New Lancerpoint system seeks to streamline user experience

PCC recently launched a new version of their student portal called Lancerpoint on Friday, Sept. 15. The new system adds a host of improvements to increase customization, make information easier to find, and improve functionality on mobile devices.  “With information stored on cards instead of hard-to-navigate tabs, the new system is intended to get students to information more quickly,” Alex Boekelheide, PCC Spokesperson said “They will be able to navigate to different college functions using plain-text searches and tag fields, giving them more avenues to …

Enrollment at PCC inches closer to pre-COVID numbers

As the fall semester begins PCC’s enrollment numbers continue to incrementally improve, as pandemic fears subside and more people return to in-person education. PCC is doing their part to increase enrollment with new initiatives and programs for incoming and transfer students. Spring 2023 was the first time PCC had seen an increase in enrollment since prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While PCC is not yet up to the Fall 2018 enrollment number of 30,995, the numbers are steadily increasing.  Compared to spring …

Fractured faculty: Group tries again to decertify and replace teacher union

For the second time in a year the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA) faces the threat of decertification by a group of faculty demanding better working conditions for part-time faculty, greater access to resources and improved advocacy at both the state and federal level. Their goal is to establish a local chapter aligned with the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) in place of the PCCFA. The group of faculty claim being affiliated with a larger organization for their union will be more effective in …

Growing COVID-19 cases aren’t shifting PCC policies

As fall approaches there’s expected to be an uptick in coronavirus and flu cases, but Pasadena City College doesn’t anticipate making any changes to their vaccination policies in the future months.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved new coronavirus vaccine shots and many pharmacies have already begun providing vaccine appointments for the boosters. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  As new variants continue to emerge, federal health officials are recommending the …

BLOTTER: Football player suffers spinal injury

Monday, September 18, 2023: 6:37 a.m.: Officer escorted a person off campus from the second floor of the IT building.  7:22 a.m.: At the Community Education Center on Foothill, a man became agitated when he was asked to stop digging through area trash cans before entering the cosmetology building and yelling at students and staff. He was gone by the time officers arrived, but a report was taken. 8:25 a.m.: Staff members reported that a suspect wanted by PCCPD was in the GM building. 12:00 …

After 3 dormant years, we’re still asking: What happened to the Aquatic Center at PCC?

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, as Swim and Water Polo Coach Terry Stoddard ended another class at PCC’s Aquatic Center and the last students cleared the pool, none of them would’ve known that 3 and a half years later they wouldn’t be allowed back in at all. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and that fateful Thursday the Pasadena City College Aquatic Center has been closed to the public and PCC students. Due to needed repairs and discussions about whether or not the pool …

BLOTTER: Vehicle fire headlines car chaos in Lot 5

Monday September 11, 2023: 7:20 a.m.: A student reported a homeless person who was locked inside a bathroom stall inside the Center for the Arts Building 1st floor. Officers made contact and confirmed the individual was using the restroom. 7:33 a.m.: Campus security reported three subjects were found sleeping inside of the Gymnasium. Officers confirmed the subjects were student athletes. 8:23 a.m.: Staff reported a fire alarm activation near the Science Village. Area was checked fine. 9:35 a.m.: Campus security reported an alarm activation on …

Take courses anywhere: PCC joins virtual community college exchange

Pasadena City College (PCC) has officially become part of the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Exchange, granting students the opportunity to take classes they otherwise wouldn’t be able to  without applying to a new school.  PCC is now a teaching college in this program, meaning, students enrolled in other California based colleges that are part of the CVC Exchange are able to add classes taught here to their current schedule. This also applies to students already attending PCC who would like to take classes only offered …

COVID’s still here, but emergency funding dwindles

As Covid-era funding from the state of California trickles away, PCC is pressured to adjust its budget and increase enrollment before the ‘24-’25 school year to secure state funding that supports faculty and staff salaries in an uncertain post-Covid economy.  During the pandemic, community colleges across the state took a hit in enrollment. Since the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) was implemented in 2018, attendance determines 60% of funding from the state. The other 40% is centered on equity in support for low-income students and …

PCC’s Dual Admission guarantees first-year students a spot at a UC or CSU

As of the new school year, Pasadena City College now offers first-year college students that were ineligible to attend a 4-year right after high school, an opportunity to earn the credits needed at PCC, under a 3-year Dual Admission program, then transfer out.  Dual Admission is a transfer admission guarantee for students that missed A-G requirements throughout high school which they can then acquire at PCC, A-G requirements consist of 15 year-long courses a high school student must pass with a C or higher to …