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Summer Registration is Underway -- Classes Begin June 15


Register Now for Summer 2020! There's still time to Apply and Register for any of our three Summer sessions, which will be fully online. Stay enrolled online while you collect units towards your degree. All classes, business and services will continue to be delivered remotely.

Classes begin June 15 for Pierce's 5-week Summer A and Summer 8-Week Sessions, and on July 20 for the 5-week Summer B Session. The schedules have posted on the Pierce website at http://www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/index.asp and in the student portal.

All classes, business and services will continue to be delivered remotely. Here is your chance to stay home and stay enrolled to pick up more units and skills toward your degree or certificate.

So, here are the links you need:

New Students, Apply at http://www.laccd.edu/Students/opencccapply/applylapc/Pages/default.aspx

All Students, see the Pierce Schedules web page at http://www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/index.asp 

Continuing Students, see your portal for your priority registration date, summer schedules and more at: https://sso.laccd.edu/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=csprd.laccd.edu

All of these links can be found off of the home page at www.piercecollege.edu

 

SUMMER DATES:  Classes begin: June 15 and July 20, 2020
Session A: June 15-July 19 -- only 5 weeks long
Session B: July 20-Aug 23 -- only 5 weeks long
8-week: June 15-Aug. 9


Classes are filling, so don't wait! Stay enrolled with us and succeed online at Pierce College this summer!

Chancellor Announces Fall Semester will be Online at L.A. Pierce College - Fall Schedule Posts May 29; Registration begins June 15


Fall Semester runs August 31 - Dec. 20, 2020
The Fall Schedule will post online Friday, May 29
Fall Registration for Continuing Students starts Monday, June 15

April 30, 2020 - LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced this week that Fall 2020 Semester, like Summer, will be offered in a remote/online learning environment for all LACCD Colleges, which includes Pierce.

"Given the present health and safety restrictions, all summer session classes, scheduled to begin June 15, 2020, and all fall semester classes will be offered in remote learning/online environments, at this point, with the possibility of returning for a limited number of “hard to convert” courses/programs, if health and safety allow at any point in the semester.

Student support services and most of the District’s business operations will continue to be conducted in similar remote service environments.

We are mindful of those classes that have been “hard to convert” to remote teaching and learning. We have been working with state agencies and faculty leaders to identify flexibility, simulations and solutions for laboratory, clinical, and other hands-on course and program requirements. We ask for your patience and support as we work through these issues."

The Summer Schedule, with three online sessions, is now posted. Find Pierce Schedules of Classes at http://www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/index.asp

Pierce Class of 2020 to Participate in Virtual Recognition Ceremony June 9


 

Dear Class of 2020:

"Resilient Times for Brilliant Minds" is the theme for the 2020 LACCD Virtual Recognition Ceremony, hosted on Tuesday, June 9, by each of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District in celebration of your achievements as a member of the 2020 graduating class.  Pierce College's ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. 

Yes, we understand that the Virtual Recognition Ceremony is not a substitute for the excitement and joy of an in-person ceremony.  Please know that each campus will be inviting you to its 2021 in-person ceremony so that you will also have the opportunity to fully participate in a traditional Commencement exercise.

This email (in your college email account) contains all the information that you'll need if you choose to be part of the festivities (and we hope that you do).  As a reminder, all the "Frequently Asked Questions"--which are updated as needed--can be found here on the LACCD website.

UPDATE: STUDENT AND FACULTY SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED (5/21/2020)

 

Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for participation.  However, don't delay in submitting all your information, because we have a "hard and fast" deadline of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

ONE.  Make your video.  You have the opportunity to make a ten-second video that will be included in your College's ceremony.  The details are in the attachment labeled "LACCD Video Recording Instructions."  Follow the steps outlined, and when you get to section #5 that says "Delivery," you'll use one of the links below for your College.  

Also at this link is an opportunity to RSVP and to provide information about your name as you want it to appear in the Ceremony, as well as help for your College announcers with pronunciation if necessary.  Be sure that you've also included a correct mailing address.

