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Get Your Summer On With Three Sessions at Pierce



The Summer Session schedule with three sessions for 2016 has now been posted at Continuing students' registration began Thursday, April 14. The more units you take, the faster you will move ahead to the career or university of your choice. It makes sense to sign up for Summer Sessions at Pierce College.



LAPC Theatre Presents Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season will conclude in April with Steven Dietz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Performances begin Friday, April 22 and continue through Sunday, May 1, 2016 in the in the Pierce Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre.  Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure is a new play written by prolific American playwright Steven Dietz that premiered at the Arizona Theatre Company in March of 2006. Dietz loosely adapted his work from the original play written by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle. He also drew from Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem.”


Could this be Sherlock Holmes’ final case? Could the logical detective who has survived poison, pistols, and other predicaments actually be laid low by his love for a woman? The villainous Professor Moriarty thinks so. And, despite the best efforts of Holmes and Dr. Watson, Moriarty may just be right. “The game is afoot, Watson— and it is a dangerous one!” LAPC Theatre’s production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure will be directed by Gene Putham. The cast features Pierce College Theatre alumnus Anthony Cantrell in the title role, with Sean Spencer as Doctor Watson, Amir Khalighi as Moriarty and Bobbie Candler as Irene Adler. The rest of the cast includes Trevor Alkazian, Teryn Eikenberry, Elyse Hamilton, Gregory Hanson, Trey Hesari, Rachel Johnson, Nanatzy Madrigal, Travis Rand, Rose Rubinoff, Spencer Sharp and Joshua Straschewski.


Scenic design is by Frederica Nascimento, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas. Laurien Allmon is the stage manager. Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure opens on Friday, April 22 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, Apr. 23 at 8pm, Sunday, Apr. 24 at 2pm, Friday, Apr. 29 at 8pm, Saturday, Apr, 30 at 8pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students,  $15 for seniors and $18 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lot #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center. LAPC Theatre’s venues are fully accessible to those with mobile disabilities and hearing impairments.


For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at



LAPC THEATRE, 818-719-6488




Student Art Show to 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. 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.

AGS Honor Society Hosts Faculty Appreciation Banquet/Golden Apple Ceremony


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 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.



Photo Album of Open House/Beyond Farmwalk Now Posted


A photo album of 170 pictures from Open House/Beyond Farmwalk on April 17, 2016 is now posted online at the following link for everyone to enjoy:


If you were there, you just might be in it. Open House/Beyond Farmwalk was an exceptional display of Brahma spirit. Hope everyone had a good time, and thanks again to all the great volunteers. You made Pierce College proud.


Get Hired at the Spring Job Fair April 18


Job seekers have an opportunity on Monday, April 18, just one day after the college’s Open House, to suit up and show up at the Pierce College Job Fair. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Mall dozens of local businesses will set up manned tables stocked with information and give-away items to attract prospective employees.

Meet employers who want to hire Pierce students, schedule interview and explore job options at this Spring's Job Fair. Fair-goers are encouraged to bring resumes, dress to impress and stop by sites of interest to learn more about career opportunities.
Here is a list of employers who will be there:


Whole Foods


Home Depot

Camp Keystone

New Horizons-SFV

ChildCare Careers

California Chicken Café

COPE Health Solutions

LA County Sheriffs' Department

Papa John's Pizza

Allied Beverages

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital

CA Highway Patrol

Choice Home Health

Coaching Corps

Farmers Insurance

Accounting Principals

Child Development, Inc.

United Cerebral Palsy of LA, Ventura & SB Counties

Midway Auto Group

Easter Seals Southern CA

New Energy Marketing & Consulting

NorthStar Moving Company

City of Malibu

USPS - Sierra Coastal District

LA City Fire Department

Comforcare Home Care

Danny's Tutoring

Peak Corporate Network

Answer Financial

US Army

Canon, Inc.

Eaton Corporation

Music Center of LA County - Security Dept.

Sears Operations Center

Child Care Resource Center

AAA T.L.C. Health Care, Inc.

Comfort Keepers In Home Care

Davis Research, LLC


Montessori of Malibu Canyon

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Israeli American Council

Woodcraft Rangers



Go Far Beyond Farmwalk with Pierce College's Open House/Beyond Farmwalk


March 14, 2016, Woodland Hills, CA -- Blending its roots as an agriculture school for World War II veterans with its 21st Century educational opportunities, Los Angeles Pierce College will host Open House/Beyond Farmwalk Sunday, April 17, 2016, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., a free event for the community.

