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Academic Cohort Programs


Many students have greater success and a more enjoyable experience in college when they are part of a program with familiar faces and structure. The following programs offer students the opportunity to progress within a cohort of students, tailored courses and committed faculty & staff.


Academic Support with an Emphasis on the Success of African Americans and Others

WLAC Transfer Honors Program receive priority admissions consideration to selected prestigious four–year institutions including UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, Pomona, Occidental, Chapman and Pepperdine and others. Participants can expect an enriched and vigorous academic program, interaction with West faculty and mentors, workshops and field trips. To be accepted into the program after high school graduation, you must be eligible for English 101 and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Current West Student must have completed 12 transferable college units with a 3.2 GPA or better & be eligible for English 101.

College to Career (C2C)

An Employment Program for Students with Disabilities

College to Career (C2C) is an employment program designed to promote educational inclusion and equity for students with disabilities in community college through individualized student education plans and career goals.  C2C works in collaboration with Department of Rehabilitation, local Regional Centers and the State Chancellor's Office.  West is one of only eight educational institutions in California receiving funding from DOR for C2C, and the only campus with a C2C program within the LACCD district.  To apply go to:

LEARN / Black Scholars

Academic Support with an Emphasis on the Success of African Americans and Others 

The Black Scholars program is under the umbrella of Project LEARN. Project LEARN (Leading & Energizing African American Students to Research and Knowledge) is a community of faculty mentors, student mentors and support staff who are committed especially to the academic success of African American students as well as other students. Through LEARN, students are able to have priority tutoring and mentoring services, workshops on life and skill development areas, use of laptops, cohort learning communities and field trips to colleges in California. For more information (310) 287-4562 or visit B5 – 102 or


A Partnership between WLAC and  Cal State Dominguez Hills University

This program is designed for West students majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Earth Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, who plan to complete a 4-year degree program at CSUDH. To apply, West students need to have at least a 2.75 G.P.A. and taken (or be eligible to take) English 101 and Math 125 (or its equivalent).


Academic Support with an Emphasis on the Success of Latinos and Others 

Puente (Bridge) is a learning community that embraces the Latino cultural experience and provides academic and support services including: Financial Aid & Scholarhsip Assistance; Mentoring & Career Counseling; Group & Individual Tutoring; English Composition; and Personal Development Classes (Learn how to develop and reach goals, utilize college resources, and identify potential career paths). 

STEM Scholars

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

The Science Division STEM Scholar program designed to help low-income students, and others who are underrepresented in science fields, prepare to pursue careers in science. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provides up to $2,700 per semester to students so that they may attend college full-time. Scholars engage with each other and faculty from the different disciplines through thematic class labs, outside of class experimental and research investigations, exposure…read more.

Year Up

1 Year to a Career

YEAR UP: YearUp has had success across the nation preparing young adults for positions with major banks, technology companies and other corporations. In one year, students earn college credit, participate in a paid internship, and receive intensive job preparation and mentoring.