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East Los Angeles College: Established in September 1945 on the campus of Garfield High School. The college moved to its present 82-acre site on Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park in February 1948.

South Gate Educational Center: This 50,000 sq. ft. facility was established in 1997 to serve the growing student population that lives in the southern part of the college's main service area.

Fall 2018 Facts in Brief


College Profile and Fact Book

Students (Main campus)

Students (South Gate)


Attendance and Enrollment

Public Service Academies

Outcomes and Indicators

Special Population: DSP&S Students

Special Population: EOPS Students

Special Population: Financial Aid Awardees

Special Population: Honors Students

Special Population: International Students

Special Population: Veteran Students

Employee Characteristics

Service Area

College Mission

East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully pursue their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.

Goal 1: Increasing student success and academic excellence through student-centered instruction, student-centered support services, and dynamic technologies.

Goal 2: Increasing equity in successful outcomes by analyzing gaps in student achievement and using this to identify and implement effective models and programming to remedy these gaps. 

Goal 3: Sustaining community-centered access, participation, and preparation that improves the college's presence in the community, maximizes access to higher education and provides outlets for artistic, civic, cultural, scientific and social expression as well as environmental awareness.

Goal 4: Ensuring institutional effectiveness and accountability through data-driven decision-making as well as evaluation and improvement of all college programs and governance structures. 

In collaboration with the District’s Mission, ELAC is committed to advancement in student learning and student achievement that prepares students to transfer, successfully complete workforce development programs, earn associate degrees, and pursue opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement.  

(Revision adopted by the LACCD Board of Trustees on July 8, 2015)