First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience Information

Mission and Goals

First-Year Experience Mission Statement:

The First-Year Experience (FYE) ensures students receive wrap-around support throughout their academic journey. Starting with two-year tuition-free through College Promise to first-year students, and educational support services to all ELAC students, including Counseling, cohorts and other support services. FYE also offers Family & Community Engagement services to prospective students and their family to complete the process and ensure every ELAC student is Seen, Heard and Connected.

First-Year Experience Goals:

FYE supports students’ intent to persist in their academic journey at East Los Angeles College.
FYE supports intentional engagement and connection to assure students are Seen, Heard and Connected.

What is the purpose of the First-Year Experience?

FYE staff collaborates with scholars to help them succeed during their first-year and persist to their second year at ELAC.
Counseling, success management, and dynamic programming assure that FYE scholars do well academically and socially.
The First-Year Experience ensures that all first-year scholars have a home while at ELAC and are continuously inspired to achieve greatness.

Benefits of making the First-Year Experience Home:

FYE scholars enroll in learning communities that have built in academic supports.
Throughout the scholars’ year commitment with FYE, they learn about and develop self-advocacy skills and pursue a college-going mindset via various programming, mentorship, counseling and educational trips in collaboration with the transfer center.
FYE scholars have full support from a dedicated and empowering family. The FYE family includes staff and professors who are equipped to fully guide them to reach their academic potential, inspire them to transfer to a four-year university and achieve greatness.


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Contact Information

Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays: 1:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Fridays: 9:00AM - 12:00PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed

In-person Office Hours
Monday to Thursdays: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays to Sundays: Closed

Office hours are subject to change during the Holidays

Zoom Meeting ID:
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Office Phone Number
Phone: (323) 780-6795

First Year Experience

ELAC promise

Family & Community Engagement Services (FACES)