Parking Will Be Free for All Students in Winter and Spring 2022 Semesters
Students enrolled for Winter and Spring Semesters – the first half of 2022 – will get free parking at L.A. Pierce College. No parking passes, no parking fees!
It’s just one more perk to show you that we want you to come back on campus and join us! Register now for Winter or Spring. On the home page at top right, click Apply Online to apply, and Register for Classes to enroll. Schedules are posted online.
Winter: Jan. 4-Feb. 6, 2022
Spring: Feb. 7-June 6, 2022
Open Enrollment for Winter Intersession 2022 is Underway
New Mobile Vax Clinic Onsite Every Wednesday through December 1; Students Get Instant $150
Still need to get vaccinated ? Pierce has brought in a Mobile Vaccination Clinic every Wednesday through Dec. 1, 2021 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lot 1 in front of the Student Services Building. NEW: Students will get a $150 gift card on the spot to use in the College Bookstore and Brahma Café!
Everyone is welcome at the clinic: students, employees and our community members. The clinic will offer free Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna vaccinations, plus Booster Shots for those eligible.
PLEASE NOTE: Students who wish to enroll in onsite classes for Spring Semester 2022, which begins Feb. 7, must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption.
The mobile vaccination clinic will be staffed by LA Fire Dept. members and USC Pharmacists and will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to students, employees and community members.
MOBILE VACCINATION CLINIC
Nov. 3 – Dec. 1, 2021
9 am – 3 pm
On Campus in Lot 1 in front of the Student Services Building
Staffed by LA Fire Dept. members and USC Pharmacists
Vaccinations—Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna
Booster Shots Available
Students: after you receive your free vaccine, take your proof of vaccination card into the Bookstore and staff will give you your $150 gift card on the spot.
The deadline was Nov. 19, 2021 to keep your status as a student in the LACCD.
IMPORTANT: MOBILE VACCINE CLINIC ON CAMPUS, MEET GRACE PERIOD for Students and Employees -- Still Time To Get COVID-Compliant at Pierce
Update Oct. 21, 2021 -- MOBILE VACCINE CLINIC COMES ON CAMPUS AND GRACE PERIOD ANNOUNCED for L.A. Pierce College's COVID-19 protocol compliance.
NOV. 3 is at 5 pm is the date for EMPLOYEES to provide proof of vaccination, or submit an exception, and complete a baseline test.
NOV. 19 at 5 pm is the date for STUDENTS to provide proof of vaccination, or submit an exception, and complete a baseline test.
Pierce College is bringing a Mobile Vaccination Unit to campus on two Wednesdays for employees and students who still need to get vaccinated. Come by!
Mobile Vaccination Clinic at L.A. Pierce College
Wed., 10/27/2021 and
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
On Campus in Parking Lot 1 in front of the Student Services Building
Staffed by LA Fire Dept. members and USC Pharmacists
Vaccinations—Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna
Check your Pierce College mail for one from No-Reply@Cleared4.com for your personal link. If you are a student or faculty member who is 100% online and does not come to campus, you are exempt from these protocols.
IF YOUR LINK FROM NO-REPLY@CLEARED4.COM STOPPED WORKING, it was to be reset on Friday, Oct. 15 to give you more time. Try your link again then to set up your profile.
Still need help with your unique link? Please email covid19info@PierceCollege.edu
Don't delay. Use your personal link to:
1) Create a profile with Biocept/Cleared4
2) Upload your Vaccination info and health insurance info, if you have it.
3) Make a reservation for your baseline COVID test on campus. Biocept is on campus Mondays and Tuesdays.
4) Take the COVID test with Biocept on campus.
Are you 100% online? YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANY OF THIS FOR:
Students who are 100% online only and do not plan to come to campus to take classes, use services, or attend events, are exempt from the new procedures.
Faculty that are fully online are not required to do base testing until such time they plan to enter the campus.
Faculty that are fully online and have an exemption do not need to do weekly testing unless entering campus facilities.
