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Certified Nursing Assistant Orientation

If you plan on taking Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide classes in the fall, you must attend this one-day mandatory orientation.


Friday, June 23

2-3:30 p.m.


On the Main Campus

Instructional Building (Room 2014)

To RSVP or for more information, call 818-833-3428 or email us.

New STEM Exhibit at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Los Angeles Mission College invites the entire campus community to stop by and visit their new STEM Exhibit, which features the work of their students. For more information, call 818-364-7865.

College Receives $200K NSF Grant to Boost Biotech Program


SYLMAR, CA – Los Angeles Mission College announced today that it has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help expand its biotechnology program.

The three-year award will be instrumental in helping the college increase the number of students pursuing careers in the biotech industry, according to Dr. Par Mohammadian, director of the college’s biotechnology program.

“We currently offer a lab assistant certificate of achievement to help our students gain access to entry-level work,” Dr. Mohammadian said. “We also offer the associate degree in science so they can continue growing in the field while they work.”

“This new funding will help us address skill development, offer counseling, tutoring, industry field trips, host guest speakers, and create internship opportunities.”

Dr. Mohammadian said laboratory assistants work in entry level positions in many types of industrial and academic laboratories. Typically, these jobs involve activities such as washing and maintaining glassware, preparing media and solution, and maintaining laboratory safety.

Biotech industries, while diverse, share a common link in their application of biological scientific knowledge. 

“Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce environmental footprint, and help feed the hungry,” Dr. Mohammadian said.

Biotechnology represents five industry sub-sectors: Agricultural Feedstock and Chemicals; Drugs and Pharmaceuticals; Medical Devices and Equipment; Research Testing and Medical Laboratories; and Bioscience-related Distribution.

According to a 2014 report by the Centers of Excellence, California has the largest life sciences and biotechnology employment base in the U.S., with more than 235,000 jobs, spanning more than 8,000 individual business establishments. 
California’s largest biotechnology subsector — Research Testing and Medical Labs —increased employment by 19 percent between 2007 and 2012 and maintained strong job growth during the recession.

Local companies in biotech industries include Pharmavite; Medtronic; Advanced Cosmetic Research Lab; Baxter; Amgen; Grifols; and Olive View Hospital.

The California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy (DWM) program has charged community colleges with having the right number of programs in the right locations. 

“We want to make sure we are producing the right number of graduates with the right skills to meet the needs of employers in priority and emergent sectors,” said L.A. Mission College President Monte Perez, PhD.

For more information about L.A. Mission College’s biotech program, contact Alejandro Guzman, 818.833.3431.


Los Angeles Mission College is committed to the success of our students. The College provides accessible, affordable, high-quality learning opportunities in a culturally and intellectually supportive environment. Learn more at www.lamission.edu. 

CalWORKS Student Recognition Ceremony


The CalWORKs 2017 Student Recognition Ceremony held on May 22, recognized the dedication and perseverance of students and celebrated their efforts and achievements.  

The ceremony encourages and supports CalWORKs students in obtaining the skills, training, and education necessary to improve their ability to be successful and self-sufficient.

This year’s celebration also focused on diversity since the program serves a large number of students from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

CalWORKs provides students with counseling, books and supplies, and on and off-campus work study, which allows students the opportunity to meet the work requirements while attending a community college and obtaining valuable work experience.

Don't Miss Our 42nd Annual Graduation Ceremony - Tuesday, June 6


Los Angeles Mission College will celebrate its 42nd Annual Commencement on Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. in the Campus Quad.

This year's keynote speaker is Sydney Heifler, a former L.A. Mission College student. The Class of 2017 Valedictorian is Jasmine Cisneros and the Salutatorian is Veronica Jones. We have more than 600 gradates this year.

Visit the Commencement page for more information.

If you can't make it to the event, watch the commencement live online using this link.

Tuesday, June 6
6 p.m.

Los Angeles Mission College (Campus Quad)
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342

Veterans Resource Center Looks to Make Impact with Memorial Day Ceremony


SYLMAR, CA – Los Angeles Mission College’s Veterans Resource Center is working tirelessly to coordinate guest speakers, presenters, and military displays for its biggest Memorial Day ceremony to date.

Ed Raskin, director of the center, said it’s important to help the community understand that Memorial Day is about honoring service members who never made it home.

“Some parts of this event are going to be very serious and very respectful,” Raskin said. “Our activities will follow military protocol so we can honor those who lost their lives appropriately.”

Memorial Day marks a special occasion for L.A. Mission College, which serves 170 student veterans directly, and another 400 indirectly, according to a 2014 Student Equity Plan. In addition to its veteran population, the college serves a population that Raskin describes as “military-connected students”. 

“The northeast San Fernando Valley has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the county,” Raskin said. “We’re talking about a serious tradition of service in this community.”

To honor that tradition, the Veterans Resource Center wants to depict the realities of war and service on campus. In partnership with the American Legion, the event will feature a Vietnam Veterans display, weapons, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier procedures, and table displays with presenters explaining the symbolism used by soldiers to express grief and loss. Students will have a chance to write notes to soldiers overseas through Operation Gratitude. 

The Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 on the campus quad. The ceremony will include a performance by the Channel Islands Air National Guard Band, Color Guard, interactive displays, and information booths for student veterans. The Culinary Arts Institute will prepare a barbeque lunch.

The event is free and open to the entire community. 

“We hope the community will join us in honoring the memory of all American service members who have paid the ultimate price while protecting our great nation,” Raskin said.

Baseball Begins Quest for State Title Against Palomar College


SYLMAR, CA – Los Angeles Mission College Baseball is the Western State Conference South Champion. The team opens play in the Southern California Community College regionals against Palomar College on Friday at 2 p.m. at El Cariso Park.

No. 8 seed L.A. Mission College defeated cross-town rival Pierce College to claim the conference title and finished the season at 26-13.

“I am very proud of our team’s achievements and hard work this year,” said Steve Ruys, director of athletics at L.A. Mission College. “With all of the years I have been working with student-athletes, I never get tired of watching our teams push themselves, striving to be better, and setting new challenges.”

The Eagles face Palomar College, who finished the regular season 31-8. Both games will be played at El Cariso Park, Game 1 on Friday at 2 p.m. and Game 2 on Saturday at 11 a.m. If a tiebreaker is necessary, game three will be played following game two.

The price of general admission is $12 per game and $30 for an all-tournament pass. The rate for students, faculty, staff, seniors, and children under 12 is $8 per game and $24 for an all-tournament pass.

Come out and support the L.A. Mission College Eagles as they start their journey toward a State Championship.

For more information, contact Alejandro Guzman, 818-833-3431. 

Interested in Becoming a Nurse?


The STEM Office is hosting a workshop specifically for students interested in nursing careers. You will learn about different job opportunities, as well as the education requirements to achieve your dreams in nursing.

There will be a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with a former student who is currently attending nursing school.

Friday, May 19
12-2 p.m.

East Campus
Center for Math and Science (CMS)
Room 29

To sign up for this event, click here.

Don't Miss the Stage & Screen Fest


Theatre is thrilled to again showcase original works by student playwrights and artists in the 2017 Stage & Screen Fest.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Robert Cucuzza, the festival features four short, professionally-produced world premiere plays written and created by L.A. Mission College students. In collaboration with the Multimedia program, each play will also have a dynamic video element. The festival runs May 19-20 in the Campus Center Main. 

Visit www.lamcstage.com for ticket information. 

The plays selected for the 2017 Stage & Screen Fest are:

by David N. Nelson
At a lonely bus stop, Tod gets a glimpse of his future and it's nothing like what he bargained for. David N. Nelson’s creepy and comical trip into The Twilight Zone asks big questions about mortality, yet provides no answers, except “Am I next?”

by Brooke Lakes
Brooke Lakes takes us on a theatrical acid trip in her play, Just. Through bursts of color, dynamic tableaus, and silent action, Lakes tracks a nameless girl’s downward spiral from her childhood broken home all the way into addiction...and beyond. 

by Raymond Alvarez
This mind-bending dark comedy about the pitfalls of marriage starts off in a casket store and ends in a church. Raymond Alvarez gets deep into the mind of a bride on the run from herself, crafting a film noir world that doubles back on itself, leading to a final twist.

by Christopher Marlowe / music and adaptation by Jon Patrick Walker
In this new musical from singer/songwriter and Broadway veteran, Jon Patrick Walker, the tale of Dr. Faustus and his pact with the Devil are set to a heartbreaking modern score. Using the original text from Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, Dr. Faustus, Walker brings this oft-told tale into the 21st century, where power plays appear to have unleashed the denizens of Hell among us, and the Seven Deadly Sins seem more deadly than ever before. Excerpts of the musical will be presented.

The 2017 Stage & Screen Fest is created, produced and performed by a company of students who are working under the direction and mentorship of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Robert Cucuzza. The 2015 Stage & Screen Fest featured four student plays and a street dance performance by guest artist Boogie Frantick. With the projected opening of a state-of-the-art theater in the new Arts, Media & Performance Building in May 2017, Mission College has made a commitment to develop an interdisciplinary, contemporary culture of theatre arts that both reflects its diverse student body and provides practical experience in the production of live entertainment.

Get Your Tickets for the 15th Annual SFV Food & Wine Festival

Purchase your tickets for the 15th annual San Fernando Valley Food & Wine Festival, which takes place Saturday, May 13 in the Culinary Arts Institute.

The Food & Wine Festival is our annual celebration that brings together more than 300 individuals from our student body, faculty and local business community. Students from our award-winning Culinary Arts Institute will be creating amazing dishes from around the world and serving wonderful wines for the tasting.

We will be hosting a special VIP section, silent auction, pastry pavilion, and live entertainment provided by local artists. The festival is a fundraiser that helps provide scholarships for deserving students.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Los Angeles Mission College
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342

Student Rate: $35 (Students must purchase tickets at the Student Store.)

General Admission: $65

To purchase tickets, visit the Eagles' Landing Student Store or purchase online at www.sfvfw.com.  

For more information, call 818-364-7600, Ext. 7111 or email us.

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