Pasadena City College
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2013)|
|Pasadena City College|
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|Type||Public Community College|
|School district||Pasadena Area Community College District|
|Number of students||26,833 (As of 2012[update])|
Pasadena City College (PCC) is a community college located in Pasadena, California. It is known as the third largest community college campus in the United States. The school is part of California's 111 community colleges, which have a total enrollment of 2.6 million students, the largest higher education system in the world. Over one million individuals have taken classes at PCC in its over 75 years. The rate of students who transfer to four-year universities is ranked second after Santa Monica Community College.
School history 
Pasadena City College was founded in 1924 as Pasadena Junior College. In 1954, Pasadena Junior College merged with another junior college, John Muir College, to become Pasadena City College. In 1966, voters approved the creation of the Pasadena Area Junior College District. The name was subsequently changed to the Pasadena Area Community College District. Pasadena City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
The school is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. Seven members are elected (each of whom represents a geographical section of the Pasadena Area Community College District); one is a student trustee who is elected by the student body; and one is the sitting college president, who is also the district superintendent. As of 2010[update], the president/superintendent is Dr. Mark Rocha, former West Los Angeles College president. Rocha assumed the role of president/superintendent on July 1, 2010, when he was chosen to replace Dr. Lisa Sugimoto.
Previous presidents/superintendents include Jack Scott (1987–1995), who served as state senator from 1996 to 2008. As of 2009[update], Scott is Chancellor of the California Community College system; Dr. James Kossler, 1995–2007; Dr. Paulette Perfumo, who held the position from August 2007 until her abrupt resignation in 2009; and Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, who served as acting president through the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.
The Shatford Library is a direct descendent of the original Pasadena High School library that originally occupied the campus. The $16.5-million Shatford Library opened in 1994, and holds 133,024 volumes in the general book collection, over 300 periodical subscriptions (plus over two thousand titles in electronic databases) 7,338 audio cassettes, 1,019 paperbacks, 661 CDs and software, 404 volumes in the Special Services collection, and 1,186 videocassettes. Walter T. Shatford II, is the attorney for whom the library was named in recognition of his four decades of service on the school's board and his generous donations. He was also very active in the Civil Rights Movement.
In 2003, voters approved a bond measure for about $150 million that improved campus facilities. A significant portion of these funds were earmarked for the construction of a new building to house the college's art and music departments. The Alumni Commons, the Aquatic Center, the Boone Sculpture Garden, and the Galloway Plaza have all replaced what were once campus parking lots. A new fourth floor parking structure (Lot 5) and a new bus parking area were completed in 2005.
In 2007, many services at the school had to relocate pending demolition of their previous facilities. These included the college bookstore, Student Affairs, Associated Students, the student business services, the campus police and the offices of the school newspaper The Courier. A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Industrial and Technology building, Campus Center and Bookstore took place in October 2007. The Campus Center and Bookstore opened in August 2009. The school is one of the few community colleges with its own observatory and seismograph.
The school attracts students from throughout Southern California, enrolling a large percentage of student from outside the bounds of the Pasadena Area Community College District, which was established in 1966. The district includes the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Temple City, La Canada Flintridge, Arcadia, El Sereno, Sierra Madre, and portions of Rosemead and El Monte.
As of 2012[update], there are approximately 26,000 students enrolled in the school. The demographics of the students are: 35.9 percent Hispanic, 32.9 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 19.2 percent Caucasian, 6.5 percent African American, and 0.7 percent American Indian. 53.8 percent of the students are female, while 46.2 percent are male. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the school's transfer rate is the second highest in California, with 1,816 students transferred during the 2005–2006 academic year, second only to Santa Monica Community College's 2,234 students.
The staff members of the International Student Office assist international students in the application process and support their transition during their time at the school. Before registration, international students are required to pass the ESL and Math placement examinations before being accepted into the school. They are also required to attend counseling to plan for classes. Assistance is available to become familiar with campus resources, i.e., Counseling Office, Library, Learning Assistance Center (LAC), and Computing Services. It is recommended that all students meet with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP) (L104).
Academic programs 
Ethnic studies 
Pasadena City College has a long history of teaching Ethnic studies at the community college level. These include courses in Asian American studies, Chicano studies, African American studies, and American Indian studies.
The music department provides the Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets and the honor band for the Rose Parade. It is also the host of the annual Bandfest, held annually at year's end by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in the Robinson Stadium. At one time, its applied music staff included John Dearman of the L.A. Guitar Quartet.
Health care 
Pasadena City College is responding to a need in the community and employers in the health care industry by offering a course for anesthetic technicians. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the school's anesthesia technician program is recognized by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians. The course is the first such program in the state of California.