Our new vendor, Biocept, took over the COVID-19 Testing and Screening operations at Pierce College (replacing the LAPCSafeApp and self-check-in).
Only campus visitors will still use the link to the district self-check link at http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/Self-Check-Survey-Landing.aspx
First, Biocept, under the name Cleared4, will text and/or email each student and employee with a unique link from firstname.lastname@example.org, and at that time you need to create a new profile in their database.
By now everyone should have received the Cleared4 message. If not, please contact the Cleared4 Help Desk by email to email@example.com.
Then make a reservation to come and get tested on campus. The test is gentle and quick.
Next, every student and employee needs to be tested for COVID-19 once to create a baseline. Beginning Sept. 20, Biocept will be on campus in the North Gym 5600 two days a week to conduct this testing:
Mondays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In the text and/or email Biocept/Cleared4work sends, after you complete your profile, scroll down and click on “Book On-site Covid Test,” choose Pierce NGym5600, and set up your baseline screening choosing from the available times that pop up.
· No later than Nov. 3 at 5 pm for employees and Nov. 19 at 5 pm for students, everyone except those attending or teaching classes 100% online must:
Ø Create a profile account with the District’s official testing vendor, Biocept/Cleared4
Ø Upload your vaccination information (if you are vaccinated)
Ø Students, if you don't have health insurance, write that on a piece of paper with your name and take a photo of it; upload to your profile.
Ø Get a free COVID-19 test with the vendor
Ø OR submit a medical or religious exemption request approved by the District—you must allow at least two days for processing
Ø NOTE: ALL persons granted an exemption must be tested weekly by the District’s official testing vendor as a condition of employment
Finally, everyone will get reminders from Cleared4 with a link to complete the quick self-health check required every day before coming on campus. Once cleared, a digital Clear Pass is issued, and you can show it to gain entry to any indoor campus building or facility, including all of the LACCD campuses and the district office.
Emails have gone out to all students and employees from the district office that describe these procedures and the medical or religious waivers in more detail. They introduce the revised policy, Board Policy 2900, the LACCD Board of Trustees put in place Sept. 1, 2021, what we need to do, and the timeline we need to meet to comply.
Vaccination and Testing Requirements
As a condition to physically accessing any District building, classroom, library, gymnasium, facility, or other indoor setting, all District students shall present proof that they have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Employees and students who are granted a medical or religious exemption shall undergo regular testing for COVID-19 infection and shall produce proof of negative COVID-19 test results.
Find the full student information here: Vaccine and Testing Requirements for all LACCD Students
Students and employees are now required to use these procedures as a condition of their status as students and/or employees.
Students who cannot meet the deadlines to complete all required steps must contact the Office of Student Services as soon as possible.
Reminder, masks are required indoors at all LACCD colleges and facilities.
Clarifications on our new system are continuing to come out via email from the district office, so please check your email. Thank you for helping us all stay safe and healthy at Pierce College.
Last Chance to Get in Late Start Fall Classes, Only 8-Weeks Long, Start Oct. 25
Haven't Met Your Major Yet? Students and Community Members Invited to Virtually Meet Your Major
Hello Brahmas and Community Members!
Are you trying to figure out what to study and major in? Then MEET YOUR MAJOR WEEK is for you and it's this week, any time you want to go online and browse around for free with no login, here:
Explore areas of interest, discover a major you never knew existed, and start your major exploration journey. Connect with departments at Pierce and learn more about them and how they fit in to your interests. There’s something for everyone here -- start learning about what possibilities are waiting for you here at Pierce College and beyond.
Meet Your Major week runs Monday, September 27- Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 and IT'S OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY this year, so no student IDs are needed. Go to this free virtual LA event and browse at your own pace all week.
And, you can even enroll in a class, Counseling 008, to help find a career path. Ask about it.
Visit the Career Center website for information on how to enter the fair.
