Functions of the Community College
To accomplish the educational philosophy and mission of the Los Angeles Community Colleges, Los Angeles Southwest College offers the following types of educational programs:
A college transfer program which enables the student who completes two years of study to continue upper division (third year) work at accredited four-year colleges and universities through careful and continuous articulation with accredited collegiate institutions and high schools.
An occupational education program planned to offer the student basic business, technical, and professional curricula to develop skills which can lead to employment, job advancement, certification, or the associate degree.
A program of general education comprised of associate degree programs and other planned experiences which develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the student to be effective as a person, a family member, a worker, and a citizen, thereby enhancing the quality of life for the individual and for society-at-large.
A program of remedial and basic skills education for students needing preparation for community college level courses and programs and English as a Second Language instruction for immigrants, foreign students and other students with limited English proficiency.
Continuing education comprised of graded and ungraded classes to provide opportunities for personal and occupational competence that supplement formal full-time college attendance.
Community services offered to meet the needs of the community for vocational and recreational courses, community and cultural events; summer youth programs and civic functions, completely financed by fees charged those in attendance.
Joint programs with business, industry, labor, education, government and other institutions which are of mutual benefit to sponsoring institutions, enhance the educational opportunities of program participants, and advance the mission and functions of the District.