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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 1/8/2019

News and Events for the week of January 7

Good Monday Morning:

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope each of you enjoyed the holiday season and were able to spend quality time with family and friends and relax and recharge your energy for the work ahead in this new year. As of last week, our winter enrollment is up at 116%, leading the district and spring is at 100% so far. Great opportunities await LACC in the coming months as we enter into a celebration of our 90th anniversary. There are  number of personnel changes and updates for important upcoming events.

New Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

The new Interim VP Academic Affairs for LACC is Dr. James (Jim) Lancaster. Dr. Lancaster has been in the community college system for over 20 years in various faculty and administrative roles as adjunct faculty, full-time faculty (senate member and union leader), dean, and vice president of instruction. He served for eight years as full-time faculty, then nearly a decade as a dean prior to coming to LACCD in 2017 and assuming the position of VP of Instruction at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. In addition to his experience noted above, he has strong skills in career technical education, continuing and community education, curriculum, guided pathways, and enrollment management. Jim will join our campus on January 14.

New CTE Dean

Our new CTE Dean is Dr. Armando Rivera-Figueroa. He will oversee IDWG 4 and will be starting February 4. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. His graduate doctoral degree was conferred for his work on the kinetics and thermodynamics of important atmospheric pollutants at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as academic dean at East Los Angeles College, and formerly served as the MESA/STEM Director and faculty in the chemistry department. Under his leadership, the college developed and implemented a unique drone program, a coding academy, biotechnology program, and provided students with externships and important apprenticeship opportunities.

New Limited Counselors

We have hired three new limited counselors: two for General Counseling and one for OSS, among them Cynthia Gomez and Krixa Lim. We look forward to this additional capacity in Counseling to help our students transform their lives.

Staffed up in the Welcome Center

Since opening the Welcome Center we had not fully staffed it. Acting VP of Student Services, Alen Andriassian, changed all of that. We have staff in the Welcome Center now morning until early evening who are trained and ready to help students with any of their questions. If you need anything, please visit the Welcome Center where you will be directed to the appropriate service. We are sprucing up the Center with a new look, new information, and new directional signage to the Welcome Center. We expect everything to be fully in place before the spring terms starts.

Spring Classes

Spring session is only four weeks away. Now is the time to register for classes. We still have classes open. We have been recruiting for spring and we are intensifying our advertising efforts in our community with banners, bus shelters and rail stations, and extensive digital media campaigns. Throughout January we are placing ads in several local papers including La Opinion, Asabarez and Korea Daily. We will be doing a post card drop throughout our service area. We are just getting started!

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Congratulations to LACC’s Math Department

Los Angeles City College’s (LACC) Math Department placed second in the nation in the November 2, 2018 American Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Round 1 competition. LACC ranked only behind one other college, De Anza College, out of 168 two-year colleges that competed. The AMAYTC hosts two rounds where a twenty-question, one-hour test is administered in fall and spring. The second round will be held on March 2, 2019.

LACC’s 90th Anniversary Gala

Please mark your calendars for March 12 when we will be holding our 2019 LACC Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The festivities begin at 6 pm.

Faculty & Staff - Classified Retreats

The classified staff had “mini” retreats in December in preparation for a full one-day retreat this Friday, January 11th from 8:00am to 4:30pm (breakfast and lunch); and a half-day retreat on Friday, January 18th from 12pm (lunch) to 4:30pm. The two retreats will be in the student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room. Offices will be closed during both of those Fridays, and classified staff are reassigned to those retreats. The classified staff have been working on streamlining processes to make the experience of the student at LACC the best.

Faculty & Staff - Procurement Training

On Friday, January 18th, we have arranged procurement training from 9am to 11am in the Student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room. I sent an Outlook invite to everyone last Friday so be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend so that we have adequate materials for everyone.  

Faculty & Staff - Faculty FLEX Day

Faculty FLEX day for spring 2019 is Friday, February 1 beginning at 8:00 with breakfast. A great program has been planned for you with details forthcoming. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

Faculty & Staff - Upcoming Building User Group Meetings: Cesar Chavez and Landscaping

The programming architects are ready for us to begin programming for both Cesar Chavez and the landscaping for the north part of campus. The first meetings for these BUG groups is next Tuesday, January 15th. An Outlook invite will be sent to the members later today. 

Faculty & Staff - 90th Anniversary Planning Group

President Renee Martinez (retired) has graciously agreed to volunteer her time and energy to convene the group of you who have volunteered to plan the activities for our 90th anniversary celebration. Those of you who volunteered will receive an Outlook invite to our kick-off meeting next Tuesday. If you did not already let us know that you are interested in volunteering, please send me an email that you are interested and we will add you to the list. 

It is amazing to remember that just a year ago I walked onto campus to what I immediately felt was a very special place. We have worked hard for a year to come back to ourselves again. I look very forward to 2019 as our year of coming out as the great institution we are – 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


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