Cosumnes River College is one of four community colleges within the Los Rios Community College District.
The Los Rios District was founded in July 1965 when voters in 10 separate school districts covering five counties opted to consolidate. The election established a regional community college district of 2,400 square miles and brought together, under one governing board, the then existing Sacramento City and American River colleges.
The newly established seven-member board approved a Master Facility Need Study in February 1967 of which plans for Cosumnes River College were a part. The plan called for a phased construction of facilities, with the first phase to be completed in the fall of 1970, to accommodate 2,000 students. Early in 1967 the Board of Trustees, the campus architects and a citizens' advisory board studied various sites. Eventually a 180-acre site 12 miles south of metropolitan Sacramento was selected.
The college opened on September 14, 1970, with 1,800 day and 350 evening students. Facilities included the science building, automotive and technology complex, women's physical education building, pool, and the library building. In September 1975, the Business/Social Science classroom building was dedicated, the first since the college opened. The computer laboratory, located there, is equipped with state-of-the-art computer equipment that supports many areas of the college curriculum.
The campus now consists of 13 permanent buildings, including fiber optics and satellite transmission capabilities for the latest in information/communication services. The Cafeteria/College Center opened in Fall 1990 with facilities for both the instructional foodservice program and student/staff needs. Phase II of the College Center opened in June 1991 for Admissions/Records, Financial Aid, Business Services, Administration and the Bookstore. A Visual and Performing Arts complex was opened in October of 1995, thus completing the college's original facilities master plan. In addition, the permanent Child Development Center was completed in March 2002, and in December 2003 staff moved into the new Southeast Office Complex (SOC). In Fall 2005 the Learning Resource Center building was dedicated. Planning is underway for additional instructional facilities to be completed over the next few years.
There are more than 14,500 students enrolled at Cosumnes River College. The college offers approximately 176 degrees and certificates across 50 different occupational and transfer program areas.
Cosumnes River College has emerged with very much its own identity, small enough to offer personalized attention, yet large enough to offer a comprehensive postsecondary education to the community it serves.
In accordance with the Civic Center Act, the college is designated as a place for community functions of various kinds. College facilities are made available for use by authorized community groups when such use does not interfere with the educational program. To rent college facilities, contact College Operations at 691-7251.