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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 3/8/2021

News and Events for the week of March 8

Good Monday Morning, 

As we start the fifth week of Spring Semester, we are preparing for upcoming changes. With vaccines available to more people, we are able to bring small groups to campus who have been without hands on experience required in their classes. Academic Affairs is working with the department chairs to identify these very small groups and determine how to manage bringing very small groups of students (no more than three students and one faculty member) in areas such as Music, Theater, and Art to name just a few. All classes that can do fully remote will continue fully remote and others will remain mostly remote. We are setting up a safe, socially distanced with plexiglass separations computer lab for small groups of students to use. We are setting up study areas that are socially distanced with plexiglass separations that will be available for small groups of students to use. Our target for these areas to be available is after Spring Break.     

Update on Returning to Campus

I know many of you are anxious about coming back to campus and others want to return as quickly as possible to campus. For now, we will remain, for the most part, a virtual campus throughout the Spring 2021 term. As things develop in Los Angeles county, we will let you know what we anticipate happening for the summer term. It is probable that Los Angeles will move from the purple tier to the red tier before the end of March. We will continue to follow the County’s guidelines. 

Textbook Advance Program

If your students do not have their textbooks, please have them contact the Cub Store website and apply to the Textbook Advance Program (TAP) so they can get their books now and pay for them later: http://www.lacitycollege.edu/Resources/Cubstore-Bookstore/LACC-TAP. Students who need devices can contact hotline-students@lacitycollege.edu and staff can help them apply to get a device.  

Vaccine Update

Vaccines for the “Education” category, which faculty and staff fall under, are open. Here is the link to the official site for appointments: https://myturn.ca.gov/. If you have trouble getting an appointment through the official site, try your healthcare provider as well. Remember to be patient and diligent when making your appointment. It may take some time, but you will get an appointment. Take the first appointment you can get no matter when it is or how far away it is.  

You can have your appointment during work hours and be paid by submitting an Absence Certification/Request and indicate “Work Related” absence. You will need to send a copy of your “vaccination card” or a similar document in order for the leave to be approved.    

Please make sure that if you come to campus that you check in and out with the sheriff each day. We are tracking the activity on campus, and we need to know who is where each day for a variety of reasons, including safety and ensuring areas are cleaned after people access them.  

LACC Amongst the 50 Best Community Colleges

On March 4, Academic Influence released its first ranking of the best 50 American community colleges. The ranking were derived from an initial list of 839 community colleges throughout the US. LACC ranked sixth nationwide and second in California.  

Student Workshops

Our Life Skills Center is offering student workshops throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Workshops are held online every Tuesday from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Workshops can be accessed via Zoom at 929 3680 5171, for more information or questions please contact Joe Exnowski at 323.953.4000 ext. 224 or exnowsj@lacitycollege.edu. The next workshop on Tuesday, March 9 will focus on “Meet Your New Super Power: Mindfulness,” and include information on how to harness the power of your mind.  

Theatre Academy presents:
Student Directed One Acts

This Thursday through Saturday, March 11, 12, and 13, our Theatre Academy will present Student Directed One Act plays. Performances include Red Bill, A Thousand Words, The Orgy, Blue Bill, Anyone Anytime, The Many Faces of Grief, and A Game. Online performances will be held at 3 and 7pm, register at https://laccd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPKJQVz2T4OeOb9q79jk4A

Free Flu Shots

This Friday, March 12, the campus Health & Wellness Center is offering free flu shots to enrolled students in the Spring 2021 term. The shots are available from 9am to 1pm. Appointments are not necessary but students must wear a mask and practice social distancing.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar

On Wednesday, March 17 at noon, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Office of Community Affairs is hosting “COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know.” We will be sending out flyers with information about the event over the next few weeks.  

Documentary Screening

Mark your calendars for March 18 at 6pm when we will host a screening and discussion of the documentary Chisholm 72: Unbought & Unbossed.  

Women's History Month at LACC

March is Women’s History Month and we are planning our third annual Women’s History Month celebration on Thursday March 25th from 12noon to 2pm. LACCD Trustee Nichelle Henderson will join us as our keynote speaker.  

Budget & Facilities Town Hall

I will be holding my Budget & Facilities Town Hall this semester on Tuesday, March 30th form 1pm to 3pm. I sent an Outlook invite to all of you. I will send a reminder closer to the date.   


For being in this remote environment, it sure feels as if we have a lot going on. Thank you for your continued work to help our students succeed.  

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. Anything is possible! 

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary