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The more things change…
The Spirit Survives

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A Bid to be Big Stage on Campus

Classical Music On The Pier

KMZT MP3 Sound Bites:
01 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto

02 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto 2

03 P.J. Ochlan with Maestro Kent Nagano

04 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen

05 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen 2

06 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Asst. Director Adam Philipson

07 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zeccetto

08 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 1

09 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 2

About SMC

Santa Monica College is a public two-year college, serving about 30,000 students each semester, with about 350 full-time faculty members. The College is highly-regarded, with a commitment to transfer education, professional training, and the arts. SMC has the highest transfer numbers by far of any college or university to the University of California, including the highest transfer numbers of African American students and Latino students, and is the westside’s leading provider of professional and career training.

Santa Monica College was recently ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one of the top 10 community colleges in the country.” Each year, more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities recruit Santa Monica College students for transfer to their institution.

Santa Monica College is also the regional leader in providing College-credit classes on high school campuses. This dual-credit enrollment program is now operating at 29 area high schools.

As a consequence of its popularity and commitment to program, SMC serves an exceptionally diverse student body.

Additionally, the College attracts a large number of international students with students from more than 100 countries now attending SMC.

Also, the College uses its non-credit state funding to operate the Emeritus College program, a national model program serving 3,500 seniors with more than 180 classes of interest each semester.

Finally, the College has achieved a regional reputation for innovation in the visual and performing arts, from its nationally-recognized public radio station KCRW, to portfolio programs such as the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, to national award-winning academic programs in theater, dance, music, art and photography.

For more information, visit the SMC website at