Ribbon cuttings officially open new campus buildings


President Tom Fallo stands with board of trustees members Mary Combs and Bill Beverly at the grand opening of the ITEC and new shops building on Thursday. Torrance mayor and El Camino alumni Pat Furey and other public officials attended the event. Photo credit: Jorge Villa

El Camino President Tom Fallo cut the ceremonial ribbon Thursday for the official opening of both the Industry Technology Education Center (ITEC) and the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) buildings.

Food, awards, and prizes were available for the many people in attendance, as students, faculty, and other city and district officials came together to see the new buildings open.

Local officials, members of the board of trustees, and a student representative were some of the people who spoke to christen the event.

“Every time I visit the school It’s getting bigger,” EC alum and current Torrance Mayor Pat Furey said. “I’m a proud alumni.”

The buildings house 18 departments together, such as the Administration of Justice, Architecture, Cosmetology, Engineering Technology, Fashion, Fire and Emergency Technology, and Welding departments.

The multi-million dollar facilities were paid for with money that came from the 2002 Measure E bond, joining the growing number of new structures on campus.

“The Industry and Technology Division offers academic programs that provide marketable skills and occupational education to prepare the student for a successful career or transfer to a four-year college or university,” According to elcamino.edu.

After the ceremonies concluded for both buildings, guests were invited to tour the state-of-the art facilities, where demonstrations and informational booths were available to see what each particular department has to offer.

The two buildings are part of a complete overhaul of the EC campus, that will continue in the coming years with the new Murdock Stadium, Student Services building, and Lot C parking structure.