The college mushroomed from an enrollment of fewer than 500 in 1946 to more than 27,000 students today. Likewise, the curriculum expanded to include not only lower division courses but an honors program and numerous vocational programs. Today, El Camino College students enjoy a broad curriculum featuring nearly 2,500 different classes offered in some 850 different programs. With more courses available during a variety of class times, including online and telecourses, students have wide flexibility in individual scheduling.
The college confers the associate degree each spring on some 1,200 students who have completed their 60 semester units and who have satisfied their major field of study obligations. Many students each year also qualify for certificates of completion, signifying course requirements have been met in major skill areas.
The college is a reflection of its five presidents. Forrest G. Murdock, the founding president, served until his retirement in 1958. He was succeeded by Dr. Stuart E. Marsee, whose tenure saw 24 years of building and growth. Retiring in 1982, he turned the campus over to Dr. Rafael Cortada. Dr. Cortada's legacy to the college was the establishment of the El Camino Community College Foundation which raises funds for programs not supported through the general budget. Dr. Sam Schauerman, who had served the college first as a dean of instruction, then as vice president of instruction, became El Camino College's fourth president in 1987. He retired in 1995.
El Camino College's fifth president is Thomas M. Fallo, who took office July 1, 1995. He had been vice president of administrative services and has helped chart the college's financial future. His presidency has focused on the college’s fiscal stability while guiding the Torrance-area campus through a period of unprecedented growth and progress.
Employment at El Camino
At El Camino College, our mission is to offer quality, comprehensive educational programs and services to our diverse community. Our outstanding team of staff members is dedicated to achieving this goal.
El Camino College is the college of choice in the South Bay! ECC has a great reputation for successful transfer, career and technical education programs, a positive student learning environment, and helpful student services. Each employee is an important part of the educational experience we provide for all students. As a team, we work together to create a campus community that emphasizes respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. If you are interested in working in a student-oriented environment dedicated to success, we encourage you to submit an application for employment at El Camino College.
El Camino College is well known in the community as an outstanding employer. We regularly honor many employees who celebrate multiple years of service to the college, along with others enjoying lifelong careers at ECC.