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Think Spring at Pierce College to Achieve Your Goals


Spring Semester—beginning Feb. 6, 2017—is the perfect time to make a fresh commitment to your educational goals. The Spring Schedule of Classes posted online Oct. 26, 2016 at Registration begins November 17, 2016.


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.


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.



Starting November 17, continuing students can enroll online at the Student Information System under Current Students,


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.


Register Now for Winter Intersession


The Winter Intersession class schedule for 2017 is posted and Continuing 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

Registration for continuing students began Oct. 27, 2016. 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" Opens December 2 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 begin Friday, December 2 and 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


New Menus from Falafelicious Catering in the Pierce Food Court Introduced




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 Moliè’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 


Last Chance To Register to Vote is Oct. 24 - Are You In?

Stunningly, only 8% of eligible youth aged 18-24 voted in the 2014 general election. Only 52% of eligible youth were even registered to vote, more than 20 points below any other age group.


Have you registered to vote? October 24th is the last day you can—but don’t wait, do it now at


Death Penalty and Marijuana Legalization Top October’s Day of Politics

Seventeen propositions will be on the ballot for decision-making this November and some of these will be explored in Pierce College’s Oct. 19 Day of Politics. Debates, Q&As and candidate presentations are on deck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall to help get ready for the vote.

State Senator candidates Henry Stern and Steve Fazio will appear for Q&A sessions between 2 and 3 p.m. Rabbi Jonathan Klein from Clergy and Laity United will give the “pro” view on getting rid of the death penalty, and a student from a political science class will give the “con” view, 1-2 p.m. (Prop 62 and 66).  

Other students will debate whether or not to legalize marijuana, 3-4 p.m. (Prop 64).  Elizabeth Calvin from Human Rights Watch will be speaking in favor of the reduction of criminal sentencing proposition, debating a student, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. (Prop 57). Calvin was a principal contributor to the juvenile section of Prop 57.  

A $9 billion school bond (Prop 51) will be discussed at 10 a.m., taxation to benefit community colleges and K-12 (Prop 55) at 11 a.m., and Professor Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary on “The Need to Reform the Broken Food System” will be the special guest speaker at noon. The day closes with “Get Money Out of Politics” – a speaker from Common Cause will speak in favor of Prop 59 at 4 p.m.


9-10 a.m. Prop 57 – Elizabeth Calvin, Human Rights Watch, to speak on reducing criminal sentences for non-violent criminals and debating a student

10-11 a.m.  Prop 51 – $9 billion school bond

11 a.m. -noon Prop 55 – taxation to benefit community colleges and K-12

12-1 p.m. Special guest Prof. Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary on “The Need to   Reform the Broken Food System”

1-2 p.m. Prop 62 and 66 – ending the death penalty (or speeding it up)

2-2:30 p.m. Q&A with State Senate Candidate Steve Fazio  

2:30-3 p.m. Q&A with State Senate Candidate Henry Stern

3-4 p.m. Prop 64 – Marijuana Legalization
4-4:30 p.m. Prop 59 – “Get the Money Out of Politics” - Guest speaker from Common Cause

Day of Politics is the brainchild of Political Science Professor Denise Robb. It is co-sponsored by the PoliSci Society, ASO, AGS and the Vegan Society. For more information contact Prof. Denise Robb at 818-712-2660 or email


Never Miss Another Deadline with Grad Guru for Pierce College


Did you know there is an app that will help our students keep up with campus deadlines and dates? It’s Grad Guru, designed to help you navigate college and personalized for Pierce College. You can download it FREE at the Apple App or Google Play stores. Never miss another deadline.


After downloading, select Pierce College and select “yes” to ask if you want to receive push notifications. The app will send free push notifications and reminders for upcoming deadlines.


Never miss another deadline.

There is NO need to constantly check the app to keep deadlines straight. Once the app is downloaded, you don’t ever have to open the app again if you don’t want to! Pierce brings the reminders and tips to succeed directly to you. Everything pops right up like a text message! No hassle. 


