Campus News

Students--Mandatory Password Change to Access the New Student Portal at Pierce

LACCD launches New Student Portal

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.  To begin,      

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


Avoid Trouble

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.





Go to College for One Year for Free? It's the Promise

L.A. College Promise 

Pierce College’s district, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), introduces the L.A. College Promise, which will provide one year of free enrollment at an LACCD college to all full-time qualifying students graduating from
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and charter high schools.

Pierce encourages high school students in the class of 2017 to learn more about the Promise on our website at

To qualify, a student must

  • Be a 2017 high school graduate of LAUSD or a charter high school
  • Complete the Los Angeles Pierce Application
  • Complete Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling (OAC)
  • Complete an application for financial aid (FAFSA or CA Dream Act)
  • Attend a summer transition program
  • Enroll as a full-time student Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

The L.A. College Promise is a partnership between the LACCD, LAUSD, City of Los AngelesLA Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA and private philanthropy. It benefits the city and region by creating a college-going culture and responding to the workforce readiness gaps in California.

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez stated the L.A. College Promise initiative could be the most comprehensive and effective student completion strategy that our districts can offer. Included in this program are priority enrollment, placement in math and English courses required to succeed in college, and career support and counseling. The program’s goal is to increase the number of community college graduates, university transfers, and workforce-ready students in our region.

Los Angeles Pierce College is one of nine comprehensive colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest community college district in the nation.  Our students strive to earn college degrees and certificates, but many find they are burdened by work and family obligations that make it difficult to complete their goals. On September 14, LACCD teamed with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Second Lady Jill Biden to announce a new program called the Los Angeles College Promise, forging the way for more local students to become college graduates.

LACCD Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin said that the LACCD is working with the business community to support our high school students and all area residents who want to challenge themselves or enhance their career objectives with additional training.

Pierce College is pleased to be moving forward with the L.A. College Promise. Mayor Garcetti said that higher education should be within reach for every student in Los Angeles and that this program creates a path to pursue the skills and education they need to realize their dreams and potential.


Birch, Elm and Ginger -- What are those Tree Names?


Birch, Elm and Ginger -- What are those Tree Names?


If you’ve seen the names Alder, Birch, Elm, Ginger, Holly, Juniper and Iris next to a classroom number in the schedule of classes, you might be wondering what they are. These will be the new names of the buildings that have been renovated in the “North of Mall” -- a central area of campus surrounding the botanical garden, extending northwest of the Mall between Parking Lot 1 and the Library Learning Crossroads.


To make it easier, the building numbers will stay the same and be listed next to the tree names on the schedule of classes and the outside of the building as such:  Birch 1100, abbreviated as BRCH.  


LATE BREAKING NEWS, February 2017: the Juniper 800 building is renovated and opening for Spring.  The three buildings 1200, 1300 and 1400 will also be in use for Spring under their old names: 1200 is English Building (EB), 1300 is Behavioral Science (BEH), and 1400 is Math. The last three buildings are set to be renovated over the summer.


Building               Tree           Schedule

Number               Name        Abbreviation

1000 Building      Alder         ALDR

1100 Building      Birch         BRCH

1200 Building      Cedar        CEDR - will still be EB for English Building Spring 2017

1300 Building      Dogwood   DGWD - will still be BEH for Spring 2017

1400 Building      Fir             FIR - will still be MATH for Spring 2017

1500 Building      Holly         HLLY

1600 Building      Ginger       GNGR

1700 Building      Elm           ELM

 800 Building       Juniper      JNPR

 900 Building       Iris            IRIS


STEM Week Opens Feb. 22 at Pierce College with Free Events


STEM Week takes off on February 22, 2017 in the Great Hall at 11 a.m. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors or anyone interested in these subjects should come to the free events. On Wednesday, Feb. 22 is the STEM Majors Fair from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., where students can connect with STEM professionals from local companies to gain first-hand knowledge of their organization while exploring different STEM careers.


