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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 1/5/2021

News and Events for the week of January 4

Good First Tuesday of 2021 LACC Family:

I hope you all had a restful holiday season with your loved ones. Yes – I missed getting this message out yesterday because I failed to save the message and I accidentally closed the file.  

We start this year with very good enrollment in our Winter 2021 classes. Almost all of our classes are full. And we have more than a 5% increase in enrollment over last year. You have provided the help and encouragement our students needed in this challenging time and they have confidence we will continue to help them through. Our Spring 2021 enrollment is also very strong. We have 96% of our headcount from Spring 2020 already enrolled with 5 weeks left to go before the semester begins. Even in difficult times, we are having success with our students. 

So many of us are happy to have closed the book on 2020. We never imagined that almost three-fourths of 2020 would be spent working from home… without the ability to go to our usual restaurants for a meal or a movie on the weekend or a vacation. Los Angeles County is experiencing a critical situation with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This 2021 new year rang in with several vaccines being distributed all around the world to keep us from contracting the virus. We will probably have the vaccines roll out to us sometime in the next several months. We need to continue to stay the course and wear a facial covering whenever you leave the house and make sure you are socially distancing. There is no doubt that most all of our LACC family members have been directly affected by this pandemic. It made for a grim holiday season for many of you with illnesses and deaths. Let’s stay the course for the next several months until we can all safely return and celebrate each other. 

While many people have expressed deep concern over the loss of almost a year, and by the time we can return it will likely be over a year, we all learned a great deal this last year about ourselves, about others, and about grit and resilience. Based on our pre-COVID-19 experiences, we made certain assumptions about the damage of this pandemic to our economy and our society. It remains to be seen in the years ahead what the outcomes of these changes and adaptations we had to make will be. I believe, on our return, we will not do things exactly the same way as before. Let’s hope for a much better outcome that provides tremendous opportunity for students, faculty, staff and administrators.

I will leave you with the message below I received from one of my sisters on New Year’s Day called “I am Thankful.” 

I AM THANKFUL: 

FOR THE WIFE 
WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,  
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, AND NOT OUT SOMEWHERE ELSE.  

FOR THE HUSBAND  
WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO,  
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.  

FOR THE TEENAGER  
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES  
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME, NOT ON THE STREETS.  

FOR THE TAXES I PAY  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.  

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A SMALL PARTY  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.  

FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG 
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.  

FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WALK  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE  

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING,  
WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,  
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.  

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING  
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT  
BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  

FOR THE PARKING SPOT  
I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.  

FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.  

FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.  

FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.  

FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF  
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS  
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.  


Here’s to a great week in this first one of 2021. 

BELIEVE.  ACHIEVE.  SUCCEED. You continue to shine! 

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary 

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