Kristal Espinoza wakes up at 2:30 a.m. to her iPad alarm to get ready to go to work. She takes a shower, brushes her teeth, and drives from the San Gabriel Valley to South Los Angeles for work when the sun is nowhere in sight. She doesn’t even eat breakfast because there’s not enough time until her first break. Her shift at the hospital cafe starts at 4:00 a.m., and doesn’t end until 12:30 p.m.
$300,000 donation reinvents PCC career center
Following its well-coordinated fundraising pitch and low-key two month gestation, the Robert G. Freeman Center for Career and Completion, a newly remodeled and renamed space in the existing IT building near Hill Avenue, opened May 16 as a hub to cultivate students’ academic progress and career growth. The Freeman Center (FC), its informal name, features a large, bright open space with several glass walls. There are small private offices with windows and doors, semi-private seating, rolling whiteboards, and a retractable screen for presentations. The feel …
PCC: a sanctuary for international students
Walking around this campus, one can bump into many students running late to class, sitting down underneath trees that offer a cool shade, or an international student. Except one wouldn’t necessarily know if they were an international student, not unless you asked. There are many reasons why PCC is wonderful. It is a great stepping stone for anyone wanting to transfer to celebrated universities, but it also has a diverse student body that encompasses the spirit of belonging to a supporting community.
Goodbye PCC, hello four-year
For a lot of students at community college, their goal is to graduate, obtain an AA or move on to a four year university. They spend their entire time gaining enough credits, maintaining a high GPA, and trying to do it all as soon as possible.