A community college located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County in the State of California in United States, Los Angeles Southwest College is proximate to the city of Los Angeles. As a comprehensive community college it offers university transfer, technical as well as lifelong learning programs.
Established in 1967, two years after Watts ‘s riots of 1965, the institution was set up catering to the complaints of officials and citizens. Basic objective was to provide educational facilities for the African Americans.
Campus of the college is located at the intersection of Western Avenue and Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles. It serves both African Americans and Latinos.
Numerous programs for the transfer students throughout the country are offered by the college. Training is provided on workforce areas like occupations based on technology, electronics, music technology, theater production, and business. Associate degrees with majors on business administration, drafting, interdisciplinary studies, child development, sociology, nursing, speech communication, political science and multiple other disciplines are provided. In addition there are many certificate programs like fingerprinting, finance, supervision, management, small entrepreneurship, legal office assistant, banking, receptionist, quality control, chemical dependency counselor, real estate appraisal, and others.
Programs basically for transfer students, ESL and citizenship classes are offered by the institute. It has also undertaken a massive program to create green campus conforming to the LEED standards. In fact the college is a good platform for migrating to four year California State University, Cal – Berkeley, and also the University of Southern California, the popular abode for transfer students. College also publishes The Word, a journal where interested students can contribute and there is an Art Gallery displaying works of students.
Los Angeles Southwest College follows open admission policy. Neither diploma from high schools nor official transcripts are required. International students have to provide proof of finances for boarding and lodging as well as other expenses. They also require graduation from a high school or equivalent of one in United States with a score of 450 on TOEFL or score of 45 in the Internet version of the test.
Student Support and Financial Aids
Los Angeles Southwest College offers remedial services, academic and career counseling, PT cost defraying employment, and career placement and on campus day care services. Financial assistance includes federal, state, local, and institutional grants, scholarships and student loan aids. Extensive undergraduate morning or evening classes are also available. Details of the assistances offered can be seen on the state university website.