From your Career and Transfer Center Team
It's Time! We're Open and Back On Campus for Fall. Get Info and Register Now
Welcome back Brahmas! We are open! Classes for Fall Semester are now in session (as of Aug. 30, 2021) on our beautiful 425-acre campus, as well as in hybrid and online modes. Get info for Fall -- please visit www.piercecollege.edu/GetInfo for all of the Student Services hours and how to contact them. Get in touch with Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, the College Promise, High School Enrollment, add classes and solve problems.
Fall Classes are offered on campus, in hybrid and online modes. And did you know that PARKING IS FREE on campus for Fall Semester, in any of the student lots, now through December 31, 2021. Plus, we have LATE START CLASSES coming in 8 weeks! You can sign up for those now.
We’re What’s Next--and we're coming back on campus for Fall! We are excited about the possibilities for our students this fall as we return to learn.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN and it’s time to choose your classes for the 2021 Fall Session at Pierce. The Fall Schedule is posted at www.piercecollege/schedules and in your Student Information System (SIS) for continuing students.
NEW: You can now search for "in-person classes" in the Student Informaton System. Go to first link below, and after you select Fall 2021 Term and L.A. Pierce College in the drop down menus, go to Class Search, Class Search Type, "In Person Classes".
Register now at https://sso.laccd.edu/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=csprd.laccd.edu.
Search for Open Classes without a login here:
Continuing Students can find their registration appointments in their student.laccd.edu email or in (SIS) portal at
Register now at https://sso.laccd.edu/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=csprd.laccd.edu
NEW TO PIERCE? New students are encouraged to apply now! Go online: http://www.laccd.edu/Students/opencccapply/applylapc/Pages/default.aspx
Remember, you can view and choose classes in the SIS portal, or go to www.piercecollege.edu/schedules, click on Fall 2021, Online Searchable Schedule of Fall Classes.
There’s a whole world of opportunity waiting for you -- get started on pursing your dreams this fall on campus at Pierce College.
Pierce College Chosen for Two Biotechnology Partnership Awards
Hats off to Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Aron Kamajaya, Ph.D., for his role in procuring grant-funded partnerships for Pierce in two new student training and research-focused projects in the bioengineering and biotechnology fields.
Pierce College is a recipient of the subaward for the National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education (NFS-ATE) grant, Developing Classroom-based Undergraduate Research Experiences in Antibody Bioengineering. Pierce is one of four community college partners in this grant and the only representative from Southern California.
The aim is to build a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) program that can be implemented in a Biotech training program. The CURE program has been shown to increase student performance and retention.
“Ours will be the first CURE aimed at Biotech training courses,” Kamajaya said, adding that this grant will complement a half-million-dollar NSF-ATE grant, Training the Skilled Biomanufacturing Workforce Through Innovative Internships in Protein Biomanufacturing, also just awarded.
Pierce will partner with New York-based DNA Learning Center at world-class academic research institution Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to create training and internships in biomanufacturing, a process that uses cells to produce useful products such as proteins.
“We will establish the first in-house Biotech internship opportunity in Los Angeles county right here at Pierce College,” he said.
Kamajaya, who joined Pierce faculty in Fall 2018 teaching microbiology, has expertise in protein chemistry and engineering that led to receiving the award. Prior to coming to Pierce, he engineered a ketamine biosensor using a nicotine biosensor as a starting point (find his work at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6874132/).
“We chose antibody research as it is, arguably, the most important for biological products in the market, ranging from anti-cancer and anti-migraine therapies to the more recent anti-viral therapy for COVID-19,” said Kamajaya.
The formal announcements for each of these grants are found at
NSF Antibody Engineering Grant
NSF Biomanufacturing Grant
COVID-19 Protocol for Fall Semester at LA Pierce College--Wear a Mask Indoors, Do Quick Self-Check-In
August 30, 2021 -- All students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, shall wear a mask or face covering while inside any District or College building, classroom, library, gymnasium, facility or other indoor setting.
