All summer long, Harbeson Hall has been transformed into a pop-up Welcome Center designed to give students a jumpstart on their PCC education.

With information on financial aid, admissions, counseling, the PCC Promise, and a range of other programs and services available at the college, the Center is designed to provide a fun, easy start to the often intimidating process of going to college.

"The goal of the Welcome Center is to bring everything together that a student needs to get into classes at PCC under one roof," said Cynthia Olivo, PCC's vice president of student services. "We want to make the college experience fun and exciting for our students."

The venue has more to offer than registration forms and paperwork. Future students and their families can play a game of Connect Four, Jenga, or cornhole on the patio by Colorado Blvd. Inside, students and their families can relax around couches and coffee tables, challenge each other to a game of Street Fighter in the arcade, play board games, or enjoy free coffee, tea, and other hot drinks. There's music and a comfortable atmosphere, and lots of current student ambassadors on hand to answer questions, give advice, or just share a story.

As an added bonus, every Thursday afternoon at 2:00 the college is hosting a local food truck or snack vendor. Pasadena standouts TPumps, Afters, and Kona Ice are just some of the sweet treats visitors can sample for free during the Thursday happy hours. (Free food is limited. Talk to a Welcome Center ambassador for details.)

The Center is open Monday through Saturday (hours vary) until August 25. More information is available on the website.

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