On a regular basis, we select a student assistant to honor for his or her outstanding service. We call this the "Above and Beyond" award because it was created to recognize student employees who exceed job requirements to offer excellent service to our diverse student population.


Spring 2018 Award Recipients


Above and Beyond Award:
Learning Assistance Center

Gayane Bakhtavoryan

Gayane Bakhtavoryan has worked for the Learning Assistance Center since fall of 2015, and during this time she has distinguished herself as an outstanding student employee.

Ms. Bakhtavoryan immigrated from Armenia five years ago, and she quickly adapted to the cultural and academic environment of PCC.  Gayane brings positive energy, enthusiasm, and a thorough knowledge of the Center to her service in the LAC.  She is friendly, welcoming, and always ready and willing to offer support to students.  Her empathy for others enables her to respond effectively to needs that arise in the LAC.

Gayane is entering nursing school, and she hopes to be a good and caring nurse.

In her free time, Gayane enjoys going out with friends and walking on the beach.

The LAC is proud to honor Gayane Bakhtavoryan for her valued service to the Learning Assistance Center and the students of Pasadena City College.  Congratulations, Gayane!

Esther Becerra

Esther Becerra has worked for the Learning Assistance Center since the winter 2018 session, and during this time she has distinguished herself as an excellent student employee.

Ms. Becerra has fulfilled a special role in providing coverage for our Center during early morning hours as well as on Saturdays.  She has been invaluable in maintaining a welcoming atmosphere in the Center. Esther is positive, responsive, eager to help students, and quick to respond to needs that arise in the LAC.  In her example of persistence, Esther inspires our students to never give up on their academic goals no matter what obstacles they face.

Esther is a sociology major who will be transferring to Cal State LA to complete her Bachelor’s degree and attain her goal of becoming a youth counselor.  Ms. Becerra enjoys edifying and advocating for the emotional well-being of adolescents.

In her spare time, Esther enjoys reading, bonfires at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

The LAC is proud to honor Esther Becerra for her valued service to the Learning Assistance Center and the students of Pasadena City College.  Congratulations, Esther!


Above and Beyond Award: 
Computer Learning Center

Marina Conrad

Marina started working in the Computer Learning Center in Fall 2017, and since this time she has distinguished herself as an excellent student employee.

Ms. Conrad quickly learned her job, and she has more than lived up to the high expectations of our department, serving students, faculty, and staff with a spirited attitude and thorough understanding of Center policies and procedures.  She maintains exemplary rapport with our diverse clientele and is a great team player who immediately integrated herself with staff and coworkers.  She troubleshoots software and hardware problems and assists staff with payroll and organizing.  Marina has accepted her new set of responsibilities with a willing spirit and has been instrumental in creating a fresh, new learning environment for the CLC.  Marina’s sunny disposition shines even during the busiest times in the center. She demonstrates courtesy and warmth toward team members and students alike.

In the future, Marina aspires to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and proceed toward a Master’s in Nursing as well.  

The LAC is proud to honor Marina Conrad for her valued service to the Computer Learning Center and the students of Pasadena City College.  Congratulations, Marina!


Frances Godinez

Frances Godinez came to work in the Computer Learning Center in Fall 2015, and since this time, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding student employee.

Ms. Godinez has more than lived up to the high expectations of our department and has demonstrated the characteristics of an excellent employee, maintaining an exemplary rapport and with CLC clientele.  Frances is a great team player who immediately integrated herself with coworkers and staff.  She troubleshoots software and hardware problems and assists staff with payroll and organizing.  Frances has accepted her new set of responsibilities with a wonderful spirit and has been instrumental in creating a fresh, new learning environment for the CLC.  Frances keeps an upbeat, positive spirit, even during the busiest times in the center, demonstrating courtesy and warmth toward students and team members alike.

Frances’ goal is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles.  

The LAC is proud to honor Frances Godinez for her valued service to the Computer Learning Center and the students of Pasadena City College.  Congratulations, Frances!

Certificates of Appreciation

Yahia Hagag

For being an outstanding professional
presenting SSL training workshops.

Tania Aban

For being an outstanding
professional on our Social Media team.

Kolina Lee

For volunteer work in the LAC and CLC.


Special Recognition

Helen MoraLAC Social Media Team

P.A.W.S. Mentorship (through the end of the program) – Naira Arakelyan, Rochelle Hizon, Jesus Pena (J.P.), Elias Martinez, Helen Mora (Not Pictured: Tristan Beckwith, Noelani Fixler, and Jannette Chavez)