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Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) is a community college located in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, near the city of Los Angeles. As a comprehensive community college, LASC offers university transfer, technical, and lifelong learning programs.

Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Southwest College logo.png
LASC logo
Type Community College
Established September 1967[1]
President Dr. Denise Noldon
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 8200
Location Los Angeles, California, USA
33°55′46″N 118°18′19″W / 33.929358°N 118.305395°W / 33.929358; -118.305395Coordinates: 33°55′46″N 118°18′19″W / 33.929358°N 118.305395°W / 33.929358; -118.305395
Campus Urban
Colors Blue & Gold
Sports Men & Women's Basketball, Football
Mascot Cougars



Los Angeles Southwest College was established in 1967,[1] two years after the Watts riots, in response to complaints of both officials and citizens that not enough was being done to educate the area's mostly African American population. The college, located at the intersection of Western Avenue and Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles, now serves an area population nearly equally divided between African Americans and Latinos.

LASC offers numerous academic programs and training in various workforce areas including technology-based occupations, business, electronics, music technology, and theater production. LASC also provides ESL and citizenship classes.

Aerial view of the college from the south, with I-105 freeway in foreground.

LASC has secured over $500 million of bonds to complete its master plan by 2012.[needs update] As a "green campus", LASC has a college-wide recycling program and will have the majority of its building meeting some level of LEED standard.

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  1. ^ a b "History of LASC". LASC. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

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