Campus News

Don't Freak Out--ShakeOut in the World's Largest Earthquake Drill



At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, Los Angeles Pierce College Students, Faculty, and Staff are encouraged to join millions of people who will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill ever! Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared.


The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community. Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.


As part of our participation there will be a full evacuation of the Library Learning Resources Center (LLRC), if you are in this building at 10:15 a.m. be prepared to Drop, Cover, and Hold, and evacuate when notified to do so.


New Legislation Expands High School Students’ Access to College Instruction


SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 8, 2015– California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will expand high school students’ access to college level coursework, providing them with an early opportunity to acquire academic skills that will help them succeed in college.

Assembly Bill 288 by Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, will create partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment.

“These partnerships will help high school students achieve college and career readiness and avoid remedial coursework when they begin their college careers,” Harris said. “This is critical because students who arrive at community colleges academically prepared and with some college credits already under their belt have a greater chance of achieving their goals.”

Harris noted that the new partnerships will expand opportunities for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education, with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or transfer preparation. These College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) will focus on the needs of local communities and save students, families and the state time, money and scarce educational resources.


“With the signing of AB 288, thousands of high school students across California will be able to receive expanded concurrent enrollment opportunities,” Assembly member Holden said. “Students who never thought college was possible will realize that college is within their reach and that anyone can rise to the challenge.”


The bill, which takes effect Jan. 1, removes barriers to concurrent enrollment by allowing students to enroll in a maximum of 15 units of coursework if certain conditions are met and prohibits any fee from being charged to high school students in CCAP courses. Additionally the legislation allows community colleges to limit enrollment in a course offered on a high school campus to CCAP students.


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit,, or


Smash-hit Broadway Comedy to Open Theatre Season in October


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season opens in October with Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Broadway comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Performances begin Friday, October 23 and continue through Sunday, November 1 in the Dow Arena Theatre in the newly renovated Pierce Performing Arts Center.


Set in present day Bucks County, PA, melancholy brother and sister Vanya and Sonia bicker away in their old family home, whining over their lost dreams. When their sassy, clairvoyant maid, Cassandra, warns of impending dangers, their celebrity sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, hunky, boyfriend, Spike, followed in by sweet, admiring neighbor, Nina. Soon the family is launched into a madcap weekend of squabbling, lust and broken mugs galore. With frolicsome absurdity, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike deftly blends famous Chekhovian themes with the contemporary challenges of celebrity, family, and middle-age into a deliriously complex comedy.


LAPC Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be directed by LAPC Theatre’s newest faculty member, Shaheen Vaaz. The cast features David Klane as Vanya, Laurel Moglen as Sonia, Jeanne Sakata as Masha, Dylan Taylor as Spike, Leah Foster as Cassandra and Michelle Hallbauer as Nina. Scenic design is by Frederica Nascimento, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas. Natasha Wells is the stage manager.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens on Friday, October 23 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8pm, Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2pm, Friday, Oct. 30 at 8pm, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8pm and Sunday, November 1 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students,  $15 for seniors and $18 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lot #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.


LAPC Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season also includes George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s classic Broadway comedy, The Royal Family (Dec. 4-13), Samuel Beckett’s classic tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot (Mar. 25-Apr. 3, 2016) and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, by Steven Dietz (Apr. 22-May 1, 2016).


For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at


Contact: Michael Sande, Managing Director, 818-719-6488,


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Bolstering Safety Precautions and Call for National Moment of Silence in Wake of Umpqua Community College Tragedy


October 7, 2015


Los Angeles Community College District Colleagues –


The tragic incident last week at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon painfully reminds us just how precious life is. I wrote to UCC President Rita Cavin to offer our collective thoughts and prayers on behalf of the LACCD family. I also reiterated that LACCD stands firmly with them during this difficult time.


The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is calling for a national moment of silence in the memory of victims at Umpqua Community College and we are encouraging our district locations to observe the moment of silence this Thursday, October 8 at 11 a.m.


If you are interested in financially assisting those impacted in Oregon, please click on the attached link: You can also text "Give" to 541.214.2822 and follow the instructions.


Incidents like these naturally lead towards questions concerning campus safety and preparedness at our district’s colleges. In the weeks ahead, the responsible parties at each of our sites will be reminding us of safety precautions and protocols.


