East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is a two-year college offering more than 25 associate degrees and certificates. Academic departments include the Department of Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, and Chicano Studies. ELAC offers transfer courses as well as occupational programs. Many general studies degrees can be earned online.
The college has graduated more Hispanics during the first decade of the twenty-first century than any other community college in California and consistently ranks well in national surveys. ELAC is the top California degree and certificate producer for Hispanics. The school ranks second in the nation in terms of Hispanic student transfers to four-year institutions.
ELAC was originally established by the Los Angeles City Board of Education and moved to its present site in 1948.
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ELAC has an open admissions policy. Students wishing to enroll in ELAC, one of nine public two-year colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District, must complete an application and possess a high school diploma. Others eligible for ELAC admissions include apprentices as defined by Section 3077 of the California Labor Code, as well as K–12 students with special circumstances.
Prospective students can apply directly on the school’s website.
Students may be eligible for a wide variety of financial aid, including federal and state grants, as well as federal work study jobs. Students seeking financial aid should begin the process by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which can be done online or on paper.
The college also offers a number of faculty scholarships, as well as foundation scholarships. One particular scholarship that ELAC students have benefited from is the Latina Leadership Network Scholarship Program.
The college has a detailed financial aid website that describes the application process, what types of aid are available, and the deadlines for applying.
ELAC serves about 15 local communities and is located in Monterey Park, ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The area is known for its diverse population—over 40 percent of its residents are Chinese-Americans, and the city has also welcomed some immigrants from Mexico in recent years.
ELAC is the home of the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM). The VPAM is the first institutional art museum to serve the East Los Angeles area. Starting in 1951, noted actor and art collector Vincent Price donated art objects from his personal collection, establishing the first “teaching art collection” owned by a community college.
Monterey Park is also home to the Garvey Ranch Observatory. The city sits close to the desert, mountains, beaches, and amusement parks, so there is never a shortage of things for students to do outside of the classroom.
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ELAC has men’s teams in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, track and field, and cross-country. The women compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, softball, track and field, and cross-country. ELAC, whose teams are nicknamed the Huskies, is a member of the South Coast Conference.
The school boasts 20,000-seat Weingart Stadium, and its field turf is certified by the Federation Internationale de Football Association. ELAC also seats 1,500 in its indoor swim natatorium.