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Why does PCC offer the Ujima Program?
Sample Ujima Program Class Sequence.
Who are the Ujima Program Team Members?

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Why does Pasadena City College offer the Ujima Program?

Pasadena City College (PCC) is a fully accredited community college with over 33,000 students. PCC offers a prestigious, high-quality education with a wide range of general education, transfer, certificate and associate degree programs, among them is Ujima, dedicated to the success of African-American students in higher education.

The data on student success, retention and transfer rates indicate that those African American students, who satisfactorily complete their first year of college and their transferable English and Mathematics courses, are more likely to stay in college, transfer and graduate.  If you should choose to accept this mission, PCC and the Ujima Program desire to partner with you by helping you become a learner, a student and a leader who understands the importance of resilience, unity, dedication and commitment in the academic process.

Sample Ujima Program Class Sequence

The Pasadena City College Ujima Program is dedicated to helping students transition successfully from the college to the university. A key predictor of success for Ujima students is the completion of the entire Ujima Program sequence which is designed enhance and accelerate the personal, social and academic growth and development of the African-American student.

              Math Jam (2-week Math Training)
              Counseling 10
              GE or one course from your major

              College 1
              English 100/English 110 (Nsaa) or English 400/English 415 (Ajani)
              Math 450/402/125/131

              Engl 1A (Alumni-Sankofa)*

             Counseling 11
             GE or one course from your major

              Counseling 17
              English 1A (Nsaa) or English 100 (Ajani)
              History 29B(Nsaa) or Speech 1 (Ajani)
              Math 402/125/131/Transferable Math

Engl 400 Level Cohort=Ajani (He who wins the struggle), Engl 100 Level Cohort=Nsaa (Excellence and Authority), Engl 1A Level Alumni Cohort=Sankofa (Learns from the Past). Sankofa is a cohort of students in their 3rd semester of Ujima English only.

Who Are the Ujima Program Counselors?

Ujima Counselors and Instructors are highly-qualified and dedicated faculty teaching in a variety of disciplines. Each has developed curriculum aimed at providing unique and challenging instruction, preparation and insight to the student learner. These professors along with the Ujima Program Director, a host of tutors, coaches, deans and other support personnel, work together as a team to provide comprehensive support for Ujima students. While the Ujima team is nurturing, they are committed to your success and set very high expectations for all Ujima students.

Lopez Ujima CoordinatorWalker Ujima Counselor


Program Director/Counselor-Instructor, Gena Lopez M.S., Team Partner/Counselor-Instructor, Armia Walker M.S.

Our friendly staff:

Ujima staff members are also dedicated to the success of Ujima students. Their office expertise enable the program to run smoothly and successfully. As a first point of contact, Ujima staff members are friendly, skilled and knowledgeable about the Ujima Program.






Our Academic Coach(es):

Our first year experience (FYE) coaches are well trained to help students in their educational development.  Each FYE coach holds a Bachelors Degree and is in graduate school working towards a Masters Degree.  They aid students in effective study skills in both Math and English, test preparation and academic goal setting.  Our coaches reinforce the principles of Ujima and help to guide students through their first year in college and the Ujima Program.






Ujima Student studying

Christian Styles


Ujima Students

Imani Lee/Imani Simon


Ujima Student

Eamonte Davis:Ujima Swagg


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