Pasadena City College (PCC)

Pasadena, CA

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Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars 4 Review

Course Availability:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars
Student Body:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Work/Life Balance:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Credits Transferability:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Flexibility:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Online Courses:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Pasadena City College

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Course Availability:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Student Body:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Work/Life Balance:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Credits Transferability:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Flexibility:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Online Courses:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

Pasadena City College has a great environment for students to enhance their abilities in their knowledge. What I like the most of PCC is the faculty staff that helps the students become better learners. My experience with the professors I've had has been a pleasure. In the writing center of the English department I have received great help from staff that has made me feel comfortable asking them for help and advice on how to write well written essays for my english classes. Overall, there is nothing bad to say about Pasadena City College. The college provides the students with advanced technology that is a perfect for students to take advantage of and of course great people that care for the learners.

Academics

The school itself is small but, it has good programs for students intersted in pursing a nursing career, dental hygiene, and many more. Professors at PCC are well prepared and focused in their job. The professors I've had are responsible; always on time, they have all their materials, they make a class environment fun and keep students awake and busy all the time. There are some professors that do give a lot of work but it is a part of education. About the class sizes usually classes have the capacity of 25 students which is an average size.

Campus Facilities & Safety

The campus is a beautiful environment. It is clean, there is always activities to participate in and fairs such as job fairs or organization fairs. In the computer labs and writing centers there is always room for students and the technology in PCC is advanced. Parking lots get limited very fast and there is always hard time finding a parking but there is a solution to everything, the community has parking for students. Lastly, safety is one of the priorities. There are securities and campus police walking around the campus making sure that it is safe as well in the parking lots, preventing vandalism. The college has good service and good protection.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2011

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Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Student Body:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Work/Life Balance:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Credits Transferability:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Flexibility:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Online Courses:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

The campus is beautiful and calming. Some of the buildings may be a bit older, but many have been or are being renovated. The library is a great place to study, whether it is by yourself or with friends. One of my favorite things about the library is that you are allowed to have food and drinks, which many school libraries don't allow. Prospective students: If you are looking for a community college to get your AA, or to get a good education and the credits needed to transfer to a four year university give PCC a look, especially if you are close by.

Academics

Being part of the Registered Nursing program at PCC makes my experience different than the average student, but probably similar to any other vocational program at PCC. That being said my classes were always available and my professors wanted us to succeed. My workload was heavy, even though my class credits didn't reflect this fact. My one main complaint is that the students in the RN program should be considered full-time students. There are 65 students in my nursing class and 10-11 in each clinical class. My personal experiences aside PCC offers a vast amount of classes in a diverse array of subjects. There are also many vocational programs available such as Licensed Vocational Nurse, Medical Assisting, and X-ray technician to name a few in the medical field. They also offer continuing education classes, such as yoga, that are great.

Campus Facilities & Safety

The Campus atmosphere is one of diversity, youth and liveliness. During the day there are always students in the library, in the computer labs, sitting outside or eating in the cafeterias on campus. The facilities are clean and well kept. I previously mentioned that many of the buildings are new or renovated, and that the library is beautiful. There are a few computer labs on campus that offer free wi-fi and printing is also available. Parking is located all around the campus and costs either $2 per day or $60 for the semester. As far as safety is concerned I have never personally had any issues or ever felt un-safe. There are campus security guards that are often walking the grounds to help ensure students safety.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Course Availability:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Student Body:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Work/Life Balance:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Credits Transferability:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Flexibility:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Online Courses:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2015

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Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Student Body:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Work/Life Balance:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Credits Transferability:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Flexibility:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Online Courses:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

