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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PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope

Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott
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Pasadena City College Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott, former PCC president, have successfully led the ambitious “Impact Campaign,” raising $16 million for four initiatives: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics. Scott has chaired the five-year campaign whose initial goal was $10 million.

With the Pasadena City College Foundation on the cusp of completing an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest community college is assured of continuing to impact lives and serve as graduates’ bridge to an evolving economy for many generations to come, foundation members said recently.
With an initial goal of $10 million when it kicked off in late 2014, PCC’s first-of-its-kind “Impact Campaign” has now raised about $16 million, which will be dedicated to four major initiatives to improve outcomes for its 29,000 students: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics.
The campaign’s success will improve programs not supported by the college’s operational budget, like the resurfacing of the athletic field, engaging internship opportunities for continuing students or strengthening chances at employment for those graduating. Continue reading “PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope”