For 100 years, Pasadena City College (PCC) has provided high-quality, affordable college education and career training for residents of all ages, including thousands of graduates from our local high schools.
By Jim Osterling
With the rising cost of four-year college, many students are turning to community college for higher education at a fraction of the cost of a university. Thousands of local high school graduates from Pasadena and throughout the West San Gabriel Valley rely on PCC for affordable access to higher education and job training. PCC delivers the highest transfer rate to Cal State and University of California of all community colleges in California. The College’s satellite campuses bring these benefits to residents throughout our region.
Continuing to provide affordable access to higher education and job training requires up-to-date classrooms, labs and technology to meet the growing demand. This November there is an important measure on the ballot to support PCC which is aptly named Measure PCC.
- Measure PCC is a community college facilities improvement bond measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot that will provide locally controlled funding for Pasadena City College to upgrade aging classrooms, labs and job training facilities, and Improve access for students with disabilities. No funds from Measure PCC may be used for administrator salaries or benefits.
Most of PCC’s facilities were built over 50 years ago and need repairs and upgrades. There is a clear need to upgrade classrooms, as well as technology and career training facilities to better prepare students for in-demand jobs in science, healthcare, nursing, engineering and skilled trades. A portion of the funds will be used to replace a red tagged building (The Sarafian Science building) and upgrade four yellow tagged buildings that have outdated structural and building systems.
Voting Yes on Measure PCC ensures that local students, including lower and middle-income students who can’t afford expensive university tuition, can access affordable higher education and job training in our area.
Voting YES on Measure PCC allows PCC to continue training and educating the nurses and healthcare professionals that serve our medical needs, the firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers and first responders that keep us safe, and the skilled workers who fuel our economy.
Measure PCC is supported by PCC students, teachers, the PCC Foundation and the entire Board of Trustees. Respected current and past local elected leaders including Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Chris Holden, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and former State Senator Carol Liu all support Measure PCC. Please refer to the website for more endorsements and information.
Jim Osterling represents Altadena, NE Pasadena and Sierra Madre on the Board of Trustees for Pasadena City College.
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