Cosumnes River College
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|Type||Public community college|
|Established||September 14, 1970|
|400 (Fall 2005) |
|Students||13,091 (Spring 2017)|
|Affiliations||Los Rios Community College District|
Cosumnes River College is a public community college in Sacramento, California. It opened in 1970, taking its name from the Cosumnes River which flows just a few miles to the south. As of Spring 2017, enrollment was at 13,091 students at its main and satellite campus in Elk Grove, California. Folsom Lake College, a former satellite campus, attained independence in 2004.
The concept for Cosumnes River College was included in a Master Facility Need Study that was approved by the Board of Trustees of the Los Rios Community College District in February 1967. A campus site of 180 acres (73 ha) was obtained and construction proceeded on a library building, a science building, an automotive and technology complex, a women's physical education building, and a swimming pool. In the fall of 1970 the college opened with an initial enrollment of about 2,100.
The architect who designed the original buildings of the college is Nacht & Lewis Architects of Sacramento. They also designed the Learning Resource Center in 2005.
In September 1975, the Business/Social Science building was dedicated, which included computer laboratories. In the spring of 1989, the California state finals for the National Geography Bee were first held within the recital hall. They have been held there in April ever since. In fall of 1990, the cafeteria building was opened, with facilities for both staff and student dining, and also for the instructional food service program. The next phase of construction was in the summer of 1991, which added the College Center building with space for the Admissions/Records, Financial Aid, Business Services, Administration and the book store. In fall of 1995 a visual and performing arts complex was opened, completing the roster of facilities in the college's original plan.
A permanent Child Development Center was completed in March 2002, and in December 2003 staff moved into a new Southeast Office Complex.
In 2004, construction on the Operations and Public Safety (OPS) building was completed. The building houses a variety of support services and departments. This includes a Health Services office staffed by college nurses, the Operations Department offices (housing the offices for Custodial/Maintenance Services and for Facility Use Processing), a Mail and Printing Center, and a substation of the Los Rios Community College Police Department.
The two-story Learning Resource Center was dedicated in 2005 with classroom space, and special computer labs for English as a Second Language, Digital Media, Journalism, and a Math Center. These buildings were funded in part from a voter-approved community college district bond, Measure A.
The college's plans also include construction of an Elk Grove Center in the southern part of Elk Grove, California, United States. The center site was dedicated with a ground breaking in 2011. Construction also began in 2011 on the $18-million Winn Center for Construction and Architecture which will provide instructional space for Construction, Construction Management Technology, Pharmacy Technology, and Photography among other programs. The building was supported by a $1-million gift from Mike Winn and family.
In partnership with the Sacramento Regional Transit, (SACRT) construction the CRC/Regional Transit Parking Structure began in 2011. In 2015, the college received light rail service when the Blue Line was extended to terminate at a new station on Bruceville Road on the east side of the campus.
The college occupies a campus of 180 acres (73 ha) on the south side of Sacramento.
Organization and administration
The college is part of the Los Rios Community College District.
The college offers learning alternatives to the traditional classroom, including online and interactive televised classes.
The college was re-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2009. A Mid-term report in 2012 was received with no new recommendations.
Cosumnes River College is home to The Connection, an award-winning biweekly newspaper. An opinion zine, The Voice, is also published on campus.
Cosumnes River College is also home to the environmental student organization 'Students for a Sustainable Future Club' or SSF Club. Established in 2011, this group exists to promote sustainability and environmentalism through education, advocacy, and activism both on campus and in the community. This club is an official chapter of the California Student Sustainability Coalition as well as an affiliate of the Sierra Student Coalition.
The college was a factor in area college sports from the very beginning. It opened up the 1971 football season against reigning state champion College of the Redwoods and nearly pulled off an upset. That team was coached by Coit Conant. During the short period of time that the school fielded a football team 1971-1978, it was the predominant area power in that sport. The school has provided powerful teams in all other sports since the inception of the school winning several conference titles.
In 2006, the college became home to the now-defunct Sacramento Heatwave of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In 2012, The Cosumnes River Hawks Baseball team took home the school's first ever state championship. In 2012 and 2013, the college's Community Athletic Center hosted the California Community College Athletic Association state basketball Final Four and Championship tournament.
Major construction of new athletic fields on the north side of campus was completed in 2012-13, including two soccer fields, softball complex, baseball complex (renamed Conway Field), and complete remodeling of the shared-use football stadium with the addition of artificial turf.
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