Cosumnes River College
is a two-year community college
located at the southern edge of Sacramento
in Sacramento County
The college is part of the Los Rios Community College District and was opened in 1970. Current enrollment is 13,500 students at its main campus. Folsom Lake College, a former satellite, attained independence in 2004.
Cosumnes River College is also home to THE CONNECTION, an award winning newspaper.
Consumnes is a common misspelling of Cosumnes. The college is a namesake of the Cosumnes River which flows just a few miles to the south.
The concept for Cosumnes River College was included in a Master Facility Need Study that was approved by the Board of Trustees
of the Los Rios Community College District
in February 1967. A campus site of 180 acres
(0.7 km²) was obtained and construction proceeded on a library
building, a science building, an automotive and technology complex, a women's physical education
building, and a swimming pool
. In the fall of 1970 the college opened with an initial enrollment of about 2,100 students.
In September 1975 the Business/Social Science building was dedicated, which included computer laboratories.
In fall of 1990 the Cafeteria opened with facilities for both staff and student dining, and also for the instructional food service program.
In the summer of 1991 a second phase of construction completed the College Center building with space for the Admissions/Records, Financial Aid, Business Services, Administration and the book store.
In fall of 1995 a visual and performing arts complex was opened, completing the roster of facilities in the college's original plan.
In 2004, the Folsom Lake Center was revamped as Folsom Lake College, as fourth community college under Los Rios Community College District.
In 2006, the college became home to the Sacramento Heatwave of the American Basketball Association (ABA).