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

Cerritos College
Cerritos College Seal Blue.png
Type Public Community College
Established 1955 (63 years ago) (1955)
Academic affiliation
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Budget $102 million [1]
President Dr. Jose Fierro [2]
Academic staff
292 (full-time)
847 (part-time) [2]
Administrative staff
956 [2]
Students 22,731 (2016-17) [1]
Location Norwalk, California, USA
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
Campus Metropolitan, 135 acres (54.6 ha)
Colors Blue and White [2][3]
Athletics Football
Nickname Falcons
Sporting affiliations
California Community College Athletic Association
South Coast Conference
Southern California Football Association [4]
Mascot Franco the Falcon [5]
Website Official Website
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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.

Academic profileEdit

Cerritos College, is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles (130 km2) of Southeast Los Angeles County; with a district population comprising approximately 500,000 residents (2010). Its single campus is the largest community college campus in Southeast Los Angeles County by total enrollment.

The college offers associate's degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions. Over 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies each year.[7]

The Cerritos College student body is a majority of minorities: Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans together account for more than 60% of its students. The college has a student body that is 54.6% Hispanic, 12.4% Caucasian, 10.2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3.6% Filipino, 7.3% Black, 0.5% Native American, and the rest undeclared. Students come from more than 30 California cities, with 60% of the students coming from cities outside the college district. Cerritos College ranked third in California and sixth in the nation among Hispanic-serving community colleges for the number of associate degrees granted to Hispanic students in 2006.[8]

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).\accessdate=3 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cerritos College - Campus Guide". Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Cerritos College - Mission Statement". Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Damacio Page MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  10. ^ "Bao Quach BIO". Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bao Quach MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Emanual Newton Facebook profile". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 

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