El Camino College
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|El Camino College|
|Type||Public Community College|
|President||Thomas M. Fallo|
|Location||Alondra Park, CA, United States|
|Campus||Urban- 26 acres (11 ha)|
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
El Camino College is a two-year public community college located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as Alondra Park in the northern most part of the City of Torrance, also in Los Angeles County. It is commonly referred to as "Elco" or "ECC". It consists of 37 buildings spanning an area of roughly 26 acres (11 ha).
The El Camino Community College District was officially established as of July 1, 1947. Today the college serves nearly 23,000 students of a diverse background within the El Camino Community College District, Southern California's South Bay, including the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Lennox, Gardena, and Inglewood. El Camino College offers nearly 2,500 different classes offered in some 85 different programs, including vocational, undergraduate, and honors courses, many available in online and televised formats for distance education.
El Camino is known[who?] for its large program in English as a Second Language (ESL) which emphasizes a strong academic approach to prepare students for college-level work in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. El Camino's forensics program has won awards on a national level for a number of years, occasionally beating 4-year universities such as Notre Dame and UCLA.
- Non Resident Alien 2% 650
- Black Non-Hispanic 18% 4,983
- Hispanic 32% 8,792
- Asian / Pacific Islander 16% 4,458
- American Indian / Alaskan Native 0% 119
- White Non-Hispanic 20% 5,387
- Race Unknown 10% 2,709
- Total 27,098
El Camino College (Alondra/Unincorporated Los Angeles) is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.
International students are required to show proof of English ability before being accepted into the school. Students can demonstrate their English ability either by taking the TOEFL test, or by completing an ESL program at a school with which El Camino College has a transfer agreement. This sort of agreement is also called "TOEFL Waiver".
KECC radio station
The first time KECC was actually on the air experimentally was Career Day, April 27, 1994. This operation lasted only four hours, from 9 am to 1 pm. On November 11, 1994, KECC signed on the air for the first time as a regularly scheduled carrier current broadcast station. At that time, the frequency used was 1620 kHz.
The station was soon involved in emergency operation when heavy rains flooded the campus in January 1995, during Registration. The campus police radio system had been submerged by the rising water and had shorted out. KECC being on higher ground was still operating and became a radio relay station, with the police phoning in problems and the broadcast staff relaying them.
In the fall of 2000 KECC changed frequency from 1200 kHz to 1500 kHz.
The school newspaper The Union was renamed from The Warwhoop as a result of pressure to be more politically correct and sensitive to Native Americans. The newspaper has won numerous awards.
Built in 1958, Murdock Stadium hosts some of the schools athletic programs.
El Camino College has been used as a filming location since at least the 1970s. Among recent movies shot in part at the College are:
- Cheaper by the Dozen (2003 remake)
- The Longest Yard (2005 remake)
- BET's reality show, Baldwin Hills
- The Italian Job
- 1st & Ten, HBO series
- The Dark Knight Rises
El Camino College has a 2,000 seat auditorium, a 350 seat Campus Theatre and the intimate 190 seat Robert Hagg Recital Hall. The Marsee Auditorium, in addition to being the venue for South Bay Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, is known for showcasing well-known dance and opera companies, traveling artists and other Broadway, film and television veterans such as Shirley Jones and Gregory Hines. The Marsee Auditorium as well as the other on-campus venues also host El Camino College resident performers.
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- Chet Baker (Musician, did not graduate)
- Antonio Chatman, NFL Wide Receiver C/O 1997
- Fred Claire (General manager, Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Derrick Deese (Professional football player in San Francisco 49ers & Fox Sports Radio Host)
- Bo Derek (actress and celebrity)
- Don Dulay (professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association)
- Fred Dryer (Actor, producer and former football defensive end in the NFL)
- Jason Farol - Singer - Duets (tv series)
- George Foster (Major League outfielder)
- Lynette Fromme (didn't graduate)
- Pat Furey (Current Mayor of Torrance, CA)
- Denny Hocking (Professional Baseball Player for the Minnesota Twins)
- Alan Jardine of The Beach Boys
- Ras Kass (Rapper, attended, did not graduate)
- Suge Knight (Rap impresario)
- Miguel (R&B singer)
- Kris Medlen Starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves (attended but finished at Santa Ana College)  
- Chris Montez (singer) (attended, did not graduate)
- Chris Mortensen (ESPN)
- Therese Murray (President of the Massachusetts Senate)
- Carol Neblett (Operatic soprano)
- John Ramsey (Public-address announcer for several Los Angeles professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Lakers)
- Nathan Salmon (Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara, graduated from ECC under the name "Nathan Salmon Ucuzoglu")
- Lauren Sánchez (Real name "Wendy" Sanchez)
- Steve Sarkisian, current Head Coach USC Trojans football and former Head Coach Washington Huskies football
- Kenbrell Thompkins, Wide Receiver for the New England Patriots, 2013-2014
- Douglas Trumbull (Filmmaker and special effects expert for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bladerunner and other films; recipient of a lifetime achievement Oscar, attended)
- Brian Wilson (attended, did not graduate)
- Frank Zappa (attended, did not graduate)
- Julius Sumner Miller (1952-1974)
- "Alondra Park CDP, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
- "Torrance city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
- "Demographics". Stateuniversity.com. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
- "Antonio Chatman". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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