Campus News

Fifty Employers to Attend Spring Job Fair



Don’t Miss the Pierce College Spring Job Fair on Thursday, April 2 from 10 am – 1 pm on the Campus Mall. Fifty employers who are looking to hire our students are now registered. This is a great opportunity for students to get both summer jobs and more permanent positions. Network with participating employers, explore job options and even schedule interviews. It’s best to dress to impress and bring your resume. Employers include:


5 Star Enrichment

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital

Aflac San Fernando Valley (Internships)

Apple Inc.

California Chicken Cafe

Child Care Resource Center

Child Development, Inc.

ChildCare Careers

Coaching Corps

Cooksey's Lifeguard and Swim Academy

COPE Health Solutions

Davis Research LLC

DeVry University

Farmers Insurance

In-N-Out Burger

Informa Research Services, Inc.

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis


Kaiser Permanente

Logix Federal Credit Union

Los Angeles Police Department

Malibu Sun Yoga

MedPOINT Management

Micro Solutions Enterprises/Clover Technologies Group

My Life Foundation

New Horizons- SFV

New Power

North Valley Family YMCA

NorthStar Moving Company

Northwestern Mutual

Panda Restaurant Group

Pierre Landscape

Plush Puffs Hand Crafted Marshmallows



Sears Operations Center

Sherman Sports Injury Center

SoCal Valet LLC

Solar Providr Group

Sylvan Learning Centers

Telecom Leasing, LLC

The Home Depot

Timothy K Gaspar Insurance Services

U.S. Army

University of West Los Angeles School of Law

Value Vet Inc.

Warner Bros.




As more employers sign up, check this link for updates: The Job Fair is put on by the Pierce College Career and Transfer Center under Career Services Director Joanna Zimring-Towne. Visit their web page at


Farmwalk Brings Old Tyme Fun to the Communiity on April 26


The famous Pierce College FARMWALK is coming, and it's an experience you can enjoy only once a year. On Sunday, April 26, 2015, bring your family and friends to Pierce College from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a day filled with old tyme fun and tons of animals. Activites include a Petting Zoo, Tours, Cow Milking, Wool Spinning, Sheep Shearing, Equestrian Demos, Pony Rides, Exotic Animals, Face Painting, Carnival Games, BBQ, live music and more!


Come to the Pierce College Farm (west side of campus), 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371. Enter off Victory Blvd. at Mason Avenue--free parking & Shuttles. Adults - $5 donation; Children Under 12 - free. (Only service animals are permitted due to livestock.) Don’t forget to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and cameras. Open to everyone, kids from 0-99. For more information, call the Pierce College Agriculture Department at 818-719-6463, visit Pierce College Farmwalk on Facebook, or contact Farmwalk Coordinator Candace Stines at (805) 990-4283;



LAPC Theatre Continues Season with Zany Comedy "Cheese"


L.A. Pierce College Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season continues this month with Laurel Ollstein’s twisted and “pungent” comedy, Cheese. Performances begin Friday, March 27 and continue through Sunday, April 5, 2015 in the Dow Arena Theatre in the newly renovated Pierce Performing Arts Building. Pierce College Theatre faculty member and award-winning playwright Laurel Ollstein brings her hilariously twisted comedy to LAPC Theatre’s Dow Arena Theatre, in the inaugural production in the beautifully renovated Performing Arts Building.


Welcome to Tillamook, Oregon: “the land of cheese, trees and ocean breeze.” Griffin, a cheese sculptor, struggles in his marriage to Cindy, who lives in denial over the loss of their young son. Enter Billie, Cindy’s best friend, a knocked-up, wannabe Hollywood actress, running from her failures. The secrets they keep and lies they tell fester and spoil like the rotting cheese that surrounds them in this twisted, modern day Kaufman and Hart-esque laugher. When the truth is revealed, the comedy is as sharp as the cheddar.


LAPC Theatre’s production of Cheese is written and directed by theatre faculty member Laurel Ollstein, who is an award-winning actress and playwright, a director and a teacher in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and San Francisco. She is currently revising her script, working with LAPC Theatre students in the Cheese cast, to enhance their educational experience in working with a playwright on a new play. For many years, as a member of the Actor’s Gang (founded by Tim Robbins), she collaborated as an actress and debuted her new plays, including Cheese. She is currently a member of About Productions, where her contributions include writer/actor in On Earth as It Is in Heaven and writer/director for Showing Our Age, produced at the Ford Theater in L.A. with support through an NEA grant. She is also an artistic associate of Playwright’s Arena, who produced her play The Dark Ages, and where she directed their 365 Plays. As a writer, her artistic involvement with EST-LA has continued for many years and most recently her play Anatomy of A Brain Injury was selected for Winterfest. Ollstein joined the Pierce College Theatre faculty in 2014.                          


