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President ​Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 9/3/2019

News and Events for the week of September 3

Happy Tuesday Morning:

We had a great start last week. Our enrollment ended the week at just above 100% and our headcount was also at 100%. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to help our students. It is making the difference!

The Rush is Still On!

We continue this week with the extended hours in many Student Services Offices: Monday through Thursday, 8am to 6:30pm, Friday 8am to 4pm, and on Saturday, September 7, from 9am to 1pm. Additional staff will be on hand in the Welcome Center, in Student Services, and assisting at ticket machines. We can still use all of the help we can get, so if you work in an area that is not really busy right now, we would love for you to volunteer to help our students. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Armineh Dereghishian at

New Writing Center Opening Soon

I am happy to let you know that our facilities staff have been working hard throughout the summer to remodel the old Admissions area on the first floor of Cesar Chavez into a new Writing Center that will be open to all students. The center will open in a few weeks. Last week I interviewed finalists for the Writing Center Director position. This is going to be a great place for our students to get help for any class they need that requires them to write… and I do hope that is almost all of our classes. Students can never get enough opportunities to improve and perfect their writing. More than just about anything, employers want graduates who can communicate both in writing and orally. It is what separates good candidates from marginal candidates.

Governor Newsome Announces the Second Year of the College Promise

I joined six of our LACC College Promise students and Dean Yamanishi at ELAC last Thursday for a press conference that Governor Newsome gave to announce the second year of the College Promise being funded. That is great news for California college students who will be able to get their first two years free through the community college. Our students were up on stage with the Governor and they represented us very well.

Financial Aid is Now Faster and Easier

Students are now able to easily upload all the documents needed for financial aid with our new mobile process. For more information, go to

Food for Thought Pop-up Food Pantry (Every 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 food from approximately 11am until 2:00pm every Monday and Thursday. Information on Food for Thought services can be found @lacitycollege on Instagram. We use #lacccares to promote both the Pop-Up Pantry and the Midterm/Final Meals.

Congressman Adam Schiff Press Conference

On September 5 at 9am LACC will host a roundtable with Congressman Adam Schiff. He will be talking with some of our students about food insecurity. Congressman Schiff is proposing federal legislation to help our students with daily meals while they are in school - it is similar to the free lunch program in high schools across the country.

90th Anniversary Community Event

Save the date for the LACC Community Resource Fair on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10am to 2pm. There will be free health information and health screenings, activities for the entire family, information on employment opportunities, non-profit and community services, and presentations about LACC programs and classes. K-Earth 101 will be on campus providing music. We expect that it will be a lot of fun.

Carl Bernstein Lecture

On Sunday, October 27, the LACC Foundation has arranged for investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein to kick off the inaugural Nick Beck Investigative Journalism Lecture Series. The event will take place in the Student Union Building, 3rd floor Multipurpose Room from 4pm to 5:30pm. Current LACC students may attend the event for free. RSVP to

Internships at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office

This is the last week our students can apply for this great opportunity with the Mayor’s office. The Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking motivated students to join the Census 2020 Initiative Team as non-paid interns for fall 2019. Please let your students know that they can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Ara An at

​For Faculty & Staff - New Copy Center is Coming

Our District finally settled on copier contracts so LACC will be getting new copiers. We will take this opportunity to re-establish a full-service Copy Center for faculty and staff. This will include a high-speed copier that you can send your copy jobs to electronically. Also we will be getting a good quality color copier that does up to poster size, edge to edge copying. We are planning for the Copy Center to be located next to the Mail Room. We will have the walk-up copiers in the Mail Room. It will likely take several months to get this is place – perhaps before final exams. More details to follow.

​For Faculty & Staff - Tech Expo - Save the Date

Faculty and staff are invited to join Office Depot, Viewsonic, Hewlett Packard, Extreme Networks, CyberPower, Ergotron, Promethean, and many more vendors as they highlight “Driving Student Success.” Learn about the latest trends in education technology, gain new insights, enjoy coffee, giveaways, lunch, and ice cream. This event will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 10am to 2pm in the Student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room.

LACC Community Corner

The alumni partner I mentioned last week helped us draft a proposed partnership to the LACCD Chancellor Rodriquez. The Chancellor is interested in gathering additional information about programs that have high employment opportunities for our students. Remember, Dr. Babak Kateb is a Neuroscientist, Founding Director of Brain Technology and Innovation Park (BTIP), CEO of Smart Microscopy, Inc., President and Scientific Director of Brain Mapping Foundation, and Founding Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Scientific Director for the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT). As more develops, I will keep you posted.

On Friday, a group of us met with Amazon Web Services (AWS). We will be teaching their program beginning in Fall 2020. But they also have other interesting opportunities for us to consider, such as an Alexa kiosk that can answer questions. We will let you know what develops.

On Wednesday, Lillian and I will be at the team training for our accreditation visit set for October 14th. Dr. Lancaster will be Acting President that day in my place. I will be out again on Friday and Dr. Lancaster will be Acting President on Friday as well.

Another great week at LACC! 

Continue to enjoy your work,
Mary Gallagher

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


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911