Community college center is first on a UC campus
The establishment of the Sacramento City College Davis Center at UC Davis West Village marks another milestone in a long partnership between the Los Rios Community College District and UC Davis. Over the last several years, the three higher education systems in California — community colleges, state universities and the UC system — have worked to smooth the path from two-year colleges to four-year universities for a greater number of students. In July 2015, the University of California and Los Rios Community College District announced a pathway program for ten of the most popular majors in the UC system.
The Davis Center is located on the Village Square at the heart of UC Davis West Village, an innovative mixed-use,planned zero net energy development.
Students from UC Davis benefit, too. They have the opportunity to take college courses that UC Davis doesn’t currently offer, and they are able to take classes, to supplement their UC Davis coursework.
About the center
The 35,000 square-foot college center (the first two buildings of three planned for the site) houses classrooms, labs, an art studio, a career technology center, administrative offices and counseling space. It has earned silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The partnership between UC Davis and the community college district has pioneered previous programs that have become models for other UC campuses, including a transfer program that gives qualified community college transfer applicants written guarantees of admission to UC Davis.
About 150 students transfer from Sacramento City College to UC Davis each year, more than from any other single institution. Prior to locating at West Village, Sacramento City College had offered classes in leased space in the city of Davis for more than a decade.
About the college district
The Los Rios Community College District serves more than 75,000 students in Sacramento and El Dorado counties as well as parts of Yolo, Placer and Solano counties. It includes American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges with major centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, Natomas and Rancho Cordova. The colleges offer a path to study at four-year colleges and universities as well as associate degrees and certificates in more than 70 career fields.