Pierce Marks 75 Years of Service in the San Fernando Valley

December 7, 2022


In September of 1947, the Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture opened its doors to its first class of students – all men, all agriculture majors – in a World War II Quonset Hut on the farm in Woodland Hills.

From dairy cows and rodeos by the Quonset Hut to our beautiful modern campus retaining a 225-acre farm in the city, we have come a long way. Over the last decade, from end to end our campus has been restored, from the Center for Sciences with Planetarium, Library Learning Center, and Student Services Building to Automotive Service Technology’s sleek new building for alternative fuel vehicles. We have our voters to thank for supporting us with bonds that rebuilt our college.

This year marks 75 years that Los Angeles Pierce College has served as a trusted cornerstone in the San Fernando Valley, welcoming and educating generations of families in our community.

We are proud to have such a long and illustrious history. On October 20, 2022, we celebrate this milestone with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our newest building brought online by the LACCD Bond Building Program: the 21,233 square-foot, $22.3 million Advanced Automotive Technology Building.

Its laboratories were specifically designed to teach cutting-edge curriculum in the areas of alternative fuel, advanced diagnostics, and hybrid & electric vehicle technologies, placing our long-running automotive program firmly in the 21st century.

Speakers presenting at our anniversary celebration are Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, PhD., LACCD Board of Trustees President Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D., CA Energy Commission Air Pollution Specialist Larry Rillera, Interim Pierce President Ara Aguiar, and Automotive Service Technology Professor Michael Van Dyke.