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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

 

LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez Issues Statement on Preparedness for Coronavirus



MARCH 2, 2020, LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today issued the following statement regarding the District’s preparedness and response for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness:

 

“Our shared concerns about the local, and worldwide, spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness are real and understandable. I ask that we all work together in a calm and deliberate manner to protect and inform ourselves and our students. The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remain a top priority for me, the Board of Trustees, our College Presidents and District Executive Staff.

 

Effective immediately, I have asked Interim Deputy Chancellor Dr. Melinda Nish to lead a COVID-19 Response Team with representatives from the District and our Colleges to help ensure we are proactively engaged at all levels of our organization for any significant impacts in the workplace and in our classrooms; to protect the health and safety of all who study and work at LACCD and to sustain a continuity of operations. Expect regular communications to the LACCD community about our efforts.

 

As already publicly announced by the White House, our Governor and many health officials, we can expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise in California and other parts the U.S. For the past month, key personnel from the Los Angeles Community College District have been maintaining close, regular contact with state and Los Angeles County public health officials to stay informed of any directives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will remain vigilant and continue those efforts.

 

As of March 1, 2020, there are no school closures ordered in California; no official health orders to cancel public events in the U.S.; and no widespread quarantines. We can expect a continual assessment of these situations as conditions unfold. Meanwhile, we will stay alert and prepare to respond as needed.

 

Currently, the best advice and precautions from our public health and medical experts to prevent the spread of any virus includes:

 

       Frequent, thorough hand-washing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, especially after touching commonly used surfaces; or, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60-percent alcohol solution if soap and water not available

 

       Cover all of your coughs and sneezes with a tissue that you properly dispose of; or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow; then wash hands

 

       Stay home if you are sick; stay away from people who are sick

 

       Stop touching your eyes, nose and mouth; if you need to touch them, wash your hands before and after

 

       Make sure you are prepared for this or any other emergency with adequate supplies at home

 

       Remember to get a flu shot; while it won’t protect against COVID-19, it can protect you from regular, seasonal flu

 

There continues to be no formal recommendation for healthy people to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice and generally reserved for people who are sick and for healthcare workers treating the ill.

 

Preparing on a personal level at home is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets. Health officials advise that home quarantines can last up to two weeks.

 

It is important for everyone to stay informed with official information and not to overreact. Stigmatizing or blaming anyone, or any race, because of this situation is disrespectful and simply untrue, and will not be tolerated.

 

Thank you for your attention and help on this important health and safety matter.”

 

--Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

 

Here are useful links to help stay informed:

 

L.A. County Department of Public Health

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

 

L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceForSchools.pdf

 

Multi language outreach for schools

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/SchoolToolkit.pdf

 

California Department of Public Health

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

 

California Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools and School District

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/StateGuidanceForSchools.pdf

 

Centers for Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

 

CDC Guidance for Schools

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

 

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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

 

Associate Degree for Transfer Now Available in 30 Majors at Pierce College


How does an ADT work?

You start at Pierce College and finish with a bachelor’s degree from a California State University (CSU) while saving time and money. Each major has a set of specific required courses to complete. They are spelled out by subject on the Associate Degree for Transfer website at Los Angeles Pierce College and in the current General Catalog. In addition to the courses for the major, students must complete one of the following General Education Plans:  IGETC (37 units) or CSU GE (39 units), and additional CSU-transferrable courses to meet 60 units.

With an ADT, you get priority consideration from a CSU campus of acceptance into your major or a program deemed similar. Not only that, you are just 60 units away from your bachelor’s degree.

What are the benefits of an ADT?

·       Guaranteed admission to the CSU system to earn a B.A. or B.S. degree

·       Priority consideration for acceptance into your major (or one deemed similar)

·       Transfer after completing only 60 units 

·       Enter the CSU system with junior standing


Choose from 30 Majors:

1.     Administration of Justice               

2.     Agriculture—Plant Science

3.     Agriculture—Animal Science

4.     Anthropology

5.     Art History

6.     Biology                                  

7.     Business Administration

8.     Communication Studies                 

9.     Early Childhood Education

10. Economics      

11. Elementary Teacher Education

12. English

13. Film, Television, and Electronic Media

14. Geography               

15. Geology

16. History

17. Hospitality Management (new) 

18. Journalism   

19. Kinesiology

20. Mathematics           

21. Music

22. Philosophy   

23. Physics

24. Political Science       

25. Psychology

26. Social Justice Studies

27. Sociology

28. Spanish         

29. Studio Arts   

30. Theatre Arts

 

Start by visiting the website at www.piercecollege.edu/transfer/associatetransferdegree.asp to review the degrees and required courses. Then make an appointment with a Pierce Counselor by visiting the Counseling Center in the Student Services Building, 1st Floor, or go to www.piercecollege.edu/offices/counseling_center.

