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News: Pasadena City College Wins National Bellwether Award for Innovation


The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) recently presented Pasadena City College with the prestigious Bellwether Award. Established in 1995, the Bellwether Awards are given annually in three categories to community colleges with outstanding and innovative programs or practices. 

PCC won in the Instructional Programs and Services category for its “Math Jam: Setting First-Year Students on the Right Pathway” program. The two-week, no-cost summer program provides a creative, engaging, no-stress environment in which first-year community college students can experience math success before beginning college. The transition-to-college program offers innovative math instruction, structured supplemental support, and orientation-to-college activities.

“We’re just honored and excited to get this award,” said Brock Klein, the program’s director. “I think it really represents the hard work of lots of different groups on campus.  The administration has been very supportive, math faculty has been actively involved, and the awesome student tutors are the key to making this program a success.”

The CCFA, now in its 18th year, convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions. 

For more information on the Bellwether Award, please visit For more information on Math Jam, please contact Klein at (626) 585-3049.

Release Date: 02/22/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315