Goodbye Rosemead, hello Arcadia: PCC to purchase new satellite campus

  Pasadena City College is negotiating for a new satellite campus in Arcadia to purchase a potential $16,400,000 property to replace PCC’s Rosemead facility and possibly include a Culinary Arts class and a dance studio. PCC has its eyes on the property at 325 N Santa Anita Avenue Building A & B, Arcadia, CA 91006, including 400 Rolyn Place, Arcadia, CA 91006, which will account for three buildings in total and will take up 1.71 acres of land or 38,000 square feet. “If negotiations follow through, …

Divided: Faculty union continues fight against in-person learning

After some faculty members and students held a demonstration last week about returning to campus, PCC welcomed students and faculty back to school this week with multiple COVID testing sites and equipped everyone with a pack of triple-layered surgical-grade masks. Over the weekend, the Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD) and the PCC Faculty Association (PCCFA) negotiated terms about returning to campus amid a rising surge in COVID cases. According to an email sent from the district to the faculty, there were meetings on Jan. …

PCC’s free tuition promise now more promising

PCC has recently joined the LA County Promises That Count Initiative, which will unite other LA County community colleges with Promise programs, in order to learn from one another and strengthen their benefits for students. Last year, the campus was introduced to the PCC Promise, which allows for recent graduates from high schools in PCC’s district to have their first year of college be free. However, the program mostly focused on the economics of the situation, rather than taking into account the other circumstances that …

PCC announces new satellite campus

Last month, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new satellite campus, PCC Northwest, at a local high school. The campus comprises the entirety of the D-building on the campus of John Muir High School. Pasadena City College had already been providing, “lower-division general education credit classes, for the last three semesters,” according to Assistant Superintendent Vice President Dr. Robert H. Bell. The campus is planned to be comparable in scale and function to the existing satellite campus in Rosemead, although the programming …

Left behind: Is PCC prepared to evacuate disabled students?

In light of the recent school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, disability advocates have voiced concerns over emergency procedures in schools across the country that do little to consider the needs of disabled students. Although PCC’s emergency guidelines include considerations for students with mobility and sensory disabilities, questions remain as to whether more can be done to ensure the safety of disabled students during emergencies. Much of the recent concern is linked to a standard emergency procedure called “shelter in place,” which …

After mass shootings, students ‘insecure’ about campus safety

In a culture obsessed with violence, from video games to movies, the sound of gunshots are dishearteningly familiar to both children and adults. The normalization of gun violence and mass shootings perpetuate this cultural marker that is very specific to the United States. Every time one of these tragedies happen, the last one as recently as this week in a small Northern California town, an echo of thoughts and prayers cloud the conversation, making gun reform virtually impossible to even conceptually be discussed.