College of the Redwoods
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- College of the Redwoods should not be confused with the similarly named College of the Sequoias in the San Joaquin Valley city of Visalia, California.
|College of the Redwoods|
College of the Redwoods Cloudscape After Rain
|President||Kathy Smith, as of March 2013|
|Academic staff||87 full-time; 218 part-time (Fall 2011)|
|Admin. staff||235 (Fall 2011)|
|Students||5,784  |
|Location||Eureka, California, USA|
|Campus||Rural; Three main educational sites, six off-campus sites which include 449,948 square feet (41,802 m2) of buildings sitting on 334 acres (1.4 km2) (2011).|
College of the Redwoods (CR) is a public two-year community college with its main campus of approximately 270 acres (1.1 km2) located on the southernmost edge of Eureka in Humboldt County, California. Situated on a naturally occurring, elevated shelf on the southwest side of Humboldt Hill, the campus has a commanding view of some of California's most fertile dairy and ranch land, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Table Bluff, and the southern portion of Humboldt Bay. The campus was designed to be spacious and distinctive in its modernistic use of massive, exposed wooden support beams in each structure. Many students are drawn to its natural setting, nestled into a coastal forest. 2012 enrollment is 5,784 students (combined, which includes all sites in the extensive district). This large Community College district provides education opportunities for students in four counties and has two branch campuses as well as at least three additional sites in addition to numerous partnerships in the region.
Curriculum specialties 
College of the Redwoods is one of 112 colleges in the California Community College system. The college offers a variety of transfer, vocational, and community-based classes, including its Fine Woodworking Program started by master woodworker James Krenov, a Police Academy, Nursing and Dental Programs, Truck Driving School, Computer Information Sciences, Computer-Aided Drafting, and Digital Media Departments, and the new, (added in 2006), Hospitality, Restaurant and Culinary Arts Program. The college is named after the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees native to the region.
Satellite campuses 
CR has two satellite branch campuses: CR Del Norte in Crescent City, Del Norte County; and CR Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County. CR also has other off-campus sites, including the Bianchi Farm in Shively, the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site on the Hoopa Valley Tribe reservation, and the Southern Humboldt Instructional Site in Garberville in Southern Humboldt County which is currently being renovated. The Arcata Instructional Site, the McKinleyville Instructional Site, and the Eureka Downtown Instructional Site were closed in the summer or 2012, though Community Education re-located to a new Eureka Downtown Site.
The original Redwoods Community College District was formed in 1964 by a vote of the people of Humboldt County. In 1975, residents of the coastal portion of Mendocino County voted to join the District, and in 1978 Del Norte County similarly joined. The college serves these areas, as well as a portion of Trinity County.
In 2012, CR's regional accreditor Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) placed the college on "show cause" status, warning the college that its accreditation might not be renewed. In February of 2013, the college's accreditation was renewed and its status upgraded to "on probation" and WASC gave the college until October to demonstrate its compliance with accreditation standards and previous recommendations.
Beginning with the passage of Proposition 13 by California in 1978, College of the Redwoods and most public institutions in the state have suffered declining revenue, and this has continued following the Dot-Com Bust. All of this occurs while simultaneously suffering increasing costs due to inflation, population growth, and increasingly unfunded state and federal mandates. In 2006, voters passed Bond Measure Q/B (Ballot Measure Q in Humboldt, northwest Mendocino and western Trinity counties; Ballot Measure B in Del Norte County) to allow issuance of $40,320,000 in bond funding to upgrade and renovate facilities at the main campus in Eureka and the branch campuses in Crescent City and Fort Bragg. Measure Q Bond Funds were also used to acquire the Garberville Site in Southern Humboldt County.
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Points of interest 
- College of the Redwoods (CR) | (707) 476-4100
- Fine Woodworking Program
- Del Norte Campus
- Mendocino Coast Campus
- Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site
- Southern Humboldt Instructional Site
- Community Education
- Kaci Poor (February 14, 2013). "CR to remain accredited; school officials breathe sigh of relief". The Times Standard. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- Full Text of Measure Q/B