Thursday, November 15, 2018

Donated cars, trucks give techs hands-on opportunities

Where did all the cars and trucks come from in the Automotive Technology building? The Automotive Technology Department has 20 vehicles to use, all "for educational purposes... and donated from the manufacturers," said Tom Rosdahl, a professor in the Automotive Technology Department.

SHHH… I’ll tell you my dirty little secret…

Best-selling author Frank Warren was walking across campus last month. While visiting the art hill, he realized that he had never taken an art class. He also realized that the only English class he had ever enrolled in was a remedial one. One may not know the name, but his ongoing art project maybe more recognizable to some.

Sociology of class, war keeps students engaged

The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, but the great teacher inspires. According to many of his students, Professor Chuck O'Connell is the type to inspire. "O'Connell's class is an eye opener. It's truly an informative, inspiring experience.

Concurrent enrollment program draws younger

The number of students enrolled in Pierce College's concurrent enrollment program is growing, and the students are getting younger. "If the student looks 14-years-old, they probably are," said Izzy Goodman, president of the Pierce Academic Senate. Concurrent student enrollment at Pierce, students in kindergarten through 12th grade, has reached 1,548 students, a majority of whom are still in high school.

Pierce brings more diversity than UCs

Approximately 18,657 students are enrolled at Pierce College this semester. A population that throughout the years has become increasingly diverse despite the contrary difficulty that the University of California campuses experience each year in attracting students, particularly those with distinct ethnic backgrounds.

Internationally recognized artist set to speak

Art speaker Kim Abeles will be speaking at Pierce College Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Art 3300 classroom. According to Abeles, social issues are the main focus and inspiration for her artwork. Her work includes sculptures, painting and photographs. "I like to do things the hard way.

Weather station back in business

The storm raging around the Pierce College Weather Station for two weeks has finally passed. The weather station was unable to provide forecasts after a firewall intended to keep hackers off the school's network unintentionally also blocked weather updates.

Persian festival fetes culture

Music, dancing and food were just some of the things that many people enjoyed at the Persian cultural Mehregan 2006 festival in Pierce College's Swisher Park Sunday. "This is a day everyone can see each other and smile," said festival organizer Roberto Soofiani, 55.

V.P. honored for Enterprising work

Pierce College hasn't always been the thriving, successful and economically established school that it is today. Recently honored with the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service to the Los Angeles Community College District, Vice President of Economic Development Tom Oliver, former interim president from 2004 to 2006, helped raise the school's decreasing student enrollment numbers and formulated an educated master plan to assist in the million-dollar deficit hole into which Pierce had fallen.

Gang member- turned student honors prof

History Professor Richard McMillan was recently honored by former student Mario Corona, 29, at the San Fernando Valley Faith Committee's annual community summit. McMillan and several other teachers who helped inspire Corona, received a certificate of appreciation.