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  • El Camino College

    Community News Spring 2012 Volume XV No. 3


    Renovated Social Science Building Opens

    $5.6 million Measure E project completed for fall 2011– page 5

    Student Success Stories Class of 2011 – Education changing lives – pages 6 – 7

    Career Advancement Academy New education and training for high-demand careers – page 9

    Alumni News Five outstanding ECC alumni honored – page 13

  • Contact Us! Admissions . . . . . . . . . .310-660-3414

    Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . 310-660-3545

    Counseling . . . . . . . . . 310-660-3458

    Financial Aid . . . . . . . . 310-660-3493

    Honors Transfer Program . . . . . . . . . .310-660-3815

    Scholarship Office . . . .310-660-6541

    Testing Office . . . . . . . 310-660-3405

    www .elcamino .edu


    The El Camino Community College District is committed to providing equal opportunity in which no person is subjected to discrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or retaliation.

    El Camino College Goes Mobile El Camino College is now available 24/7 – via smartphones and tablets . The user-friendly

    ECC website for mobile devices offers access to an online calendar of events; financial

    aid and scholarship information; a virtual map; hours of operation for student services;

    important deadlines; transportation information; direct links to online social media

    networks; and contact information for academic divisions and student services .

    MOX is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, BlackBerry,

    and Android users . On your smartphone, visit the

    App Store, BlackBerry App World, or Android

    Market to download MOX . Choose El Camino

    College from the list of colleges and

    universities, and you are ready to

    go mobile!

    Making the Grade: ECC Math/Science Leaders Three El Camino College Math, Engineering, Science

    Achievement (MESA) students received prestigious National

    Science Foundation scholarships totaling $33,500 this

    past spring . Students are awarded based on academic

    performance, leadership, MESA involvement and financial need .

    A “Rising Sophomore” scholarship of $12,500 was

    awarded to Gilberto Hernandez, a mechanical

    engineering student from Lawndale . Gilberto

    plans to transfer to the University of California,

    Berkeley in the fall .

    “Transfer Ready” scholarships, each for $10,500,

    went to: Brett Lopez, an aerospace engineering

    major from Inglewood who transferred from ECC

    to UCLA this past fall, and Mario

    Cabrera, an aerospace engineering

    student from Hawthorne, who transferred from

    ECC to California Polytechnic University, Pomona .

    A Closer Look at MESA The MESA program at El Camino College provides

    mathematics, engineering and science academic enrichment .

    Through tutoring and mentoring, extra study sessions, transfer

    counseling and a study center, MESA provides an environment

    that helps students succeed in math and science as well as

    assisting in navigating the transfer system .

    For MESA information: www .elcamino .edu/academics/

    mathsciences/mesa/ .

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  • 2 Making the Grade: ECC Math/Science Leaders

    El Camino College Goes Mobile

    4 Message from the President

    5 Renovated Social Science Building Opens

    6 Student Success Stories

    7 ECC Completes Historic Endowment Campaign

    8 Journalism Program Wins 20 Awards

    9 Career Advancement Academy Welcomes Students this Fall

    Robotics Program Highlights

    10 Warrior Athletics

    Coach Featherstone Honored

    11 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

    ECC Alumnus Drafted to MLB

    12 Faculty Highlights

    13 Alumni News

    2011 ECC Scholarship Reception

    14 Boundary Review Committee Presents New Trustee Areas

    15 News & Notes

    16 Transfer News

    contents El Camino College

    Community Newsletter

    Spring 2012 / Vol. XV, No. 3

    El Camino College Board of Trustees

    William Beverly, President Maureen O’Donnell, Vice President Mary E . Combs, Secretary Kenneth Brown Ray Gen Joshua Casper, Student Member

    El Camino College Administration

    Thomas M . Fallo Superintendent/President

    Francisco Arce Vice President, Academic Affairs

    Jo Ann Higdon Vice President, Administrative Services

    Jeanie Nishime Vice President, Student and Community Advancement

    Barbara Perez Vice President, El Camino College Compton Center

    Lynn Solomita Interim Vice President, Human Resources

    Community News is a publication of the El Camino Community College District, Office of Public Relations & Marketing, Ann M. Garten, Director, Community Relations. For more information about El Camino College, visit our website:

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  • Message From the President

    This year, El Camino College celebrates 65 years serving the South Bay! That’s 65 celebrations of student success; 65 opportunities to honor students for their hard work and dedication; and 65 years of offering the education and services students need to accomplish their goals .

    El Camino College transfers thousands of students to the University of California and California State University systems each year . El Camino College frequently ranks #1 in the admission rate to UCLA in all of Southern California . El Camino College also ranks in the top 10 in the state for transfers to the University of California and California State University campuses .

    We invite you to read about the many outstanding students featured in this magazine . In this issue you will also learn about new programs recently established to give students cutting-edge career training . If you haven’t been to campus recently, this newsletter provides updates on the new classrooms and labs that have opened since the passage of our facilities bond, Measure E, in 2002 .

    Please feel free to visit us at any time – we are your community college . Thank you for supporting El Camino College for 65 years . We look forward to the next 65 .

    Thomas M . Fallo

    Veterans Center Grand Opening A grand opening for the new El Camino College Veterans Resource Center was recently held . The celebration acknowledged students who have served our country . The new Veterans Center offers a welcoming place where students may gather and access the many student services available at the college . Support services

    available at the Veterans Center include access to computers, computer assistance, a study area, workshops, and referrals to a variety of resources, both at the college and in the community . Staff assists students with paperwork regarding their educational benefits, as well as helping them be successful in the college environment .


  • El Camino College’s newly renovated Social Science instructional

    building opened just in time for the fall semester . The $5 .6 million

    project is one of numerous facilities improvements supported by

    funds from Measure E . All of the building’s systems have been

    completely replaced, with entirely new plumbing, electrical, air

    conditioning, fire alarms, and data/communications . The elevator

    was also upgraded for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance .

    The building’s energy-efficient features include dual pane glazing

    on the windows, providing plenty of natural lighting; high efficiency

    air handlers; and the use of recycled and eco-friendly materials

    wherever possible .

    All 21 Classrooms Include “Presentation Stations”

    • desk computer • audio amplifier

    • digital document camera • media switcher

    • video player • lavaliere microphone

    • laptop connection • wide screen format

    multimedia projector

    Renovated Social Science Building Opens

    Facilities Update In addition to the opening of our newly renovated Social Science instructional building, many Measure E-supported improvements are happening to our campus . Construction on our $36 .9 million Math Business Allied Health Building continues and is scheduled to open for Fall 2012 .

    Our $11 .6 million electrical and data conversion project is expected to be completed this spring and will connect all campus buildings to the new electrical substation and also provide an expanded data network .

    Other projects c