Don't forget to visit our FAQ on our Virtual Recognition Ceremony here: http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/Virtual-Recognition-Ceremony.aspx

 

Student RSVP & Video Upload Link for LA Pierce College: https://form.jotform.com/201274481870152

Remember that you graduate from only one college:  the one you've identified as your "home institution."  If you're not sure, you need to confirm by contacting Admissions and Records at the college that you think is your home institution.

TWO.  Make your Grad Slide.  The Grad Slide will include your picture, your name, pertinent information (e.g., primary major), and a short quote, if you wish.  The Slide is shown, along with your video, when your name is announced.  Information about Grad Slides will come in a separate email from Grad Images, so be sure that the email doesn't accidentally go into your junk file.

THREE.  Plan your celebration.  We encourage you to hold viewing parties so that friends and family can share in your accomplishments.  Two attachments will be sent in your college email along with this letter to provide you more information.

  • "Virtual Recognition Ceremony Viewing Instructions"--Provided here are the links for how to view through Facebook or YouTube.  One slide shows a blank for time of the ceremony.  This is the time that the video will be officially available on June 9.  Since the time is different for the nine different colleges, just go to your home institution's website and you'll find an announcement.
  • "How to Celebrate in Social Distance Style"--Take a look at the many great ideas for making a party of the day and creating a celebration at home.

If you've any questions about your local ceremony, please reach out to the Commencement Chair for your campus:  LA Pierce College Dean William Marmolejo, marmolwa@piercecollege.edu

Don't forget to visit our FAQ on our Virtual Recognition Ceremony here: http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/Virtual-Recognition-Ceremony.aspx

On behalf of all of us in the Los Angeles Community College District, we take great pride in your achievements and recognize your tenacity in completing your program during this unprecedented time.  We hope that you'll join us in making the Virtual Recognition Ceremony a true celebration of what you've accomplished.

Sincerely,

The President Tri-Chairs of the LACCD Virtual Recognition Ceremony:
Dr. Seher Awan, Los Angeles Southwest College
Dr. James Limbaugh, West Los Angeles College
Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, Los Angeles Trade Tech College 

 

 

Need help with Your New Chromebook?


Set Up Guide and Tech Support through human-I-T for Chromebooks

April 23, 2020 -- If you are a student who just received one of the free Chromebooks from Pierce College and the LACCD, our supplier, human-I-T, provides one year of tech support. Use the Chromebook Setup Guide to get started. Contact them directly for tech support using contact info in the guide.

These Chromebooks are yours to keep. If you have not received the Chromebook you applied for, please check your college email account for updates and make sure they have your mailing address in your account. All Chromebooks are being shipped -- there is no more in-person pickup.

Almost 11,000 Chromebooks have been awarded and came to students through donations to our District. These funds are now spent and the District is raising more money with hopes of buying more.

If you want to apply for a Chromebook so that you are in the system when and if new ones are available, go to your student portal. After logging in, look for the “Financial Aid and Scholarships” icon tile or the "Key Links" tile. Click on “Scholarships” and look for the laptop application option.

Have you seen the District Student FAQs?
http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/FAQs.aspx

More Student COVID-19 LACCD Useful Information:
http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/Coronavirus---For-Students.aspx

 

President Montevirgen's Welcome Back Message to Brahma Community


March 30, 2020 -- Pierce College Brahma Community,

 

As classes and student services resume online today I have never been prouder to call Pierce College my home.

Faculty and staff, I thank you for sacrificing your personal time over these last several weeks to bring your classes and departments online and I commend your tireless commitment to being the best at what you do. Your work changes lives and the Pierce College community is forever grateful to you.

Students, thank you for your patience during this transition and for refusing to let the present crisis deter you from your dreams of a brighter future. Now, more than ever, we are counting on you to make that dream come true. To help you during this transition, please know:

·        If you need a laptop visit the student portal. After logging in, look for the “Financial Aid and Scholarships” icon tile. Click on “Scholarships” and look for the laptop application option.

·        If you need free WIFI access, visit the Charter Communications website to learn how to apply.

·        If you have Canvas or technology issues, visit our Pierce Online student resources page.