In addition, the subject of bolstering district safety and preparedness has been a subject of interest for our Board of Trustees. Under the leadership of board president Scott Svonkin, a Blue Ribbon Task Force comprised of the top law enforcement officials and providers in Los Angeles County was created last year. Co-chaired by Mr. Svonkin and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, the committee is assisting the LACCD to take proactive stances on campus safety and emergency preparedness by reviewing our plans, compliance and performance data, and recommending strategies for improvement. A final report is expected this semester.


In partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Community College Bureau team, we will remain vigilant about campus safety and emergency preparedness, with the goal of keeping our campuses safe and vibrant learning communities.



Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.



Scott J. Svonkin

President, Board of Trustees


How to Get Priority Registration at Pierce College


Students, do you have Priority Registration?  It helps you get classes first. A new state policy gives Priority Registration to students who have completed three steps: Orientation, Assessment, and development of an Educational Plan. In addition, it gives priority to students in good academic standing, and students with fewer than 100 units.


To find out more, if you are in your first year at Pierce, you should visit the First Year Experience Center, located under the Library. View their website at Counselors are available for first year students.


Other students should visit the Counseling web page to get started on these steps, at, or call (818) 719-6440. 


Once you choose your classes at the Schedules web page (, all the information you need to register for classes is located at the Student Information System at Log in with your Student ID or Social Security Number, and your four-digit pin. 


Don’t know your Student ID number? It’s shown on the first screen after you log in. 


Don’t know your college email address? It’s shown on the second screen of the Student Information System.


Don’t know your appointment time? Find your Registration Appointment date and time online at the third screen by clicking “View Reg Appointment” at the top of the page. Reach the Student Information System at the link above, or from the Pierce College home page by clicking the "Class Registration" button at upper right.


Use your Priority Registration appointment to get the best possible schedule and move towards your goals faster. Register now for classes at Pierce College. We currently offer sessions in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer--all year-round.


Message from the LACCD Chancellor

October 2, 2015

Los Angeles Community College District Colleagues:

By now you have heard about the tragic incident at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon, where precious lives were lost and others forever impacted. Our LACCD family extends its thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those affected by these senseless shootings. I will be contacting UCC President Rita Cavin on our collective behalf to extend whatever assistance we can and to share that LACCD stands with them during this difficult time.

Our district, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Community College Bureau, will remain vigilant on campus safety and emergency preparedness with the goal of keeping our campuses safe and vibrant learning communities.


Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Chancellor


Foundation Introduces Fall $1,000 Scholarships for 13 Students




Thirteen $1,000 Scholarships are now available and all students are encouraged to apply. The Foundation for Pierce College is now accepting applications; the deadline is October 1, 2015.


Students need to submit their unofficial transcript, essay and attached application and either bring it to the Foundation for Pierce College, Student Services Building, 3rd Floor, email to, phone 818-710-4206, and click on scholarships, or bring it to the mailroom and ask that it be placed in the mailbox for the Foundation.


The awarded students will be honored this fall at a special ceremony.


Denise Munro Robb, Ph.D., is Chair of the Foundation for Pierce College.



Avenue of Champions to Close for Nine Months


The road in front of the gyms, called Avenue of Champions, will be closed to through traffic and street parking for nine months beginning Monday, September 14 The pedestrian walkway from Parking Lot 7 to the Sheriff’s office on Avenue of Champions will remain open, allowing access to classrooms in 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500.  Signs will be posted.


Please access village parking from the gate in Parking Lot 1 near the Sheriff’s Office. Additional parking for staff has been setup in Parking Lot 7 near the Child Development Academic Department. Remember to drive slowly and cautiously in the Village areas, and near the entrance gate in Parking Lot 1.  Thank you.



Pierce College Voted “Best College” in 2015 Daily News Readers Poll

Pierce College is proud to have been voted "Best College" in the Readers Choice Awards 2015 by the readers of the Los Angeles Daily News. The annual awards attracts thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley who voted for the places they love best.


Pierce has been providing the lowest-cost higher education available in the nation to generations of families in our community since 1947.  Renovations to the campus paid for by our taxpayers have brought it up to modern standards, while retaining the beauty of our 426 acres in Woodland Hills.


Pierce is widely recognized as one of the top academic transfer schools in California, and operates an active Career and Technical Education program. Small class sizes afford each student more individual attention from our dedicated professors. We strive to continue to be the destination of choice in the San Fernando Valley. Pierce College is honored to be voted Best College for 2015.