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
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College of the Redwoods North Entry
Established 1964
Type Public
President Kathy Smith, as of March 2013 - retiring June 2015
Academic staff
87 full-time; 218 part-time (Fall 2011)
Administrative staff
235 (Fall 2011)
Students 5,784[1]
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).[2] 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. It's one of the only few community colleges that offer on-campus housing.

Curriculum specialties[edit]

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[3] 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, Yurok language [4] and the new Hospitality, Restaurant and Culinary Arts Program (added in 2006). The college is named after the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees native to the region.

Satellite campuses[edit]

CR has two satellite branch campuses: CR Del Norte[5] in Crescent City, Del Norte County; and CR Mendocino Coast[6] in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County. CR also has other off-campus sites, including the Bianchi Farm in Shively, the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site[7] on the Hoopa Valley Tribe reservation, and the Southern Humboldt Instructional Site[8] 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[9] 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. Founding President Dr. Eugene J. Portugal and his wife Dottie Portugal shaped the look of the campus. [10] [11] 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 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), one of three commissions under Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),[12] placed the college on "Show Cause" status, warning the college that its accreditation might be withdrawn. The college remained accredited during the period of the Show Cause order,[13] though reaffirmation was delayed. In February 2013, the ACCJC upgraded the college to "Probation" status,[14] with a deadline of October 15, 2013 to submit a follow-up report showing evidence of the college's work in response to the ACCJC's recommendations.[15] The ACCJC will meet in January, 2014 to review the reports and decide upon CR's accreditation status.


The college is part of the Redwoods Community College District, itself part of the California Community Colleges System. The district is governed by the elected nine-member Board of Trustees.


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[16] (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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Coordinates: 40°41′52″N 124°11′54″W / 40.69778°N 124.19833°W / 40.69778; -124.19833