·        All counseling, financial aid, admissions and registration for summer and fall, and other student support departments are open, online, to serve you. Click here if you need assistance: http://www.piercecollege.edu/pierce_students.asp.

To keep you updated about the latest COVID-19 developments, we are regularly posting information to the District’s website www.laccd.edu/coronavirus and FAQ page. You are also invited to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.  College specific updates and information can also be found on the Pierce college website at: www.piercecollege.edu.

The unprecedented challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic have impacted our daily lives in ways none of us could ever have imagined. But in this time of uncertainty, one thing has become clear: the critical role community colleges continue to play for our students, our communities, our state and our nation.

The coming months will bring many challenges, but with the support of our amazing faculty and the commitment of our fearless students, we will meet them head on.

We are all in this together. And we will get out of this together, too.

In unity and in health,

 

Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D.
College President
Los Angeles Pierce College

 

 

It's Back to Class for LACCD Students -- The Online Classroom


It’s Back To Class For Laccd Students—The Online Classroom

Full Expansion of FREE NetTutor online help for Students Announced

 

March 29, 2020 -- Tens of thousands of Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) students return to the classroom on Monday, March 30, 2020 -- the online classroom that is!

 

In the past two weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and colleges across the nation to temporarily suspend instruction, including LACCD, the District’s faculty, administration and staff have worked non-stop to shift about 95 percent of all in-classroom courses to an online learning environment, as well as remote work platforms for business operations, to help fight against the community spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

A special “Welcome Back” message from LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., was released today as part of the outpouring of supportive messages to come from LACCD Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman, from the College Presidents and others throughout the District to reassure students that the Colleges of Los Angeles are online and ready for them.

 

“I cannot be more proud of the work by the District’s faculty and staff to serve our students during this public health crisis.  It is incredible to think that in just two short weeks, thousands of classes have been moved online, nearly 2,000 faculty have been trained and we are ready to teach and learn in the online world.  We know it will not be perfect, but we also know that we are in this together,” Board President Hoffman said.

 

Chancellor Rodriguez said this has been “a truly historic and amazing all-hands-on-deck moment” for everyone throughout the District’s nine colleges and central office, as every facet of the organization has been impacted.  “We are especially grateful to the faculty and staff, all of our employee bargaining units, all of the executive and administrative staff, and all who have pitched in to quickly pivot to virtual learning and work environments.  I am truly inspired and awed.  It is a real testament to the talent, fierce dedication and will of this organization to serve and educate students.”

 

Chancellor Rodriguez announced also today that the District is significantly expanding the line-up of classroom subjects available now for students completely FREE via NetTutor online.

 

Subjects now offered include Accounting, Administrative of Justice, Anatomy and Physiology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Communications and Speech, Computer Science and IT, Economics, English and Literature, ESL, Finance, French, FYE & College Student Success, Geology, German, History, Human Geography, Italian, Logic, Math (Algebra, Basic Math and Pre-Calculus), Math (Calculus and above), Math (Statistics and Probability), Music, Nursing and Health, Philosophy, Physical Geography, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Writing.

 

Tutoring subjects depend on what classes each college offers its students.  The colleges include Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

 

Other Important Reminders for All Students:

·         The colleges remain physically closed, but open online!  There are no in-person student services available at the colleges, except for DSPS by scheduled appointment only.

·         All Student Services are online, including Financial Aid, DSPS/OSS, EOP&S, Admissions & Records, International Student Center and Counseling that respond to questions using instant messaging with virtual chat on your student portal.

·         Student Help Desk Available.  If students need password, login or navigation help on the student portal, MyCollege.laccd.edu, call the toll free number at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Summer Session is just around the corner and it will be all online!  Stay enrolled for this important term.  More details soon about registration schedules for students

 

If students have not done so already, all LACCD students are advised to click on the ”Getting Started” link at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-18585-getting-started-with-canvas-as-a-student and to also review the online student guide for Canvas at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10701-canvas-student-guide-table-of-contents.

 

The California Community College’s California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (OEI) is covering the NetTutor costs while instruction is taught online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The District is now working on plans for classes that did not convert online, with a projected resumption date of Monday, May 4, 2020.  Only about 175 classes could not be shifted under the current health restrictions and social distancing orders.  The Chancellor has directed an update on this action no later than April 17 2020 and updated information shared as soon as possible.

