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The Pasadena Playhouse to Host PCCs Jackie Robinson Arts and Humanities Lecture Series

Release date: 09-18-2014

Pasadena City College invites the campus community to a special evening edition of its Jackie Robinson Arts and Humanities Lecture Series at The Pasadena Playhouse on Sept. 23.


Finding Your Passion the Theme for Young African American Males Conference

Release date: 09-17-2014

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Community Action Services Corporation, Pasadena City College is proud to host the eighth annual Young African American Males’ Conference on Sept. 27 in PCC’s Creveling Lounge.


Top Colleges to Attend PCC University Day on Sept. 22

Release date: 09-17-2014

More than 75 colleges and universities, including USC and UCLA, are slated to attend Pasadena City College’s University Day on Sept. 22 in the PCC Quad.


Free Online Tutoring Available 24/7

Release date: 09-15-2014

The Pasadena City College Learning Assistance Center, in partnership with Smarthinking, Inc., is offering free, online tutoring services to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


College to Host Veteran Suicide Awareness Workshop

Release date: 09-12-2014

Twenty-two veterans take their own lives every day, which amounts to a suicide every 65 minutes. That sobering statistic, released from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, may even be higher as some of the deaths go unreported.


PCC Again Tops List of Top Associate Degree Producers in the Nation

Release date: 09-11-2014

For the second consecutive year, Pasadena City College has been named the top producer in the nation of associate degrees in multi/interdisciplinary studies, according to data recently released by Community College Week.


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

Release date: 09-08-2014

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.  


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson to Highlight Los Angeles Career Pathways Consortium

Release date: 09-06-2014

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson



 California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, will higlight  the LA HI-TECH Regional Consortium; recipient of a $15 million California Career Pathways Trust grant for an unprecedented regional effort to prepare tomorrow’s tech workforce 



 Who: LACCD Chancellor, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez; LAUSD Superintendent, Dr. John E. Deasy; Pasadena City College Interim President/Superintendent, Dr. Robert Miller; LA Area Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Mr. David Rattray; JP Morgan Chase & Co. in Los Angeles Pacific Regional Head of Government, Nonprofit, and Healthcare Banking, Ms. Joni Topper; LACC President, Ms. Renée D. Martinez; Santa Monica College President/Superintendent, Dr. Chui Tsang; and the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortia (LAOCRC) Chair, Mr. Steven Glyer. 


 Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Valley College, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, and California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Los Angeles and California State University Northridge. 


Los Angeles Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District, Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District, Culver City Unified School District, and Beverly Hills Unified School District. 


 Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, LA Area Chamber of Commerce/Bixel Exchange, City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and the Economic & Workforce Development Department, Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Foothill Workforce Investment Board, Employment Development Department, Amazon Web Services, JP Morgan Chase, HBO West Coast Production, IATSE, Innovate Pasadena, Leaders on Fast Track (LOFT), Career Ladders Project (CLP), 3S Global Solutions, Inc., Fremantle Media, FilmLA, SABIO, and more. 


PACCD Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President of PCC

Release date: 09-04-2014

Dr. Robert B. Miller

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."


PCC To Host The American Nurses Association of California

Release date: 08-22-2014

Linda Burnes Bolton

Pasadena, Calif., - The American Nurses Association of California will host the ANA/California 2014 General Assembly, September 5 -7, 2014 on the campus of Pasadena City College.


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.  


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.


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.


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.”


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."


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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