There is one thing you must know about PCC: You are just a number, here. You are meaningless – nothing but another annoying fly – one of thousands - to be fined, nickeled, dimed, shrugged off, left stranded, & insulted to boot. In summary, this school was left in tatters by Rocha and his friends. The disgruntled administration & hit-or-miss faculty have “turnover/revolving-door/McDonald’s” type jobs on a similar pay scale. Budget cuts ensure the passage of 100% of costs down to students, directly. You buy your own test sheets, materials, etc. PCC doesn’t clean its campus, but rather drenches it in exhaust, weed-killer, & cigarette smoke by failing to enforce its non-smoking policy and failing to seriously implement realistic or sustainable waste-management or landscaping practices. PCC does not use electric-powered vehicles or lawn-equipment. PCC does not attempt to employ renewable energy practices. PCC forces students to purchase PCC-specific, custom textbooks which cost hundreds of dollars, which the Pell Grant does not even come close to covering. PCC constructs new buildings for programs that already have buildings, while programs with nothing get no assistance and have no classrooms, adjuncts have no offices, etc. There is thus a serious imbalance in fund-allocation. PCC has no healthy or even remotely healthy restaurants, shops, or cafes (OK, there are 2 Starbucks… semi-healthy?) in its vicinity. PCC is only up and running today because of its historical reputation, which has fallen and can’t get up as of end Spring 2015. My hope is that PCC’s new administration is going to start raising and spending money to make PCC a better place, for once.

Academics

Registering for classes: When I entered PCC, senior students got priority registration. I couldn’t get any of the GE classes. After I had been enrolled for a few semesters, the school administration decided to flip that rule upside-down, now awarding freshman priority registration. The result: After having attended PCC for three years, I have never once experienced priority registration, & had effectively “fallen through the cracks,” taking an extra YEAR to transfer/graduate. Adjunct Faculty: • All of your profs at PCC will be adjunct faculty. These are profs that are exploited by the school for a low wage, are often not provided with offices or supplies, & have to drive around to multiple campuses on a tight schedule teaching as many classes as they can to make a dime. These professors are your guardian angels & also the bane of a student’s very existence. Your best profs are adjunct, your worst profs are adjunct. The ones who care will offer up their very souls to help you truly learn, whereas those who are disgruntled will FAIL you no matter how hard you work. The school administration treats all of these profs, good or evil, the same way. It hardly pays them, tells them that they are expendable (yes, they really TELL THEM that), & offers them no incentive to do a good job or even a half decent one. Those who do, do so out of the goodness of their hearts & an honest desire to teach their subject. Administration: • As other reviews have said, you get a different person (or no one) each time you visit or call a PCC office. If you get service, you cannot rely on any information provided by anyone there as it is just as likely to be guesswork as knowledge. PCC employs a revolving-door system for all of its workers. I have never seen the same person working anywhere for more than one semester. Counselors are either brand new & have no experience (and tell you so, leaving you helpless), or they can’t understand the “new system” (there’s always the excuse of some new system or other that no one can understand, just expect it), or they are too busy to make an appointment with you. Additionally, any service you may receive is not service. In fact, you’ll be made to feel as though mistakes made on the part of PCC officials are actually YOUR fault. You’ll be fined, told to come back tomorrow, & the next day, & the next day. You will face this added battle in order to get what you have already earned through your hard work in your actual classes. It is you, the student, who will be blamed; fined, have the door shut in your face, your financial aid cut off, your scholarship awards rescinded, your hard work & diligence down the drain so easily. At least the counseling office now makes appointments – for the first two and a half years I attended PCC, you had to show up before 6:00 a.m. and stand in line for two hours to try to see a counselor – no appointments were made for the future, it was just the first 10 or so students at the front of the line that got to see a counselor that day – the rest would just have to come and try again tomorrow. It was unreal. • While I was attending this school, the administration was going through a big shift. The sinister criminal ex-Dean Mark Rocha managed to screw over enough teachers & students to actually get ousted (yes, they kicked the guy out!) & was replaced because of the notorious corruption in PCC’s administrative body during the past several years. The school is only now picking up the pieces, & you’ll still be able to hear horror stories about Rocha’s reign if you enroll in any classes here. I’ll repeat: pieces. That’s all that’s left of this place. Scholarships: You might win a scholarship, but PCC won’t actually give you the money you’ve won. Each scholarship is lined with deadly small-print, so don’t waste your time. You’ll get no more than a pretty piece of paper & broken dreams. Thanks again, PCC. Graduation: • If you complete the honors program, make sure you arrange to have a special gold Honors shawl provided to you beforehand (no one tells you this) from the Student Life/Student affairs Office. If you fail to collect this yourself, the administration will not be held accountable for their mistakes should they fail to provide it to you. The same goes for AGS people – the AGS shawls are distributed by a mystery-entity that cannot be found after the commencement ceremony, so make sure you get it beforehand. The Student Life/Affairs office is utterly incompetent, the workers are either wearing headphones and aloof or are territorial, treating you like some naughty toddler who has wandered into their home, even if the mistake was theirs. Do NOT expect to be recognized for your accomplishments at PCC during graduation, or ever. It’s all on your own motivation & determination that you will fight your way through this college just to GET OUT of it. “Who the hell are those people?” Our actual profs, the adjunct faculty, were not even present at our commencement – it was the tenured profs, whom none of us have ever even seen, that smile & clap at us at our commencement ceremony. PCC decided that Star Wars would be a nice theme for our commencement, & they employed a guest speaker who enjoyed talking about his time spent on the show, Survivor. Is this school even real? Has this been a bad dream?

