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Cerritos College

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Established  1955
Students  23,955
Total enrollment  21,335 (2011)
Graduation rate  19.4% (2014)
President  Dr. Jose Fierro
Nickname  Falcons
Phone  +1 562-860-2451
Mascot  Franco Falcon
Colors  White, Blue
Cerritos College
Location  Norwalk, California, US
Address  11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650, USA
Undergraduate tuition and fees  Local tuition: 1,346 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 7,506 USD (2015)
Notable alumni  T J Houshmandzadeh, John Corbett, Jeff Tedford, Han Ye‑seul, Rod Barajas
Similar  Long Beach City College, El Camino College, Rio Hondo College, Mt San Antonio College, El Camino College Compton

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.


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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. 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. On September 1959, the college moved from Excelsior High School to the current site.

Organization and administration

The college president is Dr. Jose Fierro. The founder was Ralph Burnight of Redlands and a resident of Bellflower and suprintendent of Excelcior school dist.

Academic profile

Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles (130 km2) of southeastern Los Angeles county. 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.

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.

Notable alumni

  • T. J. Houshmandzadeh – former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
  • Kareem Larrimore – former Dallas Cowboys cornerback
  • Tom Tolbert – former NBA player
  • Lorenzo Romar – Washington Huskies head basketball coach
  • Jeff Tedford – California Golden Bears head coach (note: Tedford graduated from Fresno State)
  • Joe Gibbs – former Washington Redskins head coach
  • Jim Zorn – former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Washington Redskins head coach
  • Han Ye-seul – Korean actress
  • Mark Powell – drummer of The Get Set, Kosmos Express and The Kite-Eating Tree
  • Marcelo Balboa – US National Soccer Team captain
  • John Corbett – actor
  • Ron Yary – former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle, member of NFL Hall of Fame
  • Ray Wersching – San Francisco 49ers player
  • Herb Welch – former New York Giants player
  • Rich Camarillo – former New England Patriots player
  • George Horton – University of Oregon baseball coach
  • Bob Apodaca – Colorado Rockies pitching coach
  • Tom Nieto – Major League Baseball catcher, coach
  • Kirk Jellerson – college football coach
  • Demetrin Veal – Tennessee Titans defensive tackle
  • Bret Barberie – Major League Baseball player
  • Rod Barajas – Los Angeles Dodgers catcher
  • Mike Benjamin – Major League Baseball infielder
  • Brian Hunter – Major League Baseball outfielder, infielder
  • Louie Medina – Major League Baseball
  • Damacio Page state champion wrestler; current mixed martial artist, formerly for the WEC and the UFC
  • Bao Quach – wrestler; Professional MMA fighter
  • Craig Worthington – Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Houston McTear – world record sprinter
  • Tupe Peko – National Football League player
  • Rodney Allen Rippy – actor
  • Broderick Thompson – former National Football League player
  • Bobby McFerrin – musician
  • Steve Seungjun Yoo – Korean-American singer
  • Eric Draper – personal photographer for U.S. President George W. Bush
  • Bobby Lane – American football player
  • Emanuel Newton - (attended) professional Mixed Martial Artist
  • Fou Fonoti – American football player
  • References

    Cerritos College Wikipedia