Campus News

Late Start is Coming -- Register for Late Start Fall Classes, Only Eight-Weeks Long, Start Oct. 25

Late Start Classes are now filling, so get in the game.

Pierce College has scheduled 153 late-start class sections for fall. Most are eight-weeks long and begin Monday, Oct. 25; 18 of them are face-to-face, 14 are hybrid, and 121 are online. Students in the community will be getting postcards and emails to notify them about the late start eight-week semester, where they can earn the same units as in a full-length semester.

View the Late Start Open Classes list at

You can also find it on our Schedules page:

Enroll at your SIS Student Portal at

Not a Pierce College student yet?  The you need to apply first, before you can register. Apply online at

Register now for Late Start Classes!


IMPORTANT: All Students and Employees -- Covid-19 Protocol Changed on Sept. 13


Updated 9-17-2021 -- Our COVID-19 protocol has begun a significant change due to LACCD policy and all students and employees need to take action to be in compliance. Here’s what you need to know. On Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 our new vendor, Biocept, took over the COVID-19 Testing and Screening operations at Pierce College and the LACCD (replacing the LAPCSafeApp and self-check-in).

Only campus visitors will still use the link to the district self-check link at

First, Biocept, under the name Cleared4, will text and/or email each student and employee with a unique link, 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

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, Mondays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to conduct this testing. In the text and/or email Biocept/Cleared4work sends, after you complete your profile, click on “Book On-site Covid Test,” choose Pierce NGym5600, and set up your baseline screening.

·        No later than October 8, 2021, ALL students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility, and all employees must:

Ø  Create a profile account with the District’s official testing vendor, Biocept

Ø  Get a free COVID-19 test with the vendor

·        Prior to October 18, 2021, ALL students students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility, and all employees must:

Ø  Upload your vaccination information (if you are vaccinated)

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.

Again, using Biocept/Cleared4 through your email or smart phone:

(1) Every day before your come to campus, please take the self-test, and use your CLEAR PASS to come to campus.

(2) Make an appointment and take your one-time baseline COVID-19 test on campus, and

(3) Upload your vaccination card if you are vaccinated.

Emails have gone out to all students and employees from the district office that describe these procedures 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 October 8 or October 18 deadlines to complete all required steps must contact the Office of Student Services at your home college as soon as possible.

Currently, 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.

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 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

Search for Open Classes without a login here:

Continuing Students can find their registration appointments in their email or in (SIS) portal at

Register now at

NEW TO PIERCE?  New students are encouraged to apply now!  Go online:

Remember, you can view and choose classes in the SIS portal, or go to, 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


“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:

Board Policy 5500:

Board Action August 4, 2021:



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


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 -- 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.


One-Day Vaccination Clinic July 30 at Pierce College - Community Invited


ONE DAY ONLY - A free Vaccination Clinic is coming on Friday, July 30, from 9 am-1 pm on campus. The LA Fire Department will be bringing a mobile vaccine unit into Pierce College’s Lot #1. Everyone age 12 and over who needs a vaccine is invited. Enter off Winnetka Avenue and park free in Lot #1.

Help us get herd immunity to keep everyone safe.


Register Now for Summer B Five-Week Classes Starting July 19



Enrollment is open so register now for Summer Session B at Pierce College, starting July 19, 2021. Get 3-to-6 units knocked out in only 5 weeks! Find our Summer B Classes at the Summer Schedule button at the top of the L.A. Pierce College home page or go into your student portal at  to search by checking the "Open Classes" box. There's still time to get in on Summer B.


You can also search by "in-person" classes versus online. Summer B late start classes run for five weeks only, July 19-August 8. 


New or haven’t applied to Pierce College yet? Go to the home page top right and click “Apply Online” or go to

You will be assigned a Student I.D. number and can then register for classes.

Visit our Schedules web page at and select the “Summer” tab to find class schedules. And Fall  is open for enrollment now too!

SEARCH FOR CLASSES for Summer B or Fall Semester:
You can also search for classes without logging in to your Student Information System (SIS) portal at

Once you log in to your SIS portal, you can manage classes, search for classes, find your priority registration appointment, enroll and more. You can even apply for Scholarships in your portal.

Need support? The Student Support help desk number at Pierce is 818-464-4410, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staffers are trained to field questions from IT issues to financial aid to help solve your problem. The Student Support email address is

You can count on L.A. Pierce College to be here for you with the classes you need! We are here for you.


Join us for Pierce's Virtual Commencement Ceremony June 8 at 6 p.m. Live Streamed

Please join Los Angeles Pierce College and the Class of 2021 for our Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 8 at 6 p.m. While we are not able to meet together to celebrate, we are bringing the celebration to you online.

*Note the ceremony will be available for viewing at your convenience after graduation day on both L.A. Pierce College's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Like last year, we are streaming the ceremony to L.A. Pierce College’s official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. You don’t need accounts to view the ceremony, just click one of these links and play the live stream. They will be identical.

If you want to interact -- like, comment and share – then you do need an account. Log in or create a new facebook or youtube account if you don’t have one already. You will need a phone number or email address to create an account on either site. For youtube, you will need a Google account to sign up.

Los Angeles Pierce College Virtual Commencement Ceremony 2021
Tuesday, June 8
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
How to View: Choose from our live stream on either:

Pierce Facebook:

Pierce YouTube:


·         The keynote speaker will be Perez Jacoby, a member of Pierce Umoja community. Born in Kenya-Africa, she was raised by her father and his 17 wives with “no order and no discipline,” the only girl among her nine siblings who completed high school. Jacoby is graduating as a double major in STEM and Social and Behavioral sciences, completing the difficult prerequisites that are required to be admitted to a nursing program.


·         LACCD Board of Trustees Member Gabriel Buelna will speak


·         Student graduates from our ASL program will sign the Pledge of Allegiance.


·         Dr. Garineh Avakian (“Dr. Gaga”) has put together a unique meld of five LACCD college choirs to sing The Star-Spangled Banner with the Pierce College Symphonic Band and LAVC Wind Ensemble. 

·         More than 2,000 student names will be announced during the ceremony, along with 600 student photos and nearly 40 greetings recorded by faculty and staff.

If you want your friends and family to view the ceremony, feel free to send them the link(s). If you can’t make the ceremony time, don’t worry. It will be available on our same Facebook and YouTube pages to view and share afterwards.


Note that during the month of June, as is our tradition, the names of our graduates—students who are transferring, receiving a degree or certificate—will be displayed on the electronic marquee at Victory and Winnetka for all the world to see.

We look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments together through our Virtual Commencement Ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS to all of the graduates, and thank you to all of our hard-working faculty and staff for helping make their dreams come true.


This is Black Student Success Week Featuring The Black Hour

Black Student Success Week opens today through April 30 at the California Community Colleges. Join us for a daily noon webinar series called The Black Hour. Get your Zoom background below.


Throughout the week, the webinars below will share insights and strategies for improving student success among Black/African American students at California’s community colleges. The webinars are free and are open to all administrators, staff, faculty, practitioners and students. 

All webinars are 12 – 1 p.m.


Mon., April 26

Follow the Money: Unapologetically Supporting Black Students 

Register Now


Tues., April 27

The ADT Journey for African American Students

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Wed., April 28

Equity and Black Representation in Higher Education Leadership 

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Thur., April 29

A Legislative Briefing: Actively Advocating for Black Student Success 

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Fri., April 30

The Cost of Freedom: “Speaking Up to Diversify the Faculty Ranks”

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To order a shirt to support Black Student Success Week’s efforts, click here.

Lastly, click here to download the Zoom background.