Campus News

We're Going Back On Campus for Fall! Register Now for Fall Semester 2021



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.


FALL IS FLEXIBLE. It's expected that 30% of our classes will return to an in-person, face-to-face format this fall. Some classes will remain online or hybrid, because we want to offer you the most flexibility for your schedule and learning style.  You have choices this Fall at Pierce!


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".  


Search for Open Classes without a login here:

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



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

Register Now


Wed., April 28

Equity and Black Representation in Higher Education Leadership 

Register Now


Thur., April 29

A Legislative Briefing: Actively Advocating for Black Student Success 

Register Now


Fri., April 30

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

Register Now


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

Lastly, click here to download the Zoom background.



There's Still Time to Enroll in Late Start Spring Classes beginning April 12


It's Never Too Late! Late Start 8-week classes are here and you can enroll now. Most begin on April 12, 2021. Go to the Students Tab, Quick Links to find the latest Open Classes List in a download. 


You may self-enroll in open classes until the end of day on Tuesday, April 13 without a permission number.


To enroll log in to your student portal at or visit and click Register for Classes.


We offer 125 8-week classes this Spring -- more than ever! You can earn the same number of units in only 8 weeks! Sign up today. New students must Apply first.



Prestigious Hayward Award Bestowed on L.A. Pierce College's Dr. James McKeever

Professors Brian Walsh, Barbara Anderson and James McKeever at a Pierce College Commencement ceremony.


Woodland Hills, Calif. – L.A. Pierce College Professor A. James McKeever, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Hayward Award recognizing outstanding community college faculty statewide.


The Board of Governors confers the award upon faculty who have a track record of excellence in teaching and professional activities and who have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college.


“It is a great honor, and it’s very humbling,” he said. “It’s recognition for the type of community work I’ve been doing all my life.”


McKeever has been a sociology professor at Pierce since 2009, taking a central role in helping people who face issues of inequality politics and equity. He teaches a broad range of sociology classes branching into race, gender, human sexuality, politics, and crime and delinquency. He has served as an advisor for the Queer/Gay Straight Alliance and for Blatigenous, a club for black, Latino and indigenous students.


L.A. Pierce College President Alexis Montevirgen said, “We are proud of James Mckeever, just one of our exceptional faculty, and one who continually demonstrates his commitment to his field and to diversity, equity and inclusion at Pierce College.”


The Van Nuys-born McKeever, whose father was a drug dealer and enforcer for a criminal organization in Pacoima, became a single father in high school, working at fast-food restaurants to support his child during the nine years it took to earn his AA degree from L.A. Valley College.


He now has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State L.A. and a Ph.D. from USC.


Pierce Academic Senate President Barbara Anderson said, “James McKeever exemplifies the best of us on many levels. He cares deeply about students and social justice. He is willing to engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues. He empowers students and elevates the teaching profession.  We are all better for knowing James McKeever." 


He started volunteering at age 13 as an athletics coach for young children in a low-income neighborhood park in North Hollywood, and mentoring became a way of life.


Students he has taught at Pierce are now working at community-based organizations, getting master’s degrees and even Ph.D.s. A few have established themselves as professors and doctors.


McKeever said that while he appreciates being recognized for the work he’s been doing, it’s what’s happened for the students in the community that’s most important to him.


“We never know how much we affect a person’s life,” he said. “It’s the outcomes that matter.”  


The Foundation for California Community Colleges sponsors the Hayward Award, established in 1989 and named after former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward. It will be presented to McKeever at the virtual Board of Governors meeting March 22-23, 2021.


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. 



A Midsummer Night's Dream Debuts in Three Free Live Performances


LAPC Theatre will begin its 2021 Spring Season with William Shakespeare’s comedic fantasy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in live performances via Zoom March 26-28, 2021. Fairies mix with outrageous comedy for a “Dream” come true. In the forest, misguided passions mix with magic spells as four young lovers and an unsuspecting troupe of aspirational players cross paths with the fairy king and queen, engaged in a war of wills. Fun and fantasy for all ages!  


You won't want to miss this hilarious classic, given a brand new look by Pierce theatre professor and director Esdras Toussaint, along with his team of incredibly talented student actors. 


LAPC Theatre’s cast features Jonathan Bowen, Kyle Brasher, Teresa Cotton, Javier Fonseca, Vanessa Hanish, Rachel Logan, Clara McGee, Olga Medkova, Milad Mehrjou, Mona Mohamed, Netta Nakash, Hannah Quinn, Danni Rabbani, Edward Salas, Michelle Sanchez, Joyanne Tracy, Meagan Truxal and Mariam Vardanyan. Contact Michael Sande, Managing Theatre Director, for more information.


LAPC Theatre Arts Department 

Three Performances

Fri. & Sat., March 26 and 27 at 6 p.m.  

Sun., March 28 at 2 p.m.  


Everyone is invited!

Zoom at 


Free Wi-Fi Parking Lot Is Open on Campus for Students

NOW OPEN - Los Angeles Pierce College is offering free Wi-Fi access for enrolled Spring 2021 students. Students can access free high-speed Wi-Fi to complete their coursework in Parking Lot 6 (Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday from 8 am – 4 pm) from their personal vehicles. Click this link to sign-up:

The only access to Parking Lot 6 for Wi-Fi is through the check point at the Winnetka Avenue entrance. Show your reservation proof from your phone screen at the gate.

All students on campus must follow LAPC/LA County Health Protocols, stay in their vehicles, wear masks, and always practice physical distancing. Note: restrooms are not available and there is no access for recharging devices.

Here are the Campus Wi-Fi Guidelines:


• Wi-Fi Access for students in vehicle only.

• Must remain in cars at all times.

• No restroom or other facilities’ access.

• No access to water fountains.

• Access is for students with valid LACCD login credentials.

• Must check in at public safety check point at the Winnetka entrance daily.

• Must park in designated spots marked with yellow dot.

• Park in every other stall for physical distance.

• Used for educational purposes – no gaming or streaming movies.

• No parking permit is required.

• No idling of vehicles.

• No bicycles or motorcycles.

• Hatchbacks, sunroofs, and moon roofs should be closed.

• Convertible tops should stay in place.

• Open to all LACCD students, regardless of “home campus”.

• Facial coverings required if windows are open.

• No waste bins provided. Students should bring their own trash bags.

• No smoking.

• 60 spots and 8 accessible parking spaces available.


Enjoy your free Wi-Fi!


Apply Now for Student Scholarships In Your SIS Portal

The LA Pierce College Foundation Scholarship and the Bernard Osher Scholarship online applications are now open. Many monetary awards ranging from $250 to $1,200 will go to students who qualify. Apply today. Deadline is April 11, 2021.

If you are enrolled at LA Pierce College, apply online through your student portal by selecting the "Scholarship" tile.

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship and the LA Pierce College Foundation websites for further information.