These requirements are in place to fulfill the Board’s statutory obligation to protect its students, faculty, employees and visitors from the risks associated with the spread of infectious diseases, including the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. This is in compliance with health orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board Policy 2800, approved August 4, 2021.
In addition, we continue to ask every student, visitor, staff and faculty member to complete a quick health screening before coming to campus on a daily basis. The Symptom Self Check-in online is just a few questions (Visitors are at top of page; students and employees scroll down to LAPC Campus). OR download and use the Pierce Safe App, which you can find in the Apple or Google Play Store:
LAPC SAFE App for Android
LAPC Safe App for Apple
For everyone's safety, if you don't feel well, please stay home.
Exceptions to the mask/facial covering requirement are that the student has a valid medical exception currently on file in Pierce College’s Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) office.
Disabled Student Programs and Services / Office of Special Services (DSPS/OSS) office, such as a medical condition, including mental health or disability, that prevents wearing a mask, or, for students who are hearing impaired or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
To facilitate sign language use in the classroom, faculty and sign-language interpreters may remove their face covering for instruction purposes only. In such cases, faculty and interpreters must maintain six feet of distance from all others in the classroom. Should any student have an approved exemption from wearing a mask/face covering, they must also maintain six feet of distance from all others.
We hope you will have a safe and successful Fall 2021 semester with us.
Board Policy 2800: http://go.boarddocs.com/ca/laccd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C5LNVM612301
Board Policy 5500: http://go.boarddocs.com/ca/laccd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C54M4A560575
Board Action August 4, 2021: http://laccd.edu/Documents/NewsDocuments/2021/LACCD%20Board%20Adopts%20Policies%20Regarding%20Masking%20and%20Vaccinations%20August%204%20Screen.pdf
Open House and Registration Fair Welcomes You Saturday, August 7
Los Angeles Pierce College is inviting everyone in our community who is interested in learning more about the college to a free Open House and Registration Fair on Saturday, August 7, 2021. The first 50 people who arrive will get a $100 E-Gift Card from Amazon, Target or Walmart!
Pierce staff can help students enroll and get started on a pathway to earning a degree, transferring to a university, or training for a new career. The college will be open for in-person application and registration assistance and to answer questions about our many academic programs, robust student services and more.
Event: L.A. Pierce College In-Person Open House and Registration Fair
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Pierce Library Learning Crossroads
Enter campus off Victory Blvd. at Mason Ave. entrance
Free Parking in Lot 7
Presentations will include:
· It’s not too late to apply for Financial Aid
· Promise – Free Tuition for recent HS Grads, sign me up!
Students can get their Student ID on site. Food and Cash E-cards and swag giveaways are on deck for visitors at the fair, which will be both indoors and outdoors, with mini campus tours.
Masks are required. Find updated Open House information including the Activities Schedule at www.piercecollege.edu/openhouse.
Let's stay safe - please only come if you are feelling well. Please out the short online Campus Self Check-in for COVID safety at https://tinyurl.com/99bsa8vs -- Choose Visitors to All Locations. It must be filled out in the morning on the day you come to campus.
A mobile vaccination clinic will be on campus the same day in Victory Lot 7, courtesy of the LA City Fire Department. Students can get $75 to $150 in cash by getting vaccinated!
Pierce College is one of the top transfer schools in California, ranking in the top 10% of transfers to the California State University (CSU) system and the top 11% to the University of California (UC) system among all 116 community colleges.
We are #1 in Transfer Admission Rate to UCLA and #1 in transfer to Cal State Northridge of all California community colleges.
Interested in being a Pierce College Brahma? Here are a few helpful links:
· Admissions How-To Videos
· Apply to Pierce
· Searchable Class Schedule
Los Angeles Pierce College is recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California. Established in 1947 and located on 426 picturesque acres in Woodland Hills, the College’s comprehensive curriculum and support services enable its 21,000 students to earn associate degrees and certificates, prepare for university transfer, and gain career education proficiency. Pierce is part of the nine-college Los Angeles Community College District. www.piercecollege.edu