weeks long. Most classes begin October 26. The Open Classes List is now posted on the Pierce Schedules web page (click Fall Button at top andf click Fall tab at page) and continuing students can enroll in late start classes in the Student Portal in the Student Information System, as usual. New students need to apply (click Apply Online button at top right). 

Download the Late Start Open Classes list:

In your Portal, go to Class Search for Fall 2020 and in the drop down menu after you choose Pierce as your campus, select “Session” and “2nd 8 weeks.”  Log in to your portal here:

Did you know you can go in to Search Classes in the SIS as a Guest without login from the Schedules page, Choose Fall, "Online Searchable Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes." Again, select your campus as Pierce, and then look down and choose "Session" then "2nd 8 weeks."



Late Start Classes -- More than 75 -- are Filling Quickly for Fall.


Sign up Today! Most classes began August 31, 2020, but Pierce College announces a record of more than 75 late start classes offered online beginning in September and October for Fall Semester. Between those and our hundreds of regular-length classes, we've got you covered, so amp it up and take another class! The first late start class list is now posted on, but more have been added so check the SIS for late start classes still open (link below).

To find Late Start Classes, most of which begin in October 2020, go to the Classes Search page in your Student Portal in the SIS, choose “Session" and "2nd 8 weeks." There are a few classes beyond even that category, so search your interests and look for classes that start later than Aug. 31.


Still trying to decide which classes you'll like best? Pierce Professors showcased some of their classes during August and September on the official Pierce College Facebook. Dozens of flyers and personal messages telling you about highlights of their classes and what you can expect are posted on facebook.  New classes posted every few hours in August.

Not only that, when news comes up about the LACCD Chancellor announcing 2021 schedules, waiving fee holds for fall (temporarily so you can register), online Enrollment Fairs, zoomed events you can participate in, we post it on So if you haven't liked us yet on facebook, do it now!

That's one of the ways We Are Here for You at L.A. Pierce College!  Register for late start classes at


Welcome to Fall and Finding Your Way to Classes In Canvas

Hello Fall 2020 Pierce College Students!

Welcome to LA Pierce College! Most of your classes will be accessed inside your Student Portal in our Student Information System (SIS), link at top right of home page. Log in with your Student I.D. number and password, and choose “Canvas” to find your classes. If you are having any issues regarding Canvas and it is during business hours, you can email  If it is evenings or weekend, you can call Canvas support at 844-303-5589. 

Email your instructor if you have questions about your classes. To find any instructor's email, enter a few letters of either their first or last name in the home page People Search, top right. If nothing comes up at first, choose "Faculty by Department" and search by the department name, such as Math or English.

If you are confused or wondering how to tackle an online course, here is a great way to get started. you can self-enroll in a Canvas Orientation and earn a Canvas Badge!

Don't worry if you don't see your classes on your canvas dashboard yet, most faculty will make their virtual classrooms available when classes start on Monday, August 31st

Need more units?  We are offering a record 70 LATE START CLASSES that begin in October. In your Student Portal in the SIS, class search, choose "Session" and "2nd 8 weeks."

Here is a great resource that will be kept updated, FAQ's, if you have any canvas questions or want information about resetting your password, check out the FAQ's as all the necessary information and contact numbers are located there. 

Some pointers:

  • Some instructors open their shells early, but many do not make them accessible until the first day of the session which is Monday, August 31st. If you still do not see your course in the evening of Monday, August 31st, confirm you are enrolled by checking your student information system (SIS).
  • If you recently added the course, it can take up to 24 hours to get processed into the Canvas shell so you may not see it when the session starts.
  • If you checked the above and still do not see the your course shell, please send an email to

Tips for Success in an Online Classes

  • We have online tutors! Go to the CAS Website, and then click on the name of your subject to add yourself to the tutoring Canvas shell. There, you will find schedules and instructions for how to contact a Pierce College CAS Tutor.
  • You also have free access to NetTutor 24/7. Click "NetTutor Online Tutoring" in your Canvas shell (left hand navigation) to access NetTutor. These are not CAS Tutors, but they are a free, online resource for students. 
  • There is a link to Pierce Library in every shell in the left hand navigation, take advantage of all the online resources our library has to offer.

If you have questions about Canvas and/or want to see tutorials AND get live support, you should self-enroll in our LAPC Canvas Student Resources.

All of our instructors are so excited to "see" you when classes start on Monday, August 31st :). We are here for YOU!

Fee Holds Lifted During Fall Enrollment in Chancellor's Letter

On August 11, 2020, the LACCD Chancellor made an important announcement regarding student registration for fall semester. All fee holds will be temporarily suspendeded during Fall Registration 2020.

"Greetings Students: 

I am writing to share an important announcement regarding your registration for fall semester.

We hope this message finds you well, staying healthy during this global pandemic.  We understand that COVID-19 has impacted students in many ways including academically, economically and personally. 


Our District and colleges will continue to work to eliminate barriers where we can.  In this spirit, I am writing to notify you that we have temporarily lifted all fiscal holds from student accounts.  All students with holds will now be able to enroll in fall classes, even if previous fiscal holds had prevented them from doing so.


This action is intended to help you continue with your education and relieve some of the pressures related to COVID-19.


We look forward to having you back in our colleges and our virtual classrooms.  Your success is our top priority."


Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Los Angeles Community College District



Register Now for Fall Semester at Pierce College - Classes Are Open

Open enrollment is underway for everyone to sign up for Fall 2020 classes at L.A. Pierce College. All classes are offered online for Fall, which begins on August 31, 2020. New students should Apply Now at the button at top.

Now is the time to review the Fall Schedule of Classes and enroll. Fall classes will be offered online, and services and business will all continue to be delivered in a remote environment as of this time.

Choose your classes here: on our Schedules Page under Fall Semester.

To enroll, go to your portal at and sign in.

Haven’t applied to Pierce yet? Go to the home page top right and click “Apply Online” or go to

Fall classes will be offered online, and services and business will all continue to be delivered in a remote environment as of this time.

Please keep in mind that Pierce College’s physical campus remains closed during this time in accordance with health and safety guidelines for education. Need more information? A great place to start is our new Student Services Online webpage at You can interact with our staff using Cranium Café.


LACCD Releases "Framework for Racial Equity and Social Justice"

Chancellor Rodriguez has issued a letter along with the LACCD’s document titled, Framework for Racial Equity and Social Justice.


The Chancellor writes, “The Framework speaks to the values of our organization and directs specific action steps and commitments that will allow our colleges and District to actively build anti-racist organizational capacity and resilience, and move forward towards a more socially and racially-just academic community.


“The action steps are intended to complement, not supplant, specific activities and programs at the nine colleges, where some of this work has already begun. The ideas emerged from the many consultations and dialogue with campus and District leaders, board members, Chancellor’s Cabinet, Town Halls, and student voices over the last several weeks.


“This Framework was presented to the Board of Trustees at last night’s monthly business meeting, where it was well-received and fully endorsed to move forward. I hope that you will be empowered and inspired by our declared action steps, and the many more that will follow.


“I invite you to be a full participant and architect of our future at LACCD. LACCD Proud. You are the best of us.”


With admiration and respect,

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Chancellor Los Angeles Community College District


This link contains the letter and framework: