West Valley College

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West Valley College
Established 1963
Type Community college
President Bradley Davis
Academic staff 198 full-time and 270 associate
Students 14,058[1]
Location Saratoga, California, United States
Campus 143 acres (58 ha)
Affiliations Mission College
Website http://www.westvalley.edu/

West Valley College is a community college in northern California. It is part of the 112-campus California Community College system.

History[edit]

The college was founded in 1963. It was to serve the footprint of the Campbell Union High School District, the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District and the Santa Clara Unified School District. The district was formed by voter approval in January 1963.[2] The first classes began September 14, 1964. The first campus took over the space of the defunct Campbell Grammar School, at 1 East Campbell Avenue, across Winchester Blvd. from the high school.[3] The grammar school itself was closed because its WPA era buildings were deemed unsafe in the event of an earthquake. While some of the existing buildings were put to use, most of the classrooms were portable, parked on the former playgrounds.[4] Since all the activity was behind the main building, the effective entrance to the campus was off the back of the school from Latimer Avenue. Because of this, the school picked up the local moniker of UCLA, a parody of UCLA but standing for University of Campbell, Latimer Avenue.[5]

The land for the new campus, where the school is located now was purchased in 1966. Groundbreaking for the new construction was June 15, 1967.[2][6] Starting in 1968 the first new building was occupied and a few classes transitioned to the new campus, many in temporary classrooms while further permanent structures were built. The transition was completed in 1975.[7]

Campus[edit]

The campus occupies 143 acres (58 ha) in the city of Saratoga. One of the distinguishing features of the school's location is that it is located right off of the West Valley Freeway.

Organization and administration[edit]

West Valley College is part of Silicon Valley's West Valley-Mission Community College District, which also administers Mission College in nearby Santa Clara, California, in turn part of the California Community Colleges System. The district serves the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, and San Jose. The district headquarters is on the West Valley College campus.

Academic profile[edit]

As of 2010, the school had a total enrollment of 9,502 students and its faculty had 198 full-time and 270 associate members. As of 2005, West Valley College offered 61 associate degree programs and 94 certificate programs.

Aside from traditional programs, West Valley College offers degrees in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, fashion design, park management, health care technologies, paralegal, child studies, engineering and drafting, and information technologies to include computer information systems, computer applications, and digital media.

Student life[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The athletics nickname of West Valley College is the West Valley Vikings.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx
  2. ^ a b http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6199s2hr/
  3. ^ http://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/c8p26w47/?brand=oac4
  4. ^ http://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/c8br8q6m/?brand=oac4
  5. ^ http://muckrack.com/BungerKCBS/statuses/354642317744939008
  6. ^ http://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/c8vm499r/?brand=oac4
  7. ^ http://campbell.patch.com/groups/schools/p/west-valley-college-s-first-home

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°15′48″N 122°00′36″W / 37.263429°N 122.010000°W / 37.263429; -122.010000