College of the Sequoias
- The College of the Sequoias is a college located in central California, United States. It should not be confused with the similarly named College of the Redwoods in the northern California city of Eureka or College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California.
|College of the Sequoias|
|Visalia Junior College|
|Motto||The first step to success|
|Type||Public Junior College|
|Location||915 S. Mooney Blvd.,
Visalia, California, United States
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Colors||Orange and Blue|
|Athletics||Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Tennis, Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Golf, Equestrian|
|Website||College of the Sequoias|
College of the Sequoias (COS) is a public two-year community college located in Visalia in Tulare County, in California's San Joaquin Valley. The college is named for the Giant Sequoia trees native to the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range.
College of the Sequoias was originally established in 1926 as Visalia Junior College as a department in the city high school. Its mission at that time was to provide inexpensive, lower-division college education to local high school graduates who intended to transfer to a traditional four-year college. Visalia Junior College was later expanded and a campus was built in 1938. The campus was built on what is still the college grounds. In 1949, it expanded further and formed the College of the Sequoias Community College District.
In 2013, the college's regional accreditor Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) placed the college on "show cause" status, warning the college that its accreditation will not be renewed if deficiencies identified by the accreditor are not addressed within one year.
College of the Sequoias is being expanded and renovated. The latest addition is the Tulare College Center.
COS offers classes on several campuses. These campuses include: COS Farm Campus, Corcoran, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Lemoore, Lindsay, Orosi, Porterville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tulare, and Woodlake.
Organization and administration
The college president is Stan Carrizosa. The college athletic director is Brent Davis.
The current enrollment of COS is 11,141 students, and the college offers a variety of transfer, vocational, and community-based classes, including the fire/police academies for Tulare and Kings counties.
The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Giants.
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