Cerritos College

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Cerritos College
Cerritos College Seal Blue.png
TypePublic Community College
Established1955 (65 years ago) (1955)
Academic affiliation
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Budget$102 million [1]
PresidentDr. Jose Fierro [2]
Academic staff
292 (full-time)
847 (part-time) [2]
Administrative staff
956 [2]
Students22,731 (2016-17) [1]
Location, ,
United States

33°53′09″N 118°05′40″W / 33.88570°N 118.09457°W / 33.88570; -118.09457Coordinates: 33°53′09″N 118°05′40″W / 33.88570°N 118.09457°W / 33.88570; -118.09457
CampusMetropolitan, 135 acres (54.6 ha)
ColorsBlue and white [2][3]
Sporting affiliations
California Community College Athletic Association
South Coast Conference
Southern California Football Association [4]
MascotFranco the Falcon [5]
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Cerritos College MCIS building
Entrance to Cerritos College
Falcon Stadium in 2008

Cerritos College is a public community college in Norwalk, California. It 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. The district covers Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Norwalk, La Mirada, and Hawaiian Gardens.

Originally, classrooms were rented in the now defunct Excelsior High School in September 1956.[6] 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.[6] On September 1959, the college moved from Excelsior High School to the current site.[6]

Organization and administration[edit]

The founder was Ralph Burnight of Redlands, a resident of Bellflower and superintendent of the Excelsior School District. The current college president is Dr. Jose Fierro.

Campus Modernization[edit]

On February 15, 2017, the school opened two new buildings: a new Math and Computer Information Sciences building, and a Fine Arts complex. Together, the new facilities cost over $55 million and were funded by Measure G bond dollars.[7]


On June 11, 2020, Cerritos became the first California junior college to have housing for students without a place to live or with uncertain housing. [8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Fall 2017 Demographics of student body [12]
Hispanic and Latino American 74%
African American 1%
Asian American 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
White European Americans 1%
Multiracial Americans 1%
International students 1%
Unknown 7%
Female 55%
Male 45%


  1. ^ a b "2016–2017 Annual Report" (PDF). Cerritos College. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Facts at a Glance" (PDF). Cerritos College. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cerritos College Public Affairs – Graphic Standards". Cerritos College. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Official Website for Cerritos College Athletics". Cerritos College. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "ASCC MASCOT". Cerritos College. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Cerritos College : Insight Newsletter" (PDF). Cms.Cerritos.edu. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Cerritos College : Releases 2017 Newsletter". Cms.Cerritos.edu. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Cereitos college opens state's first housing development for students fig homelessness, KTLA
  9. ^ "Damacio Page MMA Bio". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Bao Quach BIO". Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Bao Quach MMA Bio". Sherdog.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "2017 USNEWS: Cerritos College Overview".

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