Fred Piegonski, Executive Assistant to the President  
               Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 
                           (323) 953-4000  ext. 2243                            

                      For Immediate Release:  October 6, 2006

Will Marmolejo Named New LACC Dean of Student Enrollment

Photo:  Will Marmolejo

Will Marmolejo at the LACC Admissions Office entrance. (Photo by Chuck Ake)

Education is his Passion

“By helping students succeed, I am helping to make our community a better place,” said Will Marmolejo, who was recently named permanent dean of student enrollment at LA City College.  “By facilitating students’ education, I feel that the admissions office is doing its part in providing our city with an informed citizenry and an educated work force.” 

Mr. Marmolejo, 35, came to LACC in the fall of 2004 as an acting dean, where he currently oversees the admissions office, the student assistance center, matriculation, and recruitment.  Since then he has revamped a number of student services. 

For one, the admissions lobby area has been transformed into a user-friendly corridor, with students taking numbers and seated in comfortable chairs, as they wait for their turn to be processed at the admissions office window.  They can also watch an informational video on the college and its programs playing in the lobby.  Students are also beneficiaries of increased communications from his office—by way of mail, email and phone.   

Prior to LACC, Mr. Marmolejo was the associate director of undergraduate admissions for seven years at Loyola Marymount University in west Los Angeles.   In his role there, he traveled throughout the western United States recruiting students and he was also responsible for enrolling them at the school. “Education is my passion and I can foresee a long career in this field,” he said.   

He received his bachelor’s in economics from Loyola Marymount and his MBA in marketing from the same school.  For a while he worked for several investment firms managing personal portfolios.

His parents were born in Ecuador and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s.  He himself was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is fluent in Spanish, which he spoke at home until the age of five, when he learned English in school.  He was the first in his family to go to college, he said, so he has a special empathy for many of LACC’s students who have a similar background.  Among his avocations is coaching youth sports for soccer and baseball, in which his children participate.  

Among his recent accomplishments, Mr. Marmolejo coordinated the college’s Preview Day, an open house for the community, as well as LACC’s presence at the Sunset Junction Street Fair and the Salvadoran Festival held on campus. Events such as these have helped new student enrollment increase by 10 percent this fall.

Recently he became an advisor to the Latino Student Union, a new student club whose focus will be on increasing student involvement on campus. 

He is currently trying to get the word out about LACC’s new reduced tuition of $20 per unit, which will go into effect in January.  “The Admissions office and Student Assistance Center are often the first entry points for our students,” he said, “and we want them to have a positive experience.  As long as we remember to always keep the students’ interests first, we are all doing our job of creating a better LACC.”


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