Campus News

LAPC Theatre to Open New Season with Classic French Comedy "Tartuffe"


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season will open in October with Moliè’s classic French comedy, Tartuffe, translated by Richard Wilbur. Performances begin Friday, October 21 and continue through Sunday, October 30 in the Dow Arena Theatre.

Orgon’s household is under the influence of a seductive swindler named Tartuffe. This cunning con man, masquerading as a holy man, plans to dupe the gullible Orgon out of his fortune, his daughter, and his reputation. The pious grifter can do no wrong in his host’s eyes, yet everyone else in the household smells a rat. Just when the jig is up, Tartuffe ups the stakes and the charm. Tartuffe is a laugh-out-loud funny tale of deception, hypocrisy, and power that shish-kabobs false morality.

LAPC Theatre’s production of Tartuffe will be directed by Shaheen Vaaz, who is setting the play (originally staged in 1664) in the late 1960s French countryside, moving the period ahead some 300 years.

Amir Khalighi will be featured in the title role, with Leah Foster as Elmire, Brian Felker as Orgon, Ben Landmesser as Cleante, Meagan Truxal as Dorine, Avita Broukhim as Madame Pernelle, Nickolas Caisse as Valere, Michelle Johnson as Marianne and Trevor Alkazian and Gregory Hanson alternating the role of Damis. The ensemble features Andrew Garcia, Sharilhan Haddad, Vissolela Lucas, Rogelio Martinez and Ashley Segall.  Sharai Bravo is the stage manager.

LAPC Theatre’s production will feature scenic design by Frederica Nascimento, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas.

Tartuffe will open in the Dow Arena Theatre on Friday, October 21 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 30. Performances times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students, $15 for seniors and $18 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lot #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

LAPC Theatre’s venues are fully accessible to those with mobile disabilities and hearing impairments.

will be followed in the upcoming 2016-2017 Season by August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Fences (in December), Joshua Harmon’s uproarious new comedy, Bad Jews (March/April, 2017) and the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, Hairspray (May, 2017)
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at 


Winter Intersession Schedule Now Posted--Choose Your Classes

The Winter Intersession class schedule for 2017 is now posted.  Winter is only five weeks long, from Jan. 3 – February 4. It’s a great opportunity to take two classes and pick up six units to keep you moving towards your educational goals. View the schedule and list of classes at

Registration for continuing students begins Oct. 27, 2016. To register go to the Student Information System (SIS) logon page at


New Menus from Falafelicious Catering in the Pierce Food Court Introduced




Death Penalty and Marijuana Legalization Top October’s Day of Politics

Seventeen propositions will be on the ballot for decision-making this November and some of these will be explored in Pierce College’s Oct. 19 Day of Politics. Debates, Q&As and candidate presentations are on deck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall to help get ready for the vote.

State Senator candidates Henry Stern and Steve Fazio will appear for Q&A sessions between 2 and 3 p.m. Rabbi Jonathan Klein from Clergy and Laity United will give the “pro” view on getting rid of the death penalty, and a student from a political science class will give the “con” view, 1-2 p.m. (Prop 62 and 66).  

Other students will debate whether or not to legalize marijuana, 3-4 p.m. (Prop 64).  Elizabeth Calvin from Human Rights Watch will be speaking in favor of the reduction of criminal sentencing proposition, debating a student, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. (Prop 57). Calvin was a principal contributor to the juvenile section of Prop 57.  

A $9 billion school bond (Prop 51) will be discussed at 10 a.m., taxation to benefit community colleges and K-12 (Prop 55) at 11 a.m., and Professor Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary on “The Need to Reform the Broken Food System” will be the special guest speaker at noon. The day closes with “Get Money Out of Politics” – a speaker from Common Cause will speak in favor of Prop 59 at 4 p.m.


9-10 a.m. Prop 57 – Elizabeth Calvin, Human Rights Watch, to speak on reducing criminal sentences for non-violent criminals and debating a student

10-11 a.m.  Prop 51 – $9 billion school bond

11 a.m. -noon Prop 55 – taxation to benefit community colleges and K-12

12-1 p.m. Special guest Prof. Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary on “The Need to   Reform the Broken Food System”

1-2 p.m. Prop 62 and 66 – ending the death penalty (or speeding it up)

2-2:30 p.m. Q&A with State Senate Candidate Steve Fazio  

2:30-3 p.m. Q&A with State Senate Candidate Henry Stern

3-4 p.m. Prop 64 – Marijuana Legalization
4-4:30 p.m. Prop 59 – “Get the Money Out of Politics” - Guest speaker from Common Cause

Day of Politics is the brainchild of Political Science Professor Denise Robb. It is co-sponsored by the PoliSci Society, ASO, AGS and the Vegan Society. For more information contact Prof. Denise Robb at 818-712-2660 or email


Never Miss Another Deadline with Grad Guru for Pierce College


Did you know there is an app that will help our students keep up with campus deadlines and dates? It’s Grad Guru, designed to help you navigate college and personalized for Pierce College. You can download it FREE at the Apple App or Google Play stores. Never miss another deadline.