On Thursday, Feb. 23, a STEM professionals panel will be presented between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Attend this panel discussion to get information from the pros who are expert6s in the STEM fields. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about STEM careers. It’s all at Pierce College.


Register Now for Spring Classes at Pierce College--Classes are Filling


Now is the time to register for Spring Semester, beginning Feb. 6, 2017. It's the perfect time to make a fresh commitment to your educational goals. The Spring Schedule of Classes is posted online at Registration is ongoing for all students.


You’ll also find other useful information there, such as the Spring Calendar, Distance Ed, Honors Classes, Short Term, Weekend, and Off-Campus offerings. Maps and a Student Information Addendum located on that page will help you navigate the college.



Enroll online at the Student Information System under Current Students,


When you sign up for Spring Semester you are on your way to achieving the degree, certificate or transfer opportunity that has the power to change your life from this point forward.


Interested in Career and Technical Education? Visit to see the vocational class offerings before you go to the schedule.



And remember that all official notices about your registration, class changes, financial aid, alerts and new opportunities will come to you via your college email, which you can log in to at the top right of the Students web page, here


At the bottom of the Schedules page you will find an online 2016-17 General Catalog, which has more detailed information about Pierce College and its classes.


It’s true—college graduates earn one-and-a-half million dollars more over their careers than those without degrees. Don’t be left out; make a difference in your life starting this Spring Semester at Pierce College.


Los Angeles Pierce College Earns White House Healthy Campus Designation

Los Angeles Pierce College has been deemed a “White House Healthy Campus” and representatives traveled to the White House to participate in Healthy Campus Challenge Day on Jan. 13, 2017. First Lady Michelle Obama will offer remarks at the event. 

College President Kathleen Burke said, “This is a wonderful recognition for our college and an ideal alignment of values that support student success by ensuring medical coverage for students.”


The Challenge is a joint effort between the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education to reach uninsured students and others through spreading the word about open enrollment and opportunities to find affordable, quality health coverage. Los Angeles Pierce College was among 350 campuses nationwide that took part in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge beginning in November of 2016.


Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters, said, “Our team understands that there is a connection between student wellness and student success. We provide students with a variety of opportunities to maintain or develop a healthy lifestyle to assist them with completing their educational goals.”


Colleges were asked to undertake outreach actions that reflect best practices to get the word out about affordable health care.


Beth Benne, Director of the Student Health Center, said “We partnered with a local Covered California entity, Northeast Valley Health Corp (NEVHC), which was present on campus every week to educate and enroll eligible students. We spread the message about affordable healthcare through various means of outreach to our entire campus, and let them know how easy it was to sign up through our partner.”


Dr. Burke, along with Dr. Dixon-Peters and Director Benne, are the participants in the January 13 event at the White House. 


The Healthy Campus Challenge is directly in keeping with Los Angeles Pierce College’s district Board of Trustees’ interest in and commitment to the health and welfare of its students, added President Burke. Pierce is one of nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the nation’s largest community college district, with an annual enrollment of nearly a quarter million.


Los Angeles Pierce College is recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California. Located on 426 acres in the western San Fernando Valley, the College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The College’s comprehensive curriculum and support services enable its 22,000 students to earn associate degrees and certificates, prepare for university transfer, and gain career and technical education proficiency.



Important Announcement for Winter Students--Your Classroom May Have Changed

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINTER STUDENTS:  About half of the Winter Intersession classes have been relocated into different buildings as of December 14, 2016. PLEASE CHECK THE NEW WINTER CLASSES SCHEDULE FOR "WEB" (not the print version) to see where your Winter classroom is before Winter begins on Jan. 3rd, 2017.

Links to Check your Winter Classroom Assignment:
To View Schedule at, scroll down to Winter, Schedule of Classes - Web.

