Section 7 - Instructional Divisions Of The College
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INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISIONS OF THE COLLEGE
Business and Computer Technology (Room R201)
Additional information: (626) 585-7341
A variety of programs is offered in the Business and Computer Technology Division.† Each specialization provides students with the knowledge and background necessary to progress in a business (vocational) career or toward an educational degree. Courses may be taken individually or as part of a planned program leading to a Certificate of Achievement, Occupational Skills Certificate, and/or an Associate degree. In addition, many of the courses are transferable to the California State and University of California systems. The following occupational curricula are offered in the Business and Computer Technology Division and are appropriate for those individuals who are interested in increasing their job skills and obtaining both stable and gainful employment in the business community: Accounting and Bookkeeping, Business Information Technology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Fashion, Hospitality Management, and Paralegal Studies.†
Engineering and Technology
Additional information: (626) 585-7267
The Engineering and Technology Division offers students the opportunity to pursue comprehensive and challenging multi-disciplinary programs of study at the university level. This area of emphasis provides flexible and challenging programs for high-achieving students who want pathways into professional and vocational careers as well as for transfer students who want pathways into four and five year universities and colleges. Transfer programs into private, CSU and UC university programs include: Architecture, Engineering, Solar Energy, Engineering Design, Electrical Technology, and Electronics. Technical certificates in careers as well as training/retraining include the following disciplines: Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Construction Inspection, Engineering Design, Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Fire Technology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Communications Technology, Manufacturing Technology and Welding Technology. Specific certificate program outcomes can be found in the Career and Technical Education section of this Catalog.
(CEC Campus Bungalow B6 and Main
Additional information: (626) 585-3378
The Health Sciences Division offers an array of programs for students interested in entering the health care provider workforce. Programs lead to a certificate and/or degree as an Anesthesia Technologist, Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Laboratory Technologist, Emergency Medical Technician, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Medical Assistant, Radiologic Technologist, and Registered Nurse. There is also a Career Ladder option from the Licensed Vocational Nurse program to the Registered Nurse program and from the Dental Assisting to Dental Hygiene programs. Program offerings range from six weeks to one and two years and are fully accredited. Students may have clinical experiences on as well as off campus in professional hospital and educational settings. Specific certificate program outcomes can be found in the Occupational Curricula section of this Catalog.
Performing and Communication Arts
Additional information: (626)-585-7216
The Performing and Communication Arts Division provides comprehensive and challenging courses that prepare students for professional and vocational careers in the performing arts and communication fields.† The division provides transfer programs for majors in Music, Theater Arts, and Dance; performance opportunities in a wide variety of musical ensembles, theater productions and dance ensembles; and techniques courses for adult beginners in the performing arts.
The Speech Communication Department offers important core courses required for transfer while the Forensics program provides students opportunities to excel in intercollegiate speech and debate competitions.† The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program prepares students for work as assistants to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists.
The Television and Radio Department provides academic and vocational training in the fields of television and radio. Students are prepared for transfer to four-year schools or for entry-level positions in the television, video, radio, and media industries.
Visual Arts and Media Studies
Additional information: (626) 585-7238
The Visual Arts and Media Studies Division offers more than 140 courses in the many areas of art studies including art history, ceramics, design, digital media, drawing, illustration, jewelry/metalworking and crafts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Analog and digital photography studies are offered, as are courses in filmmaking, cinema studies art and the history of film. The media studies area includes classes in theater arts, journalism, photojournalism and communications.
††† VAMS programs serve students seeking to transfer, work toward an Associate in Arts degree or earn career and technology education certificates in areas including Digital Media (Computer-Assisted Photo-Imaging, Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia Design) ; Journalism (Photojournalism, Printed Media, Public Relations); Photography (Photography, Portrait Photography, Cinematography, Cinema Production/Filmmaking, Computer Assisted Photo Imaging); and Design (Advertising Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Product Design Technology, Interior Design, Jewelry/Metalworking).
††† Each year the college Art Gallery presents a series of exhibitions consisting of professional work representing the disciples taught by division faculty. These include guest-curated exhibitions, faculty and student shows, the annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition and a summer exhibition series of advanced student work. The Gallery hosts guest lecturers throughout the year and a film festival each year.
The Artist-in-Residence program brings a renowned artist for a weeklong stay on campus to interact closely with students, faculty and the community. During their residency, each artist produces works of art and presents studio demonstrations and lectures.
