Cerritos Complete

Ceritos Complete- Cerritos College
Institution
State
California
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Support Services
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Community Partnerships / Collective Impact,
Summer Bridge

Overview

Cerritos Complete is a student success initiative designed to help students complete their degrees/certificates on time. The program aims to increase the number of students who complete their math and English/ESL requirements early.

Cerritos Complete is a partnership between the college and its five local school districts, who collaborate to help high school seniors smoothly transition into college. More than a Promise program, it marries academic and student services by removing barriers to college access with strong personal, academic, and financial support. 

Program Description

Cerritos Complete success is rooted in their strong partnerships, allowing for collaboration to connect college-bound students with college resources while working towards their high school diploma. Through student-centered dialogue, a program called K-16 Bridge was created, connecting students to Cerritos college and receiving high-touch services to better prepare them for college. To support this effort, Cerritos College has made a significant investment by creating a new department with staff, to manage the partnerships between the college and the local school districts and coordinate support services. 

Outcome

More than half of Cerritos Completes students identify as Latinos:

Cerritos Complete students enroll full-time at a 78% rate, compared to 29% of their peers. 

In Cohort 1, Cerritos Complete students outperform their peers, 54% of students completed 40 or more units during their first two-years compared to 26% of their peers. 

The latest cohort of students has persisted into the first semester of their sophomore year at a 75% rate, compared to 47% of their peers.