Without a doubt one of the most picturesque community colleges in the entire country, Mendocino College in Ukiah, California offers students a somewhat quaint and rustic location to attend school, amidst buildings constructed from redwood trees, more than one general store, and some of California’s prettiest wine country that you’ve likely never heard of. A two-year community college supported by taxes, Medocino College was founded in 1973 and offers a number of different fields of study to students in a most desirable hilltop campus.
Located on 127 acres of beautiful land just north of the city’s downtown, Mendocino College currently has close to 5,000 students enrolled, with over 50 full-time faculty members. Adjunct faculty has a large role in the school, with over 200 adjunct faculty members involved in campus life as well. With views of the mountains and a mix of new and more farm-oriented buildings, the school is a far cry from your usual concrete jungles of community colleges in other cities around the country.
Students attending Mendocino College can choose from both academic and vocational programs of study. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, students who earn associate’s degrees at Mendocino College can continue their course of study at any four-year college or university in California, or beyond. Two types of associate’s degrees are awarded: the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Sciences. All degree-seeking students are also expected to complete a thorough general education program while pursuing the credits needed towards their particular degree.
In addition to the traditional classroom environment, Mendocino College is also on the forefront of technology, offering Distance Education courses where students can enroll in courses that exist online and/or through video. There are also a handful of travel-based courses available.
Just as popular as those degree-oriented classes are the college’s extension offerings, open to members of the community at large. Some of the most popular extension courses include those in the culinary arts, woodworking, and yoga. For extension courses with more of a professional focus, lifeguarding and licensed timber operator courses are the most popular by far.