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Message from the Dean

Dr. Dan SmithGreetings and welcome to the Division of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics. The division is designed to give students the knowledge necessary to develop lifestyles that will lengthen and enhance the quality of their lives. We are proud of the quality of programs within the division. Our dance program has been updated to keep up with increased interest in this area. Our two certificate programs, the Fitness Specialist and the Athletic Trainers Aide are now well established and meeting the needs of our students. The past few years we have also increased our offerings in Health Education and updated our physical education major offerings. Our Kinesiology ADT degree fast tracks our students into Kinesiology major programs at California State Universities. Our new state of the art health wellness complex is approved and funded. It is awaiting state approval for the design.

Within the athletic department, 19 sports are offered to the Cerritos student body. During the 2014-2015 school year, a record 4 of these teams won state championships. Cerritos College finished 2nd in the State athletic supremacy rating. More information about our athletic programs can be found at our athletic web site

I am most impressed with the quality and dedication of our faculty, staff and coaches. It is these committed individuals who insure the success of the division.

I hope that you would find time to visit with us and if you are interested in further study or participation, please browse our offerings.

Daniel E, Smith, Ph.D.
Instructional Dean – Health, Physical Education, Dance, and Athletics

HPEDA Darpartment: (562)860-2451 / ext.2861
Division Secretary: Erica Mclennan / ext. 2866

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