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News: Apply Now and Catch the Spring Semester Design Tech Wave at PCC

An innovative program is beginning this spring at Pasadena City College that combines design, digital fabrication technology, Math 402, and English 100 into one integrated pathway. The Design Tech Pathway will allow PCC students to learn the skills necessary for success in the creative, high-tech, high-pay, high-demand careers of the globalized future.

In a supportive, dynamic learning environment, students will solve real-world design problems, with the support of motivated instructors and student mentors.  Students will learn design skills through hands-on experience, with state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technologies (3D scanning and design software, 3D printing, laser-cutting and milling) along with developing creative problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork and communication skills.  Math and English are contextualized for design and technology so all the classes are integrated together to achieve strong student success.

Created as a broadly based introductory program, the Design Tech Pathway will prepare students for success in PCC transfer and certificate courses in architecture, engineering, fashion, graphic design, jewelry, photography and product design.  The Design Tech Pathway will also assist students to develop education and career plans in new technology fields such as additive manufacturing, bio-medical engineering, and aeronautical fabrication.

Successful completion of this 12-unit block guarantees students continued access to the facilities through spring enrollment in the Fabrication Laboratory (fablab), ensuring students can use their new skills in their chosen major.

The program is open to all incoming or continuing students who have enrolled and tested in at Math 402 and English 100 on PCC placement tests.  Students must complete the application process online at Successful applicants will be promptly notified when application is completed. 

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Mandatory one week Design Boot Camp runs from Feb. 13-16, and the spring semester classes begin Feb. 21.

For additional information, please email Deborah Bird or Salomon Davila at

Release Date: 02/07/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315