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Open Classes List for Spring 2015 Now Posted



The Open Classes List for Spring 2015 has just been posted and there's a new mobile version too. There are still lots of seats available! 

OPEN CLASSES LIST for Spring 2015:

OPEN CLASSES LIST Spring Mobile Access:


During January you can also find posts about individual classes that are still open for Spring on Pierce's Facebook Page at The professors tell you a little more about the class here.


Register now and keep your momentum going.



Priority Registration in Place for Spring Semester at Pierce College

The Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes is now available online at Winter registration is now ongoing. The most popular classes fill quickly, so make your selections early and sign up as soon as your registration appointment allows. Continuing students’ registration begins November 23, 2014. Priority registration dates are emailed to students’ email accounts.


A new state policy gives priority registration to students who have completed three steps: orientation, assessment, and development of an educational plan. It also gives priority to students with fewer than 100 units. Visit the Counseling web page to get started on these steps, at, or call (818) 719-6440.


All the information you need to register 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 Spring Semester at Pierce College.


Welcome to Winter Intersession at Pierce


Winter is here—and with it Winter Intersession at Pierce College.  Welcome to all students who have joined us for Pierce’s 5-week Winter Intersession (Jan. 5 - Feb. 7, 2015.) You can take two classes and knock out 6 units of general education toward your degree fast!  

Click to find the schedules page to show the classes offered in these subjects:  Accounting, Addiction Studies, American Sign Language, Anthropology, Art, Astronomy, Automotive Service Technology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Cinema, Communications Studies, Computer Science-Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, Health, History, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Music, Oceanography, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics and Theatre. 

We're glad you've joined us for Winter 2015 at Pierce.


Swing Dance Team Steps into 2nd Place in Championships

Pierce College Dance Theater's Swing Dance Team was awarded 2nd place in the Team Division at the US Open Dance Championships over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend on November 30th 2014.

The “Swingheads” team was established in 2006 by Pierce College Dance Director Denise Gibson. The college dance team is an eclectic group of performers trained in various dance genres. The team has competed at the US Open three times in the past (2007, 2009 & 2011) receiving 2nd place twice and 5th place and has also received 4th place at the National Jitterbug Championships. This amazing team is always looking for new team members. For team audition information please contact Denise Gibson @

Here is the link to the video of the award winning dance the Pierce College team presented: 


Here is the link to the story as covered by the Roundup:

The Unparalleled Musical "Cabaret" by LAPC Theatre Opens December 5


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season continues on December 5 with the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Performances begin Friday, December 5 and continue through Sunday, December 14 in the Temporary Performing Arts Complex.


Set in Berlin, just before the takeover of Hitler’s Nazi regime, the musical (with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb) focuses on the societal debauchery of the time, in particular at the famous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage to tantalize the crowd. Kander & Ebb’s now classic musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1966, and is currently enjoying an acclaimed revival, features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”


LAPC Theatre’s production of Cabaret is directed by Gene Putnam, with musical direction by James Domine and choreography by Denise Gibson. The cast features Quinn Knox as the Emcee, Michelle Hallbauer as Sally Bowles, Michael Beck as Cliff Bradshaw, Katie Watts-Whitaker as Fraulein Schneider, Matt DeHaven as Herr Schultz, Nicole Roberts as Fraulein Kost and Scott Aaronson as Ernst Ludwig. The ensemble includes Inna Acosta, Brianna Bauer, Parker Butin, Chris DePiazza, Laura Emberson, Leah Foster, Brett Gever, Amy Hagaman, Elyse Hamilton, Jacquel Harris, Allison Husmann, Scott Kriloff, Abdiel Lewis, Sandy Luque, Jordan Morales, Roger Ritenour, Ruth Rodriquez, Rudolph Secundino, Abby Soskin and Elina Zhirov.


Scenic design is by Michael Gend, with costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Ellie Rabinowitz and sound design by Edward Salas. Bonnie Lavin-Hughes is the assistant director, Katie Watts-Whitaker the vocal coach and Kelly O’Shea the stage manager.


Cabaret opens on Friday, December 5 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2pm, Friday, Dec. 12 at 8pm, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lots #7 and #8.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at:


Art Gallery Features Interactive Exhibition Shadows of the Grid


Pierce College Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Architecture presents Shadows of the Grid, featuring the collaborative work by installation artist Arzu Arda Kosar developed by Pierce College Exhibition Design students. It runs now through December 11, 2014. Gallery admission is free and parking is in lot 6.


