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Spring Out at L.A. Pierce College to Achieve Your Goals


The year 2020 will be here in no time, and with it comes Winter Intersession and Spring Semester. Spring out of the old and make 2020 the year you get on board to achieve your goals.


Winter is only five weeks long, from January 6 to February 8. You can get 3 to 6 units under your belt before Spring starts. Spring Semester begins February 10, and registration is now ongoing. Sign up for classes today.


See the Winter and Spring Schedules at’ll also find other useful information there, such as the Spring and Winter Calendars and General Catalog.


Or, log on to the Student Information System (SIS) to search for open classes and then Register at


When you sign up for Spring or Winter classes in 2020 at Pierce College, you are on your way to achieving the degree, certificate or transfer opportunity that has the power to change your life from this point forward. 


Need to Apply? Start here:



Pierce Weather Station Makes the News At 70th Anniversary Celebration


CBS-TV and ABC-TV news crews covered the 70th Anniversary of the Pierce College Weather Station on Oct. 16, 2019, capturing footage of President Alexis Montevirgen’s introduction of the ceremony and a lively talk and demonstration of weather equipment by Geography/Meteorology Professor Jason Finley.

NBC-TV was on its way, but called to apologize that their van broke down. THAT’S how important our weather station – and its consistent, long-running collection of data in one spot for 70 years – is to the world.

“Not only does this station help collect data for our unique microclimate of the western San Fernando Valley, but it also helps contribute to our understanding of global climate change,” said Finley.

The automated online station reports detailed weather statistics in 10-minute increments, features a net radiometer, sonic wind sensor, online databases and much more. These data are used by colleges, universities, governments and private industry throughout Eurasia, Africa & the Americas.

“Some students aspire to be meteorologists, and the weather station helps them learn more about the weather and climate,” Finley explained. “Students who choose meteorology as a career will get hands-on experience with weather instruments, which is useful in getting a meteorology degree.”

Locally, the National Weather Service, LA County of Public Works, Los Angeles Fire Department, and other governmental agencies rely on the weather data from the Pierce station. It’s also used by students and community members. Students use the station to complete assignments and laboratory exercises in meteorology and physical geography classes.

Todd Hall, Senior Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Los Angeles and Oxnard, told the group that at Pierce College, “For 25,567 days someone has taken and written down a record of observations, then manually submitted that information to the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles Office. On behalf of the National Weather Service, I extend heartfelt gratitude to Pierce College for their hard work, diligence, and effort and 25,567 thank yous for every observation that they have recorded each day… We look forward to 70 more years of observations.”

Get Woodland Hills weather updated in ten-minute increments at Visit the Weather Station web site at

Dream Resource Center Debuts at L.A. Pierce College

Staff leader Kimberly Castillo takes a moment at the opening of the Pierce Dream Resource Center, as (from left) LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Board of Trustees 2nd Vice President Gabriel Buelna and Pierce College President Alexis S. Montevirgen look to the future.


An historic day was marked Sept. 26, 2019, as L.A. Pierce College celebrated the opening of its Dream Resource Center to welcome and serve undocumented students. Key speakers at the ceremony were our new president, Dr. Alexis Montevirgen, followed by the LACCD Chancellor, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Board of Trustees 2nd Vice President, Dr. Gabriel Buelna, and Dream Resource Center Lead Kimberly Castillo.


Alluding to the current tensions and hostility in the political discourse on immigration and undocumented status at the national level in his welcome, President Montevirgen set the stage for the significance of the center's opening with, "As I stated back on the morning of Opening Day, Pierce College must be an example and strive to be a shining beacon to show that we can and must be better as a nation.


"Today’s formal opening of the Dream Resource Center is one example of how we are leading the way in that very effort.  It is for me, yet another reason why I am #PIERCECOLLEGEPROUD!"


The new center is a private space located next to the ASO 5100 on the first floor of the Library Learning Crossroads building, easily accessed from the courtyard. It will be a safe haven for Dreamers to gather, study, use computers, and receive assistance in many ways – including with their CA Dream Act Application – to help them pursue their goals at L.A. Pierce College and in this country.


Castillo said, “As the lead of the DRC, I am honored to be in this role where I can empower and support our undocumented student population. I am so excited to have a dedicated space where our students can feel comfortable to ask their questions, share their concerns, gain information and feel heard.”


Other resources available to Dreamers are one-on-one meetings, AB 540 residency support, educational workshops, peer mentoring, a student support group called the I.D.E.A.S. club, scholarship information, local immigration legal services and further opportunities to help them succeed. If you would like more information, contact Kimberly Castillo, instructor special assignment, at or (818) 712-2692. Dreamers can also visit the website at or email



No More Excuses to Delay Degree Now that Two Years of College are Free

TV host Lisa Remillard wants to know if it’s true – two years of college — free?

“It’s absolutely true,” Will Marmolejo, Dean of Student Services at L.A. Pierce College, reassures her.

“Any high school graduate, first time in college, who commits to being a full-time student, can earn an AA degree, which you can do in two years, for FREE, at any community college in California.”

Carlos Amezcua and Lisa Remillard, co-hosts of the Carlos & Lisa show on KDOC-TV Los Angeles, were chatting with Marmolejo about free college under the College Promise program. What is it, and how do students get it?

