What's in a Name?
Fray Junipero Serra (1713-1784), a Spanish Franciscan priest, explorer and colonizer of California, founded the missions of California along this dirt road. In his 15 years as padre president, he established nine of his 21 missions, each a one-day walk apart (about 30 miles), and all linked by the " El Camino Real. " The road stretches from the Mexican border to north of San Francisco.
Why the Bell Logo?
From the beginning...
Torrance soon joined the newly chartered group, and the El Camino Community College District was officially established as of July 1, 1947.
The history of El Camino College is told in its buildings which not only show sound pay-as-you-go fiscal policies but which are solid evidence of enrollment growth.
The founders of the college were able to buy the original 80 acres forming the eastern part of Alondra Park for $1,000 per acre with the money to be spent on athletic facilities rather than paid to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors under whose auspices it lay. That land was estimated to be worth $225,000 when the transaction was approved on May 23, 1947. And the remarkable fact is that it had been acquired for nothing more than the promise to build facilities which would have been built anyway.
The first permanent building for classroom instruction was the shop which opened in 1949. The women's gym, field house, another shop building and the social science building came shortly thereafter. Major construction was the order of business nearly every year during the growth years of the college.
El Camino College's buildings cover 1,129,112 square feet and were built at a cost of $28 million. That means 37 structures were completed without any bonded indebtedness to the District.
Working in these buildings is a faculty which has grown since the first 30 members to more than 800 full-time and part-time instructors today. Nearly 20 percent of the full-time faculty have earned doctoral degrees while more than 85 percent have master's degrees. The remainder have excellent credentials in their areas of expertise.
The college is governed by the five members of the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees. Each is elected for a four-year term by voters in the five trustee areas which make up the college district. Board meetings are monthly and are open to the public.
Heading the administration is the college's president who also serves as superintendent of the El Camino Community College District. The president is assisted directly by four vice presidents of the college. Their areas of responsibility are Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Human Resources, and Student & Community Advancement.
EL Camino College: "The Road to Success”
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