Fullerton College

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Fullerton College
Fullerton College seal.svg
Other name
FC
Former name
Fullerton Junior College (1913-72)
MottoExcellence. Elevated
Type Public Community College
Established1913(108 years ago) (1913)
Parent institution
North Orange County Community College District
Academic affiliation
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Budget$87 million [1]
President Dr. Greg Schulz [1]
Students21,017 (Spring 2019) [2]
Location, ,
United States

33°52′28″N117°55′07″W / 33.874417°N 117.918548°W / 33.874417; -117.918548 Coordinates: 33°52′28″N117°55′07″W / 33.874417°N 117.918548°W / 33.874417; -117.918548
Campus Metropolitan, 83 acres (33.6 ha)
Colors Blue and Gold
   [3]
Athletics Football
Basketball
Softball
Nickname Hornets
Sporting affiliations
Orange Empire Conference
California Community College Athletic Association
Southern California Football Association
MascotBuzzy the Hornet [3]
Website www.fullcoll.edu

Fullerton College (FC) is a public community college in Fullerton, California. The college is one of 112 in the California Community Colleges System and belongs to the North Orange County Community College District. Established in 1913, it is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California. [4] [5] [6]

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History

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Front of the Fullerton Junior College campus, April, 1963
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Interior view of Fullerton JC campus, April, 1963
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Additional view of Fullerton JC campus, April, 1963
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Fullerton JC Campus, modern art sculpture of the Hornet logo, April, 1963

In April 1913, the governing board of Fullerton Union High School approved a motion to establish a two-year postgraduate course of study at the high school. At this time, Fullerton was primarily an agricultural community, which specialized in the production of citrus produce. Delbert Brunton, who was the Fullerton High principal, established the new Fullerton Junior College to provide such postgraduate study.

Twenty-six freshman students enrolled in the first year, and the school had a curriculum of 10 courses. "In 1922 the college was reorganized as an independent junior college district. After holding classes on the Fullerton Union High School campus for its first 23 years, the college began moving to its own fourteen-acre campus next door in 1936." [7] [ better source needed ]

In 2002, North Orange County voters passed a $239 million facilities bond measure, of which nearly $135 million was allotted to Fullerton College. It was used for renovation of current campus facilities and also to construct new facilities. On June 13, 2005, the new library inside of the LLRC was opened, and a formal dedication occurred on October 28, 2005. A bond measure that passed in 2014 will award the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) $574 million to fund construction and renovation projects for the next 25 years. [8] [ better source needed ]

About

Fullerton College is part of the California Community Colleges System. The ninth college president is Dr. Greg Schulz, appointed in April 2016. [9] 2016 school enrollment is nearly 25,000. [10] [ better source needed ] The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Hornets.

Campus

The college is located in the city of Fullerton, California, in northern Orange County. The campus is within walking distance of the downtown section.

The Fullerton College library first opened in 1913, in a small section of the Fullerton High School Library. It moved into the high school gymnasium in 1929 and to a small space in the new science building in 1938. A specialized facility was constructed in 1957 and named the William T. Boyce Library in 1962 in honor of William T. Boyce, who served as dean and president from 1918-1951. [11] A new library was constructed and opened on June 13, 2005, and formally dedicated on October 28, 2005. [12] [ better source needed ]

Artist-in-residence program

The Fullerton College Art Department hosts a yearly artist-in-residence (AIR) program which was started in 1972 with a visit from painter Wayne Thiebaud. [13] August 2013 marked the 100th fall semester of the AIR program. It was celebrated with the first exhibit of the entire AIR art collection at the Fullerton College Art Gallery. [13]

Student government

The students of Fullerton College have established a student body association named Associated Students of Fullerton College. The association is required by law to "encourage students to participate in the governance of the college". [14]

Associated Students of Fullerton College is a voting member of a statewide community college student organization named Student Senate for California Community Colleges. The statewide Student Senate is authorized by law "to advocate before the Legislature and other state and local governmental entities". [15]

Demographics of student body (Spring 2019) [16]
Undergraduate
African-American 2.50%
American Indian 0.22%
Asian 12.25%
Filipino 2.78%
Hispanic 55.27%
Multi-Ethnic 3.12%
Pacific Islander 0.28%
Unknown5.06%
White Non-Hispanic 18.53%

Notable alumni

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James Cameron, Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter.
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Pat Nixon, 37th First Lady of the United States

Actors and artists

Music

Politics

Sports

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