|President||Dr. Linda L. Lacy|
|Students||23,955 [Spring 2012]|
|Location||Norwalk, California, USA|
|Colors||Blue & White|
The college was founded in 1955. It was named after Rancho Los Cerritos, a local ranch in the 19th century. In turn the college was part of the inspiration for the renaming of the neighboring city of Dairy Valley to Cerritos.
Originally, classes were rented in the now defunct Excelsior High School in September 1956. On July 24, 1957, the Cerritos Junior College District won the case against Dairy Valley (now Cerritos) to use the undeveloped land as an educational site. On September 1959, the college moved from Excelsior High School to the current site.
The college is based in Norwalk, California.
Organization and administration
The college president is Dr. Linda L. Lacy.
Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles (130 km2) of southeastern Los Angeles county. The college offers associate's degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions. Over 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies each year.
The Cerritos College student body is a majority of minorities: Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans together account for more than 60% of its students. The College has a student body that is 54.6% Hispanic, 12.4% Caucasian, 10.2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3.6% Filipino, 7.3% Black, 0.5% Native American, and the rest undeclared. Students come from more than 30 California cities, with 60% of the students coming from cities outside the college district, bypassing other community colleges to attend Cerritos. Cerritos College ranked third in California and sixth in the nation among Hispanic-serving community colleges for the number of associate degrees granted to Hispanic students in 2006.
There is a student-run radio station, WPMD (which, as of June 2012 is currently shut down because of budget cuts). It also provides a student-run newspaper, Talon Marks.
The mascot of Cerritos is the Falcon. Its teams compete in the South Coast Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association. Men's sports titles have included 11 in basketball and baseball, seven in wrestling, six in tennis, two in soccer, and one each in water polo, swimming, and diving. Women's titles include eight each in volleyball and basketball, four in tennis, three in softball, and two each in cross country and track and field. Wally Kincaid, who coached the baseball team from 1958 through 1980, is a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Marcelino Bautista Sifuentes - Master Paper Cutter - Artist
- T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Oakland Raiders wide receiver
- Tom Tolbert - NBA player
- Lorenzo Romar - Washington Huskies head basketball coach
- Jeff Tedford - California Golden Bears head coach (note: Tedford graduated from Fresno State)
- Joe Gibbs - Former Washington Redskins head coach
- Jim Zorn - Washington Redskins head coach
- Han Ye Seul - Korean actress
- Mark Powell - drummer of The Get Set, Kosmos Express and The Kite-Eating Tree
- Marcelo Balboa - US National Team Captain Soccer
- John Corbett - Actor
- Ron Yary - Minnesota Vikings, NFL Hall of Fame
- Ray Wersching - San Francisco 49'ers
- Herb Welch - New York Giants
- Rich Camarillo - New England Patriots
- George Horton - University of Oregon - baseball coach
- Bob Apodaca - Colorado Rockies - pitching coach
- Tom Nieto - Major League Baseball - catcher/coach
- Kirk Jellerson - college football coach
- Demetrin Veal - Tennessee Titans - defensive tackle
- Bret Barberie - Major League Baseball
- Rod Barajas - Los Angeles Dodgers - catcher
- Mike Benjamin - Major League Baseball - infielder
- Brian Hunter - Major League Baseball - outfielder/infielder
- Louie Medina - Major League Baseball
- Craig Worthington - Major League Baseball - third baseman
- Houston McTear - World Record Sprinter
- Tupe Peko - National Football League
- Rodney Allen Rippy - actor
- Bobby McFerrin - musician
- Steve Seungjun Yoo - Korean American singer
- Cerritos College Homepage
- - Cerritos Athletics Website
- Filmmaking at Cerritos College
- Cerritos College News (Student Run)
- Architecturally Significant Modern Campus
- The Talon Marks, the college newspaper
- WPMD, the Cerritos College radio station, "Where People Make A Difference."