El Camino College
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|Type||Public Community College|
|President||Dr. Dena Maloney|
|Campus||Urban- 26 acres (11 ha)|
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
El Camino College (Elco or ECC) is a two-year public community college located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as Alondra Park. It consists of 37 buildings spanning an area of roughly 26 acres (11 ha). It is one of two community colleges serving Southern California's South Bay area.
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, including the communities of Alondra Park, Carson, Del Aire, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Lawndale, Lennox, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, View Park–Windsor Hills. El Camino College offers nearly 2,500 different classes in some 85 different programs, including vocational, undergraduate, and honors courses, many available in online and televised formats for distance education.
|Ethnicity||Percentage of Student Body (Fall 2017)|
|Two or more races||4%|
|Gender||Total of Student Body (Fall 2017)||Percentage of Student Body (Fall 2017)|
|17 or younger||1,289||4.6%|
|18 to 19||6,293||27.1%|
|20 to 24||9,452||40.1%|
|25 to 29||3,193||12.8%|
|30 to 39||2,131||8.4%|
|40 to 49||850||3.4%|
|50 or older||840||3.7%|
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. Visitors to the IBM pavilion at the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York City saw an Eames film that featured El Camino coach Kenneth Swearingen and the school football team. 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 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.
- Alan Jardine of The Beach Boys
- Antonio Chatman, NFL wide receiver, 1997
- Bo Derek, actress
- Brian Wilson (did not graduate)
- Carol Neblett, Operatic soprano
- Chet Baker, musician, (did not graduate)
- Chris Montez, singer (did not graduate)
- Chris Mortensen, ESPN
- Clara Lee, Actress
- Cliff Meidl, USA Kayaking Olympian
- David Benoit, musician
- David Pack
- Dennis Mangers, California Assemblyman
- Denny Hocking, professional baseball player
- Derrick Deese, Professional football player for San Francisco 49ers and Fox Sports Radio host
- Don Dulay, professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association
- Donte Gamble, American football player
- Douglas Trumbull, Filmmaker
- Flo Hyman, USA Volleyball Olympian
- Frank Zappa, (did not graduate)
- Fred Claire, general manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Fred Dryer, actor, producer and former football defensive end in the NFL
- George Foster, professional baseball player
- George Nakano, California Assemblyman
- Jamize Olawale, NFL player
- Jason Farol, singer
- John Ramsey, Public-address announcer for several Los Angeles professional sports teams
- Keith Erickson, professional basketball player
- Kenbrell Thompkins, football player
- Kris Medlen, professional baseball player, attended but finished at Santa Ana College)
- Lauren Sánchez
- Lynette Fromme, (didn't graduate)
- Marcel Reece, NFL player
- Michael Fincke, NASA astronaut
- Nathan Salmon, Professor (graduated under the name "Nathan Salmon Ucuzoglu")
- Niu Sale, American football player
- Park Jun-gyu, Korean Actor
- Ras Kass, Rapper (did not graduate)
- Robert Cornegy, New York City Councilmember
- Rudy de Leon, USA Deputy Secretary of Defense
- Saladin McCullough, American football player
- Steve Sarkisian, football coach
- Suge Knight, Rap impresario
- Therese Murray, President of the Massachusetts Senate
- William Allen Young, Actor
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