Transfer Faster.
There are evidence-based tips provided in Grad Guru to make it easy for students to know what steps to take to get through school faster. The students can get the info needed to prepare BEFORE meeting with a counselor or advisor to discuss academic planning. 

Earn Rewards for Doing the Right Things.
The student will have the ability to earn badges for doing things like checking in with a counselor, getting an education plan, maintaining  a 3.5 average, and more.


Download grad guru now!


For help downloading the app, please visit our Information Desk on the first floor of the Student Services building.


California Connects Makes 4G $19.99/Month Internet Available to Students

For more than a decade, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, through its CollegeBuys program, has provided valuable technology access tools for faculty, staff and students. This year, CollegeBuys debuted California Connects, an affordable internet service for the California Community Colleges.

Internet access is a major gap for many Californians.  A recent field poll conducted by the California Emerging Technology Fund found that many Californians still lack internet access, citing, “The cost of getting online… was the main deterrent for those who reported an inability to surf the web where they live.” California Connects is a potential solution to solving this gap.

California Connects internet service is powered by the Sprint 4G LTE network, and is mobile and portable. Users will be able to use the service anywhere in the contiguous 48 United States with no data caps.  The initial cost to join California Connects is $99.99, which includes a mobile hotspot and first month’s internet service; thereafter, the monthly subscription cost is only $19.99. To join California Connects or to find out more about CollegeBuys, please visit

As with many CollegeBuys offerings, awareness is key.  Please help spread the word to your community college peers and students by forwarding this email, or printing the attached flier.  If you have questions or feedback you may reach out to the CollegeBuys team directly via email:


ITT Tech Closures Information from L.A. Pierce College

ITT Educational Services, Inc (ITT) closed its more than 130 campuses in 38 states citing recent actions taken by the U.S.

Department of Education that effectively barred ITT from participating in Federal Title IV programs. As a result the closures impacted about 45,000 students who were enrolled at ITT, including tens of thousands of federal student loan borrowers who are left asking, What do I do now?


Before students decide to transfer and/or continue their education elsewhere, students need to know their rights as a recipient of Federal Financial Aid.  It is recommended that before students enroll in a new school, they should speak to the Financial Aid Office about how transferring credits might affect their eligibility for a closed school discharge.  Students can still attend another school, but they may want to consider not transferring in any units to the new school.


USDE  Loan Discharge:


Federal Student Loans can be discharged if the school closes. A closed school discharge would release students from their obligation to repay their federal loans (such as a Federal Direct Loan, a Perkins Loan, or a Federal Family Education Loan) under either of these circumstances:


·    The school closed while the student was enrolled and the student did not complete the program, either at the closed school or another school. If the student was on an approved leave of absence when the school ceased operations, the student is considered to have been enrolled at the school when it closed.

      ·    The student stopped attending the school within 120 days before it closed.


The student is NOT eligible for loan discharge if the school closes and any of the following is true:


·    The student completed all the course work for the program, even if the student have not received a diploma or certificate.

       ·    The student stopped attending more than 120 days before the school closed.

·    The student enroll in and complete a comparable educational program at another school and receive credits for the classes taken at the closed school. However, if the student enroll in this comparable program and complete it, but the new school does not give credit for any coursework completed at the closed school, then the student would be eligible for a closed school discharge.

The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance and resources ( for displaced students.


Pell Grant Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds the student may receive over the lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent

of six (6) full-time years which is equal to 600%. Irrespective of a transfer or a closed school loan discharge due to a school closure, the lifetime Pell eligibility does not reset. This means that students might have used up part of their Pell Grant eligibility while attending ITT.  To determine the remaining eligibility for Pell Grant, students should visit My Federal Student Aid website at

Other Resources

The  National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is in collaboration with Beyond 12 to connect these

displaced students with financial aid volunteers who are knowledgeable about financial aid and higher education.  Financial Aid Administrators from NASFAA member institutions will serve as volunteers from September through December 2016, providing unbiased assistance, answering general financial aid program questions, and helping students to determine their eligibility for federal student loan discharge.


Affected students seeking counseling through the partnership must submit a request for assistance via Once there, they submit a help ticket and can expect a response from a financial aid administrator within 10-12 business days.