History of the College
West Los Angeles College (WLAC), located on a lushly landscaped hillside in Culver City, opened its doors in February 1969. One of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District, the college has approximately 10,000 students attending day, evening and weekend classes. WLAC serves Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Crenshaw, Culver City, La Tijera/Windsor Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Venice, Westchester, West Los Angeles and Westwood. Students come from a rich mixture of nationalities and cultures.
The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest in California, serves approximately 110,000 students and is governed by a publicly-elected seven-member Board of Trustees. The District’s administrators, a Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and other senior staff members are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Sitting on the Board as well is a non-voting student member who is nominated by the Associated Students Organizations of all nine campuses.
The College Administration
West Los Angeles College’s president heads the college, and is assisted by three vice presidents as well as deans, associate deans, assistant deans, classified administrators, faculty and staff. They all carry out the mission of the college: “Through innovative programs and responsive community services, West Los Angeles College empowers students to succeed.”
The college features twelve divisions which provide quality academic transfer and vocational classes and wide-ranging support services for students. The divisions are: Allied Health, Aviation and Travel, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Entertainment and Media Arts, Counseling, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Language Arts, Library and Learning Resources, Mathematics, and Science.
The Accelerated CollegeTransfer (ACT) offers fast-paced tracks for those seeking associate degrees and transfer to four-year institutions.
Support services of the College include: the Child Development Center (CDC), Disabled Students Program and Services (DSP&S), Distance Leaning and Online Education, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (EOP&S/CARE), Student Services, Matriculation, and the Workforce Development Center.
The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities, and offers 25 transfer and 18 vocationally-oriented programs. The American Dental Association and the Federal Aviation Administration also recognize the vocational curricula offered here at West Los Angeles College.
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