In addition to the historic and popular Farmwalk, the Open House brings faculty, staff and students together to provide information and public demonstrations from Automotive Technology and Fine Arts to Physics and Veterinary Science.

“If you aren’t already taking classes at Los Angeles Pierce College, you might not know what a wealth of programs and services we offer to our community — at an affordable cost,” said Kathleen F. Burke, college president.  “For family members, neighbors or friends who are deciding where to begin their college education, our open house is the perfect opportunity to come onto campus and explore options.”

With Farmwalk country fun on the west side of campus, the main campus will be filled with booths, exhibits, music and activities. The Life Science Department will open a lab with displays on Marine Biology, Microbiology and birds. Hip hop, Zumba, free style and swing from the Dance Department will take the stage all throughout the day.

Academic Counselors will be on hand to talk about education plans and options for new students. A variety of other Student Services representatives will give out information—including that the college distributes more than $50 million in financial aid to students.

Professors in a variety of fields will be available to mix and mingle with. They are a key reason Pierce is known for having one of the top graduation and transfer rates in California.

“If you have ever driven by Pierce College and wondered what kind of magic goes on behind our white fence, what our new facilities look like, or what students are learning here, this is your chance to find out,” said Clay.

Automotive Technology will feature a showcase of students’ work on cars, in labs and with diagnostic equipment. Students from Industrial Technology will demonstrate welding, machine shop and engineering graphic design technology.

Fine Arts will exhibit student art in a mini art festival, throw pots on the Potters wheel, and have a ceramics sale of student work. Media Arts and Journalism will show off their talents in the campus publications The Roundup Newspaper and The Bull Magazine.

The expansive new Library Learning Crossroads building will be open for tours and a librarian will man a table outside in Rocky Young Park.

Computers at the Computer Applications and Office Technology booth will show videos made by students in the Internet class and a slideshow about the department and its students.

The Child Development and Education department will feature as well as a give a lecture series on child development and positive parenting along with information on the certificates and degrees available.

When it comes to Veterinary Science and Technology, “The Pierce College Farm is a teaching lab like none other,” says Elizabeth White, long-time Veterinary Technology instructor. “Come and see what our students are learning in this one-of-a-kind classroom. Veterinary Science is passion with a purpose. Loving animals is where it starts, healing them is where it takes you.”

Tours of our newest facilities, the Center for Sciences and Library Learning Crossroads, will be provided.

The 225-acre farm is not to be missed—and this year entry is free for the first time. With farm animals, a petting zoo, exciting equestrian demonstrations, sheep shearing, wool spinning, veterinary tours and demonstrations, kid’s crafts, photo booth, carnival games and much more, it’s a feast for the whole family. Many of the demonstrations are provided by the Pre-Veterinary Club.

A street team from KIIS-FM joins the open house, and hearty barbeque with tri tip, hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza is available for purchase.

Open House/Beyond Farmwalk is the ultimate chance to meet the faculty and staff who help students achieve their goals, and learn about our course offerings and programs for transfer, degree, basic skills, job training and life-long learning.  


“There will be something to delight all ages—and we particularly want to encourage people who may want to attend Pierce College,” said Clay. More events, tours, demonstrations and activities are being added weekly.

This is the first Open House/Beyond Farmwalk for the college, which serves about 21,000 students. The address is 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371. Enter off Victory Blvd. at Mason in Woodland Hills—parking and entry are totally free. Only service animals are permitted due to livestock on premises. Remember to bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and cameras. For more information visit


Contacts at L.A. Pierce College

Doreen Clay, Public Relations Manager

Los Angeles Pierce College



Larry Kraus, Associate Administrative VP



Donna Mae Villaneuva, Dean




Don't Miss Sunday's OPEN HOUSE/BEYOND FARMWALK - Two Free Events!


It's finally here--Sunday, April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Pierce College's free OPEN HOUSE/BEYOND FARMWALK!  Music from KIIS-FM, delicious mesquite BBQ, and games with $1,000 in cash prizes plus give away swag bag. The Farm! The Planetarium and other new buildings and centers will be open for tours, there will be a ceramics sale on the art hill. Talk to Counselors, learn about financial aid, see student projects, have fun!  Totally Free entry and parking.  See details on the flyer and at  Remember to tweet your event photos to #beyondfarmwalk to win a $200 prize!