I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees (PACCD) for Area 1, which includes the City of La Cañada Flintridge, the Pasadena neighborhoods of San Rafael and Linda Vista, and the western half of Altadena.
My plans for Pasadena City College are simple: increase communication, strengthen fiscal responsibility, and improve outreach to the community and affiliate school districts.
These goals are only the first steps toward addressing the numerous needs at Pasadena City College, but my efforts will ultimately benefit the district at large.
Improve communication – As a current student and active community member, I recognize that PCC needs to improve communication within this district, as well as on campus. I will work towards bridging this gap in communication between PCC and community constituents by creating a Trustee Advisory Committee made up of representative stakeholders. Additionally, I will conduct surveys and preliminary research to better understand the concerns of students and faculty, in order to improve internal communication structures.
Strengthen fiscal responsibility – My experience as the former student school board member for the La Cañada Unified School District has prepared me to firmly examine the budget and enforce proper spending. As a Trustee, I will work to appropriate funds that supply the demand of classes students need to excel and transfer out of the college.
Increase outreach - As an active community member, I have the proper relationships needed to increase outreach to school districts and local organizations. The Board needs to create more partnerships with school districts and community organizations in order to better prepare our high school students for the community college system. Working more closely with school districts is not only beneficial to the community's students, but it will also allow PCC to allocate more of its limited funds to higher priority classes.
I am confident that my passion, dedication and innovative ideas will be a breath of fresh air for the PACCD. That is why I urge you to cast your vote for me on November 5th to bring a new vision and direction to PCC.
Alexander S. Keledjian
Candidate, Board of Trustees
Pasadena Area Community College District