Mendocino College

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Mendocino College is accredited by:

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
10 Commercial Blvd, Suite 204
Novato CA 94949
(707) 569-9177

They are an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation is granted for an unlimited period of time, with a standard provision for an institutional self-study every six years, along with review and visitation by the Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is granted on the basis of demonstrated evidence that the institution is fulfilling its stated goals and objectives through qualified personnel, sound planning, appropriate programs and services, and adequate resources.

In addition to being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Mendocino College is approved by the California Community College Board of Governors, California State Department of Education, for veteran benefits, Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Dept. of Justice and U.S. Dept. of Education. Transfer courses taken at Mendocino College are accepted at the University of California, the California State University and College System, and private four-year colleges and universities.

For information on our most recent accreditation, please contact the President's Office at (707) 468-3071.


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The Mendocino-Lake Community College District was formed in September 1972 by vote of the citizens of the Anderson Valley, Laytonville, Potter Valley, Round Valley, Ukiah, and Willits Unified School Districts. Planning for the development of the initial offerings of the College occurred in the Spring of 1973, with the first classes offered in July 1973.

Expansion of the District to include the Lake County Districts of Upper Lake, Kelseyville, and Lakeport occurred by vote of the citizens on November 5, 1974. The new District boundaries, established in July 1975, encompass 3,200 square miles of service area. In 1981 the name of the District became Mendocino-Lake Community College District to better reflect the geographical area being served.


  • 1972 - A new college district was formed to serve the Mendocino County areas of Anderson Valley, Round Valley, Ukiah and Willits. Peter DeVries was named first president.
  • 1973 - The Redwood Empire Fairgrounds was selected as the temporary site for the college until a permanent home could be found.
  • 1973 - A name for the new college was chosen -- Gateway Community College. After just a few weeks the college was renamed Mendocino College. The Eagle was chosen as a mascot and blue and gold as the new college's colors.
  • 1973, August - Portable classrooms arrived at the Ukiah County Fair Grounds and the first fall semester began in September with over 1,000 students enrolled.
  • 1974, Spring - Number of students had grown to 2,312. Available space was already stretched to capacity. More temporary buildings were brought in.
  • 1974 - Course offerings expanded each year, with students receiving instruction in the newest technology.
  • 1974 - The Lake County Center began in a modest temporary building.
  • 1977 - The first Willits Center office opened in a temporary location on Main Street in downtown Willits.
  • 1977 - College Trustees purchased 127 acres of the old Yokayo ranch as a permanent campus. Ground was broken on October 21, 1983, the first building, the library, was built, and the old portables were hauled up from the fairgrounds. Classes began on the new campus in the summer of 1985.
  • 1978 - The Willits Center was established at 11 Marin Street with two permanent classrooms and began offering day classes in Willits with evening classes in Willits, Laytonville, Round Valley, Anderson Valley, and Potter Valley.
  • 1979 - The Lake Center moved to a larger building as student enrollment grew ever larger.
  • 1980 - College centers in Willits and Lakeport were established. District-wide course offerings had expanded to more than 550 classes, including 120 day and evening classes in Lake County. Distance learning courses were also offered.
  • 1980, February - Mendocino College received full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • 1981 -Facilities at the Fairgrounds in Ukiah became so impacted that some programs moved to other locations. The library relocated to the corner of State and Gibson streets.
  • 1983, October 21 - Ground was broken on the first Ukiah Campus building, the library, and the old portables were hauled up from the fairgrounds.
  • 1985, Summer - Classes began on the new Ukiah campus.
  • 1985-86 - The Classroom/Administration Building was constructed and provided classrooms and faculty and administrative offices.
  • 1987/88- Vocational/Technical Building and Agricultural Headhouse projects were constructed
  • 1988 - New Child Development Lab built, featuring a round design with a central observation room.
  • 1989 - Physical Education complex was added, giving Lake and Mendocino counties world-class facilities.
  • 1993/94 - Mendocino College's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts was built.
  • 1998-99 - Lake Center moves to a new 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 1005 Parallel Drive, Lakeport, one day before open registration for the Fall semester. New building includes a Learning Lab, a second computer lab and additional classroom space as well as Admin offices, counseling offices, a faculty workroom, bookstore and a parking lot.
  • 2003 - New Science Complex started on Ukiah Campus, 20,000 sq. ft. facility, including faculty offices, will replace 2,400 sq. ft. science classes in portable buildings.
  • 2003, August - The Willits Center adds two new classrooms, including a new home for the center's computer lab and a wireless computer network system, at the Mendocino County Museum, part of the Redwood Empire Railroad History Project in Willits.
  • 2004 - New Science Complex opens August; 20,000 sq. ft. facility.
  • 2006 - Measure W $67.5 million Facilities Bond Passed