To Download the Winter Web Schedule PDF:


There's Still Time to Register for Winter Intersession


The Winter Intersession class schedule for 2017 is posted and all students' registration is ongoing.  Winter is only five weeks long, from Jan. 3 – February 4. It’s a great opportunity to take two classes and pick up six units to keep you moving towards your degree. View the schedule and list of classes at

To register go to the Student Information System (SIS) logon page at

At Pierce College, you can earn your degree close to home and without incurring a lot of debt. Get where you are going faster when you add Winter Intersession to your schedule.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama "Fences" Continues on Mainstage

Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season will continue in December with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Fences. Performances began Friday, December 2 and will continue through Sunday, December 11 in the LAPC Performing Arts Mainstage.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two-time Tony Award-winner, and one of the most groundbreaking plays of the 20th century, Fences is a classic story of fathers and sons, dreams and disappointments, and challenging the realities of the American Dream. Troy Maxson is a garbage collector and one-time home run king of the Negro Baseball League. Shut out of the big leagues, Troy turned away from a world of unfulfilled dreams and denied opportunities. Now in the changing cultural landscape of the late 1950s, his youngest son, Cory, has become an emerging football star and sees the world through very different eyes. Troy must come to terms with his past or risk tearing his family apart at the seams.

LAPC Theatre’s production of Fences will be directed by Valorie Grear.  The cast features Kiarra Beasley, Jean Hyppolite, Victoria Hubbard, Cliff Ingram, Kevin Linell, Stan McDowell and Lester Purry as Troy Maxson.  Karen Ashley is the stage manager. LAPC Theatre’s production features scenic design by John Jones, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas.


Fences will open in the Performing Arts Mainstage on the Pierce College campus on Friday, December 2 and continue through Sunday, December 11. Performances times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays 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 venues are fully accessible to those with mobile disabilities and hearing impairments.


Fences will be followed in the upcoming 2016-2017 Season by Joshua Harmon’s uproarious new comedy, Bad Jews (March/April, 2017) and the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, Hairspray (May, 2017). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at


LAPC Theatre to Open New Season with Classic French Comedy "Tartuffe"


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season will open in October with Molič’s classic French comedy, Tartuffe, translated by Richard Wilbur. Performances begin Friday, October 21 and continue through Sunday, October 30 in the Dow Arena Theatre.

Orgon’s household is under the influence of a seductive swindler named Tartuffe. This cunning con man, masquerading as a holy man, plans to dupe the gullible Orgon out of his fortune, his daughter, and his reputation. The pious grifter can do no wrong in his host’s eyes, yet everyone else in the household smells a rat. Just when the jig is up, Tartuffe ups the stakes and the charm. Tartuffe is a laugh-out-loud funny tale of deception, hypocrisy, and power that shish-kabobs false morality.

LAPC Theatre’s production of Tartuffe will be directed by Shaheen Vaaz, who is setting the play (originally staged in 1664) in the late 1960s French countryside, moving the period ahead some 300 years.

Amir Khalighi will be featured in the title role, with Leah Foster as Elmire, Brian Felker as Orgon, Ben Landmesser as Cleante, Meagan Truxal as Dorine, Avita Broukhim as Madame Pernelle, Nickolas Caisse as Valere, Michelle Johnson as Marianne and Trevor Alkazian and Gregory Hanson alternating the role of Damis. The ensemble features Andrew Garcia, Sharilhan Haddad, Vissolela Lucas, Rogelio Martinez and Ashley Segall.  Sharai Bravo is the stage manager.

LAPC Theatre’s production will feature scenic design by Frederica Nascimento, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas.

Tartuffe will open in the Dow Arena Theatre on Friday, October 21 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 30. Performances times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays 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 venues are fully accessible to those with mobile disabilities and hearing impairments.

will be followed in the upcoming 2016-2017 Season by August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences (in December), Joshua Harmon’s uproarious new comedy, Bad Jews (March/April, 2017) and the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, Hairspray (May, 2017)
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at