College at a Glance
East Los Angeles College: Established in September 1945 on the campus of Garfield High School. The college moved to its present 82-acre site on Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park in February 1948.
South Gate Educational Center: This 50,000 sq. ft. facility was established in 1997 to serve the growing student population that lives in the southern part of the college's main service area.
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East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully pursue their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.
Goal 1: Increasing student success and academic excellence through student-centered instruction, student-centered support services, and dynamic technologies.
Goal 2: Increasing equity in successful outcomes by analyzing gaps in student achievement and using this to identify and implement effective models and programming to remedy these gaps.
Goal 3: Sustaining community-centered access, participation, and preparation that improves the college's presence in the local and global community, maximizes access to higher education and opportunities for adult learners, and provides outlets for artistic, civic, cultural, scientific and social expression as well as environmental awareness.
Goal 4: Ensuring institutional effectiveness and accountability through data-driven decision-making as well as evaluation and improvement of all college programs and governance structures.
In collaboration with the LACCD Mission, ELAC is committed to advancement in student learning and achievement that prepares students to transfer to 4-year institutions, successfully complete workforce development programs, earn associate degrees, and pursue opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement.
Through our emerging focus on student-centered instruction, student-centered services, and integrated learning, East Los Angeles College will be an exemplary model for student academic achievement, skill development, and artistic expression.
We cultivate global citizenship and community: Our community begins with the campus and local area but extends past our borders and encompasses people from around the world who benefit from collaboration and interconnectedness.
We advance social responsibility: With our agency as a campus, we are accountable to act for the benefit of all and actively participate in civic institutions.
We foster lifelong learning: We are committed to the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and experience and seek to facilitate that process of personal growth.
We advance equity: We consciously evaluate and study all aspects of the student experience to foster success and inclusivity for students of all backgrounds and levels of ability.
We uphold integrity: We are committed to honesty and transparency in our institution to ensure accountability and trustworthiness.