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PCC Gets Soaked for ALS and Challenges Others to Donate

Release date: 08-15-2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Pasadena, Calif., - Pasadena City College and the PCC Foundation donated today to the ALS Ice Bucket Campaign that is sweeping the nation.  Trustee Ross Selvidge led the exhilrating experience in front of the mirror pool along with staff members Bobbi Abram, Valerie Wardlaw, Kris McPeak, Jeff Wojcik, Richard Beyer, Jeannie Sullivan, Anna Davis, Mei Cheng, and Carlos Altamirano.  

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Statement by Dr. Fellow in Response to Press Inquiries

Release date: 08-14-2014

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.

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PCC Dancers Featured in Real Change Movement PSA

Release date: 08-14-2014

Real Change Movement

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.

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Superintendent-President Mark Rocha to Retire - Effective August 31, 2014

Release date: 08-07-2014

The Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District has announced today that Dr. Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of the District and Pasadena City College will retire from his position effective August 31, 2014.

Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, President of the PACCD Board of Trustees, said “I speak for the Board in saying that we accept Dr. Rocha’s decision to retire with profound gratitude for his leadership over the past four years.  Dr. Rocha brought the college safely through one of the worst budget cuts in California history.  We well understand and fully respect his decision to turn the reins over to the great administrative team he has assembled.”

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Surviving School

Release date: 07-24-2014

Attention CARE, EOP&S and STARS students!!!  Are you equipped to survive the school year?  Not sure, then join us for Surviving School on August 11, 2014, 10am to 6pm in Creveling Lounge. To register click http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N2LBSD5

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Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center Partners with USC Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Release date: 07-23-2014

Salvatrice Cummo

Pasadena, Calif., - The Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is joining forces with the USC Marshall School of Business’ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  The partnership will offer a 10-week accelerator program (AIM) designed to push startup companies to the next level. 

AIM (Accelerate + Incubate + Mentor) - a program launched in 2012 at USC, provides entrepreneurs with the resources designed to improve the odds of success for startups.  The PCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide one-on-one training focused on managing the non-technical side of the business, the "back room" activities.  "Many small businesses fail in the early years because the business was not properly managed in the back office.  The back office is the backbone of an organization and without back office support, it is almost impossible to run the core business effectively," said Salvatrice Cummo, Director of the PCC SBDC.

According to Cummo, “AIM teams will have direct access to consultants – at no cost- to help guide and align them to proper resources, including funding, accounting, graphic artists and marketing experts, to name a few.  Ultimately, this partnership will foster growth and help each company reach measurable milestones."

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Measure P Citizens Oversight Committee Seeking New Members

Release date: 07-21-2014

The Measure P Citizens' Oversight Committee is seeking members to serve during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 fiscal years. 

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Pasadena City College to Celebrate Centennial Birthday of the Late Matthew "Mack" Robinson

Release date: 07-14-2014

Matthew

Pasadena, Calif., - Dr. Mark Rocha, President-Superintendent of Pasadena City College, and the Board of Trustees, announced today that the College will celebrate the centennial birthday and accomplishments of the late Matthew “Mack” Robinson, Silver Medalist, 1936 Olympics and alumnus of PCC on Friday, July 18, 2014, 5pm, in the Creveling Lounge.  Congresswoman Judy Chu, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson, LA84 Foundation President and Executive Board member of the International Olympic Committee Anita DeFrantz, Pasadena NAACP President Gary Moody, and Jim Henderson, President of the Muir High School Alumni Association will join the College in honoring Mack Robinson.

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Mack Robinson: Second to None By Cameron Turner

Release date: 07-13-2014

Matthew

 Sometimes we have no idea that we’re in standing the presence of greatness.  As students at John Muir High School in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, we often saw the unassuming elderly gentleman on campus. He always had warm words of advice, encouragement and expectation for us kids. He’d ask students about homework, inquire about family members, warn them to stay away from drugs and insist that they go to class. But a lot of us had no idea that this man, Mr. Robinson, was a living legend.