 

Early Withdrawal & Refunds for Students

State authority has been granted to allow students to withdraw from classes because of the current crisis.  If a student wants to withdraw, the student will receive an excused withdrawal (EW) on their transcript.  The EW will not count against a student’s academic progress requirements and appropriate refunds will be made.  All Students are encouraged to stay enrolled, but if they decided to do so, they need to contact their education counselors and financial aid office now.

 

All updated information will continue to be posted on the District’s website: www.laccd.edu/coronavirus including an updated Frequently Asked Questions and information in Spanish.  Additional information is on the District’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LACCD/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/laccd.  California Community College is at: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

 

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • Call your doctor or healthcare provider for direction
  • Follow all Health Orders, including the “Safer at Home” order from state and local officials
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more away from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues

 

Safer-At-Home Orders Issued to LACCD Community to Combat Spread of COVID-19 - March 20, 2020


LOS ANGELES—The following statement was sent the evening of March 19, 2020, by Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez to all faculty and staff personnel to update them on the “Safer At Home” orders by county health officials and elected leaders and what this means to the LACCD community.

 

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

March 19, 2020

 

Dear LACCD Colleagues,

 

Late this afternoon, the Health Officer from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the top elected leaders for Los Angeles County, the Cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach, gave the order for all residents within the County of Los Angeles to stay home until April 19, 2020.  California Governor Gavin Newsom also announced this evening that “Safer at Home” orders are now expanded statewide until further notice.

 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR LACCD

Effective immediately, I am directing that all LACCD faculty, staff and students to follow the “Safer At Home” health orders issued today to limit the community spread of COVID-19.  While we are still technically “open,” the vast majority of services and buildings are closed to the public as we transition to a remote work and learning environment.

 

During this time, the only personnel, including faculty and staff, who are engaged in “essential functions” for the academic and business continuity of the District are required to come to their workplace using social distancing guidelines.  Faculty and staff are permitted to come to campus for the purpose of facilitating their transition to remote learning.

 

For now, these essential services are defined as follows:

  • Accounts Payable
  • College Incident Command Centers
  • Custodial Services
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Farm Staff at Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community College Bureau personnel
  • Maintenance & Operations
  • Payroll
  • Presidents & Executive Staff at the District and the Colleges
  • Procurement & Contracts
  • Receiving

 

We have shifted rapidly into a remote work and learning environment where there will be a minimum of essential functions with personnel on each campus and the District Office.  Please check-in with your supervisor to make arrangements to recover any personal items or necessary materials at your office in order to work remotely.

 

STAY INFORMED

We will continue to keep you informed through our website, www.laccd.edu/coronavirus, telephone, Zoom and emails.  We are reviewing the health orders now for additional clarification, but the orders become effective by midnight.

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the College Presidents and our Executive Team, thank you for your patience and professionalism as we navigate together through this fluid public health emergency.  I am extremely proud of how we have risen to meet these unprecedented challenges.

 

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Chancellor

 

The changes impact about 150,000 students, faculty and staff during the Spring 2020 Semester and could extend into the summer and fall sessions as well.  The District’s colleges include Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

 

All updated information will continue to be posted on the District’s website: www.laccd.edu/coronavirus.  All of the websites maintained by the colleges have links directing viewers to this same webpage for the same information.

 

The District’s main social media platforms are also being used to push our District information and shared information from other official government and public health sources, including Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LACCD/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/laccd.  Regular email communication from the Chancellor and District Offices are being sent to faculty and staff and the colleges are using the same information to send to their students.

 

Other measures already in place for LACCD include the suspension of all non-essential travel by District and College executives and deans.  The travel restrictions are currently under review for expansion to all LACCD personnel and students.

 

Statewide information for the California Community College is at: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

 

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

·                  If you are sick for any reason, stay home!

·                  If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.

