FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2019
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ELAC Spring 2019 State of the College Address
Monterey Park, CA – East Los Angeles College President Marvin Martinez was joined by Acting Vice President of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ruben Arenas; Vice President of Administrative Services, Myeshia Armstrong; Vice President of Student Services, Julie Benavides; and Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Dr. Armida Ornelas to give the State of the College presentation on Monday May 13.
A variety of different topics were discussed including the need to create a Center for Global Education and Engagement (CGEE) by Fall 2019. The creation of the CGEE will centralize study abroad and study away programs as well as help to promote all existing and new intercampus partnerships in the United States and abroad. CGEE can showcase projects initiated through domestic and international collaboration and encourage any endeavors of global education such as cultural events, workshops, and conferences.
ELAC has also seen a continuing rise in student success in recent years. In the 2017-18 year, ELAC awarded 2,189 degrees, 1,834 certificates and 2,363 skills certificates. There were also 1,731 students who transferred from ELAC to a 4-year University. ELAC had a 79.8% admit rate and was ranked 16th in transfers to UC. ELAC also was ranked #1 in California and #6 in the Nation for awarding degrees and certificates to Hispanic students.
In terms of budget, ELAC had to adjust to the Student-Centered Funding Formula that focuses on rewarding equity and success, in addition to but not fully focused on enrollment. The formula is divided with 70% From Base Allocation, 20% from Supplemental Allocation, and 10% from Student Success Allocation.
East Los Angeles College also saw the completion of a new Physics and Earth Sciences Building in fall 2018 and the groundbreaking of a new South Gate Campus in spring of 2019. The South Gate Campus is scheduled to open in fall of 2022.
ELAC will be opening an America’s Job Center of California on campus in fall 2019 and this will help with job placement and workforce services. The goal is to have students not only complete their certificates but also receive job placement.
East Los Angeles College will be redesigning Student Services with a student-centric approach. This can be achieved by following ELAC students during their whole college experience. The student experience can be summarized in 5 steps, connection, entry, progress, completion, and transition. At each one of these steps, Student Services has resources to help students and ways to track not only student success but also institutional success.
Student Services will also enhance student basic needs, expand mental health services and peer mentoring, and increase financial aid and wellness services. ELAC plans on continuing transfer partnerships and activities to give students every opportunity for success.
Moving forward in the changing context, ELAC is committed to its mission, and will work to ensure student success through a focus on completion and equity.
The State of the College presentation is available via the link below.