LACC Foundation Credentials
The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in 1968. It is designated to receive gifts for the college from individuals, corporations, and foundations. To view the Articles of Incorporation, click here.
The mission of the Los Angeles City College Foundation is to develop philanthropic support to assist the College in providing accessible educational programs that assure academic and vocational excellence for the students of Los Angeles City College, and that enrich the cultural, economic, and civic life of Los Angeles.
Strengthening the Tradition of Excellence
Los Angeles City College is the flagship institution of the Los Angeles Community College District. Severe cuts in state funding to community colleges pose a serious challenge to the College to maintain this position. Community colleges educate 73% of the state's citizens, yet they receive only 12% of the per student dollars for higher education. Support from alumni and the community is more important than ever. Private contributions help to guarantee that dedicated and deserving students have the opportunity to benefit from LACC's programs and services.
SUPPORT FROM THE ALUMNI COMMUNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.
California Community Colleges Facts and Figures from the Foundation for California Community Colleges
Composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges, the California community colleges make up the largest system of higher education in the nation—providing a gateway to higher education for nearly three million students per year. Community colleges offer associate's degrees, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, and train the workforce that sustains California's economy.
The largest system of higher education in the country
- California community colleges have the highest rate of public attendance of all community college systems in the nation.
- One-quarter of all community college students nationwide are enrolled in a California community college.
- Three out of every ten Californians age 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
The primary gateway to higher education, serving all Californians
- More than 60 percent of community college students are people of diverse ethnic back grounds and more than 55 percent are female.
- Community colleges enroll the state's lowest-income students. Full-time students have an annual median income of $16,223, and one-fourth have incomes of less than $5,544 per year.
- More than half of California veterans receiving GI Bill educational benefits attend a community college.
- More than half of community college students are age 25 or older and are already working adults.
California's largest workforce training provider
- Serving nearly three million students annually, community colleges offer more than 175 degree and certificate programs at 112 colleges in every area of the state.
- Community colleges train 80 percent of all California firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians. Thirty-nine colleges have police academies and 64 colleges train firefighters.
- Seventy percent of California nurses received their educations at a community college. Nursing programs are offered at 74 colleges, which graduate 7,700 nurses a year.
- Approximately 25,000 apprentices are educated at 35 community colleges that offer 160 apprenticeship programs.
- California community colleges offer 160 employee professional development programs that increase the knowledge and skills of 25,000 working Californians each year.
- More than 80 percent of community college students work, many attending college for retraining, skills upgrades, and license retention and renewal.