Cerro Coso Among 40 Colleges Recognized with Prestigious Award

2022 Placement Honoree Equity Seal.

Cerro Coso Community College has been named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement for Black students in English and Math by the Campaign for College Opportunity!

Cerro Coso successfully supported 100% of Black students to enroll directly into transfer-level English coursework, and at least 60% of the Black students who enrolled in a transfer-level Math course successfully complete it within 1 year of their initial enrollment. “Our campuses supported Black students at rates equivalent to or even exceeding those of the student body as a whole,” said President Dr. Sean Hancock.

Since the passage of AB 705 (Irwin) in 2017, the California Community Colleges has drastically increased access to credit-bearing courses across all racial and ethnic groups, doubling the number of students who complete transfer-level Math and English courses. This spring the Campaign is thrilled to recognize over 40 Community Colleges for their work in eliminating remedial education courses at their institutions and ensuring students enroll and succeed in college-level courses.

“This award represents your hard work and commitment to equity - thank you!,” said Dr. Hancock in an announcement to staff.   

“It is with great pride that we accept this prestigious award celebrating and acknowledging the work we have done and continue to do in this important area.  A significant priority for our College is to ensure we are intentional in everything we do, and an important part of this is providing a respectful College community that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.” 

Cerro Coso Community College will be recognized at the inaugural award installation ceremony, Excellence in Placement: Honoring Community Colleges Excelling in Equitable Course Placement for Students, in May. 

“I personally thank our employees for their hard work and dedication to the success of our students.  Their commitment to student achievement makes a big difference in the lives of every student we have the pleasure to serve,” he concluded.