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Foundation News

Foundation Plans Gala 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

UKIAH – “Gala on the Green,” an annual fundraiser to benefit Mendocino College students and programs, is scheduled for September 11 at Campovida (formerly Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks Food and Wine Center), 13601 Old River Road, Hopland. The Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be preceded by optional tours of the Campovida gardens between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Mendocino College Foundation, the event features dinner, wine, auctions, and music.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person. Tables, with seating for eight people each, may be reserved for $680. Additional information about tickets and table reservations will soon be available on the Foundation's website, .

Fifth-graders receive Foundation awards

Friday, July 09, 2010

UKIAH - Seventeen fifth-graders in schools throughout the Mendocino-Lake Community College District are receiving awards made possible this year by the Mendocino College Foundation's Adopt-A-Fifth-Grader Program, College Superintendent/President Kathryn G. Lehner has announced. Award winners were honored at the schools in ceremonies at the end of the school year. One school will announce its award recipient in August.Thanks to the generosity of several new donors and a few repeat contributors, the number of achievement awards has increased significantly over the last couple of years, said Lehner.

Read more: Fifth-graders receive Foundation awards

2010 Scholarships Presented

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 UKIAH — Mendocino College Foundation recently presented nearly $123,000 in scholarships to high school and college students planning to continue their education at Mendocino College. Foundation Board members, College trustees, faculty, and staff honored the recipients during the annual Scholarships Awards Ceremony at the College's Ukiah campus.

This year 85 awards were presented and included a new scholarship that was made possible by a December 2009 donation from retired school teacher Hulda Weger to the Foundation. Tommy Thornhill, chair of the Foundation's scholarship committee congratulated the recipients and concluded the ceremony by asking everyone in attendance to “give a hand to the people who pushed you here,” referring to family, friends and people in their lives who helped and encouraged them to continue their education.

Read more: 2010 Scholarships Presented

Students Earn All-California Honors

UKIAH -- Two Mendocino College students are among the 67 individuals selected for the 2010 All-California Community College Academic Team, a recognition program administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Art major Dustin Crown and business administration major Heather Gardner were named to the All-California Academic Third Team. They received medallions of honor and certificates recognizing their accomplishments.

Selection to the All-California teams was based on grades, leadership, and community service. Crown and Gardner received scores from Phi Theta Kappa judges at the national level that qualified them for the honor at the state level. The 67 students chosen for the All-California first, second, and third teams represent 36 California community colleges and some of the best of the 2.9 million students enrolled in all 112 California community colleges, according to information released by Phi Theta Kappa. The students were acknowledged at a special awards luncheon in Sacramento.

Read more: Students Earn All-California Honors

Financial Aid at Record Numbers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UKIAH – Mendocino College is disbursing more financial aid funds than ever. That's good news for students and for the local economy.

“We are our own federal economic stimulus engine,” says Jacque Bradley, assistant dean of the College's Financial Aid Office. “Mendocino College has pumped over $3 million into the local economy through checks disbursed to local college students this year.” Mendocino College will disburse another $1 million before the spring semester ends.

In addition, Mendocino College waived nearly $750,000 in enrollment fees for students, and students receive scholarships and work study money. This translates to more dollars students can spend locally.

Read more: Financial Aid at Record Numbers

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Santa Rosa Junior College, founded in 1918, is the tenth oldest of California's 109 publicly funded two-year colleges. From its initial freshman class of 19 students, SRJC has become one of the largest single college districts in the United States, Sonoma County Junior College District.

With 15 major high school districts within its borders, the District encompasses more than 1,600 square miles from the southern border of Mendocino County to the northern tip of Marin County. The District is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by Napa and Lake counties.

