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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.