Planned demolition of W building leaves uncertain future for dance program

Share: Pasadena City College’s (PCC) Facilities Master Plan, endorsed by voters in 2022, is facing a wave of apprehension from students and faculty in the dance department as the college gears up to demolish the W and L buildings. The W building, which houses the dance department, has become a point of particular contention.  At a recent Board of Trustees meeting in April, students enrolled in the dance program voiced their concerns about the impending demolition, citing worries over the lack of suitable replacement facilities. …

Learning deficiencies persist in all levels of education post-pandemic

Share: As many classrooms across the U.S. have returned to in-person schooling, a wider epidemic of a student learning deficit has lingered, impacting students at all levels of their education, including at colleges across the United States, and here at Pasadena City College. According to a Gallup panel poll from 2020, within the first few months of the pandemic, 3 in ten parents had claimed that their children were already suffering from mental harm, while 14 percent of parents polled believed that their children were …

PCC joins nationwide movement as students face pushback from admin, police

Share: As of early May, students all over the United States have gathered together to peacefully protest against the past and present actions of the Israeli government and to demand that their universities divest from Israel. After almost two weeks of protests nationwide, Pasadena City College has finally responded with a walkout attended by approximately 300 students and faculty calling for the school’s divestment of weapon manufacturing companies and oil companies that exploit the Middle East. Led by PCC’s Anti-War Club, the walkout included several …

Pasadena Hilton hotel workers won’t give up fight to unite

Share: Pasadena hotel staff have been on strike since July 2023 fighting for a new contract agreement that would grant them health care benefits, livable wages, and policies to protect workers rights that would benefit their long-hour commutes and heavy workloads.  As the largest hotel worker strike in the history of the United States rages on, The fight for workers rights at the Hilton Pasadena pushes further. Signs in front of the hotel read “¡EN HUELGA!”, “ON STRIKE!” in protest of unfair labor rights. The …

2-for-1 deal: High school students receive dual enrollment degrees

Share: Pasadena City College recently celebrated the achievements of seven Muir High School graduates who completed their high school diplomas and associate degrees through PCC’s extensive dual enrollment program. Collaborations for dual enrollment between community colleges and schools facilitate students’ effortless transition to college-level courses, leading to an associate degree, a transfer to California State University or the University of California, or a credential or certificate in career technical education. These collaborations set up the coursework in a way that supports students’ achievement. “We have …

BLOTTER: Almost there! Person fell asleep in front of java hut

Share: Monday, April 22, 2024 6:13 a.m.: An officer relayed an individual in lot 4. The individual was told to leave, obeyed.  9:41 a.m.: Faculty reported a male in the L building disturbing the peace. The male refused to leave when told by faculty and was accompanied off campus. 11:38 a.m. A student described a male gazing at female tennis players in the tennis courts. The individual was advised to leave, agreed.   Tuesday, April 23, 2024 9:22 a.m Faculty reported an individual loitering in …

PCC selects Jose Gomez as next permanent Superintendent-President

Share: Following several months of searching for a Superintendent-President, the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees has selected Interim Superintendent-President Jose Gomez in a 6-1 vote at a special Board meeting on Friday.  “I and the board are excited to have Dr. Gomez continue in his leadership role with us at Pasadena City College,” Board President Alton Wang said in an interview with the Courier. “I think he has shown great vision and tenacity as a leader so far. We have faith he will lead …

BLOTTER: Teens take a dive in closed Aquatic Center

Share: Monday, April 8, 2024: 12:05 pm.: A student reported his backpack was stolen from inside a classroom in the CA building while the class was outside viewing the eclipse. 11:40 pm.: The officer contacted a female in the quad. The subject was advised to leave and complied. Tuesday, April 9, 2024: No activities were reported for this date Wednesday, April 10, 2024: 6:08 am.: The officer conducted a pedestrian stop in lot 6. The transient was advised to loiter in the area. 10:33 am.: …

Two individuals remove PCC Pride Center flag in apparent targeted act

Share: In an alleged targeted attack against Pasadena City College’s (PCC) LGBTQ population, a Pride Flag was “taken down” by two individuals from outside PCC’s Pride Center, early on Sunday April 14 in an incident reported by PCC’s Title IX office.   Prior to the flag being removed it hung from PCC’s R building right in front of where the Pride Center is located.  “It’s with heavy hearts that we must share that the Pride Flag outside of our center was torn down,” PCC Pride Center …

PCC club collaborates with Huntington Hospital to combat rising fentanyl deaths

Share: As fentanyl overdose deaths continue to rise throughout the country, Pasadena has begun to feel the effects of this drug epidemic as the city’s death rate more than triples in four years.  Recently some of Huntington Hospital’s staff were invited by PCC’s Caduceus Club to teach a seminar to PCC students and staff on how to properly administer Naloxone in the case of an opioid overdose.  The Caduceus Club offers volunteer options, peer mentoring, and education support to students interested in becoming a part …