Post-COVID enrollment ticks up compared to spring ’22

Stalling enrollment rates at PCC are showing signs of a slight increase in Spring 2023 as more students make their way back to campus following the impacts of COVID-19 and successive declines in enrollment. In a Board of Trustees meeting on Jan 18, admissions data was presented by the Dean for Enrollment Services Dr. Myriam Altounji, and the Assistant Superintendent-Vice President of Instruction Dr. Laura Ramirez, which showed a jump in student count from last Spring, and Fall 2022. Although the Spring 2023 semester continues …

What’s cooking at the Piazza: School searches for new food vendor

The Piazza, PCC’s main cafeteria, is undergoing changes to adopt a new food vendor as early as March— following the termination of food services on campus by the current contracting company, Sodexo, in December of 2022.  Even though the replacement vendor has not yet been decided, preparation to make changes is currently ongoing. Four potential food vendors— Primo Nosh, PFD Management, Inc., Thomas Cuisine, and Genuine Foods attended a mandatory pre-proposal conference and job-walk. The vendors are encouraged to present their business proposals to the …

Local artists offer insight on disability justice and ableism

And just like that, PCC is humming with students and instructors again as the start of a new year hits campus. While COVID-19 continues to mutate, masks are available for everyone around campus yet only a fraction of students are seen using them as they walk into their morning lecture. “Ableism now relates to the pandemic…masks are an issue for the disabled and chronically ill community. I have disabled friends who got COVID and it’s making their chronic illness worse. That’s ableism,” explained Sasha, co-creator …