After downloading, select Pierce College and select “yes” to ask if you want to receive push notifications. The app will send free push notifications and reminders for upcoming deadlines.


Never miss another deadline.

There is NO need to constantly check the app to keep deadlines straight. Once the app is downloaded, you don’t ever have to open the app again if you don’t want to! Pierce brings the reminders and tips to succeed directly to you. Everything pops right up like a text message! No hassle. 


Transfer Faster.
There are evidence-based tips provided in Grad Guru to make it easy for students to know what steps to take to get through school faster. The students can get the info needed to prepare BEFORE meeting with a counselor or advisor to discuss academic planning. 

Earn Rewards for Doing the Right Things.
The student will have the ability to earn badges for doing things like checking in with a counselor, getting an education plan, maintaining  a 3.5 average, and more.


Download grad guru now!


For help downloading the app, please visit our Information Desk on the first floor of the Student Services building.


Last Chance To Register to Vote is Oct. 24 - Are You In?

Stunningly, only 8% of eligible youth aged 18-24 voted in the 2014 general election. Only 52% of eligible youth were even registered to vote, more than 20 points below any other age group.


Have you registered to vote? October 24th is the last day you can—but don’t wait, do it now at


California Connects Makes 4G $19.99/Month Internet Available to Students

For more than a decade, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, through its CollegeBuys program, has provided valuable technology access tools for faculty, staff and students. This year, CollegeBuys debuted California Connects, an affordable internet service for the California Community Colleges.

Internet access is a major gap for many Californians.  A recent field poll conducted by the California Emerging Technology Fund found that many Californians still lack internet access, citing, “The cost of getting online… was the main deterrent for those who reported an inability to surf the web where they live.” California Connects is a potential solution to solving this gap.

California Connects internet service is powered by the Sprint 4G LTE network, and is mobile and portable. Users will be able to use the service anywhere in the contiguous 48 United States with no data caps.  The initial cost to join California Connects is $99.99, which includes a mobile hotspot and first month’s internet service; thereafter, the monthly subscription cost is only $19.99. To join California Connects or to find out more about CollegeBuys, please visit

As with many CollegeBuys offerings, awareness is key.  Please help spread the word to your community college peers and students by forwarding this email, or printing the attached flier.  If you have questions or feedback you may reach out to the CollegeBuys team directly via email:


ITT Tech Closures Information from L.A. Pierce College

ITT Educational Services, Inc (ITT) closed its more than 130 campuses in 38 states citing recent actions taken by the U.S.

Department of Education that effectively barred ITT from participating in Federal Title IV programs. As a result the closures impacted about 45,000 students who were enrolled at ITT, including tens of thousands of federal student loan borrowers who are left asking, What do I do now?


Before students decide to transfer and/or continue their education elsewhere, students need to know their rights as a recipient of Federal Financial Aid.  It is recommended that before students enroll in a new school, they should speak to the Financial Aid Office about how transferring credits might affect their eligibility for a closed school discharge.  Students can still attend another school, but they may want to consider not transferring in any units to the new school.


USDE  Loan Discharge:


Federal Student Loans can be discharged if the school closes. A closed school discharge would release students from their obligation to repay their federal loans (such as a Federal Direct Loan, a Perkins Loan, or a Federal Family Education Loan) under either of these circumstances:


·    The school closed while the student was enrolled and the student did not complete the program, either at the closed school or another school. If the student was on an approved leave of absence when the school ceased operations, the student is considered to have been enrolled at the school when it closed.

      ·    The student stopped attending the school within 120 days before it closed.


The student is NOT eligible for loan discharge if the school closes and any of the following is true:


·    The student completed all the course work for the program, even if the student have not received a diploma or certificate.

       ·    The student stopped attending more than 120 days before the school closed.

·    The student enroll in and complete a comparable educational program at another school and receive credits for the classes taken at the closed school. However, if the student enroll in this comparable program and complete it, but the new school does not give credit for any coursework completed at the closed school, then the student would be eligible for a closed school discharge.

The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance and resources ( for displaced students.


Pell Grant Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds the student may receive over the lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent

of six (6) full-time years which is equal to 600%. Irrespective of a transfer or a closed school loan discharge due to a school closure, the lifetime Pell eligibility does not reset. This means that students might have used up part of their Pell Grant eligibility while attending ITT.  To determine the remaining eligibility for Pell Grant, students should visit My Federal Student Aid website at

Other Resources

The  National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is in collaboration with Beyond 12 to connect these

displaced students with financial aid volunteers who are knowledgeable about financial aid and higher education.  Financial Aid Administrators from NASFAA member institutions will serve as volunteers from September through December 2016, providing unbiased assistance, answering general financial aid program questions, and helping students to determine their eligibility for federal student loan discharge.


Affected students seeking counseling through the partnership must submit a request for assistance via Once there, they submit a help ticket and can expect a response from a financial aid administrator within 10-12 business days.


Faculty to Show Artistic Side in Faculty Art Exhibition


The Department of Art and Architecture opens the 2016-2017 school year with the 2016 Faculty Exhibition. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 22nd and runs through Thursday, October 14th.  An opening reception for the artists will be on Thursday, September 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Art Garden.


