2020 and 2021 were challenging years for everyone. Education was especially hit hard when classrooms closed for face-to-face instruction. Nevertheless, PCC Faculty quickly pivoted to ensure students continued classes online.
PCC has also recognized the Food and Housing insecurities for college students and the Lancer Pantry provides food, hygiene supplies, and referral to off-campus resources to students in need. The PCC Foundation gave $1M+ in Scholarships. PCC also provides the largest # of Online Textbooks, saving the students $1M+ in textbook costs.
During my two terms as the Pasadena City College Trustee, we have made great progress to further and enhance the success of our students, including the following programs:
Dual Enrollment Classes are now available for our students, helping them start their college education while still finishing high school. Area 5 students have enrolled in American Sign Language, Psychology, Speech, and Kinesiology, earning them early college credit.
College Promise has made the first two years of college free to graduating high school students.
Career Technical Pathways have increased offerings to our students in Health Science, including Nursing, where pathway agreements are in place for a Nursing Baccalaureate Degree with Cal State LA, and the University of Redlands.
Transfer & Completion: 35 PCC Business Students transferred directly to CSULA’s Business Program to complete their baccalaureate
PCC Continues to be #1 in Assoc Degree Transfers to CSUs
As a member of the statewide California Community College Trustees, I was able to help Pasadena City College secure the State funding for our facilities and funding for our students, as well as addressing and finding solutions for disproportionally impacted students who struggled with housing and food insecurities. I am so grateful our Area 5 communities, responded and helped close the gap by providing contribution and resources.
This year, I am serving on the national Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors. As Federal funding for community college education diminish, it is paramount that California has representation at the table to ensure our students and districts receive the resources they need to be successful.
That is why I am running again for the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees – Serving Area 5 (San Marino, South Pasadena, and Temple City).