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Los Angeles Southwest College

Established February 1967[1]
Type Community College
President Dr. Jack Daniels, III
Vice-president Mary Callahan, Greg Sandoval
Dean Elmer Bugg, Dr. Oscar Cobian, Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson, Phyllis K. Norwood, Dr. Dan Walden, Dr.Patrick Jefferson, Ramon Miramontes, Felicia Duenas
Faculty 300
Staff 125
Students 8200
Undergraduates 8200
Location Los Angeles, California, USA
Campus Urban
Sports Men & Women's Basketball, Football, Track & Field
Colors Blue & Gold
Mascot Cougers

Los Angeles Southwest College is a community college located in an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, United States, near the city of Los Angeles. As a comprehensive community college, LASC offers university transfer, technical, and lifelong learning programs.


Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) was established in 1967[1], two years after the Watts riots, in response to complaints of both officials and citizens—that not enough was being done to educate the area's mostly African American population. The College, located at the intersection of Western Avenue and Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles, now serves an area population nearly equally divided between African Americans and Latinos.

LASC offers numerous academic programs that has transferred students throughout the country. The College provides opportunities for students to receive training in various workforce areas including technology based occupations, business, electronics, music technology, and theater production. With increase efforts to serve individuals with limited English Speaking skills, LASC provides ESL and citizenship classes.

LASC has secured over $400 million of bonds to complete its master plan by 2012. As a "green campus", LASC has a college-wide recycling program and will have the majority of its building meeting some level of LEED standard.


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