Campus Facilities & Safety

Looks nice from the street, doesn’t it? Ha. I thought so, too. You wade through trash if you enter the classrooms of the C building. Balls of hair & filth collect in the corners of our classrooms & float along the floor as you pass down the halls. Food-garbage & empty bottles & cups fill up the auditoriums & especially accumulate in large classrooms. There was a long while during which the janitors were completely absent from campus (did they go on strike?) it’s a disgusting place to be. There is a huge ventilation problem (a complete lack thereof in the CC building & many others).There is supposedly no smoking since last year, but lo & behold smoking all along the front of campus & in any back alleys, at all parking garages, goes on unchecked. You’ve got unparalleled levels of exhaust collecting & settling on campus as a result of the ridiculous transportation system that is still somehow accepted in this area – that & the apparently standard “landscapers” which are just low-wage laborers with gas-powered lawn equipment. The strung-out/coked up homeless men scream at you as you walk anywhere along the perimeter of campus, and sometimes they come on campus and curse at students at random. There was recently a guy hiding out in the womens’ locker room of the V building who assaulted one girl. The shower heads in the locker rooms are broken, by the way. No locks on a lot of bathroom doors (who goes around prying them off?) and NO ventilation in many restrooms – you smell everything, all day, every day – really, PCC – get some air in there. Shoddily planned out and shoddily constructed school buildings. Avoid the fountain that runs between the U building and the C-Building because they dump enough bleach in it to kill a thousand horses. You smell the bleach from 40 feet in either direction. There is also a serious parking shortage for the first few days of each semester, so come SUPER early. On top of all of this, you get endless construction in various areas. There are ugly chain-link fences, storage-trailers, orange cones, busted asphalt, stinky dumpsters are all you see after you pass the threshold to the campus’s interior. The colors you will see every day are gray & faded teal. It feels cold because of those colors, like concrete or steel. It’s unpleasant and you feel like you want to get out. Facilities: The facilities have surcharges &/or are off limits to students. You can’t use the pool (unless you pay, & only for a brief time of year) nor the gym (ever) unless you are CURRENTLY enrolled in a certain set of classes – only WHILE you are in said classes. The Circadian Court, a really nice little spot to sit & have lunch or something, is completely off limits to students at all times, all year. Who the heck is it for? No one is ever even in there, except for some wandering black cats. What a waste. Food: If you like to eat expensive garbage, preservatives, high quantities of sugar, msg, corn products wrapped in hot plastic, come to PCC! If you care one ioda about your health, pack all of your food & drink before you come here. Bring a gas-mask, too. Landscaping: You’ll get a mouthful of gas with every step if you have classes on the wrong days of the week. Landscaping is 100% gas-powered. Weed whackers, huge tractor-mowers, even the PCC service vehicles will squirt exhaust right up your face as you walk from A to B on PCC’s campus. Try as you might to avoid it, you will eventually succumb to cancer induced by the exhaust & cigarette smoke from PCC’s campus environment. It doesn’t even end up looking great – for all that, it’s just mostly a boring grass-lawn that they aim to maintain. Just why?


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