Utilizing the space in and outside the gallery as a lab, Shadows of the Grid features works that explore issues related to ways of charting structures of information, the push and pull between facts and social constructs, perception and presentation.  The anchor of the exhibition is the decidedly subjective world map that only includes places of significance to its makers. This is a hands-on, interactive show where visitors are asked to mark places with personal connotations on a global map, denote familiar/unfamiliar places with positive/negative associations or shift meanings through translating a given phrase to different languages.  


The works on display are instigated by artist Arzu Arda Kosar and developed by Pierce College Exhibition Design students, except for the installation “Terra Incognita,” which is a collaborative work by Deb Diehl & Kosar. The exhibition also features “Come In, We’re Open” by Janet Owen Driggs, Carol Zou & Edith Abeyta, a series of video interviews exploring the topic of social practice where Arzu Arda Kosar is a participant.  Arzu Arda Kosar’s holds a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in New Genres from USC. Kosar’s interest in borders, intergroup relations and social psychology has led her to examine urban space, street art, collaborative art making and community building art practices. She’s the founder of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles as well as projects such as the International Survey of the Alternative Art Scene, MapConception, TransIstanbul, Public Art Istanbul, Los Angeles Gezi Platform.



Dispelling the Myths About Ebola: A Talk by Microbiologist Cooper

Learn the facts about Ebola and dispel the myths with the experts at this free talk. Pierce Microbiologist Margarethe Cooper will speak on Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in Center for Sciences Lecture Hall 91126. Beth Benne, Pierce College Health Center Director, will give an update on Ebola preparedness. Free and open to all.


Pierce Media Arts Students Garner 22 Awards at Fall Journalism Conference

Pierce College Media Arts students win 22 awards at the Fall 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges SoCal conference, held Oct. 17-18, 2014, at CSU, Fullerton. (Photo: Nicolas Heredia)


Triple crown honors went the Pierce College Media Arts Department at this year’s Journalism Association of Community Colleges SoCal conference, held at CSU Fullerton Oct. 17-18, 2014. The Roundup weekly print newspaper, the semi-annual BULL magazine and the college’s Online Journalism operations earned General Excellence recognition—the conference’s highest honor.


The two-day event brought hundreds of community college students to compete and attend workshops. In addition to General Excellence honors, Pierce students won 22 individual awards.

They represented work done during the 2013-14 academic year as well as material produced during on-the-spot competition at the conference.


The top Pierce winner was Nicolas Heredia with five awards: second place, News Photo, on-the-spot Sports Photo and on-the-spot Feature Photo, along with fourth places in both Feature Photo and on-the-spot Sports Photo categories. Jasson Bautista grabbed first place for Magazine Photo and Maria Salvador took the top spot for Magazine Illustration, while Ethan Hanson’s Sports Game Story earned second place. Third place winners: Calvin Alagot, Student Designed Advertisement; Jason Bautista, Magazine Cover Design; Nelger Carrera, Sports Action Photo; Eli Diaz, Video Journalism; Matt Gottesman, on-the-spot Broadcast News Writing; Megan Moureaux, Profile Feature Story; and Kashish Nizami, Magazine Profile Article.


Fourth place winners: Ray Garcia, Front Page Layout; and Tim Toton, Enterprise News Story/Series. Honorable Mentions: Diego Barajas, on-the-spot Sports Photo; Megan Moreaux, Profile Feature Story; Tavian Quinn, on-the-spot Broadcast News Writing; and Seth Perlstein, on-the-spot News Story. Additionally, an honorable mention certificate was given for a first-person Magazine Opinion column written by a woman who had had an abortion and requested that her name not be used. Jill Connelly, Media Arts Dept. chair, said she was particularly gratified with recognition given to the newspaper, magazine and online journalism staffs. “These awards are a reminder that we are all part of a team, we are competitive and we are winners,” she said.


Pierce One of Three LACCD Colleges Awarded National Achieving The Dream Leader College Status

Pierce is one of three Los Angeles Community College District colleges selected from across the country to be designated the 2014 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Harbor College are also among the 16 community colleges earning this prestigious award.

“This is a very proud day at LACCD,” said Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin at a Wednesday press conference to celebrate the three honored colleges. “Achieving the dream is not just something we talk about. It is something we do every single day in every single classroom.”

“Student success is our district’s highest priority,” said Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LACCD chancellor, “and this national recognition of our colleges reaffirms the transformational work that our colleges are engaged in to improve student outcomes.”

