Feather River College Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

In 1968, Plumas County residents gathered support to petition for a local, accessible community college. Feather River College was founded in July 1968 through the annexation of Plumas Unified School District with Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California. The action connecting two institutions 250 miles apart was the beginning of a unique and innovative educational experiment. The College moved to its current location in April 1971.  In July 1988, FRC de-annexed from the Peralta District to better serve Plumas County through a locally controlled community college district. 

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You are invited to help Feather River College celebrate 50 years of academic excellence and set the stage for the next 50 years of serving students.

Feather River College has grown in its role as a small, rural public community college.  FRC offers strong programs in transfer degrees, career and technical training, and basic skills education.  In May 2018, FRC awarded California’s first community college bachelor degree in Equine and Ranch Management as one of only 15 community colleges statewide authorized to offer a bachelor’s degree.  FRC awarded its first degree in 1969, grew to 84 graduates for its 25th anniversary in 1993, and recently had 221 graduates in 2018.

FRC offers small classes where students receive individual attention from faculty and staff in its location known as “the million acre classroom.”  Unique programs in equine studies, outdoor recreation leadership, fish and wildlife hatchery, and environmental studies enhance traditional transfer programs and technical training.  Student dormitory housing is available.  FRC boasts an accomplished athletic program with several men’s and women’s championship sports supported by the local community.  The Board of Trustees recently adopted an ambitious plan ensuring that FRC is a leader in environmentally sustainable practices.  Academically, FRC ranks at the top for transfer, graduation, and retention rates amongst small California community colleges. 

For more information, contact (530) 283-0202 or visit www.frc.edu.

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David James attended FRC in 1982 because it was different from all the other colleges. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara and has been a Financial Advisor for 23 years now. David has recently become the new owner of Greenhorn Ranch and looks forward connecting with the community and expanding tourism to Plumas County.

Jermaine Worley moved from Oakland, CA to play basketball at FRC. After receiving his Associate’s degree, he then transferred to Simpson University to keep on playing basketball and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology in 2017. After graduating, he played semiprofessional basketball for the California Golden Tigers. He is now a physical education teacher in his hometown of Oakland. He hopes to inspire our youth to become the best versions of themselves not athletically, but academically and spiritually. He will be marrying his girlfriend of 7 years in November 2018.

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FRC was a warm and welcoming home to me when I passed the CHSPE and became eligible to attend college. The classes were challenging, varied, and affordable. The excellence of the instructors and diverse backgrounds of my fellow students—which fostered a supportive environment— enabled me to skip my last two years of high school and prepare for a competitive 4-year university. Eventually, I earned a Master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University and am now a tenured professor and working artist. Thank you to FRC and to the State of California for her amazing system of public education! -Hyla Willis

Nancie Shane Cabana grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School in 1970. After taking a few classes at Laney College her senior year she decided to transfer to FRC in September 1970. She lived in Keddie, where a one-time resort was converted into student housing. She studied Outdoor Recreation and thrived in the small classroom size and wonderful instructors. One of her best memories was Ski Day Wednesday-- there were no classes and everyone went skiing, either at Tahoe or a local ski area. Nancie transferred to CSU Sacramento and received a degree in Recreation Administration. Nancie believes that her education at FRC taught her to be a life-long learner and successful student. "I am still in contact with many of my fellow FRC students and it's a joy to see how each of us, mostly retired, have succeeded in life." -- Nancie Shane Cabana, FRC Class of 1972

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Cody Anderson graduated from FRC in 2011. He played baseball for the Golden Eagles for two seasons after graduating from Quincy High School in 2009. He signed to play college baseball with Texas Christian University but after his sophomore season he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 14th round and decided to sign pro and forego his college eligibility. In his MLB debut he went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 walk, and he struck out 4. In 2016 he spent the season between AAA Columbus and Cleveland as he won a spot in the starting rotation coming out of spring training. He finished the 2016 season with Cleveland and was on the Indians post season roster as they made their run to the World Series.  In 2017 he was diagnosed with a UCL elbow injury and spent the season on the DL recovering and rehabbing. He has yet to come off the DL in 2018 as he is still rehabbing the elbow injury.

Feather River College Foundation

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