Los Angeles Mission College is currently located on 33 acres in the community of Sylmar. The College was established in 1975 as the ninth college in the Los Angeles Community College District and the 100th community college in California. For its first 16 years the College offered classes in scattered storefronts and leased facilities throughout the city of San Fernando and surrounding communities.
In 1991, the new permanent campus was completed on a 22-acre site in Sylmar and the College experienced a surge in enrollments and a resulting higher visibility in the community. In 2007 the College acquired 11 additional acres, which expanded its footprint to its existing size. From humble storefront beginnings in 1975 to today’s modern campus, the College has opened the doors to higher education for generations of students. From the beginning, the College has sought to unleash the potential of the community through innovative programs encouraging academic and personal growth
During its 37-year existence, over 234,000 students have chosen to pursue their education at the College. Los Angeles Mission College remains the only institution of higher learning primarily serving the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
In 2001, 2003 and again in 2008, voters approved three separate bond measures – Proposition, A, Proposition AA, and Measure J designed to help the nine Los Angeles Community College District campuses expand and improve aging facilities. The College has completed the construction of the parking structure, totaling 1200 spaces, with a power-producing solar panel array on the fourth level; a Center for Child Development Studies building providing a combination of services for the community and academic training for students who wish to become professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education; a Health, Fitness and Athletics Complex featuring modern equipment and energy saving building construction; a Culinary Arts Institute and Eagles’ Landing Student Store consisting of classrooms and laboratories serving the culinary arts department, campus dining facilities, and the student store; and the Center for Math & Science building featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and science laboratories provided with research equipment and furnishing. In addition, construction of the Media Arts Center is approximately 30 percent completed. The College supports environmental concerns by incorporating the highest standards in green building design principles for renovation and new building projects.
In fall 2013, the College served nearly 10,200 students and enrollment remains steady.
Current projects include the Media Arts building which will provide the campus with performance accommodations with a 99-seat theatre offering our students experience in current technological advancements in sound and performance delivery.