Butte College

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Butte College
BC logo.jpg
Type Community college
Established 1967
President Dr. Samia Yaqub (interim)
Students 12,669[1]
Location Oroville, California, USA
Colors Black & Gold         
Athletics CCCAAGVC
Affiliations California Community Colleges system
Mascot Roadrunner
Website http://www.butte.edu
Butte College Wildlife Refuge
One of five solar array projects

Butte College is a community college in the Butte-Glenn Community College District in northern California between the towns of Chico, Oroville, and Paradise, about 80 miles (129 km) north of Sacramento, the state capital. The college is a two-year institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with educational centers in Chico and Orland.


After the passage of the 1960 Donahoe Act, the voters of Butte County created a local community college district in 1966 to serve the educational and vocational needs of its citizens. In 1967, Butte College began by offering law enforcement, fire science, and vocational nursing classes in various locations throughout Butte County. The college officially opened its doors to the community in 1968 at the old Durham High School site, with over 1,900 people enrolled at the new college. In 1974, the college moved from Durham to its present location near the geographic center of Butte County and, in 1975, Glenn County joined the District.


The campus rests on a wildlife refuge, and has been recognized as a national community college leader in sustainability, winning the grand prize 2008 National Wildlife Federation's Chill Out Contest:[2] and the 2009 National Campus Sustainability Leadership Award.[3] In 2011, Butte College became the largest solarized campus in the United States with 100% of the campus supplied with solar power, making it the first 'grid-positive' college or university in the country.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college Superintendent/President is Dr. Samia Yaqub.

Academic profile[edit]

The college is a two-year institution fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Student life[edit]


The college's athletics teams are nicknamed the Roadrunners. The mascot is named Dash.

Football Notes: 2013 California State Champions, 2013 Gridiron Classic Champions, 2013 Nor Cal Conference Champions, 2012 Nor Cal Conference Champions, 2012 Ranked #1 in Northern California, 2012 Ranked #3 Nationally, 2012 State Center Bowl Champions, 2008 National Junior College Champions

Notable people[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Butte
Larry Allen Retired – Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers Offensive lineman
Justin Eilers Retired professional MMA fighter Football player[4]
Chad Folk Retired – Toronto Argonauts Football player
Lisa Fortier Gonzaga University Women's Basketball Head Coach[5]
Sergio C. Garcia First illegal immigrant admitted to State Bar of California Alumnus[6]
Alex Green Green Bay Packers Running Back
Ken Grossman Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Co-founder[7]
Jermaine Haley Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, and Toronto Argonauts Football player
Paris Jackson BC Lions Football player
Mike Kyle Mixed martial artist, once fighting for the UFC Wrestler and football player[8]
Kyle Lohse Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher
Brett Ratliff NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV MVP Quarterback (freshman season, 2002)
Junior Siavii Seattle Seahawks Football player
Mark Uyeyama Strength and conditioning coach – San Francisco 49ers Football player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California, State of. "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office – Data Mart". Datamrt.cccco.edu. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Campus Solutions to Global Warming". Nwf.org. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  4. ^ "Justin Eilers UFC Bio". Ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  5. ^ "Lisa Mispley Fortier". Gonzaga University. April 14, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  6. ^ TODOROV, KERANA (February 15, 2014). "Immigrant lawyer to students: American dream is yours". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Ken Grossman – Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Butte College". CCC. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Mike Kyle MMA Bio". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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Coordinates: 39°38′52″N 121°38′39″W / 39.6478°N 121.6441°W / 39.6478; -121.6441