Cerritos College

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Cerritos College
Established 1955
President Dr. Linda L. Lacy
Students 23,955 [Spring 2012][1]
Location Norwalk, California, USA
Colors Blue & White
Nickname Falcons
Website http://www.cerritos.edu/

Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college founded in 1955 located in Norwalk, California. The college offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions.


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.[2] 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.[2] On September 1959, the college moved from Excelsior High School to the current site.[2]


The college is based in Norwalk, California.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. Linda L. Lacy.

Academic profile[edit]

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.[3]

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. 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.[4]

Student life[edit]

The college has a 24 hours a day, seven days a week student-run radio station, WPMD. The station's slogan is "Where people make a difference," and it broadcasts over the Internet as well as on 1700 AM.[5]

Talon Marks, the student-run newspaper, is available in print and on the Web.[6]


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.

Falcon Stadium in 2008

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 33°53′09″N 118°05′40″W / 33.88570°N 118.09457°W / 33.88570; -118.09457