|Type||Public Community College|
| Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges |
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
|President||Dr. Jose Fierro|
|292 (full-time) |
|Campus||Metropolitan, 135 acres (54.6 ha)|
|Colors|| Blue and white |
|Athletics|| Football |
| California Community College Athletic Association |
South Coast Conference
Southern California Football Association
|Mascot||Franco the Falcon|
Cerritos College is a public community college in Norwalk, California. It offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions.
The college was founded in 1955. It was named after Rancho Los Cerritos, a local ranch in the 19th century. In turn the college was part of the inspiration for the renaming of the neighboring city of Dairy Valley to Cerritos. The district covers Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Norwalk, La Mirada, and Hawaiian Gardens.
Originally, classrooms were rented in the now defunct Excelsior High School in September 1956.On July 24, 1957, the Cerritos Junior College District won the case against Dairy Valley (now Cerritos) to use the undeveloped land as an educational site. On September 1959, the college moved from Excelsior High School to the current site.
The founder was Ralph Burnight of Redlands, a resident of Bellflower and superintendent of the Excelsior School District. The current college president is Dr. Jose Fierro.
On February 15, 2017, the school opened two new buildings: a new Math and Computer Information Sciences building, and a Fine Arts complex. Together, the new facilities cost over $55 million and were funded by Measure G bond dollars.
On June 11, 2020, Cerritos became the first California junior college to have housing for students without a place to live or with uncertain housing.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Soccer||Swimming & diving|
|Swimming & diving||Tennis|
|Tennis||Track & field|
|Track & field||Volleyball|
|Water Polo||Water Polo|
|Hispanic and Latino American||74%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||1%|
|White European Americans||1%|
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