Originally called Pasadena Junior College, this exemplary school began in 1924 on the site of the original Pasadena High School, which later moved to East Pasadena. The alum roster is impressive indeed for a junior college, including teacher Jaime Escalante, author Octavia Butler, rock star Eddie Van Halen, filmmaker John Singleton (who took his first film class here), baseball legend Jackie Robinson (who later transferred to UCLA), actor William Holden and fashion designer Bob Mackie.
PCC has something for everyone. It’s one of the top transfer colleges in the state, sending many students on to good universities. It offers AA degrees in many majors; pre-college classes for high school students; very good parent-ed classes; extensive extended-learning programs; and certificates in everything from nursing to welding. It also has a beautiful campus; a pretty good football team; an art gallery; an acclaimed band that performs in the Rose Parade every year; and a superb flea market, held the first Sunday of each month. Oh, and it’s responsible for giving birth to the finest news-and talk radio station in Southern California, KPCC 89.3 FM, which has now moved off campus into fancy, larger digs on Raymond Avenue.
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena