PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
Dr. Steve Gibson, Pasadena City College alumnus, education scholar, and 20-year Pasadena-Altadena community leader, is running to represent PCC District 3.
By News Desk
Gibson is supported by endorsed by the Pasadena City College Faculty Association.
He is also endorsed by community leaders, including Pasadena City Councilmember Jess Rivas, Chair of Pasadena Human Relations Commission Brandon Lamar, Pasadena Northwest Commissioner Ryan Bell, and Pasadena Planning Commissioner Tim Wendler, Mayor of Culver City Daniel Lee, PCC Professor Emeritus Dan Haley, POP! Board Member Ed Washatka, and Healthcare Human Rights Coordinator Dr. Bill Honigman. Dr. Gibson is also endorsed by Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).
Gibson earned his PhD from North Central University in Education at in 2019 after starting off at PCC in 2010. Raised by a domestic worker mother and a gardener father, he was the first in his family to pursue a four-year university degree. As an African-American and Korean-American, and board officer of a Latino voter outreach group in Los Angeles, Gibson has the track record for reaching, engaging, and working with diverse communities.
Boosting student enrollment is one of Gibson’s top priorities. “There has been a 40% drop in PCC enrollment from the pre-pandemic level of about 29,000 students to about 17,500 students. As their partner in education, I will work to increase the enrollment of and support for local and diverse students from the community, so they can improve their educational and economic prospects.” Gibson says he will build long-standing relationships with career counselors at the local public high schools and partnerships with both public and private sectors to retain and expand vocational programs to meet the current and future demand of the job market.
Gibson is running as a grassroots, corporate-free candidate not accepting campaign contributions from corporations or other business interests.
Gibson told ColoradoBoulevard.net that he plans to build trust and cooperation among the Board, faculty and other stakeholders; improve the transparency and accountability of both the administration and Board of Trustees; strengthen the role of faculty and staff as equal partners in the leadership of the college; increase equity for part-time professors, and expand certificate programs and vocational education for students.
PCC District 3, which includes Northwest Pasadena, Garfield Heights, Orange Heights, Normandie Heights, Washington Square, Olive Heights, Lincoln-Villa, southwest Altadena, and parts of Bungalow Heaven and the North Arroyo, is currently represented by Berlinda Brown.
For more information about Dr. Steve Gibson, go to his website, stevegibson4pcc.com.
[This article has been updated to remove the name of an endorsement. 3/26/22 at 6:00 pm]
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