PCC Foundation Ready to Assist Students During Crisis

By Bill Hawkins, President, PCC Foundation

The Pasadena City College Foundation’s highest priority is ensuring that students’ needs are met so that they can persist toward their academic goals. The Pasadena City College campus is closed to students and the public until April 20. Classes, counseling and other student services will be offered online. Full-time employees, hourly workers and personnel determined by the campus leadership will continue day-to-day operations whether on-campus or remotely.
Students’ lives are changing daily. Depending on their individual circumstances, some students have had work hours from their part-time jobs essentially eliminated; others are having to scramble for child-care support while others are left to care for their elderly relatives. All of these situations threaten their academic progress by putting increased pressure on their households.
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New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign

Jack Scott
Jack Scott

Distinguished educator and public servant Jack Scott has been selected to lead an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to invest in one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most vital economic engines: Pasadena City College.
The Impact Campaign, launched by the nonprofit PCC Foundation and helmed by Scott, is the first comprehensive major gifts campaign in the college’s history. The initiative aims to meet the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century workforce by bridging the “skills gap” between employers’ demands and job seekers’ abilities.
“If you really want to improve the lives of individuals, and also improve the economy of our region, the more we educate our students the better,” said Scott, a former PCC president, state legislator and chancellor of the California Community Colleges System. Scott will reach out to corporations, foundations, alumni and community members to build support for the Impact Campaign. Continue reading “New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign”

Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday

Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.
Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.

Although Van Halen isn’t coming back to town any time soon, fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be in for a treat as biographer Greg Renoff will speak about the band’s early years here in the San Gabriel Valley, their legendary exploits and how the group really made it big. Continue reading “Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday”