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Celebrating 50 Years of Education and Opportunity at CRC

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Cosumnes River College celebrates 50 years of providing education and opportunity to students in our community.


CRC 50th Anniversary logo

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 1975, the Business/Social Science classroom building was dedicated. 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. Other buildings and renovations have taken place since then. The Elk Grove Center, located off the main campus in the heart of Elk Grove, and the Winn Center for Construction and Architecture, as well as the Art Gallery continue to revitalize the college’s offerings and learning environment. A newly renovated College Center will increase the size to 30,000 square feet. All student services and the President’s Office will be housed in the expanded College Center when it opens in Summer 2021 (pending).

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. Students also now have the option of getting an AA-T or AS-T, which creates a smoother transfer process to one of the many CSU campuses.

Cosumnes River College prides itself on offering General Education, Transfer Education, Career/Technical Education, Basic Skills Education, Contract Education/Contract Training, Professional Development, and Community Education. In addition to academic courses and programs, CRC offers a number of support services to assist students in achieving academic success, including Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), Counseling, and Career Services.

"I'm very attracted to the idea that, by teaching here, I am helping students who are a lot like I was gain an ability they can use to make their lives better in the same way that I was able to." -  Jacob Velasquez, Alum/Philosophy

Cosumnes River College to Celebrate Golden Anniversary
(Elk Grove Citizen)

The City of Elk Grove Recognition (PDF)

Celebrating Remotely

While we are not celebrating CRC’s 50th Anniversary in the way we had all envisioned, we are working to provide as many opportunities to recognize CRC and all of our achievements as we can in our remote environment. We hope you enjoy a series of videos we are creating to both, look back, and forward to a better future in serving our students and the community.

CRC 50th Anniversary Series, Episode 4: Soar On

CRC 50th Anniversary Series, Episode 3: The CRC Spirit

CRC 50th Anniversary Series, Episode 2: Presidents

CRC 50th Anniversary Series, Episode 1: The Early Years

CRC Land Acknowledgment

CRC Time Capsule Opening

CRC 50th Anniversary Kickoff