This exhibition year kicks off with an ode to the skill and creative accomplishments of our Pierce College art and architecture faculty. In order to be relevant and current in the classroom, our faculty must stay active in their field. This exhibition highlights the endeavors of our faculty in a variety of mediums from ceramics, to graphic design, to drawing, to painting. Some faculty will have demonstrations of their creative process on display, as well as finished pieces. The exhibition also features the accomplishments of our art history faculty, as well as introduces the work of our new faculty, Justin Dahlberg, Richard Kamimura, and Patricio Gallegos. Pictured at left is an untitled oil painting on canvas from 2011, and an untitled colored pencil on toned paper from 2013 that will appear in the exhibition.


The Pierce College Art Gallery is generously funded by the Pierce College ASO and the Foundation for Pierce College. If you have a disability that needs accommodation in order to attend this exhibition please contact the gallery five days in advance for assistance. For more information on the exhibition please contact Monika Del Bosque, Pierce College Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Art, at 818-710-2262, email or visit the gallery Facebook page at:


LACCD Board President Scott J. Svonkin, Dr. Jill Biden, Mayor Garcetti Highlight L.A.’s 'College Promise' As Example For Nation

Underscoring the value of higher education and applauding a bold initiative to support one of the nation’s highest concentrations of low-income students, Jill Biden, Ed.D., Second Lady of the United States, joined local officials on September 14, 2016 to launch the Los Angeles College Promise – a program that provides one year of free enrollment to any of the nine colleges -- including Pierce -- within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). 

“We are delighted to have Dr. Biden join us as we launch one of the most important education initiatives in the history of Los Angeles,” said Scott J. Svonkin, President of the LACCD Board of Trustees. “The LACCD Board of Trustees committed to President Obama’s ‘America's College Promise’ when we heard of his initiative. We are the nation’s largest community college district and proud to create a ‘Promise’ program as President Obama envisioned.”

President Obama appointed Dr. Biden as the honorary chair of his College Promise Advisory Board, a group working to influence the nation’s citizenry and elected leaders about the need to provide free community college education to all. Dr. Biden is an English teacher at a community college in Virginia in addition to her work as the nation’s second lady. Svonkin was appointed by President Obama and is the only elected community college leader in the nation appointed to the College Promise National Advisory Board.

The Los Angeles College Promise will provide one year of free enrollment to all full-time (12 units) qualifying students graduating from LAUSD and charter high schools starting with seniors graduating in 2017. Included in this program are priority enrollment, placement in math and English courses required to succeed in college and career support and counseling. The program’s goal is to increase the number of community college graduates, university transfers, and workforce-ready students. 

Surrounded by cheering Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school students and LACCD students, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the new program to an enthusiastic crowd of educators, business and civic leaders at Los Angeles City College, one of LACCD’s nine colleges.

“Higher education should be within reach for every student in Los Angeles. The L.A. College Promise is a path for every Angeleno to earn a high school diploma and pursue the skills and education they need to realize their dreams and potential,” said Mayor Garcetti. “When the first Promise students step onto campus next fall, they’ll be doing more than putting themselves on a launching pad to prosperity — they’ll embody a commitment that is fundamental to who we are as a people, and what we want for our future.”

“Community colleges don't just create pathways of success, they do so for some of our most underserved populations, which amplifies their positive impact," said LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D. "So many LAUSD students feel college is simply not an option. But by making community colleges tuition-free for the first year, the Los Angeles College Promise will ensure students have a real opportunity for higher education at a time when it's more essential than ever to have a college degree or certification to be competitive in today’s job market."

The nine colleges of the LACCD comprise the nation’s largest community college district, with an annual enrollment of nearly a quarter million. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations, more than half are older than 25 years of age, and more than a quarter are 35 or older.


“It’s easy for new high school graduates to get caught up in living paycheck to paycheck right after graduation, rather than pursuing an education that may lead to middle class or better career opportunities,” said Bryant Woodert, who grew up in Watts and is a student at Los Angeles City College. “The L.A. College Promise would give more LAUSD students an immediate pathway to college, setting them on the right track to the middle class or better before they get sidetracked.”


LACCD colleges have an impressive record of success. More than two-thirds of its students successfully complete their credit courses, with almost 15,000 students annually earning an associate’s degree or certificate and 5,700 students transferring to a UC or CSU campus every year. 


“The Los Angeles Community College District is working with the business community to join us and support our high school students and all area residents who want to challenge themselves or enhance their career objectives with additional training,” said Svonkin. “LACCD supports the educational aspirations of students of all ages.”


The Los Angeles College Promise benefits the city and region by creating a college-going culture and responding to the workforce readiness gap in California. The Los Angeles College Promise is a partnership among Mayor Garcetti's “Mayor’s Fund,” LAUSD, LACCD and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.



The LA Community College District serves 40 cities and an area of 882 square miles, including Los Angeles, San Fernando, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, Burbank, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead (southern portion), Montebello, Commerce, East Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Gardena, Carson, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, and the unincorporated south Los Angeles neighborhoods of Florence/Firestone, Athens, and Walnut Park.