Los Angeles Pierce College
|Los Angeles Pierce College|
|Type||Public community college|
|President||Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly|
Los Angeles, CA, USA
|Campus||Urban - 426 acres (172 ha), in the Chalk Hills|
|Colors||Scarlet and White|
Los Angeles Pierce College, also known as Pierce College and just Pierce, is a community college that serves more than 23,000 students in the northern Chalk Hills of Woodland Hills, a community within the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California.
The college began with 70 students and 18 faculty members on September 15, 1947. Originally known as the Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture, the institution’s initial focus was crop cultivation and animal husbandry. Nine years later, in 1956, the school was renamed to Los Angeles Pierce College, retaining the name of its founder, Dr. Pierce, as well as his commitment to agricultural and veterinary study. (Pierce still maintains a 225-acre (91 ha) working farm for hands-on training.)
Pierce College offers courses on more than 100 subjects in 92 academic disciplines, and has transfer alliances with most of the universities in the state. Students at the school successfully transfer to UC and CSU schools.
Students can pursue any of the 44 Associate’s degrees or 78 Certificates of Achievement the school offers directly.
Pierce College comprises 426 acres (172 ha) amidst a dense metropolis, an area larger than many university campuses, including that of UCLA. The grounds are landscaped with more than 2,200 trees, thousands of roses and a 1.9-acre (0.77 ha) botanical garden. The Pierce College farm houses small herds of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, a small poultry flock, as well as a llama and an alpaca for its students to learn from.
The Associated Students Organization (ASO) is the official Student Government of the 23,000 students at Los Angeles Pierce College. It has been in existence since the mid-50's and has three branches: Club Council, Senate and Student Court.
John Shepard Stadium
Besides hosting the Brahmas' football and women's soccer teams, John Shepard Stadium (current capacity 5,500) also has hosted many outdoor professional sporting events in San Fernando Valley history.
Shepard Stadium hosts Nuts for Mutts, an annual dog show and pet fair that raises funds for the New Leash on Life Animal Rescue.
Since the approval of Los Angeles County Propositions A and AA, Pierce College has been undergoing large-scale renovation.
By 2010 two new “green” complexes now under construction—a 109,000 sq ft (10,100 m2). Center for the Sciences and a 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2). Student Services Building—will add increased capacity and classrooms and laboratories with enhanced technologies. Other key improvements are increased parking, new infrastructure and roadways, and renovations to existing facilities.
The 2008 passage of Measure J for Jobs will bring further enhancements to the College, with a new Library/Learning Center/Instructional Media Center, and classroom facilities that offer programs focusing on emerging green technologies and new media in the planning stages.
The 2-acre (0.81 ha) S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden, completed in 2007, is a “living classroom” in the middle of campus. It features one of the finest collections of drought-resistant plants in the region.
Pierce College prides itself as an environmentally-forward institution, with a 191-kilowatt solar generation system that has 1,274 photovoltaic panels and a 360-kilowatt, natural gas co-generation system. This project is the largest of its kind to be undertaken by a U.S. community college, yielding around 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year and reducing Carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 tons over its operating lifetime. The college also has a water retention pond beneath its soccer field, collecting run-off from the adjacent parking lot. The Los Angeles River is nearby to the north. Under propositions A and AA, a new water reclamation facility is also being planned, and the new facilities will meet rigorous Silver-level guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The campus is home to "Old Trapper's Lodge," California Historical Landmark No. 939, an outsider art environment that pays homage to the pioneer upbringing of its creator, John Ehn. It represents the life work of John Ehn (1897–1981), a self-taught artist who wished to pass on a sense of the Old West, derived from personal experiences, myths, and tall tales. From 1951 to 1981, using his family as models, and incorporating memorabilia, the 'Old Trapper' followed his dreams and visions to create the Lodge and its 'Boot Hill.' The artwork was moved from the original site in Sun Valley, CA, and relocated to the college.
Pierce College is one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District, and is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. It is located at 6201 Winnetka Ave. near Victory Boulevard. The campus is accessible from the LACMTA Orange Line station of the same name.
In April 2010, after securing a $100,000 grant, Pierce College launched a 24-hour student-run online radio station, KPCRadio.com, airing a mix of music, sports and locally-produced news and features. The station has a faculty adviser and a staff of 20.
In April of every year, the Foundation for Pierce College hosts Farmwalk, an outdoor festival including animals, activities, displays, games and music. The Farmwalk also includes face-painting, a petting-zoo and hayrides for children, all to benefit the Pierce College farm.
In October the Foundation sponsors an annual Harvest Festival, featuring tons of pumpkins grown on the Pierce farm, a five-mile (8 km) corn maze, rock climbing, games and rides for the children, a petting zoo, live music and Halloween frights for the whole family.
The College also serves as a Los Angeles County large animal emergency evacuation center. During a slew of fires in Southern California in 2007, Pierce College sheltered and fed more than 150 horses under the direction of the L.A. County Volunteer Equine Response team. The horses were taken in for free at Pierce, and a veterinarian was onsite. Trained volunteers from Pierce's equestrian program assisted the county rescue effort.
Pierce College currently fields 11 athletic teams, which compete in the Western State Conference.
Many athletes receive scholarships to four-year universities after playing at Pierce—and Pierce has some of the top sports facilities in the San Fernando Valley.
In 2009 the Pierce Brahmas won the American Pacific Conference, losing in the first round of bowl playoffs to the National Champs Mt. San Antonio College
Notable alumni and staff
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- Ellen Albertini Dow, actress (The Wedding Singer) aided her husband, Eugene Francis Dow, in founding the Theater Department.
- Rick Auerbach - former MLB Shortstop.
- Mark Balderas, Keyboardist for RCA Recording Artist "Human Drama".
- Danny Bonaduce, actor and radio personality
- Coco Crisp, baseball player
- Denny Crum, basketball coach
- Doug DeCinces, baseball player
- Ron Goldman, murder victim, (O. J. Simpson murder case)
- Robin Graham, missing person (since 1970)
- Gary LeRoi Gray, actor
- Keith Green, Gospel musician and songwriter
- Melanie Griffith, actress
- Paul Schrier, actor
- Mark Harmon, football player and actor
- Erik Kramer, football player
- Shia LaBeouf, actor
- Minnette Gersh Lenier, magician and teacher of literacy
- Riley Salmon, Volleyball player, 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medalist
- Scott Shaw, author, actor, filmmaker
- Uri Treisman, professor of math and of public affairs at University of Texas at Austin, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center
- Barry Van Dyke, actor and son of Dick Van Dyke
- Ron Weaver, football player who prolonged his eligibility under an assumed name
- John Whitaker, actor
- Anton Yelchin, actor
- Barry Zito, baseball player
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- Los Angeles Sports Council - L.A. Facilities
- Yesterday In L.A. : Here Comes Kareem; There Goes O.J. - Free Online Library
- "Rick Auerbach Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
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