College of Marin
|College of Marin|
|Type||Public community college|
|David Wain Coon, Ed.D.|
|Students||10,040 (7,108 credit, 1355 non-credit, 1,577 community education)|
|Location||Kentfield and Novato, California, USA|
Suburban Kentfield (27 acres)Indian Valley (360 acres)
|Colors||Black and Gold|
|Affiliations||Bay Valley Conference
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
The College of Marin is a community college in Marin County, California, U.S., with two campuses, one in Kentfield, and the second in Novato. It is the only institution operated by the Marin Community College District. Its chief executive officer is currently Superintendent/President David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
College of Marin has been in operation since 1926. Each semester about 10,000 students are enrolled in over 1,100 credit classes. Approximately 100 international students participate in College of Marin's International Student Program. Nearly 6,000 students take advantage of the College's many community education and community services classes. College of Marin is well known for its theatre department with the highest transfer acceptance to Juilliard for any two-year college in the nation. One famous graduate of COM's Drama Department is Robin Williams.
In order to provide students with the opportunities they need, and to ensure that students achieve their specific goals and objectives, the College offers seventy Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs. To facilitate students' transfer to the four-year institution of their choice, the College has established approximately 200 transfer agreements with the University of California, California State University, and private colleges.
In addition the College provides 35 two-year vocational and career programs, as well as providing basic skills, English as a second language education, and community education classes. The College's workforce preparation programs provide the necessary skills for success in a globally competitive workforce environment.
Originally known as Marin Junior College when established in 1926, the College was renamed College of Marin in 1947. In 1985 College of Marin merged with Indian Valley College. This merger provided Marin residents with two campuses, the original campus located in Kentfield and the Indian Valley Campus in Novato. The two campuses serve a county population of approximately 250,000 residents.
The Echo Times
The Echo Times is the college's monthly student-run newspaper. The paper focuses on student issues and on stories connecting student concerns to a global context.
The College of Marin is governed as part of the Marin Community College District (MCCD), the community college district serving Marin County, California. MCCD is one of six California community college districts on "basic aid" and therefore receives most of its operating revenue from local property taxes rather than State apportionment (since local property tax revenues exceed apportionment figures).
The MCCD is governed by seven members of a Board of Trustees elected at-large to four-year terms. Elections are held every two years, three members chosen the year after a presidential election and four chosen the year before. The students also elect one non-voting student trustee, who serves a one-year term and can participate in discussions and make and second motions so long as they are not related to real estate negotiations, personnel or collective bargaining. The current Board members are:
- President Stephanie O'Brien
- Vice President Eva Long, Ph.D.
- Clerk Philip Kranenburg
- Trustee Wanden Treanor
- Trustee Brady Bevis
- Trustee Diana Conti
- Trustee (vacancy due to be filled by April, 2014)
- Student Trustee Lance Reyes
- Basketball (men's and women's)
- Jack Angel, voice actor
- Terry Bozzio, musician, drummer (with Frank Zappa and UK)
- Pete Carroll, American football coach
- Dian Fossey (business classes, 1949–50), primate research
- David Haskell, actor
- Sandra Karpman, cinematographer
- Young L, rapper
- Adam Steltzner (1985–87), NASA engineer at JPL; phase lead and development manager for EDL (Entry, Descent and Landing) of the Curiosity rover lander, which successfully landed on Mars on August 5, 2012
- Robin Williams, actor
- "Dian Fossey - Biography". Helping people. Saving gorillas. Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Borenstein, Seth; Chang, Alicia (August 16, 2012). "Tam grad involved in Mars mission gains attention as part of new geek chic: mohawks are in, pocket protectors out". Marin Independent Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved 19 August 2012.