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11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA

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Cerritos College is a two-year community college located in southeastern Los Angeles County, serving students from Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk, and La Mirada, among others. Cerritos College offers associate's degrees and vocational certificates in 87 disciplines, within nine academic divisions. The faculty of dedicated professors has a distinguished reputation as experts who have conducted research and published extensively in their fields.

Cerritos College ranks third in the State of California among community colleges for the number of associate's degrees it grants to Hispanic students.

Cerritos is unique among community colleges because it is the only community college in California with three manufacture-sponsored technician programs. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors sponsor the Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy (ATTE) program at Cerritos, which runs educational partnerships with these automotive manufacturers.  The college is establishing a new alternative fuels demonstration lab and meeting a need for specialized technicians.

Cerritos College has highly recognized teacher-training programs as well.  In partnership with California State University Long Beach, the Teacher TRAC program allows education students to complete their bachelor's degrees and multiple subject credentials in four years. Teacher TRAC also launched the Cerritos College Urban Teacher Fellowship in 2010, which provides services for at-risk youth who are interested in teaching K-12.

History

Cerritos College was founded in 1955.

Academics

The academic calendar at Cerritos College offers fall and spring "Semester Terms" that are available in 9-week, 15-week and 18-week sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at Cerritos College are organized into divisions, rather than colleges and schools. The Cerritos College academic divisions are:

  • Business Education
  • Fine Arts and Communications
  • Health Occupations
  • Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics
  • Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Technology

Additional Academic Programs:

  • Bilingual Programs (ESL)
  • Distance Education
  • First Year Experience
  • Summer Connections
  • Learning Communities
  • Teacher TRAC

Community, Industry and Technology Education (CITE):

  • CITE
  • Adult Education and Diversity Programs
  • Community Education
  • Economy Development
  • Pathway Programs
  • Perkins/VTEA
  • Northwood University (offering four-year degrees to working business students)

Student Life

There are several student clubs and organizations available on the Cerritos College campus covering a range of interests. These are supervised by the Associated Students of Cerritos College, which also provides information on campus events and activities, including an activities calendar. The Student Center, which houses a game room, food court, and information on student housing, also offers a Culinary Arts Program.

Student services at Cerritos College include:

  • Academic and Student Services
  • CalWORKS
  • Career Services
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Students Services
  • Student Health
  • International Students
  • Job Placement
  • Re-Entry Center
  • Transfer Center

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Cerritos College are blue and white. The school mascot is the falcon, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Cerritos "Falcons."

Athletics

The Cerritos Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics (HPEDA) Division offers 19 sports for men and women, which compete in the South Coast Conference. The Cerritos College "Falcons" athletic teams include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

The district communities served by Cerritos College include the cities of:

Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, and South Gate, among others.

Cerritos offers community education, transfer programs and alumni connections to community members, as well as corporate partnerships.

To get more information on other community colleges in California and compare transfer rates, visit our community colleges in California details page where you can find a complete list of community colleges including information on tuition and enrollment.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,600
    • Out-of-State: $6,100-$7,286
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $220-$260 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$4,581
Receiving Student Loans4%$3,295

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

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Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Cerritos College may offer services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how Cerritos College compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and community colleges in California in total.

 Cerritos CollegeLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate20.5%20.1%22.8%
Transfer-out Rate15.6%12.6%14.2%

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Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1979)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Architecture

  • Architectural Technology (A, C)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (C)
  • Education, Early Childhood Special Education Programs (A, C)
  • Teacher Assistant (C)

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (A)
  • French Language and Literature (A)
  • German Language and Literature (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (A)

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cosmetology (A, C)
  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts (A, C)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

  • Machine Tool Technology (A, C)
  • Welding (A, C)
  • Cabinetmaking and Millwork (A, C)

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

  • Police Science (A)

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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