El Camino College

El Camino College (Elco or ECC) is a public community college in Alondra Park, California.[3][4] It consists of 37 buildings spanning an area of roughly 26 acres (11 ha). It is one of two community colleges serving Southern California's South Bay area.

El Camino College
TypePublic community college
Established1947 (1947)
PresidentBrenda Thames [1]
CampusUrban, 26 acres (11 ha)
Colors   Blue & gray

The El Camino Community College District was officially established on July 1, 1947. As of 2019 the college served approximately 23,000 students within the El Camino Community College District, including the communities of Alondra Park, Carson, Del Aire, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Lawndale, Lennox, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, View Park–Windsor Hills.[5] El Camino College offers 2,500 classes in 85 programs, including vocational, undergraduate, and honors courses, many available in online and televised formats for distance education.

Student demographics

Fall Demographics of student body
Ethnic Breakdown2018[6]2017[7]
Hispanic and Latino American 53% 53%
Black 13% 14%
Asian American 13% 15%
White 13% 13%
Multiracial Americans 5% 4%
International students 2% Null
Unknown 0% 1%
Female 51% 51.6%
Male 49% 48.4%
EthnicityPercentage of Student Body (Fall 2017)
Two or more races4%
Gender Total of Student Body (Fall 2017) Percentage of Student Body (Fall 2017)
Female 12,559 51.6%
Male 11,789 48.4%

Total Students: 24,349[5][8]

Age Total Percentage
17 or younger 1,289 4.6%
18 to 19 6,293 27.1%
20 to 24 9,452 40.1%
25 to 29 3,193 12.8%
30 to 39 2,131 8.4%
40 to 49 850 3.4%
50 or older 840 3.7%
Enrollment Level Total Percentage
Full-Time 7,632 31.3%
Part-Time 16,715 68.6%

Campus media

KECC radio station

The college hosts one radio station, KECC. The first time KECC was actually on the air experimentally was Career Day, April 27, 1994. The operation lasted only four hours, from 9 am to 1 pm. On November 11, 1994, KECC signed on the air for the first time as a regularly scheduled carrier current broadcast station. At that time, the frequency used was 1620 kHz. In the fall of 2000 KECC changed frequency from 1200 kHz to 1500 kHz.


Built in 1958, Murdock Stadium hosts some of the schools athletic programs.

Men's sports Women's sports
Cross CountryBeach Volleyball
FootballCross Country
Swimming & divingSwimming & diving
Track & fieldTrack & field
Water PoloWater Polo

In media

The college campus has been used as a filming location since at least the 1970s. Visitors to the IBM pavilion at the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York City saw an Eames film that featured El Camino coach Kenneth Swearingen and the school football team.[9] Among other films shot in part at the college are:

Performing arts

El Camino College has a 2,000-seat auditorium, a 350-seat campus theatre, and the 190-seat Robert Hagg Recital Hall.[11] The Marsee Auditorium is the venue for the South Bay Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker,[12] and is known for showcasing dance and opera companies, traveling artists, and other Broadway, film and television veterans, such as Shirley Jones[13] and Gregory Hines.[14] The Marsee Auditorium as well as the other on-campus venues also host El Camino College resident performers.

Schauerman Library

The Schauerman Library serves as the research center of the college. The library houses the El Camino College archives.

Notable alumni

Lauren Sanchez Emmy Award-nominated American news anchor, entertainment reporter, media personality, actress, producer, pilot and entrepreneur.
  • Mary Akor, long-distance runner
  • Chet Baker, musician, (did not graduate)[15]
  • David Benoit, musician[16]
  • Antonio Chatman, NFL wide receiver, 1997[17]
  • Fred Claire, general manager, Los Angeles Dodgers[16]
  • Bo Derek, actress
  • Carol Neblett, Operatic soprano[16]
  • Alan Jardine of The Beach Boys[18]
  • Chris Montez, singer (did not graduate)[16]
  • Chris Mortensen, ESPN
  • Clara Lee, Actress
  • Cliff Meidl, USA Kayaking Olympian[16]
  • David Pack[16]
  • Dennis Mangers, California Assemblyman[16]
  • Denny Hocking, professional baseball player
  • Derrick Deese, Professional football player for San Francisco 49ers and Fox Sports Radio host
  • Don Dulay, professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association
  • Donte Gamble, American football player
  • Flo Hyman, USA Volleyball Olympian[19]
  • Fred Dryer, actor, producer and former football defensive end in the NFL[16]
  • Greg Cross (Skateboarding)|, professional Skateboarder(Transferred to University of Southern California)
  • George Foster, professional baseball player
  • George Nakano, California Assemblyman[20]
  • Jason Farol, singer
  • Keith Erickson, professional basketball player[16]
  • Kris Medlen, professional baseball player, attended but finished at Santa Ana College)[21]
  • Lynette Fromme, (didn't graduate)
  • Michael Fincke, NASA astronaut[16]
  • John Ramsey, Public-address announcer for several Los Angeles professional sports teams
  • Marcel Reece, NFL player
  • Gerard Robinson, American education reformer
  • Tamir Saban (born 1999), American-Israeli basketball player
  • Nathan Salmon, professor (graduated under the name "Nathan Salmon Ucuzoglu")
  • Niu Sale, American football player
  • Lauren Sánchez[22]
  • Kenbrell Thompkins, football player
  • Douglas Trumbull, filmmaker[22]
  • Park Jun-gyu, Korean Actor
  • Ras Kass, Rapper (did not graduate)
  • Robert Cornegy, New York City Councilmember
  • Rudy de Leon, USA Deputy Secretary of Defense[16]
  • Saladin McCullough, American football player
  • Suge Knight, Rap impresario[22]
  • Therese Murray, President of the Massachusetts Senate[22]
  • Frederico Lapenda Earned an AA degree in Theater in 1992 - Movie Producer, MMA Hall of Fame Promoter, Beverly Hills Film Festival President, Brazilian Tourism Ambassador, and Allies of the Amazon co-creator with Stan Lee.
  • Brian Wilson (did not graduate)[18]
  • William Allen Young, actor[16]

Notable faculty

See also


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  2. "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Datamart.cccco.edu. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. "Alondra Park CDP, California Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  4. "Torrance city, California Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. "El Camino Community College District" (PDF). elcamino.edu. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  6. "2018 USNEWS: El Camino Community College Overview".
  7. "Facts and Figures of ECC" (PDF).
  8. "ECC Facts and Figures" (PDF).
  9. Kresal, Steve (November 22, 1994). "Swearingen's Retirement From Saddleback Is Straight, Simple". Los Angeles Times.
  10. "El Camino College – Visiting (513) – Huell Howser Archives at Chapman University".
  11. "Center for the Arts". www.elcamino.edu. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  12. "Main Stage Performances 2014-2015 Season". Elcamino.edu. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  13. "Main Stage Performances, 2004–2005 Season". www.elcamino.edu. Archived from the original on September 22, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  14. "Special Concerts Fall 2002 Season". www.elcamino.edu. Archived from the original on September 22, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  15. Biography by William Ruhlmann. "Chet Baker | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  16. "Alumni". El Camino College. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  17. "Antonio Chatman". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  18. Roy Moore (April 26, 2012). "The Beach Boys- After two decades the band reunites for their global 'Celebration' tour". The Union: El Camino College.
  19. "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office > Newsroom > Notable Alumni > Flo Hyman". Californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  20. "Full Biography for George Nakano". Smartvoter.org. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  21. "California Community College Baseball Coaches Association" (PDF). Cccbca.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  22. "Where are they now?". The Union: El Camino College. March 7, 2012.
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