On behalf of our faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to Los Angeles Southwest College. Founded in 1967 by Mrs. Odessa Cox and a dedicated group of residents, today the college serves more than 8,000 students. We offer associate degree programs in 34 disciplines, occupational certificates in 47 disciplines and ESL/citizenship classes.
As Interim President, I congratulate you on making one of the most important decisions of your life—attending college. Today the link between increased education and earning more money in a person’s lifetime is stronger than ever. In fact, it is predicted by economists that California will soon be paying wage premiums for job applicants with certificates or college degrees. Whatever your reason for coming to Southwest, I know that your life will be enhanced once you complete your education.
As you first step foot on campus, you will see a lot of construction activity. In 2001, the voters of Los Angeles passed the first of three bond measures that provided Southwest with $419 million to modernize existing buildings and construct new buildings on campus. We are now in the construction phase of several buildings, including the Cox building, named in honor of Mrs. Odessa Cox, that will house our new library, state-of-the art computer lab for students, and training programs for music, dance, performing arts, visual, media and graphics arts, back stage operations, theater technology and management. A music recital hall and a black box theater will enhance live performances. When complete, the building will serve as a performing arts destination for the campus and the community.
The new 44,142-square-foot School of Career & Technical Education building will house—among other departments and programs—the Environmental Sciences and Technology Department where students can receive training in alternative energy, including wind, solar and water technologies as well as explorations in energy conservation and sustainability.
Additionally, students will soon be able to enjoy the building renovations being made to the Fitness and Wellness Center. These are just a handful of the many construction projects going on to improve your learning environment so please pardon our progress while we undergo construction to make your campus the best that it can be.
Remember that we are here to serve our students. We offer a wide array of free services that successful students use on a regular basis including the Student Success Center that offers academic tutoring. We also offer financial aid application assistance, counseling to determine the right courses you should be taking to achieve your educational goal, a Student Health Center, etc. All of these services can be found on the college’s website.
As you begin your educational career at Southwest, I wish you the best!