Los Angeles Southwest College

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Los Angeles Southwest College
LASC Official Logo 2020.png
Type Public community college
EstablishedSeptember 1967 [1]
PresidentDr. Seher Awan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students8,200 (full-time)
Location, ,
United States

33°55′46″N 118°18′19″W / 33.929358°N 118.305395°W / 33.929358; -118.305395
Latitude and Longitude:

33°55′46″N 118°18′19″W / 33.929358°N 118.305395°W / 33.929358; -118.305395
Campus Urban
ColorsBlue and Gold
Mascot Cougars
Website www.lasc.edu

Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) is a public community college in the unincorporated area of West Athens, California in Los Angeles County, California. It is part of the Los Angeles Community College District and its service area includes Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena, Unincorporated Westmont, and West Athens.


Los Angeles Southwest College was established in 1967, [1] two years after the Watts Rebelllion, in response to complaints of both officials and citizens that not enough was being done to educate the area's mostly African American population. The college, located at the intersection of Western Avenue and Imperial Highway, is the only community college in South Central Los Angeles.

Aerial view of LA Southwest College from the south, with the I-105 freeway in foreground and practice baseball fields.

LASC has secured over $500 million of bonds to complete its master facilities master plan by 2025. As a "green campus", LASC has a college-wide recycling program and will have the majority of its building meeting some level of LEED standard.

Notable alumni

Fall Demographics of student body [2]
Ethnic Breakdown 2018 [3] 2017 [4]
Hispanic and Latino American 46% 41%
African American 37% 46%
Asian American 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 2% 2%
Multiracial Americans 2% 2%
International students 1% 1%
Unknown 11% 6%
Female 69% 70%
Male 31% 30%

See also


  1. ^ a b "History of LASC". LASC. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  2. ^ "2017 USNEWS: Los Angeles Southwest College Overview".
  3. ^ "2018 USNEWS: Los Angeles Southwest College Overview".
  4. ^ "2017 USNEWS: Los Angeles Southwest College Overview".

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