ASO Discount Sticker History
Remember when schooling was free – yes free! El Camino opened their doors in 1947
and has rapidly become one of the most successful and reputable Junior Colleges in
the United States. Not until 1982 did ECC start charging an enrollment fee. Prior
to that, an attempt to keep the tuition free and to help offset the cost to the College,
in 1975 the discount card evolved.
Originally dubbed The Student Identification and Services Card or The SIDS Card, It cost the student $5.00. As the computers progressed so did the cost of living and finally by the mid 80's tuition was a must. A new plastic computerized card combined the I.D. card and the SIDS card. Toward the turn of the century the SIDS Card became a sticker renaming it Auxiliary Services Benefits sticker, The ASB sticker came to be.
Once more, the ASB sticker has changed its name again to The ASO Discount Sticker. Attempting to formulate a campaign to get new and returning students to continue purchasing the sticker, The ASO sticker is similar to the AAA card giving discounts not just here on campus such as theatre shows, music recitals, free athletic events, semester drawings for prizes, but discounts all throughout Southern California such as restaurants, amusement parks, theaters, car repair, hair salons, etc. The sticker, now only $15.00, is bi-yearly and is good for two semesters, fall is good through winter session and the spring sticker is good through the entire summer. The sticker is placed on your ECC Photo ID card which immediately activates the discount sticker. Unlike some other educational facilities, the faculty, staff and alumni have the privilege of buying the ASO sticker.
THE ASB/ASO REBORN
After years of being dormant, in 2005 the ASB program (now ASO) was revamped into the services and benefits that we offer today.
|Muffins in the Morning
Students/Staff that purchased the ASB discount sticker were given a pastry, at the Information/Photo ID counter located in the Activities Center Building, by Rick Woods (now retired), an ASB Team member. Since then the Photo ID Booth is now located in the Student Development Office room AC160 in the Activities Center Building.
|ASO Drawing and Give-Aways
“Show us your Discount sticker and Enter the drawing or get an item free!” Look for the ASO Roving Table all throughout the campus. Gifts and Prizes may consist of T-shirts, water, pen and paper set, amusement park tickets, movie tickets, gift certificates, etc. Just show your ASO sticker to enter and play... it's that easy...
|Seeing Double in 2005
Andres and Alex Valles, original ASB Team members, use their creative talents to help The ASB promotions. We now sell most major So.Cal. amusement park discount tickets with the ASO sticker. Sorry, no more Disney tickets.
|The Old New Look at 2005
Lawrence A. Moreno, ASB Project Coordinator and Supervisor, along with Ray Pila, Senior Graphic Designer, discuss the new design of ECC's ASB logo. Stay tuned for a new look for the ASO Sticker!
Aleda Jackson (retired), demonstrates her multi-tasking while listening to instructions from Harold L. Tyler, Director of Student Development (retired) who oversaw the early SIDS card then the ASB Campaign.
|Student Services Specialists
Jeannine Barba (now in Outreach) and Janice Watanabe (now retired), formally from the Student Development Office, are informed of the progress of the ASB.
|The Final Product
Joseph Matias, former graphic designer, finishes up the design of a new ASB approval Stamp and other ASB products.
|Slashing and Hashing Slogans, etc.
Lawrence A. Moreno and team member Michael Carter (retired) interact with words and phrases on how slogans, ideas and concepts can contribute.
|Things to Come
The ASO plans on continuous discounts, fun games and give-aways, offering increased amusement parks and movies by hopefully soon adding E-Ticket access. Random drawings are held throughout the semester. The ASO Discount headquarters is located in the Activities Center, room AC 160 (Student Development Office/Photo ID). While you're there, Check out the ASO info table in the west lounge for upcoming events.