HBCU Caravan Rolls Into PCC PCC transfer students get a chance to explore Historically Black Colleges and Universities
In the life of a community college student, what’s better than going on a tour of a bunch of different colleges? Having those colleges come to you.
On Wednesday, March 2, Pasadena City College will be host to one of this year’s stops of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caravan, which has been traveling to community colleges around California over the past five years. At each stop, the HBCUs help local students understand what it takes to transfer to one of these high-quality, four-year institutions.
The admissions process for students is more streamlined thanks to an agreement between California’s community college system and the HBCUs. The four-year institutions accept the Associate Degree for Transfer, a standardized two-year degree that prepares students for automatic transfer to the California State University and University of California systems, in addition to the 39 HBCUs. More information on that program is available online.
“We are thrilled that the HBCU Caravan is making Pasadena one of its Southern California stops,” said Tameka Alexander, PCC’s associate dean of transfer. “This event is a great way to learn about the HBCUs, find out about financial aid, and meet with a counselor who can help chart your future to college.”
“PCC has an array of Black Lancer alumni who have successfully attended and graduated from various Historical Black Colleges and Universities,” said Armia Walker, counselor. “At this event, students will have the opportunity to begin their journey to success."
At PCC, the HBCU Caravan joins with “On the Yard,” the college’s annual community event for transfer students of color. African-American/Black and Latinx students will connect with representatives from the four-year institutions and gain resources to help them successfully transfer. Students will have the opportunity to gain on-the-spot admission with no application fees, learn about scholarships, and enjoy free food, music, entertainment, and giveaways.
Please check the Pasadena City College website for COVID guidelines and protocols. Come connect with HBCUs and perhaps walk away with a scholarship.
The event is Wednesday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PCC’s Colorado Boulevard campus. Registration and further information are available on the event website. Since 1924, Pasadena City College (www.pasadena.edu) has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a high-quality, innovative learning environment that inspires student success. Our academic programs encompass a variety of degrees, transfer programs, certificates of achievement, and occupational skills certificates that challenge students and support progress toward their goals. In 2019-20, PCC was ranked #1 in the state 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.