A recent survey shows that PCC’s Rosemead campus is attracting students from outside the district and officials expect the satellite to keep growing.
The Rosemead campus opened it doors to 879 students mid-semester in Fall 2013. As of August 29, enrollment has increased to 4,387 students.
Rosemead’s location allows students from outside of the Pasadena area to attend PCC. According to the survey, 31 percent of the students had not previously taken classes at the main campus.
“I primarily take classes at the Rosemead campus because I live in El Monte and it’s a lot closer to me than Pasadena,” student Andrea Acuna said.
Enrollment at Rosemead is expected to continue growing as more afternoon, Friday and Saturday course offerings are added.
The Rosemead campus currently offers high demand GE courses from all major disciplines including Sciences, Arts, Humanities, English and Math. They also offer some Career and Technical Education courses and non-credit courses such as Parent Education and ESL.
Of the 329 students surveyed, 97 percent indicated that there overall impression of the quality of education as “excellent or good.”
Although students were satisfied with the overall quality of their education, only 55 percent felt their classes were worthwhile.
“The number is reflective of the limited course offerings during the summer,” Dean of Academic Affairs Ofelia Arellano said.
Unlike the main campus, Rosemead does not have a student store or food services. Although there is a demand for both, Arellano said that it would have to be evaluated due to limited space.
While the campus lacks amenities, they do have counseling and student services on site. Although the counseling services are readily available, it was reported that 84 percent of the students surveyed had not used the services provided and 38 percent had no knowledge of the available services.
Students have also requested a shuttle service from the main campus to Rosemead.
“I know the school has a shuttle service going from the main campus to the Community Education Center and one of the Goldline stations but not to Rosemead,” student Gabriel Cruz said. “It would make taking classes at both campuses a lot more convenient.”