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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.

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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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