Cypress College emphasizes education for the individual student. Excellence of instruction and individualized learning laboratories enhance the possibility for students to achieve their highest potential. In addition, a staff of tutors and full-time counselors provides instructional support and extensive guidance information to aid students in their choice of programs and classes. For the student who plans to complete a bachelors degree, the college provides a smooth transition from high school to colleges and universities.
Numerous occupational programs are available for the student who desires preparation for immediate employment. Each occupational program is planned with the aid of a local advisory committee to ensure relevance to changing career opportunities in each area of employment.
The college is composed of 16 major instructional or instructional-support buildings located on a 110-acre site. The campus buildings contain conventional classrooms as well as laboratory facilities for science, art, computer technology, photography, automotive services, dental clinic, mortuary science, kinesiology, and other specialized programs. The college also provides opportunities for students with disabilities to be fully integrated into various college programs.
In addition, Cypress College students have access to the student center, bookstore, and food service centers. There are nine parking lots with an aggregate of 4,000 parking spaces designed to service students and staff, with an appropriate number of spaces reserved for the disabled.
Cypress College serves the educational needs of its entire community by providing a variety of occupational programs, transfer programs, and special interest classes. The college offers something for everyone, regardless of the student’s individual background or educational goals. Since opening in 1966, Cypress’ population has grown from an original enrollment of 1,200 to a student population of approximately 15,000.
Cypress College is one of the 114 campuses comprising the California Community Colleges, one of the Golden State’s three systems of higher education. Cypress College’s educational programs articulation with the other two systems of higher ed — the California State University and the University of California — as well as private universities. An important component of this is rigorous accreditation, which is granted to Cypress College through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.