THE EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE Southeast Educational Center's growth in Huntington Park encouraged the College to search for a new location to situate a new center to accommodate the increasing student population. The East Los Angeles College Educational Center at South Gate opened its doors on August 18,1997.
IN THE SUMMER OF 1993, under the leadership of Ric Loya and Raul Perez, City Council members, community leaders shared with East Los Angeles College that the southeast communities were dealing with increased gang activity, overcrowded schools, an unusually high level of educationally disadvantaged residents, a critical need for licensed child care, poor health care delivery, and high unemployment . The question at hand was "what could the College do to help? "The answer was the East Los Angeles College Southeast Center in Huntington Park.
The Center, in Huntington Park greeted its first students in the spring" of 1994. Three years later, an expected population of 400 became 1,600. Students who first enrolled at the ELAC Southeast Center have continued to take classes at the main campus in Monterey Park. Many have transferred to four1 year universities including U.C. Berkeley and USC.
AWARE OF THE INCREASINGLY competitive job market, ELAC pre-pares students to master the skills they need to reach their career goals. One of the many goals of the East Los Angeles College Educational Center at South Gate is to reach out to those who are unable to attend the ELAC main campus in Monterey Park for various reasons, including distance and lack of transportation: The college hopes to facilitate access to higher education while encouraging and attracting people to prepare for the many challenges the future will bring. To reach this objective, the college offers a wide spectrum of educational programs to fit the needs of a diverse population, Enrollment is encouraged for those who want to attain a college degree, prepare for professions, seek job skills, develop their educational potential or enhance their lives with the pure joy of learning.
THE EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE Educational Center offers innumerable resources to meet students' needs which include three equipped classrooms; a computer lab, a research library, math and English tutoring. The 50,000 square foot, facility also contains 24 classrooms, a bookstore and a faculty lounge.
The Center addresses the specific needs of the community through a variety of services. During enrollment, students are introduced to a number of. Programs available to assist them in successfully completing educational goals based, on their specific needs. Among these is the Extended Opportunities Programs and Services available to guide students who have not excelled academically in the past or thought, they did not have the money or language skills to attend college. EOP&S offers student support, which includes, but is not limited to, book grants and academic counseling. 'The Financial Aid Program offers assistance to students who otherwise, would not be able to afford a college education.
EAST Los ANGELES COLLEGE Educational. Center offers academic programs that meet a variety of student needs. For the high school graduate, the college offers services such as counseling and transfer advisement which guide the student in making career decisions as well as choosing the four-year university in which they will earn a B.A. degree.
For the working adult, the college provides a number of certificate programs - that serve to either enhance their pre-sent working skills, train them for better positions or prepare them for a new career altogether. The college also has a strong program for working adults with children.
High school students are also welcomed to take classes. While enrolled in high school, students are allowed to take courses which will accumulate as college units or that count as high School credits. All courses taken by high school students are free of charge.
WHAT BEGAN IN A SMALL CLASSROOM at Garfield High School has become a major resource for communities and individuals on the road to a better future. Through projects like the ELAC Educational Center in South Gate, the college has been established as a leader in education.