Pasadena City College Plans to Lease Building at John Muir High School, Operate New Satellite Campus

Published : Monday, March 19, 2018 | 5:47 AM

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Pasadena City College officials plan to open a new PCC Northwest satellite campus at John Muir High School in the fall after the PCC Board of Trustees approved its creation last month.

The new campus will occupy all of Building D at John Muir High School, where PCC has been providing lower-division general education credit classes for the last three semesters, PCC Assistant Superintendent Vice President Dr. Robert H. Bell said in a report in the PCC Courier student newspaper.

Alex Boekelheide, Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing for PCC told Pasadena Now that currently the college wants to expand its presence on the Muir campus.

“Currently, we have classes in the evenings at John Muir High School, at Building D,” Boekelheide said. “What we want to do with the Pasadena Unified School District is lease the entire building. We are in the final stages of negotiating the contract and we intend to be in that space by the fall, offering classes all day long, not just in the evenings.”

When classes start, PCC Northwest will offer a range of courses broader than the programming at its satellite campus at Rosemead, the report said. Offerings will include lower-division general education credit courses, as well as non-credit courses focusing on valuable skills that could prepare a student for an immediate job in the workforce.

Classes are planned to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 10 p.m., according to the report said.

Previously, PCC only provided classes at the building from 3:15 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Courses in culinary arts may also be provided at the new campus, the report quotes PCC spokesman Alex Boekelheide as saying. Boekelheide added the area is underserved, and putting up a campus there could potentially increase enrollment and services.

Bell and the division he oversees are composing a plan for PCC Northwest that will include an instructional plan that addresses what courses to offer and when to offer them. PCC is conducting a community survey to aid in determining this schedule.

Boekelheide adds some work still needs to be done to prepare the John Muir campus for college classes in the fall.

“There are access things we have to worry about. But we should be able to resolve all that and we intend this fall to offer classes there just like any other campus of ours,” he said. “We do have dual enrollment classes as well. Those are classes that high school students take for college credit. What we’re discussing are classes that adult college students would go and take for college credit. It’s basically like what we offer here on the Colorado campus.”

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