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Sierra College History

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The origin of Sierra College is somewhat uncertain. Some have said that the College may have begun with the establishment of Sierra Normal College and Business Institute in 1882. It was a small, private college at the location of today’s Placer High School in Auburn. Most think that Sierra College is an outgrowth of the Placer Union High School District.

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In recent years, successful bond issues have provided for an expansion of the Nevada County Campus and the creation of a permanent Tahoe-Truckee Campus.

In 2008, the Tahoe-Truckee campus inaugurated its brand-new facilities. Located on beautiful McIver Hill next to Interstate 80, the state-of-the-art “green” campus overlooks historic Truckee. 

In 2007, the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges opened. This library is a joint venture between the City of Lincoln, the Western Placer Unified School District, and Sierra College. Also, in 2008, a new Mathematics and Technology Building was constructed on the Rocklin campus.

Sierra College’s outstanding academic reputation, excellent technologies and training programs, and updated facilities led to increases in student enrollment.  Projections of future “for credit” enrollment top 23,000.

Since its first days, the promise of Sierra College has been to facilitate learning, inspire change, and build community. The College continues this mission as it adapts to meet the ever-changing needs of students while promoting learning as a lifelong process.

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The Sierra Community College District includes all of Placer and Nevada Counties and part of El Dorado and Sacramento Counties, some of California’s fastest growing areas.

The College District continues to experience dramatic growth and change. The future is bright as new technologies evolve, offering greater educational accessibility for students—both today and tomorrow.

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