The cast of LAPC Theatre’s production of Cheese features Trevor Alkazian, Fiona Cheung, Vincent Cusimano, Elyse Hamilton, Michelle Bailey-Kimsey, Abby Soskin, Javiera Torres and Meagan Truxal. Scenic design is by Michael Gend, costume design by Vanessa Stewart, lighting design by Victor Murillo and sound design by Edward Salas. Teryn Eikenberry is the stage manager. Cheese is produced for LAPC Theatre by Michael Sande.


Cheese opens on Friday, March 27 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, March 28 at 8pm, Sunday, March 29 at 2pm, Friday, April 3 at 8pm, Saturday, April 4 at 8pm and Sunday, April 5 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Building. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at


Chancellor to Visit with Pierce College Community March 26 in Theatre


President Kathleen Burke is hosting a “Conversation with the Chancellor” on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Pierce College’s newly remodeled LAPC Performing Arts theatre. This event, open to Pierce College students, faculty and staff, will lead up to the April 2 Investiture Ceremony at East LA College for LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez.



Free and Confidential HIV Testing Returns March 23 to Pierce College


Spring brings the return of our free HIV testing and riveting in-class speakers who are living with HIV. Free confidential, rapid HIV testing is available to everyone on a walk-in basis in Parking Lot #1 from March 23-26, 2015. This is a great opportunity to encourage safer behaviors at zero cost. Join us in helping our community be smarter, safer and successful.


As in previous semesters, for two weeks, March 16-26, that Being Alive, our fabulous HIV-positive speakers bureau, will be available to speak in classrooms, to clubs or committees.


Free & Confidential HIV Testing
March 23-26, 2015 in Lot #1
No appointment needed

March 23:   2-7pm
March 24:   9am-3pm
March 25:   9am-2pm
March 26:   2-7pm

A Letter from Pierce Student Health Center Director about Measles


Dear Students and Colleagues,

Welcome back! As we begin our spring semester I wanted to call your attention to the recent measles cases we’ve seen in Los Angeles.  Currently there have been 22 confirmed cases of measles in Los Angeles County. Most individuals presumed to be immune to measles are those who have had 2 measles vaccines (or 2 MMR vaccines) given after their first birthday, and Americans born before 1957.

If you do not know your measles vaccine status you can request a blood test (called a “measles titer” or “measles IgG”) to show whether you are immune, from your primary care provider. If you are a student you can request a measles titer for $9 from the Pierce College Student Health Center. Please call for an appointment at 818-710-4270. 

Off the home page at you will find a "Measles FAQ" button to click for information on measles.  For more information on measles in Los Angeles County you can access the following website for Los Angeles County Public Health. 

Students, please remember that The Health Center is here to keep you healthy, help you when you are ill and teach you how to prevent illness.


Elizabeth Benne, RN, PHN, MA
Director, Pierce College Student Health Center


What's To Eat on Campus this Spring

Hot and cold food is available at the Freudian Sip Café in the College Services Building next to the Bookstore. You can get breakfast, pizza, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts as well as coffees and many other drinks. The Freudian Sip is open Monday – Thursday, 7 am to 8 pm during the month of February and 7 am to 7:15 pm from March until June 2015; Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and closed on weekends. The College Bookstore has a convenience snack and drinks section and is open similar hours, plus Saturdays in February.


Three Food Trucks that prepare hot food onsite will return to campus on weekdays.  “Hot Sauce” is the red and black truck in front of the South Gym serves home cooked breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican food. Rafael runs the truck with his son, and his wife cooks the food to order. “Hot Coffee” is the white truck located in front of the Student Services Building in Lot 1 that serves Mexican food and more.  “Falafelicious” is the yellow truck located near the center of the campus at the Bull (near Library and Business Building). They are known for chicken and veggie pitas. All three trucks serve sides and drinks.


Hours of operations will vary but will be from around 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; on Friday they leave at around 2:00 p.m.



