Cerritos College is a two-year community college located in southern California that offers online degree programs as well as on-campus instruction. The school offers many degrees and certificates within nine divisions including business education, fine arts and communications, health occupations, liberal arts, science, engineering and math, technology , H.P.E.A / athletics, humanities/social sciences and technology training/distance education.
The Business Education Division offers degrees in court reporting, real estate and business communication. Classes include business oral communication, telephone techniques, and international business communications. This division also runs classes devoted to Microsoft training and college-level keyboarding classes.
The Liberal Arts Division at Cerritos has programs that are diverse and challenging including English, reading and speech. Liberal Arts also has a strong foreign language division and teaches English as a second language (ESL), French, Japanese and Spanish as degree programs.
The Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Cerritos offers fields of study in anthropology, history and psychology. Cerritos is the only two-year college in the nation to offer an Associate of Arts in Women’s Studies degree designed to transfer to eight four-year universities.
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The college accepts applications from all students who are high school graduates or are at least 18 years of age. Students must fill out an application as early as possible prior to the start of registration. Applications may be completed online.
Students must submit a FAFSA form to be considered for aid. Types of aid include grants, loans, scholarships and federal work study programs.
Grants offered through the school include the Child Development Grant, the Chafee Grant and the National SMART Grant.
On Campus Scholarships include the Dr. Wolf De Lyre Scholarship, the Florence Tilson Scholarship for Cosmetology students, and the Lefty “Pendleton” Memorial Scholarship.
The school runs a program called The Leaders Involved in Creating Change (LINC) to help students who are in foster care to transition to independent living. To be eligible students must be former foster youths.
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