The District operates two campuses in Sonoma County: a 100+ acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa and a 40-acre campus in Petaluma. SRJC also operates a regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, a 365-acre self-supporting Shone Farm near Forestville, a Culinary Arts Center in downtown Santa Rosa, and a Technology Academy on the Petaluma Campus. Each semester classes are offered at more than 70 locations throughout the District by nearly 3,500 faculty and staff.

SRJC offers a strong General Education program for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 175 career skills certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce. SRJC's basic skills program prepares students for college level courses. The College grants both associate in arts (A.A.) and associate in science (A.S.) degrees.

In 2008, more than 36,000 students enrolled at SRJC each semester at all of its locations, with an annual headcount of over 53,000. The College attracts students from throughout the state and from more than 40 countries around the world.

In its 90-year history, Santa Rosa Junior College has had only four Presidents: Floyd P. Bailey (1921-1957), Randolph Newman (1957-1970), Roy Mikalson (1971-1990) and the current President, Dr. Robert F. Agrella, who was hired in 1990.

Inclusion and Diversity College Hallmarks

Diversity and cultural awareness were barely a part of mainstream college dialogue at most colleges until the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s. In that climate of upheaval, students, faculty and administration at SRJC took action to show the community and the world that they, too, embraced the sweeping cultural changes. In the mid-1960s, as a part of what eventually became the Educational Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), the College began actively recruiting minority students, offering ethnic studies and directly combating racism across the College.

SRJC demonstrates tolerance and acceptance of students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences as reflected in its mission, values, college clubs, support services, social events, and everyday activities.

SRJC Foundation and Alumni Promote, Enhance, Inspire

SRJC's second President Dr. Randolph Newman established SRJC's nonprofit Foundation in 1969. The Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide private support for students, instruction, and the future of SRJC. Today the SRJC Foundation awards more than 600 scholarships annually; more than $3 million in SRJC Foundation scholarships have been awarded in the last four decades. The Foundation encourages gifts to enhance college programs and to support faculty and facility growth, such as the construction of the William B. Race Health Sciences Building.

The SRJC Foundation raised more than $1 million for the Warren G. Dutton, Jr., Agriculture Pavilion to equip and assist with start-up funding for facility, and over $1 million for the Frank P. Doyle Library Endowment. The Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation assists individuals who wish to advance the work of SRJC through private gifts. The staff and Foundation Board provide assistance with making a one-time gift, establishing an endowment, or planned giving.

The SRJC Foundation works with the college's Alumni and Friends Association. You don't have to be a SRJC graduate to join the Alumni & Friends Association, since membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the activities, events, and goals that help the College maintain its excellent reputation as an exemplary institution of higher learning. The Alumni and Friends Association presents several awards annually, including the Floyd P. Bailey Award, Randolph Newman Scholarship Award, Roy G. Mikalson Scholarship Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award.

Sworn Officers, Cadets Serve SRJC District

Serving a student population of more than 36,000 students a semester at dozens of sites, Santa Rosa Junior College's District Police's staff includes 13 sworn officers, six police dispatchers, six unsworn community services officers, and numerous cadets. District Police Officers are empowered with full peace officer status, making felony and misdemeanor arrests, investigating crimes, and enforcing traffic laws. The District Police Department also oversees parking compliance. The department is housed at Pedroncelli Center located at the intersection of Elliott Avenue and Armory Drive in Santa Rosa.

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Empire College School of Law bases its success on the success of its students. Since its beginning in 1973, approximately 80 percent of Empire College School of Law graduates have passed the California Bar Exam. Also, throughout the past five years, Empire College law students have regularly achieved one the highest pass rates for accredited California law schools. Empire College students proudly ranked second in the state of California on their February 2004 exam. If you want to study law in Northern California, you may want to consider Empire College School of Law.

Our students benefit from the advantage of close-knit relationships and networking developed between Empire College School of Law graduates in the Northern California area. Our graduates make up approximately 25 percent of the Sonoma County Bar and include judiciary members in the Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Merced counties. These valuable networking opportunities give our students an advantage in passing the Bar examination and finding employment in the surrounding area's legal community.

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