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The mission of the El Camino College Foundation is to develop community relationships and raise funds to support students' success in education and life.


Established in 1983, the El Camino College Foundation was set up as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to support higher education, arts and athletics. Coincidentally, the state began charging for community college in 1984. As student demographics changed and state funding decreased, the Foundation’s focus shifted to support student scholarships, academic programs and STEM education.


2018 Distinguished Alumni and Gratitude Awards

We had the distinct honor of inducting this year's class of notable alumni at our Distinguished Alumni and Gratitude Awards dinner on February 1, 2019. We were proud to recognize the accomplishments of six remarkable Warriors at the beautiful Torrance Marriott.

Thank you to all the friends, family and guests who came out to support our deserving honorees.

Please view our event photo album here. 

                             Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018Pictured L to R: Distinguished Alumnus Dan Keenan; ECCF Executive Director Andrea Sala; Distinguished Alumnus Former Assemblymember Rocky Chavez; Distinguished Alumna Sherry Kramer; Gratitude Award Recipient Frances Ford; ECC President/Superintendent Dr. Dena Maloney; Gratitude Award Recipient Edison International/Southern California Edison represented by Connie Turner; and ECCF Board President Mark Waronek. Not pictured Brian Wilson.


 South Bay Promise    

Through the Foundation, El Camino College recently received a $50,000 pledge from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as a lead gift to create the South Bay Promise Endowment Fund.

The South Bay Promise program provides affordable access to a college education. This commitment from Honda will be the catalyst for providing long-term funding in perpetuity for students in the South Bay.

            Honda Check Presentation
Dr. Dena Maloney and Andrea Sala (center) surrounded by friends from American Honda Motor Co. - Karin Baker and Steve Morikawa (on left) and Alexandra Warnier and Kacey Takeshima-Ahn (on right).


 Learn how the South Bay Promise helps El Camino College students!



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       In the fall of 2018, with the help of the El Camino College Foundation and South Bay community partners, the South Bay Promise will be available for all high school seniors in the El Camino Community College District. Enrollment fees for the first year will be paid for up to 500 high school graduates who commit to attending El Camino College full-time (12 units) in the fall immediately following graduation and complete the necessary matriculation steps to ensure success. The South Bay Promise hopes to attract high school seniors to El Camino College at little or no cost to them.

Through the South Bay Promise, students will go from high school directly to El Camino College with the choice of two pathways: transfer to a four-year university or career technical education. 

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  College is expensive.  We want to help!      

Miguel Canche-Chan

"I am the first to attend college in my family. Going to college wasn't on my radar until I heard about the South Bay Promise program from my counselor. El Camino College has been great; I plan to major in Kinesiology."
     - Miguel Canche-Chan



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