Why FRC?

Find out why by reading what our alumni, faculty and staff think!



Kyle Stone

Hometown: Carson City, Nevada

Graduation Date: Spring 2011

GPA: 3.93 All-Academic First Team

Feather River College sophomore second baseman Kyle Stone was selected to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) All-Academic First Team. Stone, a sophomore from Carson City, finished last year with a 3.93 GPA. Stone was also a unanimous first team All Golden Valley Conference infielder last spring, as he finished second in the state in hitting during the regular season as he posted a .508 batting average.

Kyle is focusing his studies on sociology and social science at FRC. His career goal is to coach baseball.  He has had offers from several four year schools and is currently leaning towards Jacksonville State, in Alabama.

Hunter Hedman

Grass Valley, CA

I grew up in Grass Valley and developed a love of the outdoors at a young age. After graduating from high school, I moved to Colorado to get my hunting guide’s license, and guided for an outfitter in the Rocky Mountains. I then moved to Big Sky, Montana, where I worked in Lift Operations for two years. It was here that I heard about the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program at FRC. It sounded like a perfect match. The class sizes are small and the teachers have a real interest in their students’ success. Whether it’s kayaking, skiing or learning how to be a more proficient leader, all of the classes are hands ­-on and teach real world skills that I will be able to use for years to come. I plan on transferring to CSU Chico with a major in Recreation Administration.


Sam Ritter

Hometown: Woodland, WA

Degrees: Biology and Liberal Studies

I came to Feather River Community College in the fall of 2004. The faculty, staff, coaches, classmates and my team mates made this one of the greatest experiences of my life. I graduated in the fall of ‘06 with an AS in Biology and an AA in liberal studies. I transferred to the University of Saint Mary on an academic and football scholarship. There I earned my BS in Biology.  I am now working for Donor Network of Arizona as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator and coaching high school football at Hamilton High School in Chandler AZ.

The experience that I gained from FRC has helped me excel in life. I’ll never forget the people that helped shape me in my earliest stage of real life from the class room to the football field I am a better person because of Feather River Community College.

Jeanne Barnes

Major: Administration Office Management

Hometown: Quincy, CA

Graduation Date: Spring 2010


The first time I enrolled at Feather River College I was 18 years old. I was not ready or into it; so I failed. Twenty-six years later I enrolled at Feather River College again and was ready to succeed. I was very nervous. The professors and staff were so friendly and helpful that my nervousness went away.


 I never dreamed I would have this outstanding college experience and the appreciation that I have received for my achievements. DSPS and Workability III programs have helped me to achieve my educational goals. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2010 with an Administration Office Management degree. From there, I plan to get a job in the medical office profession.


Derek Lerch, Faculty

B.A. in Geophysics, University of California at Berkeley, 2000 (minor in Geology)
M.S. in Geophysics, Stanford University, 2006
Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2007

"After growing up in Chico, CA, I enrolled at Berkeley where I received a B.A. in Geophysics with a minor in Geology. My graduate studies at Stanford focused on the regional tectonic evolution of the northwestern margin of the Basin and Range.  I came to Feather River College because I wanted to teach at a small college in a beautiful location that lends itself to Earth science exploration.

It’s a great time to be pursuing an academic or professional career in the Earth and environmental sciences through our degree in Environmental Studies. The job outlook for our Environmental Studies graduates has never been so great: this past spring there were more local jobs in the environmental sciences than we had students to fill them.  

Our program boasts a broad range of courses, all of which include field-based work in the million-plus acres of National Forest land that surrounds FRC.  Our graduates leave with the knowledge and skills to advance to four-year programs in the Earth and environmental sciences, or to fill technical positions with environmental and land management agencies."

Katie Redman

Major: Liberal Studies 
Hometown: Round Mountain, Nevada
Graduation Date : Fall 08

“I don’t think that there could have been a better choice for me than Feather River College.  Being in a small town, but bigger than my home town, it is a perfect stepping stone for me in accomplishing my academic and athletic goals.  The professors and staff are dedicated to making your education a success, they make you want to succeed. With their guidance I have been able to achieve a 4.0 gpa and play volleyball at the same time.

