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California Superintendent Torlakson helps launch LA HI-TECH Consortium, a recipient of a $15 Million California Career Pathway Trust grant for an unprecedented regional effort to prepare tomorrows tech workforce
Los Angeles, Calif., Today, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson helped launch the High-Impact Information Technology, Entertainment-Entrepreneurship, and Communication Hubs (LA HI-TECH) Regional Consortium, a recipient of a $15 million California Career Pathway Trust grant. ?"The way for our students to succeed is to be sure they graduate with skills they can apply in the real world of college and a career. California is expanding career training to prepare students for the future by giving them a taste of the working world before they leave school, and the programs we're highlighting today are great examples of that work," said State Superintendent Torlakson.
Torlakson was joined by Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, along with Dr. Robert Miller, Interim President/Superintendent of Pasadena City College; Dr. Chui L. Tsang, President/Superintendent of Santa Monica College; Ms. Reneé D. Martinez, President of Los Angeles City College; Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Mr. David Rattray, SVP of Education and Workforce Development at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Joni Topper, Pacific Regional Head of Government, Nonprofit, and Healthcare Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Los Angeles; and Steven Glyer, Chair of the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortia.
Release Date: Sep 08, 2014
Pasadena, Calif., - The PACCD Board of Trustees announced the appointment of
Dr. Robert B. Miller as Interim Superintendent-President of Pasadena City College effective September 4, 2014. Dr. Miller brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role having previously served as Assistant Superintendent/Senior Vice President, Business and College Services. Dr. Miller replaces Dr. Mark Rocha, who recently retired as Superintendent/President.
“We welcome the expertise and experience that Dr. Miller brings to the position. His results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in the future of PCC,” said Dr. Anthony Fellow, President of the PACCD Board of Trustees. Upon being appointed, Dr. Miller stated, "it was a distinct honor and privilege to be asked to serve this great college in this transitional role. There are many challenges and opportunities ahead, but with the help of students, faculty, staff, managers, the Board of Trustees and community members; the future of the college is indeed bright. We will rise to even greater heights as we serve our students and the communities within our District and surrounding areas."
Release Date: Sep 04, 2014
The Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District announced a week ago that Dr. Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of the District and Pasadena City College, would retire from his position effective August 31, 2014. Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, President of the PACCD Board of Trustees, had the following comment regarding the terms of agreement between Dr. Rocha and the Board of Trustees:
“The terms of the severance package are in the best interests of all parties. The financial and other components are consistent with severance terms for U.S. chief executive officers overseeing organizations with budgets of over a hundred million dollars.
Dr. Rocha was hired at a time when strong leadership was needed for the District. The College had had three presidents in as many years, infrastructure progress had stalled, and the state was suffering a severe financial crisis.
Dr. Rocha completed long-stalled construction projects, saw reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation and won agreement on an educational master plan through shared governance. Despite challenges and concerns that Dr. Rocha faced from various College constituent groups, with the support of the Board, he continued in his mission to improve the College.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2014
Pasadena, Calif., The Real Change Movement, an initiative that helps provide homes for the homeless through small change and credit card donations officially launched its first donation meter in Pasadena on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Pasadena City College (one of the community partners) collaborated with the City of Pasadena and the Flintridge Center to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the campaign.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2014