President Rocha accepts $4M gift from the Westerbeck Trust for Center for the Arts, May 2011

PCC Alumnus Robert Westerbeck Estate, PCC donated 4 million dollars to the Pasadena City College Foundation. The gift, which will be used to establish the Robert Westerbeck Scholarship Endowment, is also to be believed one of the largest single bequests to a community college. This video took place May 3, 2011 to announce the gift.

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Excerpt: PCC-USC Partnership Reinvents the American Dream for the 21st Century

Our speaker at Pasadena City College’s 2012 Commencement was none other than Dean Karen Symms Gallagher herself. In addressing our nearly 2,000 community college graduates, Dean Gallagher stood as both a role model and as a symbol of an energetic and expanding public-private partnership that is paving a new path to the American Dream for the 21st century.

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Not Whether But When: It’s Time for a Cabinet-Level U.S. Department of Resiliency

I was sleeping on Ground Zero of the magnitude-6.7 Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles at 4:31am on January 17, 1994. I was an administrator living on the campus of Cal State Northridge. The entire campus was destroyed in 15 seconds. Among the sixty people who were killed in the earthquake, thirteen were our students who died in neighboring low-rise apartments when concrete support pillars pancaked. I-10, the interstate freeway that crisscrosses through the heart of Los Angeles, collapsed. This would be something akin to the Brooklyn Bridge going out.

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The Best Of: The Teacher Who Changed My Life

I was overwhelmed by the response to my Flex Day request to tweet or text me the name of the teacher who changed your life. I've received dozens and dozens of grateful, affirming messages like this one: "Dear Miss Cook. Thanks for being strict, demanding, fair and clear about your expectations. You were also loving and full of praise." We have created a lot of good karma for PCC by sending forth this wave of gratitude to our teachers.

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