I will graduate at the end of the fall semester of 2008 with a degree in Liberal Studies so that I may transfer to a four year college where I will continue toward my goal of becoming a high school teacher and volleyball coach. Don’t know if I will yet, I don’t know if I want to leave yet!  But whenever I do leave I know I will be more than ready to take on any school that lies in my future!”

Sara Frigo, '06

Hometown: Quincy, CA

Major: Early Childhood Education

Transfered to: Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena

"I started my adventure at Feather River College by taking an Early Childhood Education Class.  I became so involved in my education that I decided to pursue an AA in ECE.  I received my degree in 2006 and was honored to receive an award for Academic Excellence from the State Assembly of California in 2006 and the Phi-Theta Kappa All-USA Team Award in 2007.

The delight of finding a new passion and the recognition I received while studying at Feather River College have been amazing experiences. I am now part of the wonderful team of teachers at the FRC's Child Development Center and am working on my Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, in Pasadena, which I plan to complete in 2008."

Michael Smith, '07

Major: Administration of Justice

Hometown: Reno, NV

Transferred: Quincy University, Spring 2007

"When I enrolled at FRC, my goal was to further my education and still have the opporutnity to play football. In doing all of that, I have accomplished many things that I never thought I could achieve. I met a lot of people that I know I will have life long friendships with.

I competed on the football field, as well as in the classroom, which got me onto the Dean's List. While at FRC, another door was opened in my life. I received an athletic scholarship to the prestegious Quincy University in Illinois. It was because of my time at Feather River that I was able to be so successful."

Shae Clark , '07

Major: Sociology and Liberal Studies

Hometown: Livermore, CA

Transferred: CSU, Chico, Fall 2007

"My experience at Feather River College has been a remarkable stepping stone for my college career. The small town atmosphere of FRC has allowed me to flourish academically, as well as socially. FRC’s small campus has allowed me to enjoy the opportunity to get to know professors and faculty members on a personal level, which has enriched my time here. There are excellent programs like CARE, EOPS and Phi Theta Kappa, that I have been able to take advantage of to help further my education. FRC also has wonderful Child Development Center where my daughter, Ayzlynn, has been able to attend pre-school in a loving and creative environment."

Max Chaney, '07

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Major: Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Transferring to: University of Oregon

"When I first arrived at Feather River College, I was a little nervous. Moving so far away from home to a town I have never been to was really strange for me. But everyone was so inviting and willing to help me with anything I needed. The class sizes are small and personal, and the people here made it very easy to make friends and have new experiences.

 The Outdoor Recreation Leadership program has helped me to gain leadership, team building, and public speaking skills through teaching adventure based courses, like white water kayaking. I have learned so much here, and FRC got me ready to go out into the world. I feel prepared for ANYTHING!"

Name: Catrina Porter

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Graduation Date: Spring 2010

Transferred: UC Davis

I was born in Baton Rouge, but lived in California for most of my childhood. Before coming to FRC, I dreamed of being an English professor or journalist, but never knew how to make such a dream become reality. Being in my thirties and a disabled student, I was terrified that I could never adapt to the life of a student. Despite my internal fears, I was welcomed by my instructors, DSPS, and my peers, which relieved my initial loneliness upon moving to Quincy.


With the help and compassion from everyone I have come to know at FRC, I have surpassed what I thought I could achieve as a student. It is my goal to transfer to UC Berkeley where I plan to attain my BA in Comparative Literature and English.

Jordon Blackford

Hometown: Quincy, CA

Graduation Date: Spring 2010

Growing up in a small town, all I could think about was how much I wanted to leave. But after attending college in Redding, CA for a semester I returned home to finish school.  Coming back may be the smartest decision I have ever made. The college’s small, intimate environment gives students the one-on-one attention they need to succeed, and has opened up many doors for me.

I am a student employee in the Disabled Students Program and Services department and I was elected SIFE Treasurer and the Associated Student Body President. I feel that it is important to be active on my campus and FRC has been a great place to do this.

I plan to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall. FRC has given me the confidence and preparation I need to succeed there. The courses, extra-curricular activities, and student involvement makes it a great place to learn.


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