The Cosumnes River College Foundation was founded in November of 1983 as an auxiliary arm of the larger Los Rios Foundation, a non-profit tax-exempt California corporation.
Foundation members are civic leaders and community members who have a genuine commitment and concern for education.
Cosumnes River College is one of four community colleges within the Los Rios Community College District.
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 data processing equipment that supports many areas of the college curriculum.
The campus consists of twelve 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 new visual and performing arts complex was opened in October of 1995, thus completing the college's original facilities master plan.
The El Dorado Center, located in Placerville, moved to its new facility in the Fall of 1994; the Folsom Lake Center, located in Folsom, opened in January of 1993. The Folsom Lake Center became Folsom Lake College, the district's fourth college, approved by the state.
There are more than 15,000 students enrolled at Cosumnes River College's main campus and the El Dorado centers. The college offers a broad option of more than 60 occupational degree programs, and a comprehensive curriculum of transfer courses.
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.