Los Angeles Mission College
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|President||Monte E. Perez|
13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, CA,
Los Angeles Mission College is a two-year community college located in the Sylmar district of Los Angeles, California. It is part of the Los Angeles Community College District. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Los Angeles Mission College is the ninth and youngest college established in the Los Angeles Community College District. It was first located in high schools, churches, office buildings, shopping centers, and other locations scattered throughout the city of San Fernando and the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles, and opened its doors to the public in February 1975 with approximately twelve hundred students. The graduating class of 1975 consisted of a single student, who had transferred to the college that semester. Within two years, over 3,000 students were taking classes in fifty different disciplines, including Administration of Justice, Business, Chemistry, Chicano Studies, English, Family and Consumer Studies, Geography, Journalism, Microbiology, Real Estate, and Zoology. The college then outgrew its locations and decided to find a permanent location for the campus. One option for the permanent campus was an empty piece of land on the SE corner of Polk and Laurel Canyon on hilly terrain across from the Interstate 5 freeway, but none took interest in it. Not even the LACCD took interest. So they decided for a location on Hubbard and Eldridge on the northeast part of the Sylmar neighborhood instead.
Sixteen years later, in the summer of 1991, the college moved to its permanent campus, built on 22 acres (8.9 ha) of land in the northeast part of the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles on the intersection of Hubbard St and Eldridge Ave. Before the LACCD and Mission College purchased the 22 acres of land, it was slated for an LAUSD public middle school on Hubbbard and Eldridge. The permanent campus had only a campus center with a library and the main instructional building with a culinary arts department & classes, a cafeteria, and administrative offices.
Seven years after the permanent campus opened in 1991, a new Library and Learning Rescource Center opened in 1997 and relieved the old library in the Campus Center of LA Mission College. After the new library opened and built in 1997, the large indoor area in the Campus Center where the old library was turned into an event space with meeting rooms, much like a convention center has. In 2002, Mission College constructed a collaborative studies building to house more classes on the campus. By 2004, the Center for Child Development Studies building was built and opened on the permanent campus.
By 2008, the campus opened a new parking structure on the south end of the main campus, accommodating the influx of students coming to the campus. Also in 2008, The college has broken ground on construction of a new cafeteria, student store, and culinary arts institute building at LA Mission College. In 2009, LAMC opened the Heath, Athletics, and Fitness building on its new east campus property, relieving the physical education classes that once housed in the storefronts of shopping centers in Sylmar. Also in 2009, Mission College began shuttle service between the main campus and the east campus. The old sheriff's building at LAMC was demolished and moved into temporary bungalow buildings. By Fall 2009, ground has broken on the new Media Arts building at Mission College and construction began on the new building.
By spring 2011, construction began on the new Center for Math and Science building at the LAMC East Campus. Also on that same year, the anime club at LA Mission College began by ASO, and the LAMC anime club was at the height of its popularity in fall 2011. Also in fall 2011, the LACCD purchased an abandonded residential property on Hubbard across from the main campus and built a parking lot and asphalt areas for bungalows. The new Culinary Arts Institute building with a new cafeteria and student store was built and opened in spring 2011, relieving the old cafeteria in the Instructional Building; and the old student store in the Campus Services building. During 2011, the construction of the Media Arts building was delayed for one year until April 2012, due to a lack of funding the college has.
In 2012, the Center for Math and Science building opened in the east campus in fall 2012. Also in the same year in spring 2012, the first main walkway on the campus was repaved in concrete due to a new storm drain placed under. The LA Mission College shuttle service was cancelled in fall 2012, due to a lack of funding. During summer 2012, construction on the Media Arts building has resumed.
Over the years from 2014 to 2016, The ASO's anime club has declined in popularity and lack of interest and was cancelled in fall 2015. By spring 2017, the new Media Arts building has finally built and opened after many delays and budget issues. By December 2017, a new transit center for the Metro Local bus routes 234 and 230 was built and began service on the main campus next to the Media Arts building, changing the bus routes and serving the east campus. In January 2018, Mission College expanded their campus and added a Sunland/ Tujunga campus location at a shopping center on Foothill Blvd.
In addition to its academic degrees, Mission College also provides vocational education and training in which students may receive certificates in Child Development, Family and Consumer Studies, Paralegal, and Computer Applications.