Cerritos College News Release August 2014

Cerritos College Ready for New Semester with New Facility and Programs

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

Corner monumentNORWALK, Calif. - August 13, 2014 - Students heading back to Cerritos College for the fall semester will see several new additions all around campus, including a new multi-million dollar facility, new classes, new programs, and new food choices.

The College's newly opened Liberal Arts and Disabled Student Programs & Services Building located at the Northwest corner of Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Avenue upgraded the campus and community landscape. The 40,000-square-foot facility houses Liberal Arts and Disabled Student Program & Services, featuring state-of-the-art multimedia labs, instructional classroom with computers and interactive whiteboards, and computer laboratory equipped with assistive technology.

Students on campusStudents headed back to class can choose innovative new courses such as a new product development class featuring a digital fabrication lab with a 3D printer and scanner. A new course in computer numerical control woodworking allows students to design projects on a specialized computer.

The College's new President's Middle College Scholars Academy also begins this fall in partnership with local K-12 school districts. The pilot program allows selected high school students who are interested in careers in teaching to take college courses, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields at Cerritos College during their junior and senior year of high school.

There are several new food options on campus. Fresh and Natural, a contract food services company that offers healthy food options including vegetarian choices, will be opening in three campus locations. One location will be serving Asian rice bowls and another will be serving burgers, hot dogs and deli sandwiches. A Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cart will also be on campus.

"The start of a new semester is always exciting," said Dr. Linda L. Lacy, president/superintendent, Cerritos College. "We are happy that we can offer so many new resources that will help make students successful throughout the year."

To support its growing student population, the College disbursed more than $60 million in federal and state financial aid awards to eligible students, including grants, scholarships, and work study. Additionally, the Cerritos College Foundation will offer 40 scholarships to students ranging from film and television production to green education during the fall semester.

To keep pace, the College also recently hired 20 new diverse employees, including management, faculty and classified staff to address growing student and campus needs.

The fall semester begins on Monday, August 18. For more information, visit Cerritos College at www.cerritos.edu


About Cerritos College: 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 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.