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PCC Courier Hauls in 20 Awards at SoCal Journalism Conference

Release date: 10-22-2014

The Courier, Pasadena City College’s student-run weekly newspaper, recently garnered 20 individual and group awards – including a rare sweep of the prestigious General Excellence awards category – at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual SoCal Conference.


Microsoft Program Allows Students to Download Office 365 ProPlus for Free

Release date: 10-16-2014

Thanks to an agreement between Pasadena City College and Microsoft, PCC students can now download and install the software giant’s flagship product, Office 365 ProPlus, on their desktops, laptops, or tablets – for free.


PCC Students Tabbed for NASA Scholars Program

Release date: 10-15-2014

Two Pasadena City College students have been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to participate in the agency's National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.


NAACP Pasadena Chapter Recognizes Administrator, Professor

Release date: 10-14-2014

Dr. Robert Bell, senior vice president and assistant superintendent of Pasadena City College, and Stan Kong, associate professor, were recently recognized by the NAACP Pasadena Branch for their efforts in supporting education and student success.


Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Participates in Live Webinar on Linked Learning

Release date: 10-10-2014

Dr. Robert Miller, interim superintendent-president of Pasadena City College, recently participated in a webinar to discuss the success of the Linked Learning approach and its effect on the transition of California high school students to postsecondary education.


Two Pasadena City College Students Selected To The 2015 Tournament Of Roses Royal Court

Release date: 10-06-2014

   PASADENA, Calif. (October 6, 2014) - Pasadena City College is honored to have two of its students chosen today to the 2015 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.  Mackenzie Joy Byers, 18, and Veronica Sara Mejia,19, were picked from a group of over 700 Pasadena-area young women to act as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena community at large. Rose Princesses Byers and Mejia were selected based on a number of criteria including poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, and community and school involvement. Byers and Mejia will join five other Rose Queen candidates to form the Royal Court. Royal Court members are responsible for attending as many as 100 community and media functions, culminating with the 126th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual. 


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. 


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Premieres Oct. 3

Release date: 10-03-2014

Muriel Spark's iconic tale of love, life, and politics through the eyes of an eccentric teacher comes to life as Pasadena City College's Theater Department premieres The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.


In Need of Volunteers, PCC Mentorship Program Soldiers On

Release date: 10-03-2014

Danielle Torres thought about quitting school more than once. And she had her reasons.


PCCs First Year Pathways Program Recognized Among Most Effective In Nation At Increasing Latino Student Success In College

Release date: 09-30-2014

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country came together at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. hotel on Tuesday to honor Pasadena City College’s First Year Pathways program as a finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increase achievement for Latino students.  


Second Annual Million Meals Marathon Set For Nov. 22-23

Release date: 09-26-2014

In an effort to alleviate hunger in local communities, Pasadena City College will be holding its second annual Million Meals Marathon Food Drive on campus Nov. 22 to 23.


PCC Instructor, Playwright Nominated for NAACP Theatre Award

Release date: 09-23-2014

Gabrielle Pina, an award-winning novelist and longtime adjunct instructor of English at Pasadena City College, has been nominated for a 2014 NAACP Theatre Award in the Best Playwright category.


Critically acclaimed novelist Francesca Lia Block Named PCCs 2014 Writer in Residence

Release date: 09-22-2014

Critically acclaimed novelist Francesca Lia Block is PCC’s 2014 Writer in Residence. 


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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 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.



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