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Cerritos College is a public community college in Norwalk, California. It offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions.

Cerritos College
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TypePublic Community College
Established1955 (64 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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Entrance to Cerritos College
Falcon Stadium in 2008



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 administrationEdit

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

Notable alumniEdit


  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). Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Damacio Page MMA Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Bao Quach BIO". Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Bao Quach MMA Bio". Retrieved August 15, 2014.

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