By Lissette Mendoza/Photo and images editor/@chingonapicosa
The PCC enjoyed a quality turnout at its Join-A-Club day on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on the Lawn next to the newly constructed GG Building.
Students were welcomed with a variety of clubs and organizations along with free food and live entertainment provided by band, The Kraze.
Tables and canopies were lined up with clubs including the Horticulture Club, the Comic Creators Club and The Puente Club, along with social-service organizations such as Ladies of Athena and The Order of Thor.
Representatives from the Student Success Centers, the Career Center, Student Support Services, the Health Service Center, Student Life and Veterans Services also displayed materials.
Athena, which has been around since 1999, participate in social work, bonding events such as camping, bonfires and sports events, and volunteer work with organizations including Long Beach and Los Angeles Gay Pride, the Red Cross and homeless shelters.
Vanessa Mendoza, majoring in Sociology, and member of Ladies of Athena, said, “We do whatever we can to help out to the best of our ability.”
Qualifications to join Athena include attending LBCC and a GPA above 2.0, followed by a “getting to know you process.”
The Puente Club aims to create support for students transferring to a university by providing them with information about campus resources, Financial Aid and scholarships as well as creating mentors for the community through social and cultural awareness and activism.
Yesenia Ochoa, 19, and treasurer of the Puente Club, said, “Although it was initially geared towards Latinos, anyone is welcome to join.”
LBCC Student Health Services representatives were also present, providing plenty of information regarding their free primary-care services, which include urgent care, UTI testing, pregnancy tests and birth control counseling.
Offices offer below-market costs services including immunizations, physical exams and prescription discounts.
Free Mental Health Services at both PCC and LAC provide short-term counseling that can help in dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship issues. Support groups, workshops and crisis intervention are also available.
Derek Oriee, Student Activities adviser at PCC, and organizer of the event, said it got busiest around noon. Oriee, who is currently working his 15th year at LBCC, said he “loves his job.”