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For thousands of dollars less than you’d pay at private career colleges, you can receive outstanding training in high paying careers in nursing, auto mechanics,   child development, graphic design, technology, business and more. Several of our programs have been recognized for curriculum design and student passage rate on professional exams.

Counseling – Career and Technical Education

The CTE Counselor at Pierce College is here to help you with college and academic advisement, career planning and assessment, resume writing, internship opportunities, and personal counseling assistance.Click on the link below to make an appointment.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information:

Here you will find information about the careers for which each Career and Technical Education Certificate prepares you, the costs associated with the program, median debt accumulated, and time to completion. Annual Gainful Employment Reports

Pierce College stands committed to prepare students with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to competitively perform in a diverse array of industries, meeting the workforce needs of our local businesses. In collaboration with our local industry partners our faculty continuously align Pierce College’s CTE curriculum to address the skills gaps in the constantly changing labor markets. Our industry partners play a crucial role in maintaining a vibrant and thriving local economy and it is Pierce College’s role to provide a competent workforce to ensure the competitiveness of our industry partners and the success of our students.

CATE Degrees & Certificate Programs Offered:

Pierce college offers Associate Degrees (AA /AS) | Occupational Certification Programs (C) | Certification of Achievement Programs (CA).

Pierce College is a flourishing two-year public institution in Southern California providing opportunities for transfer education, occupational training, and life-long learning.

Founded in 1947, Pierce is a comprehensive college with more than 60 disciplines and 111 degree programs being taught to 22,000 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 2,000 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 five-week summer sessions and a 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 first 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.1

Pierce Honors students have the enviable record of rarely being turned down for admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Honors students who applied to UCLA in the Fall of 2015 had a 90% acceptance rate.2 Pierce College students also transfer to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in greater numbers than from any other 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 modernizing 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, Child Development Center and Library Learning Crossroads are now vibrant centers for student learning and support.

The Los Angeles College Promise will increase the number of community college graduates, university transfer and workforce-ready students throughout our region. It is a partnership between Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the City of Los Angeles, L.A. Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA and private philanthropy.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Educational Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) which signed into law on August 14, 2008, mandates colleges to provide disclosure and reporting requirements in a variety of formats. A disclosure requirement is information that we distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information we submit to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Sometimes disclosure and reporting requirements overlap. Some topics require the college to make information available to students as well as submit information to the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, this web page documents that Pierce College attempts to meet these disclosure and reporting requirements.

The Top 10 Reasons to Attend Pierce College

  1. Los Angeles Pierce College is recognized as one of the top transfer schools in California, ranking in the top 10% of transfers to the California State University (CSU) system and the top 11% to the University of California (UC) system among all 116 community colleges.
  2. We are #1 in Transfer Admission Rate to UCLA and #1 in transfer to Cal State Northridge of all California community colleges. Pierce has transfer agreements with UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, CSUN, CalTech and most other California universities.
  3. Woodland Hills is located a few miles away from most of Southern California’s entertainment attractions including Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the Disney Studios.
  4. The summers are warm and the winters are mild. We are located just 10 miles away from Malibu beaches.
  5. Pierce offers courses in more than 145 disciplines. As of 2021, the College offers 85 associate degrees in three categories of Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate Degree for Transfer, along with 60 state-approved certificates and 14 non-credit certificates.
  6. The campus sits on 426 acres, a site larger than UCLA. With more than 2,000 trees, thousands of roses throughout the campus, and small herds and flocks of livestock maintained on the college’s teaching farm laboratory, Pierce College is truly a beautiful place.
  7. The college reflects the cosmopolitan environment of Southern California with hundreds of international students mixing well with an incredibly diverse student population.
  8. Enrollment at the college is more than 20,000 students and it still maintains a friendly atmosphere, with students benefiting from small class sizes and individual attention from professors.
  9. A multi-million-dollar bond program has been renovating every aspect of the campus, bringing the facilities up to modern standards in its historic Mission-style architecture.
Q Are High Schools Official Transcripts required?

Q Are transcripts from other colleges required?

They are required if a Pierce College (LAPC) course that you wish to take has a prerequisite and you completed the required prerequisite at a college outside the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), you will need to present your official or unofficial transcript at the Counseling Center. Coursework completed in high school cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites. Transcripts presented at the Counseling Center cannot be used to fulfill LAPC degree/certificate requirements, CSU Certification or IGETC Certification. If you completed coursework at a school outside LACCD and wish to use the coursework to fulfill LAPC College degree/certificate requirements, CSU Certification or IGETC Certification, electronic official transcripts must be sent by the college directly to the LAPC Admissions and Records. Admissions & Records Office will not accept transcripts submitted by the student . Admission & Records does not clear prerequisites.

Q Are you having issues when registering for a class due to prerequisites that you had met?

If you had completed the prerequisite at any college outside LACCD, or if you had completed the prerequisite within LACCD with a different course name and/or number, please see a Counselor for assistance.

Q Are you unable to enroll in a class because you exceeded the maximum units allowed?

Please see a counselor to request to enroll in more than the unit limit. To see a counselor, visit the counseling office directly, or make an appointment.

Q Did you recently make an online payment and you still have holds on your account?

Please be aware that the hold will be remove by the next business day after the payment is submitted.

Q If you have received two different student IDs (88XXXXXXX and 9000XXXXX).

Your need to live chat with the Admissions an Records with a government picture ID.

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