Other division programs include a contemporary art collection housed at the Shatford Library and the George Boone Sculpture Garden where major pieces of sculpture are permanently installed.†
English (Room C245)
Additional information: (626) 585-7371
The English Division provides the core reading, writing, and literature courses for all certificate, degree, and transfer students at PCC. Courses range from basic reading and writing skills to advanced composition and critical thinking, from literature courses for the non-major to British and American literature survey courses for the English major, from how to read a poem to how to write a poem. The English Division also offers study/travel programs including an annual summer trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and regular theatre trips over spring break to London and New York. The Divisionís longstanding commitment to student excellence and success and diversity is exemplified in its major areas: Composition, Reading, Literature, and Creative Writing.†
Languages (Room C247)
Additional information: (626) 585-3187
The Languages Division brings together 13 foreign languages, English as a Second Language (ESL), American Sign Language (ASL), and Linguistics. The Division envisions equipping each student with the resources necessary to recognize the value of different cultures and approaches, and to appreciate diversity. The foreign language program has a broad spectrum of classes ranging form language courses to courses in civilization, culture and literature. The intermediate level courses cater to practical use of language from films to business. The program in English as a Second Language builds the communicative foundation for all students who need to master the language in order to successfully perform at the College. It encompasses both a transfer curriculum and learning activities designed to improve the economic condition and quality of life of the diverse communities within the College service area.†
Social Sciences (Room C321)
Additional information: (626) 585-7248
The Social Sciences Division is made up of three primary areas: the Social Sciences consisting of American Institutions, anthropology, economics, political sciences, psychology, and sociology; the Humanities: philosophy and religious studies; Education consisting of education, child development, special education technology and the Child Development Center. In addition there are cross discipline programs such as ethnic studies and statistics for the behavioral sciences. The division offers introductory courses to students that satisfy the general education requirements for the Collegeís associate degrees, and for both the Cal State College and University system and the University of California through the IGETC program. In addition more specialized courses are offered for students to satisfy the major requirement in the various certificate and transfer programs. The Child Development Program in conjunction with the Child Development Center offers eight certificates of completion or achievement in vocational programs.
Kinesiology, Health and Athletics
Additional information: (626) 585-7225
The Kinesiology, Health and Athletics Division promotes the trichotomy development of the students through conceptual learning and active participation in health, kinesiology and athletics. The division believes that health, kinesiology and athletics are important components of the total educational process. Opportunities are provided for studentsí cognitive growth concerning healthy lifestyles, social skills, mental and emotional values and physical development through physical activity and competition.†
Mathematics (Room R322)
Additional information: (626) 585-7331
The Mathematics Divisionís dual mission is to educate students majoring in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) fields and to create a mathematically literate population by providing courses for students at all levels, from numerical foundations, to differential equations and statistics.† The division offers 41 courses in mathematics and statistics, serving student needs which include fulfillment of graduation or transfer requirements, courses for individual goals, and review of basic math skills.
In addition to offering traditional methods of instruction, select courses are offered with computer-assisted programs or with compressed, accelerated, or slower paced schedules. The Mathematics Division also offers an honors course and a hybrid-online course.
The Mathematics Divisionís supportive faculty and staff have fostered and maintained a long history of excellence.† Many of its students are awarded academic scholarships to continue their educational goals, and win awards in nationwide competitions against students from both two-and four-year institutions.
Natural Sciences (Room U402)
Additional information: (626) 585-7140
The Natural Sciences Division serves a dual mission of educating students majoring in Science to meet the increasing demand for a well-trained scientific workforce as well as preparing general education students to be members of a scientifically literate citizenry. The Division encompasses 11 different disciplines: biology, chemistry, geography, geology, physics, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, astronomy, physical science, and biotechnology certificate program. Nearly all courses include hands-on laboratory experience and many include fieldwork.†
Community Education Center
Additional information: (626) 585-3000
The Community Education Center (CEC) provides noncredit education, training, and services designed to continuously improve Californiaís workforce such as Small Business Development and Entrepreneur programs. The Center offers vocational, technical, and academic courses including High School Diploma Program, GED, Business Office Systems, Printing Technology, Apparel Skills, Fashion Retail, ESL, Adult Basic Education, Parent Education, enrichment classes for Seniors and disabled students, and a wealth of support programs. The Cosmetology credit program is offered at the Center. The Community Education Center is a satellite center to the main campus, with shuttle services to and from the main campus every 20 minutes. It is located at 3035 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91107.†
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