A welcome from Dr. Rajen Vurdien, Superintendent President
As its newly named 15th president, I am honored to serve such a well-respected institution. PCC has garnered a reputation as one of the finest community colleges in California, and I pledge to you that I will tirelessly work to not only maintain the high standard of academic excellence, but to increase the resources for our students so that they may continue to succeed as they pursue their dreams toward a better future.
My ultimate goal as president is bold and clear: to help PCC become the standard-bearer of excellence not only in the state, but the entire country. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its students, instructors, staff, and administrators, the college has already laid a solid foundation to build upon.
PCC is well-known for being a transfer leader, as evidenced by its recent number one ranking in California in conferring Associate Degrees for Transfer. It is also recognized for its numerous national mathematics and forensics awards; its highly successful and award-winning Pathways programs; and its commitment to equitable access to education.
Just recently, the PCC Foundation organized a fundraising gala that raised nearly $1.1 million for scholarships to PCC students – a record. The proceeds will underwrite more than 200 additional scholarships every year, ensuring that many of our students will have the necessary funds to continue their academic journeys.
Let us continue to build on this success.
Of course, nothing is achieved without dedication and collaboration. I am looking forward to working with the outstanding faculty, students, staff, and trustees of PCC as we come together to build on the college’s outstanding reputation for innovation, high-quality programs, and services for students and the greater community.
As we embark on this journey together, please know that my door is always open. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D., MBA