Father of Two to Speak on Fragile X Syndrome



Pierce’s Biology 110 class, Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology, would like to invite you to hear Mr. Marc Berton speaking on the subject of Fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation. Berton is the father of two sons who have Fragile X syndrome.


Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015

Location: Los Angeles Pierce College; Center for the Sciences, CFS 92009

6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA. 91371

Time: 2:30 pm-5:00 pm (please feel free to arrive/leave during presentation)


Please RSVP and/or direct questions to Professor Jamie Beavers: (for seating availability). Beavers is a Board Certified Genetic Counselor and a Professor of Life Science at Los Angeles Pierce College.


If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this presentation, please contact Jamie Beavers at or 818-710-2832 at least 5 business days in advance.       



Group Exhibition "LA Woman: On Her Own Terms" and "Haunted" to Open March 5


LA Woman: On Her Own Terms & Haunted

Opening Reception: Thursday March 5th, 2015, 6 pm, Room 3301

Artist Talk:  8 pm in the Gallery

Exhibition: March 5 - April 1, 2015


LA Woman: On Her Own Terms is a group exhibition of female visual artists who have a connection to Winslow Garage, an artist-run project space in Silverlake. Conceived as an exchange between Winslow Garage and Australian project space Marrickville Garage, the exhibition highlights the diversity of creative works produced by professional women artists residing in Los Angeles who have utilized the unique benefits provided by a non-traditional venue. Project spaces free artists to produce new or experimental works that may fall outside of their usual milieu without the pressure of commercial sales. Winslow Garage offers artists deadlines for the completion of ideas, exhibition opportunities for transitional periods, and potential peer engagement in an intimate setting.


For this exhibition, works were selected that both reflect an arguably feminine quality and also take into consideration some aspect of the environs or culture of the City of Los Angeles. From personal meditations to more overt political statements, these works investigate many of the concerns of Southern Californians from the exquisite natural landscape to the artifice of Hollywood. Through collage, painting, video, sculpture, and photography, many of the artists present fragmented images of the self or environment. Like the passing of cars on the freeway, the viewer has time to focus briefly on a detail of hair, a passing email, the blue sky, or a line of text. Others filter anxiety and escapist fantasies through technology. Survivalist skills and utopian dreams hardwire their way into reality. Not to be ignored, the Entertainment Industry makes itself visible on the glittering surface of a sculpture or in a mother’s studio portrait of her child. Included artists are Claudia Bucher, Beth Elliot, Mary Anna Pomonis, Patricia Mitchell, Rachael Neubauer, Cindy Rehm, Allison Stewart, Holly Topping, Elizabeth Withstandley and Julie Zemel.


The diversity of woman’s creative vision is further augmented by the inclusion of the video program Haunted. Haunted is an impressive series of feminist video shorts by Craftswoman House,  a group whose mission is “to foster dialogue on feminist issues through projects and exhibitions that pay homage to the rich legacy of feminist art in Southern California.” 


The Pierce College Art Gallery is located at 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Rm 3301 in Woodland Hills.


If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this exhibition, please contact the Department of Art and Architecture, Associate Professor of Art, Monika Del Bosque, at or call 818-710-2262 at least 5 days in advance.


Wear Red for Women's Hearts on Feb. 25


Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.  On Wed., Feb 25, 2015 join the Los Angeles Community College District employees in wearing red to symbolize awareness of heart disease in women. The LACCD Coalition for Wellness is asking everyone to participate in the “America Goes Red” Challenge in celebration of the National Wear Red Day Observance hosted by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes must be treated promptly and diligently because they are risk factors in the development of heart disease. The color red—and a red dress in particular-- is a jarring reminder of the dangers of heart disease and an effective way of driving home the point that heart disease is not just a male health issue.


Research has shown that a majority of women underestimate the seriousness of symptoms that can lead to heart disease or fail to understand the best methods for lowering the risk factors. Heart disease is the number one killer of women among African American and Hispanic women who, in particular, have higher rates of some risk factors for heart disease and are disproportionately affected by the disease compared to white women.


Fifty-one percent of the Los Angeles Community College District employee population is female, with 37 percent African American and Hispanic, 37 percent Caucasian, and 23 percent Asian and Pacific Islander. The median age of the District’s employee population is age 50 and the Heart Truth, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), targets women aged 40 to 60 because that is the window in which there is often a sharp increase in the danger of heart disease, although women of all ages are vulnerable because symptoms could develop as early as the teen years.  For more information on women and heart disease, visit