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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 7/8/2019

News and Events for the week of July 8

This Week @ City

Good Monday Morning:

I hope you all enjoyed a restful July 4 holiday and spent time with family and friends. We kick off our campus 90th anniversary festivities next month with our annual staff bar-b-que at Griffith Park and the Fall should be a very busy time on campus.

I am sure most, is not all of you, felt the earthquakes – except those of you lucky enough to have been outside of Southern California – the 6.4 and 7.1, as well as numerous aftershocks, had us all moving for a bit longer than most of us are used to. Being told it has been 20 years since that last quake of this size, gives some pause. Being prepared is so critical. I have some focused work happening this summer on our emergency plan and on training for our building captains and floor wardens. We will also start the year will have calendared emergency drills for all of the next year. We need to be as prepared as we can be for any type of emergency.

Summer Classes

This week ends many of our first summer session classes. Our second summer session starts next Monday, July 15. We still have space several of our second summer session classes. Check out our website for a complete list of open classes for the second summer session. If any students need help, please send them to the newly renovated Welcome Center located on the first floor of the Student Services building.

View Open Classes for Summer

Fall Classes

Enrollment is in full swing for fall 2019 classes. Our enrollment continues to stay strong. Please remember to encourage students attending summer sessions to make sure to enroll for Fall. If students have any questions, please have them go to the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Student Services building.  

View Open Classes for Fall

Banners Across Vermont and New Advertising

Have you seen our banners? Check out over 20 large banners on the front of the college building on Vermont – stretching from the Herb Alpert Music Center to the end of Franklin Hall. Each banner represents a separate program and is meant to continue to establish the brand of LACC. Please take a stroll and view the banners, take pictures and post them to our social media. You will also notice new billboards, bus shelter ads, and train station ads throughout the city with a new tagline and a new look targeted at increasing enrollment. We will be periodically changing out the banners so that all programs are represented on Vermont. While we are celebrating our 90th anniversary, we are taking advantage of the space to solidify our branding. In June 2020 we will have a banner for each program across Vermont.

Enrollment and Budget

Our summer session enrollment is just over 101% of last summer. Because the Summer II session is well over 100% of last year, it starts our 2019-20 enrollment off very strong. And Fall 2019 still is at about 105% of last year. The comprehensive full-on advertising campaign and the new look of LACC on Vermont are expected to combine to ensure growth in enrollment in the Fall term of at least 5% growth over last year. This is a great start to this year for all of the great efforts you all are putting forth. With regard to the budget, as of now the District has deducted our past debt payment of almost $2 million from our 2019-2020 budget. Remember that I am a member of the Executive Committee of the District Budget Committee and I will be making a recommendation at our next meeting to take to the District Budget Committee to set aside this debt repayment for two more years, while the State is holding harmless for our reduction in enrollment. We are currently funded at our 2016-17 enrollment. This will allow us the opportunity over the next three years to make our enrollment back to the 2016-2017 year (about 12% more than our current enrollment). I am very hopeful that everyone will agree to do this for all three colleges repaying past debt. In preparation for this relief, all divisions are preparing budgets for each area to reflect the funding needed for our departments to operate. The LACC Budget Committee will receive this recommendation at its August meeting for approval that will go to the College Council in September. We will have a Town Hall on enrollment, budget and facilities in early Fall. I know this is a lot of information, but I want to keep you informed.

Pop-up Food Pantry (On 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 between approximately 10:30am until 12:30pm every Monday and Thursday.

Finals Meal Program

As another means of helping our students succeed in their classes, our finals meal program is in full swing this week. Monday through Thursday we will be providing vouchers to students for a quick healthy meal available at the Bookstore. The generosity of several donors of the Foundation is helping to make this possible. 

Dental Prosthetic Technology Open House

On Tuesday, 7/9, at 1:30pm in SCI 307 in the Science and Technology Building, a Dental Prosthetic Technology Open House will be held.

Theatre Academy Auditions

On Wednesday, 7/10, at 12noon in the LACC Camino Theater, the Theatre Academy will hold auditions for enrollment in the Fall 2019 semester.

Community Resource Fair 90th Anniversary Community Event

Please also mark your calendars for our Community Resource Fair on Saturday, October 12 from 10am to 2pm throughout the LACC campus. There will be free health screenings, activities for the entire family, information on employment opportunities, non-profit and community services and presentations about LACC programs and classes. We will also be providing lunch for the event.

LACC Community Corner

This week I am starting a new category of my weekly update to you. It is called “LACC Community Corner” so that I have a place to let you know all of the events and activities related to our community partners we are doing each week. So here goes…

Last Tuesday, Mayor Garcetti visited campus for the Hire LA’s Youth Press Conference. More than 60 people  attended and speakers included Supervisor Hilda Solis and LACCD Board of Trustees President Mike Fong, as well as representatives from TAY AmeriCorps, Citi Community Development and Kaiser. The LACC Child Development Center hosted the event. The Mayor had a chance to tour our Child Development Center and, of course, he was very impressed!

For Faculty & Staff - LACC Picnic 90th Anniversary Staff Event

An invitation has gone out to all LACC staff inviting you and your family to our picnic on Thursday, August 8 from 12noon to 4pm at Crystal Springs in Griffith Park. The picnic is free and we will have Pink’s Hot Dogs and Hamburgers from a local small vendor. We will have games, prizes, and a whole lot of fun for both you and your children. You must RSVP to the invitation in order to participate. We hope to see you and yours for an afternoon of fun!

The beginning of a new fiscal year seems to be bringing with it prosperity that is so deserving of our wonderful Los Angeles City College… The City’s College. 

Have a great week,

Mary Gallagher

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


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911