·                  Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath

·                  Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds

·                  Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill

·                  Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs

·                  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

·                  Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues

 

About the Los Angeles Community College District

We are the Colleges of Los Angeles!  LACCD (www.laccd.edu) is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 250,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County.  Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions.  Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/LACCD, @LACCD, and on Twitter, https://twitter.com/laccd @laccd and Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/laccd_edu/   laccd_edu

 

Members of the Board

Andra Hoffman, President  |  Steven F. Veres, Vice President  |  Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D., Second Vice President

Mike Fong  |  Ernest H. Moreno  |  Scott J. Svonkin  |  David Vela  |  Alfredo Gama Salmeron, Student Trustee

 

William H. Boyer

Director of Communications & External Relations

 

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Direct: (213) 891-2247 | Cell: (213) 317-6691

www.laccd.edu

CITY / EAST / HARBOR / MISSION / PIERCE / SOUTHWEST / TRADE-TECH / VALLEY / WEST

 

 

COVID-19 Update Message to Pierce College Community - March 19, 2020


NOTE:   As this situation is constantly changing and evolving, the below message is current as of 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Colleagues,

The college has been engaging in a tremendous amount of work over the last few days in our goal of transitioning to remote operations, and I want to give you the latest information on how Los Angeles Pierce College is seeking to limit any potential transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in accordance with the changing recommendations and guidelines from local, state, and Federal authorities. We remain steadfast in staying the course to make these transitions as smooth as possible for the entire campus community in this time of upheaval to our normal operations.  I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and understanding as we undertake this unprecedented transition.

Last night in another emergency meeting, the LACCD Board of Trustees passed a resolution to declare a State of Emergency for the District and its nine colleges. This action allows the Chancellor to activate the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate with the colleges for resources, business operations, security and other issues during the declared emergency in a streamlined and efficient manner.  The District’s EOC as well as Incident Command Centers (ICCs) at each of the colleges have been activated. 

We are uniquely positioned to ramp up our campus Incident Command Center because we have four Pierce COVID-19 Response Team sub-groups in place, and these teams have already been meeting all this week.

·        We have held numerous meetings with the Pierce College COVID-19 Response Teams, made up of 36 faculty, staff, and students who represent broad participation from our constituencies.

·        As of now, we are moving not only classes, but business operations and services to remote delivery.

·        Our Response Teams parallel the four District Response Teams, made up of (A) Health and Safety, (B) Business and Staff Continuity, (C) Academic and Student Continuity, and (D) General Communications.

·        Several of our faculty and staff are serving on both District and Pierce Response Teams

 

As we continue to make progress under these teams we will be sharing out information and doing our best to mitigate problems that arise.

We are moving very quickly to transition to delivering all services remotely per the direction of the District COVID-19 Response Team guidance this morning. Some of these efforts include:

·        Working with the District and our sister colleges to be as consistent and transparent as we can during this crisis, seeking to achieve and communicate in a unified voice.

·        Our website is being updated to reflect Faculty and Staff, Student, and District COVID-19 updates on a new landing page you will be able to access from our home page.

·        We are working with the District to get more supplies, from cleaning supplies/chemicals all the way to laptops and webcams. Today the first 50 Chromebooks are being delivered from the District for Pierce faculty and staff use and we are beginning to coordinate the distribution of these items.

In order to provide more regular updates to the campus community, we will be scheduling regular public zoom meetings where members of the campus community can join in to get the most current updates directly from the College President and the co-chairs of the four campus response teams.  The first of these public zoom meetings will be scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, March 20th at noon.  More information on how to join these zoom meetings will be posted as soon as those details are available.

We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are working closely with district, county, state, and Federal authorities. We encourage you to view status updates at www.laccd.edu, as well as a direct link to the district-wide Coronavirus/COVID-19 webpage from the Pierce College website (www.piercecollege.edu).

In unity and in health,
Alexis

_ _ _

Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D.
College President
Los Angeles Pierce College

 

Letter to Campus Community from President Montevirgen - March 15, 2020


NOTE:   As this situation is constantly changing and evolving, the below message is current as of 4:20 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

 

Colleagues,

 

Faculty and staff members should come to work tomorrow, Monday, as we determine who needs to remain on campus, who can work remotely, and who can eventually telecommute (with the goal of shifting as many people to working remotely/telecommuting as soon as possible).  Until we are able to get to that point, we will attempt to incorporate social distancing guidelines in each office, and we will move as quickly as possible towards the spirit of the Chancellor’s messages and the Board’s action of moving to remote operations.  Further, faculty and staff training will continue as planned, but will be expanded to provide more opportunities throughout the entire week.

