Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Master of the Copytech Tango

The whirling bands of copy machines, swooshing of papers hot off the printer, and the clicking of a camera are sounds familiar to the workers in CopyTech. The noise of machinery and the brisk melodic rhythms of salsa music drift into the background, and a woman in a jade T-shirt and jungle patterned skirt steps out.   Lead Support Services...

From business to babies

Professor Lila Snow outside the Child Development Academic Department at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Monday, March 28, 2022. Photo by Vincent Denoga. The sun slowly sets on the verge of twilight, but some classes are just getting started. A projector warms up, an OWL hoots...

Dig in, let your voice be heard with Loy

As professor Robert Loy’s students trickle into his small group communication class, they are greeted with upbeat and colorful music playing from his laptop speaker. The eclectic playlist includes music from diverse genres which he uses in his regular karaoke performances. As a new full-time faculty member, Loy is the assistant director and advisor of the Pierce College Communications...

Finding the micro in the macro

Shannon DeVaney poses with a dissected frog model outside the Center for Sciences building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by: Chelsea Westman While many scientific observations happen in a laboratory, the most fascinating discovery for Shannon DeVaney is a few inches long, neon orange and lurks within...

The Man Behind the Magic

Draped over the crushed red velvet chair with a soft smile playing across his lips, Michael Sande unwinds inside the Pierce Performing Arts Mainstage theater after a chaotic afternoon. As the managing director for the Performing Arts Department at Los Angeles Pierce College, it is his job to make sure that shows goes on without a hitch. The Seattle native...

The mechanic who almost wasn’t

Professor Alex Villalta in the Automotive Tech Lab at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella. On a sunny Tuesday morning in March, about 10 students wearing black and red coveralls worked at several stations in the Auto Tech shop....

Computer science, let’s talk about IT

  Eyes fixed to a monitor, mind in total focus, Alex Chen works attentively tapping away with all 10 fingers on a keyboard. Chen, an instructional assistant for Information Technology (IA-IT), has worked at Pierce College since 2001. He has about six-to-eight different duties in his current position which he says he enjoys. Chen has converted old Novell network technology within the...

From cooperative to classroom

Screenshot by Ariel Gil Feeling the dewdrop-covered grass tickle the small patch of bare skin on her ankle, she walks through the field toward the chicken coup to gather eggs for her morning breakfast. Her and her family cook them in a pan over a wood burning stove. They eat.

Helping students transfer one step at a time

Wearing a warm smile framed by primly-styled sandy blonde hair, Norine Fine, 61, waits patiently behind the reception desk for early appointments. Fine is a general counselor in the Transfer Center at Pierce College. Her job is not only to help students find their majors, but also to assist and advise them if they are considering alternative options. “I connect students...

Web developer turned anthropology professor

Angela Kirwin wraps her arm around a human skeleton model at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on March 13, 2020. Photo by Peter Villafane. Angela Kirwin had no plans to return to the classroom after receiving her business marketing degree from San Diego State University. Instead, she worked as a web developer...