Marmolejo spells it out – everything students and their parents need to know about how to get a free two-year college degree at Pierce College or any of the LACCD or California Community Colleges. Watch the eight-minute clip, which aired Sept. 17, 2019, at

Describing all of the benefits to becoming a Promise student, Marmolejo adds that Pierce College goes above and beyond waiving tuition, using some of the funds to give students the option for transportation, food, or even books. The College Promise “provides a level platform for students to just focus on education,” he says, emphasizing that since tuition and other barriers have been removed, now students have no excuses not to get their degrees.

Amezcua says, “You are creating a success path that’s very clear.”

“At Pierce College our transfer rates to UCs like UCLA and (CSUs like) Northridge are some of the highest in the state of California because students are really able to be engaged,” Will said.

Carlos Amezcua became well known as the anchor of the KTLA-TV Morning News in Los Angeles from 1991 to 2007.  He co-anchored KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego with journalist Lisa Remillard for four years prior to the two starting the news and lifestyle “Carlos & Lisa” show in May 2019.


Welcome to Fall Semester 2019 at Pierce College


We are glad you have made the smart choice to enroll at Los Angeles Pierce College and look forward to serving you.


Remember you can find information about your classes and more on the Student Information System (SIS) portal at

Fall Session runs from August 26-December 15, 2019. There’s a whole world of opportunity waiting for you at Pierce College, where great futures begin.


Pierce Welcomes Dr. Alexis S. Montevirgen as New President

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Alexis S. Montevirgen, Ed.D., the new president of Los Angeles Pierce College, who took the helm on July 1, 2019.


LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez said, “We are delighted that Dr. Montevirgen has agreed to join our District as Pierce’s next President.  His credentials and experience are in strong alignment with our mission to serve all who seek a two-year college education, professional certificate or successful transfer to a four-year university."


Dr. Montevirgen said he was honored to have been selected by Chancellor Rodriguez to join LACCD and the Pierce College Teams.  “Pierce has an outstanding reputation as a premier two-year college and I look forward to working with the faculty and staff in service to our students and the surrounding community.  This is an exceptional opportunity and I’m ready to begin once the Board confirms my appointment,” he said.


Montevirgen was most recently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Indiana University Northwest, in Gary, Indiana, a position he has held since December 2014.  His appointment caps a year-long nationwide recruitment and selection process.  


Dr. Montevirgen has many years of prior experience with the California Community College system.  From August 2009 to November 2014, he served at the College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District, Alameda, Calif., as Dean of Enrollment Services before becoming Vice President of Student Services.  Prior to that, from November 2006 to July 2009, he was Director of Student Life for the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District.


He worked for the California State University (CSU) system for several years and held internship positions with both the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, San Diego.  He has a doctorate in education from CSU’s San Francisco State University; a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from U.C. San Diego.


As the first in his family to go to school in the United States, Montevirgen said he is particularly proud of his strong foundation and life-long commitment to transformative educational leadership, social justice, equity, access, retention and student success.

About the Los Angeles Community College District

LACCD ( 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.

Summer Is Coming -- Will You Be Here?

Register now for Summer at Pierce! Summer Classes are posted for three short sessions at Pierce College. Choose from hundreds of classes offered the morning, and get out by noon so you can hit the beach. Two Sessions begin June 10, and the third on July 15, 2019.


Summer Session 2019 dates are:

Session A:  June 10 – July 14 (only 5 weeks)

Session B:  July 15 - Aug. 18 (only 5 weeks)

8 week Session: June 10 - Aug 4


Visit, click on Summer 2019, Online Searchable Schedule of Summer Classes.


Continuing Students can begin to register on April 11. Check your email for your registration appointment, or log into the


We want you to pursue your dreams—and reach them. You can do it this Summer at Pierce College.



Pierce College has the #1 Acceptance Rate to UCLA in California*


UCLA has released Fall 2018 transfer data for all community colleges in California, showing that Pierce College leads by a good margin as #1 in acceptance rate, *with the exception of two colleges that had only one applicant each. Link to the data at UCLA Transfer Data

Pierce earned the highest acceptance rate by establishing special programs that help Pierce College students transfer to UCLA and other universities of their choice. Our Transfer Center has posted it here Pierce Transfer Data  

Visit the Pierce Transfer Center and find out how Pierce College can help you reach your transfer goals.


Campus Construction Road Closure Notice for Spring Semester 2019

Construction near the intersection of Brahma Drive and El Rancho Drive at the east edge of the farm is in full swing, and those two roads through campus are currently closed (February 2019). Click on More News for the road closure map. This means that the road going up the hill from Winnetka, Brahma Drive, stops at the Performing Arts Complex and does not go through to El Rancho. It also means that there is no entry into campus east off of DeSoto on the farm.

Thank you for your patience during this construction.



Attend LACCD Board Meeting at L.A. Pierce College Feb. 6

Three open-invitation events with the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District will take place on campus Wednesday, Feb. 6, as the Board of Trustees travels to Pierce College for its monthly meeting.  Here are the times and locations…

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019:

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Center, Building 600

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
College Services Building Conference Room

3:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Great Hall

Please contact Malina Koani in the President’s office for more information at