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PCC In The News: Build A Network on Campus as a Community College Student (Featured In: US News & World Report)

Release date: 06-27-2014

Dr. Cynthia Olivo

Reprinted From US News & World Report, June 26, 2014; By:  Delece Smith-Barrow

For many community college students, finding a sense of community on campus can be challenging.

They fall into a routine that Dave Leenhouts, vice president of student services at Wharton County Junior College in Texas, calls "PCP": parking lot, class and then back to the parking lot where they drive off.

"Community college students are historically commuters," he says. Many of these schools do not have residence halls, which help students engage with their campus, professors and peers outside of class hours, Leenhouts says. Community college students often don't spend extra hours at school.

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PCC Softball Players Volunteer At Fitness Event To Help Cancer Patients

Release date: 03-27-2014

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Pasadena City College’s women’s softball team spent a Saturday afternoon near its old diamond at Brookside Park recently, but this outing didn’t include softballs, bats or gloves.

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BREAKING NEWS: Safety Concerns Postpones Basketball Playoffs, PCC Sports Events

Release date: 02-28-2014

Due to the heavy rain throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County, Pasadena City College has decided to postpone athletic events scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28. Men's and women's basketball playoff games have been canceled as well as a PCC swim meet and home softball game.

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Men's Basketball Captures IVC Holiday Classic Title

Release date: 12-30-2013

dockett/spencer

Nine years ago to the day that a Pasadena City College men's basketball team last won a regular season tournament, the Lancers were crowned champions of the Imperial Valley Holiday Classic Sunday. PCC scored an 83-60 finals win over Glendale College (Arizona). The red-hot Lancers improved to 12-4 overall, extending their winning streak to six games.

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No. 12 Women's Volleyball Sweeps No. 5 SD Mesa In Round 1 Shocker

Release date: 11-26-2013

thrill of win

The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team figured out how to channel its frustration from losing the South Coast Conference title last week. On Tuesday night, the Lancers, seeded No. 12, traveled to San Diego Mesa to take on the state's No. 5-ranked and region No. 5 seeded Olympians. The bus ride and its formidable playoff opponent did little to faze a PCC team that badly wanted to rebound.

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Tony Barbone Selected New PCC Athletic Director

Release date: 11-15-2013

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Tony Barbone has been named Pasadena City College Athletic Director in charge of the Lancers’ 16 sports teams. The appointment was ratified by the PACCD Board of Trustees meeting on November 6.

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PCC's Browne Earns Bronze Medal At Pan Am Junior Championships

Release date: 08-27-2013

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Pasadena City College women's track and field sprinter Omhunique Browne earned a bronze medal representing St. Kitts and Nevis at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships held in Medellin, Columbia August 23-25. 

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PCC's Larry Wade Named State Women's Track/Field Coach Of The Year

Release date: 08-08-2013

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Pasadena City College's Larry Wade was honored as State Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year after a 2013 season that saw his team place ninth at the state meet and a school best ever sixth at the SoCal finals. He guided freshman Lancer Omhunique Browne in becoming a double state champion as the nation's No. 1 sprinter in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

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Former Lancer Pitcher Kintzler Thriving For MLB Brewers

Release date: 08-06-2013

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A decade after hurling as an All-South Coast Conference First Team pitcher for the Pasadena City College baseball team, alumnus Brandon Kintzler is becoming a premium reliever in the professional ranks for the Milwaukee Brewers. 

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Women's Basketball Sends Four Players To University Level

Release date: 08-06-2013

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After finishing No. 9 in the final state poll this past season, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team and head coach Joe Peron placed four sophomores at 4-year universities for the 2013-14 season. 

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PCC Alumni Feature: Former Football Star Momon Now A Prep Superintendent

Release date: 08-05-2013

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The artificial turf that now covers the football field at Robinson Stadium is a far cry from the grass and dirt PCC alumnus Elvin Momon ran on. In fact, many things on campus are different from what they used to be in 1972 when the former running back was part of one of the Lancers’ greatest football teams.

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