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El Camino College
The El Camino Community College District was officially established as of July 1, 1947. Today the college serves nearly 25,000 students of a diverse background within the El Camino Community College District, including the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Lennox and Inglewood. El Camino College offers nearly 2,500 different classes offered in some 850 different programs, including vocational, undergraduate, and honors courses, many available in online and televised formats for distance education.
In addition to traditional undergraduate education, El Camino offers a variety of faculty organized and campus cooperation study abroad programs. In recent years students have traveled to locations such as Vienna, Austria, Oxford, England, Sydney, Australia, Paris, France, and Shanghai, China. Students receive full class credit for classes taken abroad, as arranged with college administrators.
El Camino College is a popular choice for students to complete lower-division college requirements for often crowded universities. It is one of the leading transfer institutions in Southern California, offering transfer agreements with most four-year universities including UCLA, California State University, Long Beach, San Diego State University, Chapman University, and Pomona College.
El Camino College also offers over 80 acclaimed career programs, including Fashion, Journalism, Computer Information Systems, Fire and Emergency Technology, Automotive Systems, and Cosmetology.
- El Camino is Spanish for "The Road." The road refers to California's first road: El Camino Real, which means "The King's Road," or "The Royal Road."
- The El Camino College symbol was inspired by the numerous markers along the famous road, which consisted of a single bell suspended on an upside down hook-shaped pole. If closely observed, the initials E.C.C. are visible vertically in the shape of the bell itself.
- The campus was the basis of the remade film The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler
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