History of SRJC Petaluma
The Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in credit and non-credit courses day and evening classes. Each semester students enroll in approximately 350 course sections in nearly 60 disciplines, including a number of majors and certificates as well as all of the courses necessary for transfer to UC, CSU, or to complete SRJC's general education requirements.
Santa Rosa Junior College has been offering courses in the Petaluma area for nearly 50 years. The original Petaluma 'Center' operated primarily as an evening program until the completion in 1995 of permanent facilities on its current site, and was granted campus status by the SRJC Board of Trustees and the California Community College Chancellor's Office in the spring of 1999.
A second phase of new construction for the Petaluma Campus was completed in 2008, and a third phase of construction completed in 2009 renovated the original campus. This project, the largest of its kind in SRJC's history, tripled the square footage of the campus, added seven new buildings, renovated another three, and expanded outdoor space and parking lots. Among the new facilities are life sciences labs, a second art studio, physical science and chemistry/physics labs, a new 35,000 square foot library, a physical fitness center, a bookstore, student services and support areas (including student health services, student life and leadership, admissions and records, counseling, disabled student services, tutorial center, and career/transfer center), expanded dining space, classrooms/technology labs, faculty/administrative offices, digital media lab, and a 256-seat auditorium with some of the best media technology in the district. The campus offers state of the art technology throughout, including a wireless network, fully mediated instructional facilities, and video conferencing capabilities.
Other unique features of the Petaluma Campus include the Capri Creek restoration project and an accessible walking and biking trail system with a route that extends around the perimeter of the campus and continues throughout the city of Petaluma. A fall and spring Cinema Series, Digital Media and Water Resources Technology certificates, CISCO Academy, as well as Networking, Help desk, and Fitness, Nutrition, and Health certificates are some of the program offerings unique to the Petaluma Campus. This beautiful campus is located 35 miles north of San Francisco.