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Opportunities for Success for African American Students at Pasadena City College

Black news from Pasadena - Education - Pasadena City College African American programsPasadena City College continues to advance opportunities for African American students. The college's Ujima Program is a learning pathway designed to enhance the experience of African American students through counseling, instruction, mentoring, and community building. The Ujima Program's primary focus is to equip our students with resources to aid in successful academic, social, and personal development. Each student will receive an introduction to college through math, English, personal growth and development, and study skill enhancement courses. Upon successful completion students will advance in their sequential courses and continue in a general education pattern towards transfer and degree completion. Ujima students work together as a community by participating in college tours, partnership in the arts, tutoring (midterm/ finals) and community activities.

A great many African American find their way to PCC through intercollegiate athletics. The college's Academic Athletic Zone provides tutorial services for its student-athletes throughout the year. Highly trained tutors provide weekly one-on-one and group tutoring sessions for approximately 85 classes. Review sessions are also held before midterms and finals to help student-athletes prepare for exams. Math books are available for loan. Specific workshops and tutorial sessions are conducted based on the urgent needs of our student-athletes.

The President's African American Advisory Committee works to advance the message of opportunities at PCC and works to make PCC a better place for black students. The committee is dedicated to garnering greater involvement from the African American community to help increase enrollment of African American students at Pasadena City College. In addition, the committee's goals are:

1. To help improve the academic performance of African American students at Pasadena City College.

2. To help improve the retention rate of African American students at Pasadena City College.

3. To help improve the transfer rate of African American students at Pasadena City College.

4. To help increase outreach to the African American community served by Pasadena City College.

Recently, PCC has undertaken steps to proactively build a network of support for African American male students. The first Men of Color Network meeting will be held on campus on April 22nd. The purpose of this gathering will be to begin a focused dialog on how faculty can help reverse the plight for Men of Color at Pasadena City College. The overall aim of the effort is to identify promising practices and began discussions on launching a learning community for this important student group.



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