The ADT only applies to CSU transfer students.  If you are planning to attend a UC, please see a Counselor first and ask about UC transfer pathways.

See the current schedule of classes and catalog at www.piercecollege.edu/schedules

 

 

Six L.A. Pierce College Students Named Semifinalists for Prestigious Cooke Scholarship


 

Six scholars from Los Angeles Pierce College have been named semifinalists for the highly selective Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship 2020 by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Simon Alam, Juan Becerra, Sarkis Chrikjian, Harrison Kotik, Colin Melendez and Fatima Sheyda, all honors students, were selected. Cooke Transfer Scholars are chosen based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership.

“You are already successes, and I congratulate you on making it to this point of the process to be named semifinalists,” Pierce College President Alexis S. Montevirgen told the group of students as they met in his office.

President Montevirgen pointed out that it was not easy to achieve what they already had accomplished, and asked them how they planned to contribute to their various fields.

"I've always been passionate about the environment and I firmly believe that engineering is my path to making a difference in the world,” Colin Melendez responded. “I'm excited by the prospect of transferring to an institution where I can collaborate with like-minded people and put my ideas to the test."

These six students join 456 semifinalists chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges throughout the nation. Through this award, the Foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the best four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

The semifinalists from Pierce, who are majoring in fields ranging from Engineering to Philosophy, are in the process of applying to transfer to some of the nation’s most highly regarded colleges and universities.

Counselor Shelley Tadaki said, “What sets these students apart is that they don’t see the application process as something that begrudgingly must be done, but they embrace the hard work required as an opportunity to reflect on their academic and personal growth and articulate the future path that they envision for themselves.” 

She went on to explain that the Cooke Scholars program encourages institutions to take a closer look at community college transfer students, recognizing how their unique and diverse perspectives enhance the learning environment for all students.  

Two of the semifinalists were also selected by the Pierce College Honors Program to present their original research at the University of California, Irvine Community College Honors Research Conference this spring.
Juan Becerra will present “How the News Media Frames Victims of Police Shootings,” stemming from research he did this past summer at Northwestern University. Sarkis Chrikjian will present titled, “The Impact of Fatigue Relief Intervention on Pain and Sleep Disturbances in HIV+ Latinx Individuals.” 

Pierce College Honors Program Director, Yeprem Davoodian, said “The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship allows a platform to for students to get involved on campus, to conduct research and present at conferences, highlighting their interests and strengths.”

 

Semifinalists represent the top third of all applicants, and 61 scholarships were awarded in 2019. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide recipients with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete their bachelor’s degree.

In addition to the monetary award, the new Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers.

President Montevirgen told the scholars, “When you go off and become the successes in each of your chosen fields, I hope you will think of Pierce College and consider coming back and serving as mentors and inspirations to future students.”

For more information on the Pierce College’s honors program, visit Honors Transfer Program.

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni. For more information visit JKC Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.  Finalists will be announced in April.

 

 

Pierce College Hosts Voting Center February 29-March 3 in Building 600


L.A. Pierce College is hosting a four-day Voting Center on campus. We encourage students, faculty, staff and the public to come in and get registered to vote. The center, staffed by volunteers, will be open Saturday, February 29 through March 3, 2020, Sunday included.

VOTING CENTER DATES AND TIMES

Sat 2/29    7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 3/1     7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mon 3/2    7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 3/3      6:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

LOCATION: Faculty & Staff Center, Building 600, near the Library and Parking Lot 7

PARKING:   Free/no citations


Even though the official deadline to register to vote for the March 3 Primary Elections is Tuesday, February 18, 2020, latecomers can still not only register, but vote onsite. California law provides a safety net called Conditional Voter Registration, or Same Day Voter Registration for those who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election.

Eligible citizens who need to register or re-register to vote within 14 days of an election can complete this process to register and vote at their county elections office, polling place, or vote center. Voters can also register to vote online, but will need to bring their email confirmation with them to vote. Their ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

To determine your status as a registered voter, or to register/re-register, go to either of these sites:
https://www.lavote.net/
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/cavoter/

Each of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College district will host a Voting Center in collaboration with L.A. County Registrar of Voters.

“We want to make voting as easy and convenient as possible for students and all members of the LACCD community.  With so many critical issues on the March ballot, I hope that everyone will participate in this election.  Our democracy depends on it,” LACCD Board President Andra Hoffman said.

So, remember these important dates, Hoffman said, and use the online links provided here to register to vote and ensure your voice and your vote counts. 

LACCD Board Vice President Steven Veres said, “The District is working directly with Los Angeles County to make sure each college has a voting center that our students and the public can access.  Every election has issues that are of great concern for students and public education.  We cannot stress enough the importance for everybody to cast their ballots.  Not only is voting our right and duty, but we must seek to enable easy access to the ballot for all voters whenever possible."

Statewide voter guide and other general information about the election process in California can be found at: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

General Information about the election process in Los Angeles County can be found at: https://www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections