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ASU gives ASU a boost to scientists who are working on Amazon’s climate change research

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May 19, 2022

Students at Pasadena City College (PCC) in California will have a streamlined path to a four-year degree at one of the Southwest’s most prestigious universities, thanks to a reinstated partnership unveiled this week.

The MyPath2ASU partnership links PCC with Arizona State University, allowing students in the San Gabriel Valley the opportunity to pursue advanced study at any of ASU’s multiple campuses in Arizona or at ASU Local — the university’s hybrid undergraduate program — at the ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles.
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The ASU-PCC collaboration bolsters the two institutions’ commitment to innovative, dynamic and high-quality learning environments that lead to bachelor’s degree attainment and help students in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley thrive, grow and gain career-readiness experience.

Expanding PCC’s tradition of transfer

PCC is already a leader in transfer and has been ranked first in California for transfers to the University of California, California State University Systems and other universities over the past three years. The agreement with ASU expands on an already rich array of options. Working with their transfer adviser, PCC students will be able to structure their community college studies to simplify and streamline their entry to ASU’s 350 bachelor’s degree programs across 17 schools.

“We know how important the benefits of a bachelor’s degree are to our students,” said PCC Superintendent/President Erika Endrijonas. “It’s more than just an increase in pay and an expansion of career opportunities. As you spend more time pursuing your degree, the intellectual and social benefits that come with college education only grow.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer these benefits to our students at a renowned institution such as Arizona State.”

Group photo of people in a conference center wearing gold ASU Local shirts.

The ceremony for ASU and PCC’s reinstated partnership is celebrated with ASU staff and students and PCC board of trustees, president/superintendent, executive staff and students. Adrian Mahlstede/ASU

ASU California Center offers classes both in person and through hybrid learning models

ASU California Center programs in downtown Los Angeles encourage its community of students, faculty and staff to come together for connection and support while having access to the extended Los Angeles community. This space is designed for small group interaction and study sessions. There are plenty of spaces for solo study sessions and one-on-1 conversations between students.

ASU Local 

ASU Local is ASU’s hybrid undergraduate program that empowers students to thrive in college and in life while staying rooted in their communities. ASU Local students have access to 130-plus online bachelor’s degrees while they receive in-person support at the ASU California Center to foster an individualized college experience and career plan designed to harness the essence of the local community in Los Angeles.

“The best thing about being part of ASU Local is the way they support my academic, professional and personal goals. They see me as a whole person and provide me with a platform to show up authentically while giving me the space to be seen,” said Gigi Colcol, a transfer student at ASU Local in Los Angeles.

With the help and assistance of MyPath2ASU. Students can create a pathway to a major of choice, minimizing the loss of credits and maximizing their time and resource efficiency.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the founder director of Sidney Poitier New American Film School. She speaks to Pasadena City College Board of Trustees and executive leadership about the film school. Adrian Mahlstede/ASU

BA in filmmaking practices, Los Angeles

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, part of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the ArtsThe largest and most inclusive film school in the country, it operates in three cities. Students from Pasadena City College who are looking to study in downtown Los Angeles can:

  • Work with industry professionals to learn.
  • You will get hands-on experience in courses and intensives that will help you be successful in your internships.
  • You will be able to complete project-based coursework and have it reviewed by industry professionals.
  • The program will prepare you to enter the workforce and launch a successful career.

Video of a BA in Film with a Concentration Filmmaking Practices Los Angeles

Students at PCC are completing the associate degree in transfer in increasing numbers every year. PCC has also partnered with The Group effort initiativeTo help,, which was co-founded by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, BIPOCAcronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of ColorStudents and other students can find careers in Hollywood.

Transferring made possible

ASU offers transfer paths from the PCC to the university MyPath2ASU for on-campus, ASU Local and ASU Online programs. Students can use MyPath2ASU to map their bachelor’s degree pathway to one of ASU’s offerings. The institutions will work together to promote educational degree paths. These pathways will ensure that students can take courses that are relevant to their majors and minimize credit losses.

About Pasadena City College 

Since 1924 Pasadena City College has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a high-quality, innovative learning environment that inspires student success. Its academic programs include a variety degrees, transfer programs and certificates of achievement. They also offer occupational skills certificates that support students in reaching their goals. In 2019–20, PCC was ranked No. 1 in the state of California for transfers to the CSU and UC systems for the third consecutive year, and in 2021, PCC was named by MacKenzie Scott as one of “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear,” accompanied by a transformative $30 million gift.

About Arizona State University

ASUThe No. 1 “most innovative school” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for seven years in a row, has forged the model for a New American University. ASU believes that learning is an individual and unique journey for each student. They also believe that experience is the best way to learn and that discovery can’t be limited by traditional academic disciplines. ASU has attracted some of the most talented researchers from all 50 states, as well as students from more than 130 countries, through innovation and accessibility.


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