Bob Arthur launches re-election campaign for Cerritos College board

NORWALK – Cerritos College Board of Trustee Robert “Bob” Arthur has announced his intent to run for re-election to continue representing the school on the Board of Trustees. 

Arthur currently represents Trustee Area #1, which includes areas of the cities of Downey, Norwalk, Bell Gardens, and South Gate. 

Arthur has already been active on the Cerritos Board since his first election in 1995, currently serving on his fifth term. During his 20 year tenure, Arthur has served as President of the Board four times. 

Arthur is also a member of the Cerritos College Foundation, and has been since 1993.

Prior to starting his work on the Cerritos Board in 1995, Arthur held several city and county positions, including being a member of the Executive Board of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, member of the Board Los Angeles County MTA, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and City of Norwalk Mayor and Council Member. 

If reelected, one of Arthur’s main goals is to embrace the advancement of technology, including free digital textbooks for all students. 

“Cerritos College is one of very few – and I mean miniscule, you can probably count them on one hand – community colleges across the nation that is participating in open educational resources, where a college will provide digital textbooks, software programs for students in selected class subject matter, free,” said Arthur. “There are other major four year institutions across the country that provide digital textbooks to their students in every discipline, every class that is taught on their campus, Harvard being one of them. I would like to see that happen at Cerritos College. It’s doable! It’s something we can do. I think that should be one of our initiatives as we’re moving forward with what Dr. Jose Fierro proposed as Cerritos Complete last year…”

Arthur also lists other goals, including continuing to support administration and faculty in its endeavors to increase student success and transfer rates, offering up-to-date technical and vocations programs and working closely with local businesses and industry to establish practical job training, and establishing permanent funding alternatives for the school. 

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The election will take place Nov. 8.