College of the Redwoods

College of the Redwoods should not be confused with the similarly named College of the Sequoias in the San Joaquin Valley city of Visalia, California.
College of the Redwoods
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College of the Redwoods North Entry
PresidentKeith Flamer
Academic staff
87 full-time; 218 part-time (Fall 2011)
Administrative staff
235 (Fall 2011)
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural; Three main educational sites, six off-campus sites which include 449,948 square feet (41,802 m2) of buildings sitting on 334 acres (1.4 km2) (2011).
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College of the Redwoods (CR) is a public two-year community college with its main campus in Eureka, California. It is part of the Redwoods Community College District that serves four counties and has two branch campuses, as well as three additional sites. On-campus housing is available at the main campus.

Curriculum specialties

College of the Redwoods is one of 114 colleges in the California Community College system. The college offers a variety of transfer, vocational, and community-based classes, including its Fine Woodworking Program started by master woodworker James Krenov,[2] a Police Academy, Nursing and Dental Programs, Truck Driving School, Computer Information Sciences, Computer-Aided Drafting, and Digital Media Departments, Yurok language[3] and the Hospitality, Restaurant and Culinary Arts Program (added in 2006). The college is named after the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees native to the region.

Satellite campuses

CR has a satellite branch campuses, CR Del Norte in Crescent City, Del Norte County.[4] Another former satellite campus CR Mendocino Coast[5] in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, was transferred to Mendocino College and renamed as the Mendocino College Coast Center in 2017.[6] CR also has other off-campus sites, including the Bianchi Farm in Shively, the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site[7] on the Hoopa Valley Tribe reservation, and the Southern Humboldt Instructional Site[8] in Garberville in Southern Humboldt County. The Arcata Instructional Site, the McKinleyville Instructional Site, and the Eureka Downtown Instructional Site were closed in the summer of 2012, though Community Education[9] re-located to a new Eureka downtown site.


The original Redwoods Community College District was formed in 1964 by a vote of the people of Humboldt County. Founding President Eugene J. Portugal and his wife Dottie Portugal shaped the look of the campus.[10][11] In 1975, residents of the coastal portion of Mendocino County voted to join the District, and in 1978 Del Norte County similarly joined. The college serves these areas, as well as a portion of Trinity County.

In 2012, CR's regional accreditor Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) placed the college on "Show Cause" status, warning the college that its accreditation might be withdrawn.[12] Two years later it removed the college from probation and reaffirmed its accreditation.[13][14]


The college is part of the Redwoods Community College District, itself part of the California Community Colleges System. The district is governed by the elected seven-member Board of Trustees.


Beginning with the passage of Proposition 13 by California in 1978, College of the Redwoods and most public institutions in the state have suffered declining revenue, and this has continued following the Dot-Com Bust. All of this occurs while simultaneously suffering increasing costs due to inflation, population growth, and increasingly unfunded state and federal mandates. In 2006, voters passed Bond Measure Q/B[15] (Ballot Measure Q in Humboldt, northwest Mendocino and western Trinity counties; Ballot Measure B in Del Norte County) to allow issuance of $40,320,000 in bond funding to upgrade and renovate facilities at the main campus in Eureka and the branch campuses in Crescent City and Fort Bragg. Measure Q Bond Funds were also used to acquire the Garberville Site in Southern Humboldt County.

Notable alumni

Points of interest


  1. ^ California, State of. "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". datamart.cccco.edu.
  2. ^ "The Krenov School of Fine Furniture". www.crfinefurniture.com.
  3. ^ Atherton, Kelley. "Back from the Brink: Learning the Yurok Language". The Daily Triplicate. Published 16 October 2010. Accessed 30 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Del Norte Site > Home". www.redwoods.edu. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mendocino Coast Campus". www.redwoods.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  6. ^ "Mendocino College Announces Ribbon Cutting and Open House at New Coast Center", www.mendocino.edu, August 8, 2017, retrieved 2018-01-01
  7. ^ "College of the Redwoods Home > Klamath-Trinity". www.redwoods.edu.
  8. ^ "Southern Humboldt Instructional Site". www.redwoods.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  9. ^ "College of the Redwoods Home > Academics". www.redwoods.edu.
  10. ^ "New to CR". www.redwoods.edu.
  11. ^ "About CR > About CR Home > Mission/Vision". www.redwoods.edu. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "ACCJC Publications & Policies". www.accjc.org. Archived from the original on 2013-05-19. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  13. ^ "Accreditation > Accreditation Home". www.redwoods.edu.
  14. ^ "Directory of Accredited Institutions" (PDF). www.accjc.org. November 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  15. ^ "Full Text of Measure Q/B". www.redwoods.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  16. ^ Contemporary Women Artists. Gale. 1999.

External links

Coordinates: 40°41′52″N 124°11′54″W / 40.69778°N 124.19833°W / 40.69778; -124.19833

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