LACCD requested to change Pierce College roadways

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Plans to make changes to roadways at Pierce College were presented to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees yesterday during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting in their downtown district office.


The plan is to block the road on Mason Street near parking lot 7 to El Rancho road, according to Pierce College President Kathleen Burke-Kelly.


“Non-students are using this road to bypass traffic,” said Burke-Kelly. “This change will be to stop that, and to keep the traffic on campus down to students.”


If passed the new plan would force drivers to go around the longer way passed parking lot 8.


The new road would take drivers by the soon to come Auto Tech and Green Tech buildings.


The bill to close the road way will be voted upon at the next LACCD meeting and will likely pass, according to Linda L. Tong Student Member, Board of Trustees.


“The only worry in something like this is whether or not it’s cost efficient,” said Tong. “The new design must be able to accommodate the high number of students.”


President Burke-Kelly provided a presentation to the board about the importance of keeping the Media Arts programs together.


She spoke about the importance of a diverse education in the media arts program, from the journalism department to the computer technology.


Pierce College is also in the process of developing a sports journalism class with the physical education department, according to Burke-Kelly.


The board took time to honor Pierce College women’s volleyball team for their ninth state championship in 10-years. Coach Nabil Mardini was commended for being named the AVCA two-year national coach of the year.


“The real praise should go to the players,” said Mardini. “Some of these players live as far as Palmdale and travel to practice every day.”


The next LACCD meeting will be hosted on Feb. 9 at East L.A. College.