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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 712-2692. Dreamers can also visit the website at www.piercecollege.edu/students/drc/ or email LAPC-Dreamers@laccd.edu.
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 https://beond.tv/videos/carlos-lisa/carlos-lisa-september-17-2019/?wpvsopen=1
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 https://sso.laccd.edu/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=epprod.laccd.edu.
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 (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.
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 www.piercecollege.edu/schedules, click on Summer 2019, Online Searchable Schedule of Summer Classes.
Continuing Students can begin to register on April 11. Check your student.laccd.edu email for your registration appointment, or log into the https://sso.laccd.edu/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=epprod.laccd.edu
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:
CHAT WITH THE CHANCELLOR
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Center, Building 600
LEGISLATIVE & PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
College Services Building Conference Room
LACCD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
3:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Please contact Malina Koani in the President’s office for more information at email@example.com
Register Now: Spring Session Open To All For Enrollment
Students--Mandatory Password Change to Access the New Student Portal at Pierce
All LACCD colleges including Pierce College are moving to a new Student Information System (SIS) reached by a central Student Portal. It allows students a single sign-on for all our systems for a much-improved experience. .
1. Each student is required to update his/her password to gain access, which includes the email system and the Student Information System.
2. The password reset process has changed, so please read the instructions so that you don’t get locked out. Do not simply enter your four-digital PIN in the password field.
Instructions to Reset Your Email Password
We strongly encourage you to play the video tutorial or download the handout before attempting to change your password. SIS Password Video | Student FAQ Handout | Update Password
You can also go to the Admissions & Records web page and see the Student Alert for these directions and links at http://www.piercecollege.edu/admissions/
The most common mistake: when students are on the “Update Password” page (the second field that is blank) students are entering their PIN number or their current email password. Instead, the student needs to enter the default password in the “Blank” field, for example 88@A0101.
The second common error: students don’t create a new password according to the instructions. New passwords MUST:
-- Not be part of your name, user ID or 3 prior passwords.
-- Contain at least 7 characters and three of the following:
o Uppercase letters (A-Z)
o Lowercase letters (a-z)
o Number (0-9)
o Special character (@!$*)
The third common error: students create a new password and they forget the password because they failed to write it down or memorize it.
Write down the default password and your new password on a piece of paper before attempting to change your password online.
CLICK HERE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO UPDATE YOUR PASSWORD: