Coordinates: 33°53′09″N 118°19′50″W / 33.885881°N 118.330457°W / 33.885881; -118.330457

El Camino College
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Type Public Community College
Established 1947
President Dr. Dena Maloney [1]
Students 22,654[2]

16007 Crenshaw Blvd

Torrance, California 90506, Alondra Park, CA, United States
Campus Urban- 26 acres (11 ha)
Colors Blue and Gray
Nickname Warriors
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El Camino College is a two-year public community college located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as Alondra Park.[3][4] It is commonly referred to as "Elco" or "ECC". It consists of 37 buildings spanning an area of roughly 26 acres (11 ha).

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, Southern California's South Bay, including the communities of Alondra Park, Del Aire, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Lawndale, Lennox, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, View Park–Windsor Hills.[5] El Camino College offers nearly 2,500 different classes offered in some 85 different programs, including vocational, undergraduate, and honors courses, many available in online and televised formats for distance education.

El Camino is known[who?] for its large program in English as a Second Language (ESL) which emphasizes a strong academic approach to prepare students for college-level work in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. El Camino's forensics program has won awards on a national level for a number of years, occasionally beating 4-year universities such as Notre Dame and UCLA.


Student demographicsEdit

Ethnicity Percentage of Student Body (2012-2013)
African-American 17.0%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian (Including Filipino) 16.1%
Latino 44.7%
Pacific Islander 0.6%
Two or more races 3.8%
Unknown 2%
White 15.6%

Total Students: 23,409 [6]

El Camino College (Alondra/Unincorporated Los Angeles) is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.[7]

International students are required to show proof of English ability before being accepted into the school. Students can demonstrate their English ability either by taking the TOEFL test, or by completing an ESL program at a school with which El Camino College has a transfer agreement. This sort of agreement is also called "TOEFL Waiver".

Campus mediaEdit

KECC radio stationEdit

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 UnionEdit

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.

In mediaEdit

El Camino College has been used as a filming location since at least the 1970s. Among recent movies shot in part at the College are:

Performing artsEdit

El Camino College has a 2,000 seat auditorium, a 350-seat Campus Theatre and the intimate 190 seat Robert Hagg Recital Hall.[8] The Marsee Auditorium, in addition to being the venue for South Bay Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker,[9] is known for showcasing well-known dance and opera companies, traveling artists and other Broadway, film and television veterans such as Shirley Jones[10] and Gregory Hines.[11] The Marsee Auditorium as well as the other on-campus venues also host El Camino College resident performers.

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Alondra Park CDP, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "Torrance city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
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  7. ^ "Demographics". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
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  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Alumni". El Camino College. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Antonio Chatman". Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
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  16. ^ a b Roy Moore (April 26, 2012). "The Beach Boys- After two decades the band reunites for their global 'Celebration' tour". The Union: El Camino College. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Where are they now?". The Union: El Camino College. March 7, 2012. 
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