The mission of the President’s Latino Advisory Committee is to help enhance the educational success of Latino students at PCC.

PLAC was formed for the purpose of providing input directly to PCC’s president on the needs of the large Latino community served by PCC. It is comprised of both community members and PCC faculty and staff. We welcome involvement from the local business and the civic community.

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PLAC also raises funds for scholarships. We have awarded over $134,000 in scholarships to qualified students. The recipients excel academically, are student leaders and volunteer in the community. The funds for the scholarships were raised from PLAC committee members, PCC faculty and staff, local businesses and community members who want to support the educational achievements of students who attend PCC.

“I realized that as a non-traditional student, I have the wisdom to change because it is never too late for positive change”. This scholarship recipient graduated from a local high school in 1996 and worked for 15 years before being laid-off. Faced with unemployment and raising two children on their own, they decided to take the leap and return to school and pursue a degree that would allow them “to flourish in the future”. Here at PCC, they developed a love for environmental causes and completed an Associate degree in business administration. They are now at a local university and that much closer to their ultimate career goal of developing sustainable community housing.

“I am determined to be one of the examples to show our community is working towards something great”. This scholarship recipient is dedicated to pursuing a career in computer information systems and working at a federal agency. However, they often sat in computer courses where no one else shared their background. They persisted due to their participation in a student organization, and because pursuing a major in computer networking involved “constantly changing the stereotype about Latinos or Mexican-Americans that is embedded into society”. The scholarship they received helped alleviate the financial stress associated with being a major contributor to a household of seasonal workers, and ease their transfer in Fall 2017.

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  • Community Members
  • Vania De La Cuba, Co-Chair
  • Henry "Hank" Guerrero
  • Darlene Leyba
  • Kristi Lopez
  • Roberta Martínez
    Stella Murga
  • Yuny Parada
  • Isabel Ramírez
  • College Members
  • Superintendent/ President, PLAC Co-Chair
  • Carlos “Tito” Altamirano
  • Melva G. Alvarez
  • Juan Pablo Carreón
  • Yajaira De La Paz
  • Dr. Michaela Mares-Tamayo
  • Dr. Cynthia D. Olivo