Cerritos College News Release, November 2009

Cerritos College Introduces New Learning Evaluation Center

Services Provide Learning Disability Assessments and Academic Support for Eligible Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2009

Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287

Mary Hunt talking to a student in the new Learning Evaluation CenterNORWALK, Calif. – November 19, 2009 – Cerritos College’s Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) is proud to announce the services offered through its Learning Evaluation Center.

The Learning Evaluation Center (LEC) provides comprehensive assessments to Cerritos College students who may be struggling in their academics to determine eligibility for learning disabilities, and then recommends appropriate support services according to the students’ unique educational challenges.

According to Hunt, learning disabilities are invisible in general. “However, there are learning disability characteristics that we can identify through our three step assessment process,” she stated.

The three steps include a comprehensive intake, the assessment, and the results review with the student, where student’s eligibility, areas of strength and weakness, and recommended support services are identified.

Mary Hunt and Don Garriott, the college’s two certified Learning Disability Specialists, provide the clinical evaluations and individualized accommodations plan for each student.

Accommodations for challenge areas of Reading, Writing, Math, and Oral Language skills can include additional time for tests, note taking assistance, training on assistive technology such as computer screen readers and tape recorders, alternative textbook formats and priority registration to ensure appropriate class times and instructors.

“Our goal is to provide an optimal learning environment for students with learning disabilities and to improve their academic performances by leveling the playing field,” said Hunt.

Mary Hunt points out that learning disabilities are often misrepresented as “less intelligence.” In fact, most learning disabilities affect people with average to above average intelligence. “Their brains just process information differently,” she explained.

Hunt also works as a liaison between the college and four-year institutions to support a seamless transition when students transfer. “I strongly recommend students who are struggling to visit us. We will find out what they are eligible for and provide necessary assistance.”

All counselors and instructors are invited to contact the LEC or Mary Hunt directly to request an in-class presentation or to receive brochures for your students or your office.  Please contact the LEC office at 562-860-2451 ext. 2351 or e-mail Mary Hunt at mhunt@cerritos.edu.


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages nearly 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online athttp://www.cerritos.edu/