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Pierce College

Pierce College is a community college district operating in and serving Pierce County in the U.S. state of Washington.


9401 Farwest Dr SW
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Pierce College is a flourishing two-year public institution in Southern California providing opportunities for occupational training, transfer education and life-long learning. Founded in 1947, Pierce is a comprehensive college with almost 100 disciplines being taught to more than 21,000 students each semester. It is one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District, and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Located on 426 acres in the western San Fernando Valley, nestled next to the thriving business district of Warner Center, Pierce College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The campus' setting among 2,200 trees, thousands of rose bushes, a nature preserve, botanical garden and a forest area boasting giant redwoods makes it unique in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. True to its beginnings more than 65 years ago as an agricultural college, Pierce still maintains large sections of tillable and range land preserved as an enclave within a suburban environment. A 226-acre farm spans the west side of campus, featuring an equestrian center and sustaining small herds of cattle, sheep and goats. Pierce College is setting the pace in community college education, preparing students to take their place or to retrain in industries at the forefront of technological advances. The creation of the 15-week semester plan led to higher enrollment, better learning and better retention. With two five-week summer sessions and one five-week winter session, students are enjoying the opportunity to move more quickly through the curriculum with greater academic success. Many Pierce College students transfer to the University of California system, the California State University system, and private universities to earn bachelor's degrees. Pierce College has one of the highest transfer performances in Southern California. A six-year study released in 2013 by the State Chancellor�s office revealed that Pierce College is among the elite few of California community colleges showing the highest graduation and transfer rates among the 112 colleges in the system. Pierce Honors students have the enviable record of having never been turned down for admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Pierce College students also transfer to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in greater numbers than from any other college. Pierce prepares its students for academic success after transferring to a university. A study by UCLA showed that Pierce students graduated from UCLA with a higher GPA than students from any other transfer college. Pierce combines academic excellence with a friendly and helpful faculty and staff. It has a solid reputation for being a student-friendly institution, offering students high-quality and challenging education that will prepare them for university or vocational work. Pierce students benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition than a four-year university. Over the last decade, the college�s construction program funded by three Los Angeles voter bonds has revitalized the campus, enlarging and moderning the capacity of the physical plant and restoring its original mission-style grace. The fine Center for the Sciences, Student Services Building, College Services Building and Child Development Center are now vibrant centers for student learning and support. The coming Library Learning Crossroads, Digital Arts Building and Green Technologies buildings await future generations of Pierce students.

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Pierce College creates quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.



Ellen Albertini Dow, actress (The Wedding Singer) aided her husband, Eugene Francis Dow, in founding the Theater Department. Rick Auerbach - former MLB Shortstop.[3] Mark Balderas, Keyboardist for RCA Recording Artist "Human Drama". Danny Bonaduce, actor and radio personality Coco Crisp, baseball player Denny Crum, basketball coach Doug DeCinces, baseball player Ron Goldman, murder victim, (O. J. Simpson murder case) Robin Graham, missing person (since 1970) Gary LeRoi Gray, actor Keith Green, Gospel musician and songwriter Melanie Griffith, actress Paul Schrier, actor Mark Harmon, football player and actor Erik Kramer, football player Shia LaBeouf, actor Minnette Gersh Lenier, magician and teacher of literacy Riley Salmon, Volleyball player, 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medalist Scott Shaw, author, actor, filmmaker Uri Treisman, professor of math and of public affairs at University of Texas at Austin, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center Barry Van Dyke, actor and son of Dick Van Dyke Ron Weaver, football player who prolonged his eligibility under an assumed name John Whitaker, actor Anton Yelchin, actor Barry Zito, baseball player



Urban - 426 acres (172 ha), in the Chalk Hills