Pasadena City College was the first community college in Southern California to offer an approved program for speech-language pathology assistants.[full citation needed] On February 18, 2002, the US News and World Report reported that "many schools already face a pressing shortage of bilingual SLPs".[non-primary source needed]
Product Design 
The Product Design Department at Pasadena City College is a premier community college program and is one of only two product design programs in the California Community College System. The curriculum prepares students with a portfolio to enter the industrial design profession as an entry-level designer. The courses develop a broad range of required skills including an understanding of the creative process with emphasis on function, environmental and social concerns, and the art form. Students enroll from around the world to prepare portfolios, many for applications to four-year colleges. The program is the number one transfer program to Art Center College of Design and many other prestigious industrial design programs nationwide.[non-primary source needed]
Visual Arts 
The Visual Arts Division has a celebrated annual artist-in-residence program, a sculpture garden, an active gallery program featuring professional artists, and a high transfer rate to specialized art and design schools, including the nearby Art Center College of Design.
Television and Radio 
The Television and Radio Department offers courses in television and radio. It also offers the resources for highly sought after industry internships for advanced students. There are certificate programs in TV production, TV operations, TV post-production, radio production, broadcast journalism and others. PCC graduates often transfer to four-year schools such as USC, UCLA and CSUN, while others have gone on to obtain employment at NBC, Fox, Paramount, TVG and KPCC.
Students may participate in the student-run radio station "Lancer Radio". PCC owns and leases the FCC license to broadcast on station KPCC 89.3 FM. KPCC is a member station of National Public Radio, managed and operated by Southern California Public Radio from their facility on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. PCC has no other direct connection to the management or operation of KPCC. Student involvement is limited to a contractual agreement to accept 12 student interns per year.
The Courier is the official student award-winning newspaper of Pasadena City College. It has been honored with a General Excellence Award by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.[non-primary source needed]}} The students were also honored for their work on the campus newspaper.
Athletic programs available at Pasadena City College include basketball, cross country, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, baseball, softball, football, and soccer. The sports teams are known as the Lancers, and the school colors are cardinal red and gold. The school's baseball team uses Jackie Robinson Field, located near the Rose Bowl, for practices and home games.
Robinson Stadium is named for Jackie and Mack Robinson, both of whom were PCC alumni. The stadium was completed in 1999, after a renovation to move the stadium from a North-West position to an East-West direction. The stadium's surface is SprinTurf, while the track has been converted to an all-weather surface. In addition to the school students, the stadium is used by local students from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, Pasadena High School, and Blair International Baccalaureate School for some high school home football games due to lack of resources on the respective campus fields.
Offsite facilities 
Pasadena City College has two offsite facilities, the Child Development Center and the Community Education Center. The Child Development Center, located one block west of the PCC campus, is a childcare center for children of the school's students. The Community Education Center, located two miles east of the main campus, is an offsite facility where vocational training, some ESL courses, American Citizenship (known as "Americanization") courses, and the college's high school diploma program take place. A shuttle service from the main campus is available to the Community Education Center.
Classes at high schools 
Pasadena City College offers courses that can be taken at nearby high schools. Courses are also offered at the Armory Center for the Arts in downtown Pasadena.
- Arroyo High School in El Monte
- John Muir High School in Pasadena
- Pasadena High School
- Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena
- Blair International Baccalaureate School in Pasadena
- South Pasadena High School
- La Cañada High School in La Canada Flintridge
- Arcadia High School
- Temple City High School
- San Marino High School
PCC is accessible by bus, including five Metro Local lines, Metro Rapid, Foothill Transit, and some Pasadena ARTS buses. The school provides a shuttle to and from the Metro Gold Line station (light rail) and the Community Education Center of Pasadena City College.
Student activism 
On March 20, 2003, on the day the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, many students led by the Students for Social Justice, protested on campus against the war. Protesters went through the administration building requesting students to join their cause. Three students were arrested by campus police.
On March 7, 2007, demonstrators from Philadelphia-based Repent America demonstrated on campus, leading to tensions between demonstrators and some students. PCC students, some who were journalism students and staff members of the campus newspaper, PCC Courier, were involved in the May Day melee at MacArthur Park.
During 2012 and 2013, the school has become embroiled in conflict between students, faculty and the campus administration. In an unprecedented move, the Associated Students unanimously censured the administration and passed a vote of no confidence in the school's president, Dr. Mark Rocha, and collectively called for his immediate ouster. Separately, a vote among full-time faculty members expressed no confidence in Rocha by a margin of 92 percent to 8 percent. To date, the Board of Trustees remain firm in their support of the administration, and Rocha remains in office.
Notable alumni 
- Nicholas Martin, Associate Professor of the French department, is a two time Olympic gold medalist with the 1952 and 1956 Hungarian water polo teams
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