Cerritos College, founded in 1955, covers a 52-square-mile area of southeastern Los Angeles County in Norwalk. The college offers degrees and certificates in 200 areas of study and is one of the five largest community colleges in Los Angeles County with an average annual enrollment of 22,000 students. It ranks third in California and sixth in the nation among Hispanic serving community colleges for highest number of associate's degrees granted to Hispanic students.
In 2007, the college launched a $4.8 million capital campaign to build the Southland/Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies -- a world-class automotive training center. As one of California’s 10 advanced transportation centers, the college plans on establishing a new alternative fuels demonstration lab in response to the increased number of alternative vehicle fuel sales in the state.
Cerritos College, named after Rancho Los Cerritos, a ranch that served prominently in the region in the 19th century, is a two-year institution offering associate degrees and various certificates or transfer credits, which can generally be applied toward the University of California and California State University systems. The college also offers high school students the opportunity to take classes through the Vesey Program. Students in the program may apply to take UC and CSU transferable classes in the summer and during the regular school year.