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At American River College, you can be part of a diverse and exciting community of people, learning in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Our programs can get you started toward a more satisfying job or a whole new career. You also can start here and transfer to the college or university of your choice.
American River College is a State-funded two-year community college, part of the Los Rios Community College District, which also includes Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College.
ARC opened its doors as California's 61st public junior college in 1955. Its history, however, dates back to February 28, 1942, when Grant Union Junior College was established in Del Paso Heights to train civilian personnel for national service during World War II. In 1945 the name was changed to Grant Technical College.
In June 1954, voters agreed to the establishment of a new junior college district, followed by the approval of a $3 million bond issue in November of that year. Grant Technical College ceased operation after 13 years and American River Junior College was born in the fall of 1955.
For the first three years, classes were offered at the former Grant Technical College campus. However, soon after its first semester of classes had begun, the college purchased a 153-acre site known as the Cameron Ranch on which to construct a permanent campus. By October of 1958, when official dedication ceremonies were held, eight new building complexes had been erected among the magnificent oaks native to the area.
Since that dedication the stately oak has been adopted as the official college symbol (including the campus seal), and many other facilities have been added to expand instructional and related services.
ARC in the 1960sIn 1965 the college became a part of the Los Rios Community College District and became American River College. ARC and the other colleges are directed by a seven-member board of trustees elected by voters residing in the district.
At ARC, campus facilities development as part of the Los Rios District began with Davies Hall, a three-story classroom and faculty office building completed in 1966. In 1968-1969 new facilities for chemistry, physics, engineering, women's physical education, and technical vocational studies, were added.
The campus grew rapidly in the 1970s, including a three-story library, a horticulture complex, a major addition to the technical education facility, a childcare center and counseling center. In 1975, the college's first off-campus center was opened in the Natomas area.
The 1980s saw the completion of the Rose Marks open-air pavilion and a new bookstore (remodeled in the 1990s). Recent improvements include major remodeling of laboratories and the student services building, new faculty and administrative office buildings, and facilities for disabled student programs & services, and instructional technology.
In the 1990s, ARC took over leadership of the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center, which provides training to police, sheriff, and fire professionals, as well as classes for ARC students in fire technology and the basic police academy. (In 2001, the SRPSTC moved to new headquarters in McClellan Park, not far from the college.) In 1990, the college opened an off-campus center on Madison Ave., on the grounds of Bella Vista High School. In 1996, ARC opened the off-campus Sunrise Center on Ethan Way, across from the California State Fair grounds.
With the passage of districtwide and statewide bond measures, construction on new buildings began in 2004, and will continue well into the second decade of the 21st century. New construction in recent years include a new theatre and performing arts classrooms, gymnasium, the Learning Resource Center, and offices and classrooms for Health & Education, as well as a new Natomas Education Center. In the fall of 2008, ARC closed its Sunrise Center, and opened a new facility on the grounds of San Juan High School.
Today, at more than 38,000 students, American River College is among the largest community colleges in the state, and is looked upon as a leader in innovative programs and services. It transfers more students to UC Davis and CSU Sacramento than any other community college.
American River College is a premier learning community that
transforms and enriches people’s lives.
American River College is a public community college granting certificates and associate degrees. Although the college serves people from a variety of geographical areas, it primarily serves the adult residents of the five-county Greater Sacramento region who are capable of benefiting from community college instruction.
ARC exists to ensure students identify their educational goals and needs and successfully accomplish student learning in the following broad educational areas:
•Developmental education to achieve basic foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, English as a Second Language, and learning and study skills which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.
•Career and technical education to achieve employment or enhanced career skills for job advancement.
•General education to achieve knowledge, skills and attitudes for post-secondary education success, personal enrichment, self-development, and a purposeful and meaningful life as a member of a global community.
•Lower division post-secondary education to achieve transfer to and success in obtaining a degree at a four-year post-secondary education institution.