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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 8/26/2019

News and Events for the week of August 26

Good Monday Morning:

Our 90th year begins today!

We have been working diligently since last spring to register students for fall 2019 assisting new students, continuing students, and returning students with enrollment. Advertising and marketing of our programs and classes intensified and the end result is that as of Friday (8/23) we were at 98% of our enrollment from the last fall term and 98% of our headcount compared to last fall. Both of these numbers are better than at this time last year.

We need a joint effort from all of us to welcome our students and ensure that they receive the help they need to get registered into classes. Student services and the Bookstore will be open this Saturday (8/31) and next Saturday (9/7) so that students can access the services they need. Please send any students who need help to the Welcome Center located on the first floor of the Student Services building.

The Rush is On!

Today begins the “rush” and the lines! We have extended hours in all Student Services Offices: Monday through Thursday, 8am to 6:30pm, Friday 8am to 4pm, and on Saturdays August 31, and September 7, from 9am to 1pm. Additional staff will be on hand in the Welcome Center, in Student Services, and assisting at ticket machines. We can use all of the help we can get, so if you work in an area that is not really busy right now, we would love for you to volunteer to help our students. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Armineh Dereghishian at deregha@lacitycollege.edu. Let’s approach the Fall 2019 semester focused on students and committed to excellence.

Department Chairs Retreat

On Tuesday the Deans and the Vice President held a Department Chairs Retreat. It was a day filled with creativity, fun, information, and a deep dive into how classes are scheduled and how class scheduling affects funding. The Chairs set their 2019-2020 goals and they are great! I look forward to realizing these goals that will benefit our student tremendously. A shout out to the Chairs for their hard work and their commitment to excellence at LACC.

New Faculty Orientation

We have 13 new faculty members from across the college who participated last week in an orientation to LACC. We welcomed them at Thursday’s Fall Symposium. We look forward to the contributions these new faculty members will make to our college.

Faculty Fall Symposium

Our Fall Faculty Symposium was held on Thursday, August 22, to welcome back all of our faculty, to introduce them to our 13 new faculty, and to get situated for this school year. The program began at 8am with breakfast and a cadre of college folks and Trustee Fong welcomed them back to campus. Our new Professional Development Coordinator, Naeemah Payne, facilitated the speeches - timing everyone as she went. I, however, took liberties and I believe my speech was about 10 minutes…maybe more. The faculty went on to attend professional development activities, have lunch together again, and then attend their department meetings. We were also able to introduce the newest member of our college management team: our very own Dr. Dan Wanner, who is starting as the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Guided Pathways. A very good day indeed!

Back 2 School 2

On Saturday, August 24 from 4pm to 8pm, staff from the non-credit department of LACC participated in a great local community event called Back 2 School 2 marking the second year of this event. I was able to attend and hear all of the things going on at the “grass roots” level of our community. LACC was included because of the GED preparation and testing we do. We also provided information from some of our students currently attending non-credit classes. It was a fabulous event. I look forward to next year.

Financial Aid is Now Faster and Easier

Students are now able to easily upload all the documents needed for financial aid with our new mobile process.

  • Complete financial aid forms on your phone, tablet, or computer
  • Securely upload documents from any device
  • e-Sign documents for both you and your parents!
  • Receive automated reminders about outstanding tasks and next steps.

Learn more about the new Financial Aid mobile tools

Food for Thought Pop-up Food Pantry (Every Monday and Thursday)

Please be sure your students know that our Pop-up Food Pantry, located in front of the Student Union, continues to distribute food from approximately 10am until 2:30pm every Monday and Thursday. Information on Food for Thought services can be found @lacitycollege on Instagram. We use #lacccares to promote both the Pop-Up Pantry and the Midterm/Final Meals.

Congressman Adam Schiff Press Conference

On September 5 at 9am LACC will host a press conference and roundtable with Congressman Adam Schiff. He will be talking with some of our students about food insecurity. Congressman Schiff is proposing federal legislation to help our students with daily meals while they are in school - it is similar to the free lunch program in high schools across the country.

90th Anniversary Community Event

Save the date for the LACC Community Resource Fair on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10am to 2pm. There will be free health information and health screenings, activities for the entire family, information on employment opportunities, non-profit and community services, and presentations about LACC programs and classes. K-Earth 101 will be on campus providing music. We expect that it will be a lot of fun.

Carl Bernstein Lecture

On Sunday, October 27, the LACC Foundation has arranged for investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein to kick off the inaugural Nick Beck Investigative Journalism Lecture Series. The event will take place in the Student Union Building, 3rd floor Multipurpose Room from 4pm to 5:30pm. Current LACC students may attend the event for free. RSVP to cookh@lacitycollege.edu.

Internships at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office

Please let your students know that a great opportunity exists for them to help our city. The Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking motivated students to join the Census 2020 Initiative Team as non-paid interns for fall 2019. Please let your students know that they can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Ara An at ara.an@lacity.org.

For Faculty & Staff - ‚ÄčTech Expo - Save the Date

Faculty and staff are invited to join Office Depot, Viewsonic, Hewlett Packard, Extreme Networks, CyberPower, Ergotron, Promethean, and many more vendors as they highlight “Driving Student Success.” Learn about the latest trends in education technology, gain new insights, enjoy coffee, giveaways, and lunch. This event will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 10am to 2pm in the Student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room.

LACC Community Corner

LACC alumna, Dr. Babak Kateb, came to visit the LACC Foundation last week. He was a refugee from Iran when he came to LACC to learn English and begin his education that encompassed both medicine and engineering. He is a Neuroscientist, Founding Director of  Brain Technology and Innovation Park (BTIP), CEO of Smart Microscopy, Inc., President and Scientific Director of Brain Mapping Foundation, and Founding Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Scientific Director for the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT). Dr. Kateb is interested in a partnership around STEM education as it relates to developing technology and innovation. More to come…

On Thursday, Lillian and I visited a small college in Colton, California who has applied for initial candidacy for ACCJC accreditation. I will be chairing a team that is visiting the college in mid-October; Lillian will be my assistant for the visit.


Whew! We have a lot of great things happening at LACC. 

Enjoy this first week of the term,

Mary Gallagher

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029

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