South Bay Promise Overview
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South Bay Promise

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


Free enrollment fees to empower successful futures for South Bay students.

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In answer to the call for college access and affordability, and to create a college-going culture in the South Bay community, El Camino College has created the South Bay Promise program. The rigorous academic programs at El Camino College are building tomorrow's workforce and preparing ECC students for these careers. Strong community college programs can ensure that a state has the skilled workers trained for the jobs of the future, including job openings in manufacturing that can't be filled due to the skills gap.

With the introduction of the South Bay Promise, an opportunity exists to break these barriers and make a postsecondary education available to all high school students in the South Bay. By creating accessible and affordable higher education, the South BayPromise will contribute to economic grown in the South Bay, which benefits local businesses, and creates a sense of community pride. The overall goal of the South Bay Promise program is to attract high school students to community college, therefore, creating a more educated and sustainable local workforce.

Opening the door financially to a college education is a great start, but more must be done. To help ensure students' success, programs are in place to provide strong connections to El Camino College for South Bay Promise students. To this end, students entering El Camino College through the South Bay Promise will receive the following benefits:

  • Priority early registration
  • Educational planning
  • Guaranteed placement in required English and math classes the first year
  • Additional academic counseling services
  • An array of services to choose from
  • Guidance and assistance through follow up activities for continuous support
  • An active, engaging, and dynamic setting for students to grow their knowledge and skills
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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


South Bay Promise History

At the encouragement of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board, the El Camino College South Bay Promise program started in 2014 with twelve students from Inglewood Unified School District and Centinela Valley Union High School District. The South Bay Promise will include 90 students in the fall of 2017 with the inclusion of Torrance Unified School District. In the fall of 2018, ECC will expand the program to accommodate 500 students who graduate the prior June from one of the high schools or reside in the El Camino Community College District service area.


South Bay Workforce Investment Board

The South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) is a partner in the South Bay Promise working South Bay Workforce Investment Board logowith our local colleges and universities. The SBWIB will provide services to South Bay Promise students to create workplace readiness skills as they transition into college and career preparedness. SBWIB also offers a variety of services including resume building, interview preparedness, leadership/team building, internships, hiring events and recruitment opportunities in the South Bay. 

We want our students to believe in their educational dreams and know we support them by surrounding them with the resources needed to prosper. With the support of our entire community, the South Bay Promise will succeed.