Los Angeles Community College District
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the largest multi-college district in the nation. LACCD offers educational opportunities to students in more than 40 cities covering an area of more than 882 square miles, serving 5.2 million residents. Over the past 85 years LACCD has served as an educational institution to more than three million students. An elected seven-member Board of Trustees, serving staggered four-year terms, governs the District. One student trustee, selected by the students, serves a one-year term beginning in June of every year.
Affordable, accessible and practical, the LACCD offers opportunity to all, educating and training more than 240,000 people each year through its nine community colleges. LACCD offers an array of educational services to people seeking affordable education, career-transition services, workforce development assistance, and economic development partnerships. This community college system often takes the lead in initiating region-wide workforce development strategies that focus on emerging industry trends and innovative learning models to meet the workforce development needs of business and industry.
The nine colleges are:
- East Los Angeles College
- Los Angeles City College
- Los Angeles Harbor College
- Los Angeles Mission College
- Pierce College
- Los Angeles Southwest College
- Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
- Los Angeles Valley College
- West Los Angeles College
The District also helps to strengthen the economic vitality of the Southern California region by collaborating with regional business networks and external educational agencies. These approaches help to enhance student learning experiences and create the foundation for developing the skilled workforce that can meet the current and future trends of business and industry.
The District’s doors are open to a diverse student population eager for skills, knowledge and upward mobility. LACCD educates almost three times as many Latino students and nearly four times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations.
The change in the ethnicity of LACCD students has been dramatic over the past three decades, with Hispanics increasing to more than 50% of all students. The upward trend in the percentage of Hispanic students and decline in other ethnicities, since the 1980s, reflects the city’s changing demographics.
The proportion of young students (under 20 and 20-24) has increased since 2005. Students under the age of 20 declined in numbers most substantially during the 1990s but have been increasing in recent years. This change in age distributions will have implications for FTES generation, program interest, and student service needs because these are students who come to our colleges directly from high school. More than half of all LACCD students are older than 25 years of age, and more than a quarter are 35 or older.
In fall 2013 LACCD student demographic composition was 54.7% Latino, 4.9% African-American, 12.6% Asian, and 16.1% White. Of the student population 22.5% are non-native English speaking. Additionally, 51% of the student body fall below the poverty line and 18% are from homes in which parents attended only elementary education (according to the LACCD Spring 2012 Student Survey).
Most students or 72.5% are part-time and 27.5% are full time (12 or more credit hours).
Serving this diverse group of students are classes offered in the following AB 86 program areas:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Career Technical Education (CTE)
- Adults with Disabilities (AWD)