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About Folsom Lake College
Since 2004, Folsom Lake College has provided exceptional educational opportunities to the communities of eastern Sacramento and western El Dorado counties. The college serves approximately 8,000 students at the main Folsom campus, El Dorado Center, and Rancho Cordova Center.
Folsom Lake College is committed to enriching and empowering students by providing rigorous academic programs and comprehensive support services, opportunities for leadership and growth, and a collaborative and innovative learning environment.
Main Folsom Campus
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630
In 1967, the Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) aquired a 151-acre parcel of land to be preserved for a future college. At its inception in 1991, Folsom Lake Center began operation at the current site in Folsom as a center of Cosumnes River College. In Fall 1992, the state Board of Governors and the California Postsecondary Education Commission approved the Folsom Lake site as the fourth college of the LRCCD. In Spring 1993, classes were first offered in portables at the main campus site. The first permanent building, Aspen Hall/FL1, opened in 2001.
Due to tremendous growth of the Folsom region, the facilities quickly expanded to keep up with demand for quality education. Currently, the beautiful campus includes over 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional space; an enormous library and computer lab for student use; the Falcon's Roost, the hub of student life on campus; physical education and athletics facilities and fields; and the renowned Harris Center for the Arts.
Construction update: Over summer 2013, the first phase of the athletic facilities complex opened at the Folsom campus providing students with new track and field, baseball, softball, and soccer fields. In alignment with Los Rios Community College District's commitment of putting "community" back into community college, these fields will be made available for community use. The second phase, a cross country course, interpretive trail, and a 9-court tennis complex are slated for completion in late-summer 2014, which will complete the athletics complex. Construction of a new gymnasium began in July 2013 and is expected to open in spring 2015.
El Dorado Center
6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667
Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center was established in the mid-1960s as a state-funded education center and was located in several portable buildings on El Dorado County land next to the county fairgrounds. Because of the continued enrollment growth at the center, and the keen interest and desire of the citizens of the Greater Placerville area to have a permanent community college center in Placerville, the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of approximately 19 acres of land from the El Dorado County Board of Education. The site was approved by the California Community Colleges and the State of California for a permanent site in 1988.
Construction of the first phase of permanent facilities was completed in the spring of 1994 and opened for classes in August 1994. A physical education building was completed and opened for classes in January 1999. An additional parking lot opened in Fall 2003. A second instructional building that completed the center’s build-out was opened in Spring 2006.
The El Dorado Center serves the educational needs of those working and living on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in El Dorado and adjoining counties. More than 2,500 students attend the El Dorado Center. The facility has state-of-the-art science labs and a fitness center, and has been recognized with a statewide architectural award of excellence. The center offers a full range of transfer and vocational programs as well as student support services. The center is well positioned to meet the educational needs of the area’s growing population.
Construction update: At the El Dorado Center, an expansion and remodel of the student services area began in January 2014 and is expected to open in spring 2015. Students will have increased space in which to gather and office space is being remodeled to better accommodate the needs of students.
Rancho Cordova Center
10378 Rockingham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827
The Rancho Cordova Center, an outreach center operated by Folsom Lake College, is located just minutes south of Highway 50 and 10 miles east of downtown Sacramento. The center was developed in response to the growing number of residents in this service area.
The center offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language curriculum, as well as a range of general education, computer science, physical education, administration of justice, and business courses. Alternative course delivery options, including online and televised courses, are available.
The center also provides a variety of support services to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
Construction update: In July 2013, demolition began at the future permanent site of the Rancho Cordova Center near Mather Field road along Highway 50. Regional transit lines will provide easy access to the new center. Classes are projected to transition to the new site in fall 2015.
Los Rios Community College District
Folsom Lake College is a member of the Los Rios Community College District. The Los Rios Community College District is one of the nation's most respected learning institutions and the second-largest community college district in California, serving the greater Sacramento region. Los Rios includes: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges; five major education and outreach centers; and specialized workforce and economic development programs for regional businesses, governments and organizations. Los Rios colleges offer AA/AS degrees, certificates and transfer-education opportunities in more than 70 career fields. The district's 2,400-square mile service area includes all of Sacramento and El Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer and Solano counties. More than 77,000 students are enrolled in the four colleges.