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Pasadena City College Names Dr. Rajen Vurdien Superintendent-President

Release date: 04-20-2015

The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Sunday to appoint Dr. Rajen Vurdien as superintendent-president of Pasadena City College.


Indian Author Vimla Kapoor to Speak on April 21

Release date: 04-17-2015

The Pasadena City College School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be hosting Vimla Kapoor, a teacher, writer, and inspirational speaker who will be discussing her memoir, “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” on Tuesday, April 21 at noon in Harbeson Hall.


CareerTECH Open House Set for April 30

Release date: 04-17-2015

Pasadena City College’s Economic and Workforce Development will be showcasing its Career Technical Education programs in an open house April 30 in Sexson Auditorium.


Pasadena City College Foundation to Hold First Scholarship Gala on May 16

Release date: 04-14-2015

Gala Logo

“PCC Celebrates Student Success” fundraiser already has raised net proceeds of more than $950,000 for scholarships

Gala will feature Pasadena’s first 3D projection mapping display


Pasadena City College Celebrates the Life, Literary Work of Pulitzer Prize Winner August Wilson

Release date: 04-10-2015

As part of National Poetry Month, Pasadena City College will be hosting an evening program on Thursday, April 16 celebrating the life and literary work of Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson.


Presidential Finalists' Open Forums Set for April 13 to 15

Release date: 04-07-2015

The finalists for the next superintendent-president of Pasadena City College will be making their final presentations in the form of open forums from Monday through Wednesday at PCC's campus.


TRIO Programs to Award $330K in New Scholarships

Release date: 04-02-2015

Pasadena City College’s TRIO pre-college programs will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $330,000, thanks to a two-year grant it recently received from the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund.


Pasadena City College Names Finalists for New Superintendent-President

Release date: 03-27-2015

Pasadena City College has narrowed the nationwide search for its next superintendent-president down to three finalists.


Assemblymember Gatto to Hold Townhall April 2 in Harbeson Hall

Release date: 03-24-2015

California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-43rd District) will be holding a townhall event on April 2 at Pasadena City College’s Harbeson Hall.


Comic Book Producer Priscilla Hervey to Hold "Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted" Screening

Release date: 03-20-2015

The Pasadena City College Asian Pacific Islander Committee welcomes filmmaker and producer Priscilla Hervey as its 2015 API Visiting Scholar.


Football's Johnson Receives Pasadena Elks Lodge Scholarship

Release date: 03-18-2015


Student-athletes have often endured some often unfair stereotypes at the community college level, especially football players. But Pasadena City College's Anthony Johnson exemplified a different role--that of good Samaritan. 


California Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities OK Transfer Pact

Release date: 03-17-2015

Beginning fall 2015, California community college transfer students who meet certain academic criteria will be guaranteed admission to nine historically black colleges and universities, thanks to an agreement the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the leaders of the institutions signed at the board’s meeting March 17.


PCC Presents Pi Day 2015 on March 26

Release date: 03-17-2015

Pasadena City College will be hosting on March 26 Pi Day 2015, an annual student-run conference to promote mathematics and encourage students to embrace the often difficult-to-learn subject.


"A Reporter's Journey": L.A. Times' David Pierson to Hold Discussion March 24

Release date: 03-11-2015

Veteran Los Angeles Times scribe David Pierson will be sharing his personal narrative on his four-year stay at the newspaper's Bejiing bureau in a presentation titled "A Reporter's Journey" on March 24 in Pasadena City College's Harbeson Hall.


Jaime Escalante Exhibit Opens to Public

Release date: 03-07-2015

Jaime Escalante: A Life Con Ganas, an exhibit dedicated to the life of the famed teacher and distinguished Pasadena City College alumnus, opened March 5 at the Circadian.


Loud and Clear: Former Shy, Quiet Student to Vie for National Speech and Debate Title

Release date: 03-06-2015

Alicia Batice stands center stage, completely removed from her former quiet and painfully shy self.


Dr. Stephen A. Kanter Joins Pasadena City College Foundation Board of Directors

Release date: 02-24-2015

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015 – Dr. Stephen A. Kanter, a board member of numerous Los Angeles County nonprofit performing and fine arts organizations, has been elected to the board of directors of the Pasadena City College (PCC) Foundation, one of California’s largest community college foundations. He is a resident of Pasadena.

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PCC Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Mario Ybarra Jr.

Release date: 02-23-2015

Pasadena City College welcomes Mario Ybarra Jr. as its annual Artist-In-Residence for 2015. 


Jaime Escalante: A Life Con Ganas, An Exhibition That Honors His Life, Opens March 5, 2015 at Pasadena City College

Release date: 02-20-2015

Pasadena City College honors one of its distinguished alumni, Jaime Escalante (Class of 1969), in an unprecedented exhibition that honors his life and teaching career. 


The Courier Reaches Milestone, Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Release date: 02-20-2015

The Pasadena City College Courier, one of the oldest student-run community college newspapers in the state, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month.


PCC Alumnus, Coaching Great Jerry Tarkanian Passes Away At 84

Release date: 02-11-2015


Jerry Tarkanian, a legendary Pasadena City College alumnus and head coach of the Lancers' 1967 state champion men's basketball team, passed away today at the age of 84. 


PCC Music Instructor Wins Grammy Award

Release date: 02-10-2015

Now historians can etch Alison Bjorkedal’s name next to the talented musicians who have taken home the music industry’s most hallowed prize.


Parent Education Workshop Series Begins Jan. 27

Release date: 01-23-2015

The Pasadena City College Parent Education program and the Academy of Professional Learning have launched a series of workshops aimed at providing effective parenting strategies and support to PCC employees and their families.


Coaches vs. Cancer Night At HP Gym Wednesday, Feb. 4

Release date: 01-22-2015


Pasadena City College Athletics presents Coaches vs. Cancer Night on Wednesday, Feb. 4 as the Lancers host a basketball doubleheader against Long Beach City College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The games begin with the men playing at 5 p.m. and the women at 7:15 p.m. A brief ceremony on cancer awareness will be held prior to the second contest. 


High Impact Practices Series Begins Feb. 5

Release date: 01-12-2015

Pasadena City College’s Career Technical Education invites faculty to attend a four-part series of discussions on High Impact Practices evolving in CTE programs.


Pasadena City College Foundation Awards Nearly $250,000 to More Than 300 Scholarship Winners

Release date: 12-05-2014

The Pasadena City College (PCC) Foundation, the fifth-largest community college foundation in California, awarded nearly $250,000 in scholarships to 303 Pasadena City College students during its annual scholarship awards ceremony, which was held December 3 at the Pasadena Hilton.


Pasadena City College Foundation Announces Top Westerbeck Scholarship Winners

Release date: 11-24-2014

Winners are among 225 PCC students to receive more than $230,000 in scholarships at December 3 scholarship awards ceremony


LATE SCHEDULE CHANGE--Women's Basketball Game Tuesday, Nov. 25 Canceled

Release date: 11-24-2014

The regularly-scheduled contest to be hosted by the Pasadena City College women's basketball game against Pierce on Tuesday, Nov. 25 has been canceled. The game will not be made up.


Pasadena City College Foundation to Announce 2014-2015 Scholarship Winners

Release date: 11-17-2014

The Pasadena City College Foundation will award more than $230,000 in scholarships to 225 PCC students during its annual scholarship awards ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, at the Pasadena Hilton.


Notice of 2014 Annual Clery Security Report Availability

Release date: 10-03-2014

The Pasadena City College 2014 Clery Security Report is now available to all students, staff and faculty. 



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