East Los Angeles College has been around for 75 years and Ray Mireles, 92, has lived through most of the college’s time open as a professor and alum.
East Los Angeles College dedicated its library to Helen Miller Bailey who served as chairperson of the Social Science department from 1946 to 1974.
Harold Welton, former East Los Angeles College student, fashions intense student stories in his documentaries about Black student life in Los Angeles during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. While at ELAC, he was a member of the Black Student Union and the Black Guard Newspaper, a Black student-run paper.
In March of 2021, ELAC’s South Gate satellite campus was given the title of “center.”
In 76 years of operation, East Los Angeles College has transformed itself and created a legacy reflected in its alumni. Throughout the decades, the campus has increased its size, its programs offered and the number of its services to the communities it serves.
Professor Jean Stapleton has worked at East Los Angeles College’s longer than any other professor. Her career has spanned 50 years within the Los Angeles Community College District. 48 of those years with ELAC.
With East Los Angeles College’s 75th anniversary, many students may find ELAC’s history in the political sphere interesting. The campus has hosted many political events such as rallies from presidential candidates, some as recent as last year, to debates for local races. ELAC even has a former professor currently serving as an elected United States Representative in Congress, former professor Judy Chu.
Hollywood, California is the epicenter of the film industry and is connected with East Los Angeles College by the campus’ diverse locales for filming.
Ernest H. Moreno worked to bring state of the art facilities not only to East Los Angeles College students, but to all students within the Los Angeles Community College District.