 

Please also know that our facilities and custodial staff are doing their best to ensure that during this time, our facilities are continually monitored and clean for those who are on campus.  The disinfecting of all buildings (including bathrooms) is already in-process, and we are using a special 360 disinfection spray machine for this.  Facilities staff will also be taking advantage of the opportunity with reduced student traffic over these next few weeks to complete the disinfecting process as well as the shampooing of carpets and other general facilities cleaning.

 

If you have not had a chance to read the thorough coverage by our student newspaper of yesterday’s Emergency Board of Trustees meeting, I encourage you to read it here:

https://theroundupnews.com/2020/03/14/emergency-meeting-of-the-laccd-board/

 

Kudos to student reporter Arielle Zolezzi and the entire RoundUp team for covering the emergency meeting and even live-streaming the event through social media as it was taking place.

 

I want to echo and underscore the comments made by District Academic Senate President Angela Echeverri in the article, “I think the first priority is safety. We are concerned about instructional continuity and services, but number one is safety,” Echeverri said. “Things have changed so quickly, especially within the last 24 hours that we are in a whole new paradigm. So we need time to transition while being able to provide the education and services that students deserve and need ”

 

I also understand that many of you continue to have critical and important questions and concerns.  Please continue to forward those on to us but please also understand that a good number of your questions and concerns, unfortunately, cannot be fully answered yet.  We are working as fast as we can to get you the answers to your questions.

 

A link to the district’s Updated COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information webpage can be found directly from our main Pierce College website, www.pierceollege.edu, and I ask you all to continue to visit the site frequently for the most current updates and information.  Attached you will also find a district news release from earlier today.

 

In closing, we must continue to rely on each other to demonstrate kindness, empathy, and professionalism, especially during this time of crisis. In turn, our students are relying on us to support them and provide a safe and secure learning environment, whether that be in-person or remotely. I truly appreciate your commitment and flexibility as we gear up for a very intense effort to bring our college into remote operations.  I value and appreciate all of you as we continue to navigate this constantly evolving and changing situation.

 

In unity and in health,

Alexis

 

Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D.

College President

Los Angeles Pierce College

 

 

Important Letter to Students from College President Montevirgen Regarding Suspension Of Classes, Moving Spring Break


March 14, 2020 -- This has been an unprecedented week for Pierce College and for the entire world with everything going on right now related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. I hope this email finds you and your family in good health.

 

In light of the most recent developments, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting this afternoon and took action to:

 

·       Suspend all classes Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.

·       Move the District’s Spring Break to run Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29 instead of the currently scheduled break, April 6-11.

·       Suspend in-person services at the colleges, March 16-28. During this time, there will be many offices at the colleges that will also be closed to the public and some staff will begin to work remotely throughout this period with supervisorial approval.

·       Begin remote learning (online education) and remote business operations on Monday, March 30 through the end of the spring semester.

Please note that our student health centers and Child Development Centers will remain open the week of March 16-20 in order to allow parents time to make alternative childcare arrangements, but will be closed during the March 23-29 spring break.

 

Over these next two weeks, the college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services possible to remote delivery. Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities.

 

We are aware that these are major changes and we apologize for the disruption that these changes will cause, but the continued health and safety of you, our students, and the rest of our campus community are our primary concern during this time of national emergency.

 

Los Angeles Pierce College remains committed to your education and your success. We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are working closely with district, county, state, and Federal authorities. We encourage you to view status updates at www.laccd.edu, as well as a direct link to the district-wide Coronavirus/COVID-19 webpage from the Pierce College website.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the President at (818) 719-6408.

 

We will keep in touch as the days go by and the situation continues to develop. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

 

Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D.
College President
Los Angeles Pierce College

www.piercecollege.edu