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1111 East Artesia Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221-5393
p. 310-900-1600
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El Camino College-Compton Center

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El Camino College-Compton Center is a “center” of the originally named Compton College, or El Camino College. Located in Compton, California, this college was established in 1927 and was a part of the high school district at the time. A major earthquake struck the campus in 1933, which left only two buildings standing. In the 1940s many of the students joined the armed forces and as such, the campus began housing a military unit as well as a defense plant. The college separated from the high school district in 1950. During the following decade, the student body composition changed from Caucasian to African-American. The 1990s brought with it the second demographic shift when the student body became equal parts Hispanic and African-American.


The school is divided into 9 divisions which include over 75 programs These programs prepare students to transfer to universities or professional schools and include an extensive list of A.A. and A.S. degrees. The academic divisions include humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, child development, technological studies and business and computer information systems.

The mission of the institution is to cultivate creativity, curiosity, and learning while serving the community through the support of high quality education. Students who attend should be equipped for transfer to four-year universities or ready to begin technical or public service careers within a diverse society.

The college is committed to ensuring exemplary student services, utilizing leadership, planning, critical thinking, life-long learning, community service, and cultural understanding. The overall academic community seeks to combine creativity with innovation to assume a proactive presence within its community, creating compassionate, caring, and understanding individuals. No matter what educational level or degree students are seeking, they are met with care and concern from other students and staff members.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The library on campus offers great writing facilities, which aim to help students prepare for academic success in the present as well as a transition to a four-year college or university.

ECC also offers a wide range of distance learning programs that are rigorous, fully-accredited and as comprehensive as traditional classes. The cost per course is the same as that of an on-campus course. However, online courses do require an orientation prior to starting the course.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid consists of reading a financial aid handbook (available in PDF format) or following the step by step procedures on the college’s official website. The steps to complete the process are to complete the FAFSA application online, getting the necessary forms, keeping a track of your financial aid status, and meeting a counselor.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6045th for the average student loan amount.
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The student life office dominates social events, campus activities and is in place to encourage students to enroll in clubs, organizations and service opportunities. Campus security is overseen by the college’s Police Department, which adheres to the laws of the California Commission. The college is in route to earning accreditation by the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).

The student services department at the college includes a bookstore, child development center, job placement and career center, matriculation services, learning resource center, special resource and a transfer center.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

In addition to its main campus, ECC extends its educational services to the community by offering teachings at continuing education schools, high schools, recreation centers and churches, all within the districts of Lynwood Unified School District, Compton Unified School District and Paramount Unified School District.

College courses conducted at high schools are facilitated all through the year and are divided into regular semesters.

Additional School Information

The school offers a wide range of continuing education courses that are occupation-specific and technically inclined. These courses offer a great jumpstart for those looking to start a new career or simply those that would like to upgrade their current skills.

The Career Advancement Academy (CAA) is a one-year program that consists of workplace readiness workshops as well as academic and technical skills. Students enrolling in the CAA programs are at liberty to earn up to seven certificates followed by a job fair with affiliated potential employers.

Some of the courses offered by the academy are technology and aerospace fastener technology, utilities responsiveness training, welding, and machine tool technology. The college is affiliated with Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP & S) which is funded by the state and is in place to help students complete their educational endeavors. This program is inclined toward low-income and educational-challenged students to assist them with working towards their goals and objectives.

Some of the services offered by EOP & S are textbook and academic achievement grants, transportation assistance and priority registration. The CARE program (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) is designed for students that are receiving CalWORKs/TANF/AFDC. Students in the CARE program at the college can receive benefits such as direct grants, CPR/first aid training, workshops for single parents, child care referrals and special counseling and orientation.

Information Summary

Ranks 229th in California and 2463rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 10 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 24 0.30
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 625 0.64
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.02
Forcible Rape 45 0.05
Robbery 380 0.39
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 800 0.82
Larceny 1,202 1.23
Vehicle theft 863 0.88

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Compton, CA 90221-5393
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population51,382 (51,382 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,169 (4.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,310
Families9,695 (4.71 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District644

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4384th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,184
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $38 $38 $38
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $216
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,798 $2,798 $6,878
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,108 $17,108 $21,188
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,552 $5,552 $9,632

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,138 $1,142 $1,138 $1,142 $5,962 $6,204
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,700
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,556(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,410 $4,610
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,410 $4,620

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 154 177 23 5 7 377
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 1 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Architectural Technology/Technician 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 2
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 9 5 14
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 3
Business/Commerce, General 5 12 17
Chemistry, General 2 2
Child Care Provider/Assistant 23 28 2 54
Child Care and Support Services Management
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 2 3
Criminal Justice/Police Science 8 12 1 22
Dance, General
English Language and Literature, General
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 1 3
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 1
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 9 2 11
History, General 1 1
Information Technology 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 59 73 5 1 2 147
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1
Mathematics, General 3 3
Music, General 4 4
Physical Sciences 3 3
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Pre-Engineering 2 2
Psychology, General 3 1 4
Radio and Television 2 2
Real Estate 2 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 12 12 14 3 2 45
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 2 2
Sociology 6 4 10
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 6 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 704th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,366 ($81,737 male / $79,245 female)
Number of FT Faculty 90 (44 male / 46 female)
Number of PT Faculty 264
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,250,296

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