Photo courtesy of the LC Spartan

Pasadena City College just got a little closer to students in La Cañada.

Under an agreement approved this week between Pasadena City College and the La Cañada Unified School District, students attending a LCUSD school will be able to earn college credit while still in high school. The dual enrollment agreement mirrors similar arrangements PCC has established with the school districts in Pasadena and Temple City.

“This partnership between PCC and LCUSD will be a wonderful opportunity for local students and parents to have more options for college,” said PCC Trustee Sandra Chen Lau, whose district includes La Cañada. “I appreciate the vision and commitment of LCUSD and PCC to student success at all levels.” 

Known formally as a College and Career Access Pathways arrangement, the agreement spells out the terms under which PCC will offer college-level courses at La Cañada High School. The classes will be taught by members of PCC’s world-class faculty or La Cañada teachers who are also PCC part-time faculty. Credits earned by LCUSD students will remain on their college transcript, enabling students to begin work on their college degrees and plan their transfer to a four-year university. 

“As a school board, we are thrilled with the opportunities this new partnership with Pasadena City College will provide for our students at La Canada High School,” said Brent Kuszyk, president of the La Cañada Unified School District governing board. “It's a win-win all around for both PCC and LCHS. We thank our partners at PCC and look forward to working with them moving forward.”

Following final signatures on the agreement last night, courses will begin being offered this fall.