International students’ tuition increases yet resources remain scarce

International students are in pursuit of better resources as a result of the Board of Trustees’ decision in January to raise their tuition cost-per-unit. At their Jan. 26 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a raise in international students’ tuition cost-per-unit from $234 to $266. This price would be in combination with the standard enrollment fee of $46 per unit. International students must take a minimum of 12 units per semester in order to keep their student status at PCC. Taking this into consideration, international …

#Enough: National walkout brings forward school activism

Students participated in a nation-wide walkout at Pasadena City College (PCC) on Wednesday morning demanding that Congress take action against gun violence with underlying themes of bringing the PCC community more connected. This PCC event was prompted as part of a larger national event event to pressure legislators to find a solution to school shootings. It was organized by the same group that organized the Women’s March in January. The event was in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in …

New bookstore management guarantees nearly $1M in first year

In exchange for a $750,000 annual fee, the Pasadena City College Bookstore will now be run by a private company for the next five years. “The purpose of a bookstore is to provide services where students can pay significantly lower rates, can lease textbooks, can purchase cheaper textbooks, or may not even have to purchase textbooks due to open educational resources that exist today,” said Rajen Vurdien, Superintendent-President of PCC. During their session on Feb. 22, the Board of Trustees approved outsourcing the management of …

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 …