This national honor is bestowed on community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. These colleges have shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills and better opportunities for employment. The LACCD colleges are the only California schools awarded this ATD status. They were singled out because:

n  Los Angeles Pierce College increased the ratio of all credit hours successfully completed from 66.3% in 2009-10 to 69.5% in 2012-13.

Said Los Angeles Pierce College President Dr. Kathleen Burke: “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our faculty, staff, and administrators to achieve our collective goals of engaging the completion agenda, demonstrating accountability, cultivating partnerships, and ensuring student success.  Our teams have worked hard and we have integrated our plans to focus on the college vision of seeing more CAPS  (Completion, Accountability, Partnerships, Student Success)  at commencement.  To be recognized as a Leader College validates our student-centered approach and affirms our commitment to providing quality educational programs.  Most importantly, this recognition highlights the hard work of our students. It is their commitment to learning and progressing that allows Los Angeles Pierce College to be a Leader College.”

n  East Los Angeles College increased developmental-education English success rates for all first-time-in-college students from 21.8% in 2007 to 34.1% in 2010. The developmental-education English success rates for African American students increased by 20 percentage points and for Pell recipients by nine percentage points.

Said ELAC Pesident Marvin Martinez: “It is indeed an honor for East Los Angeles College to be selected as a Leader College by ATD. This type of recognition certainly makes ELAC a national leader in its ability to serve students of color in our region. Our faculty and staff also deserve this honor for their hard work in developing programs that help students of color succeed in the classroom on a pathway to college and career success.”

n  Los Angeles Harbor College increased fall-to-spring persistence rates for all students in the ATD cohort from 64.6% in 2009-10 to 69.6% in 2012-13. The fall-to-spring persistence rates for Hispanic students increased by eight percentage points.

Said Harbor College Pesident Dr. Otto Lee: “Los Angeles Harbor College is extremely proud of our successful partnership with Achieving the Dream, resulting in more students attempting and completing more units, staying enrolled from one semester to the next, and completing English and math at a higher rate through innovative interventions such as our First Year Experience program.  Building on that success, we’ve expanded that program to include all new incoming students through the creation of the Harbor Advantage.  As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, we look forward to sharing our successful and sustainable interventions with community colleges throughout the state and nationally.”

This year’s honored community colleges come from 10 different states.

“These 16 institutions have demonstrated that better student outcomes are possible when institutions focus on policies and practices that help students learn at high levels and overcome challenges life throws at them,” said  Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President. “These colleges are working hard to move the needle for whole cohorts of students, and deserve recognition for their relentless efforts and promising achievements.”

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, Pierce College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills.  Each semester about 21,000 students are served in a diverse and dynamic mix of career, technical, transfer, workforce education and general interest programs that help fuel the economic and intellectual development of the community.

About the Los Angeles Community College District
The Los Angeles Community College District, the nation's largest community college district, serves one-quarter million students a year in more than 36 cities in Los Angeles County at its nine colleges.  The District covers nearly 900 square miles and has educated and trained the region's diverse workforce since 1969.


Open Letter From Dr. Shapiro in Support of Walking Shield Indian Reservation Children

“Since 1976 my students have been helping those less fortunate in providing food, clothing and school supplies.  Since 1987 we have been helping the poorest of Americans located on several impoverished American Indian Reservations.  I want to thank all of you who have helped in the past and hope you will continue to find solace in knowing that you made a difference in the lives of so many who have so little.  


“This year we will be helping the Spirit Lake Tribe reservation and the Siseton Wahpeton Sioux Bands located in East Central North Dakota. There are approximately 4435 residents on the reservation and the unemployment rate is just under 50%.  The children we assist are those who stay in school. We try and motivate them to learn, to make a better life for themselves.  Those children who stay in school from August thru December are presented with a stuffed backpack. We include warm clothing, school supplies, toiletry items and a toy. 


“If you would like to assist this year we have “adopted” 300 children.  Ashley Gomes is this year’s pre-veterinary club’s Walking Shield coordinator.  She can be reached at and can provide you with a name, gender, clothing sizes of a child(ren) you would like to assist. Our deadline for collection of all stuffed backpacks is November 4, 2014. We are transporting the backpacks to Walking Shield headquarters on Saturday, November 8th and shipping to the reservation on that same day. I am thanking all of you in advance for your continued support of this worthy program.”

Dr. Leland S. Shapiro, Chair,  Agriculture Department
Director, Pre-Veterinary Science Program