Norco College

Norco College

Coordinates: 33°54′50″N 117°34′10″W / 33.913904°N 117.569495°W / 33.913904; -117.569495

Norco College
Motto Today's Students,
Tomorrow's Leaders
Established 1991
Type Community College
Chancellor Dr. Gregory Grey
President Dr. Debbie DiThomas (Interim)
Academic staff 69 full-time faculty
183 part-time faculty
Students 10,000
Location Norco, California, USA
Campus Urban, 141 acres (57 ha)
school code

Colors Burgundy and white
Mascot Mustang

Norco College is a community college, located in southwestern Riverside County, in Norco, California. Each year Norco College serves over 10,000 students from the cities of Norco, Corona, and Eastvale, as well as surrounding communities. Norco College is part of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD), which is part of the larger California Community Colleges System.

Norco College is one of three colleges within The Riverside Community College District: Norco College, Moreno Valley College and Riverside City College (RCC). The oldest of the three institutions is Riverside City College, which was established in 1916 in Riverside, California. The District's three colleges and satellite learning centers together serve over 50,000 students each year in a 540-square-mile (1,400 km2) region of California’s Western Riverside County.[1]



Norco College as seen from the balcony of the Applied Technology Building

Preparation for the establishment of Norco College began in the 1980s,[2] when the Riverside Community College District paid the U.S. government one dollar to acquire a 141-acre (57 ha) parcel of land.[3] (The college is on land once associated with The Hotel Norconian, a luxury resort that was acquired by the United States Navy in December, 1941; it was converted into a military hospital during World War II.[4] Today the original hotel property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places[5] and is currently home to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division.[6])

RCCD opened the Norco Campus in April 1991, with an intent to meet the needs of students in the rapidly-growing cities of Corona and Norco. The campus enrolled 3,088 students in its first semester—an opening scheduled to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the parent Riverside institution.[7]

The Norco Campus experienced rapid growth in enrollment. By fall 1994, student headcount was 3,782; by fall 2000, it was 6,681. By 2003, the Board of Trustees of Riverside Community College District had begun to implement changes that would enable the Norco campus to achieve full college accreditation.[8] Enrollment in fall 2008 exceeded 10,000 students.[9]

In January, 2010, Norco College received full accreditation[10] from Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC),[11] to become 112th accredited college in the state of California Community College System.[12]


The mascot of Norco College is the Mustang,[13] an icon which refelcts the equestrian character of the local community.[14] Self-identified as "Horsetown USA," the City of Norco has few sidewalks but over 90 miles of equestrian trails[15] and a volunteer Mounted Posse.[16]


According to the Institutional Research Office of the Riverside Community College District, in the 2009-2010 academic year a total of 10,951 students were enrolled at Norco College.[17]

Student headcount by gender determined that 57% were female, and 42% were male (1% nonrespondent).[18]

Norco College Student Ethnicity[19] 2007 2008 2009
African American 8% 8% 7%
Asian 9% 10% 9%
Hispanic 37% 37% 38%
White 36% 36% 33%
Other 09% 10% 13%

In fall 2010, Norco College had 66 full-time faculty (i.e. tenured, or tenure-track) and 183 part-time faculty.[20]

Career & Technical Education

What is CTE?

Career & Technical Education (CTE) at Norco College offers Certificate Programs and Associate of Science Degrees with an occupational emphasis. These programs offer the education and training necessary to lead individuals directly to employment, update the knowledge and skills of current workers, and/or lead to further academic growth at 4-year universities.

The CTE programs at Norco College strive to keep current with labor market and industry trends. By bringing together local employers, faculty, staff and students our curriculum is ever changing to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive job market.

CTE Mission

Career & Technical Education at Norco College provides technical and academic skills designed to prepare learners to pursue a successful career in an increasingly competitive job market, further educational opportunity and promote lifelong learning.

CTE Programs (current or in development)

Administration of Justice

  - Administration of Justice
  - Investigative Assistant


  - Architecture
  - Architectural Graphics

Business Administration

  - Accounting
  - General Business
  - Human Resources
  - Logistics Management
  - Management
  - Marketing
  - Real Estate

Commercial Music

  - Performance
  - Recording Engineering
  - Composition 
  - Game Audio

Computer Information Systems

  - C++ Programming
  - Computer Applications
  - Computer Programming
  - Desktop Publishing
  - Java Programming Certificate
  - Webmaster

Construction Technology

  - Construction Technology 

Drafting Technology

  - Drafting Technology 


  - Engineering Technology
  - Engineering Technician 
  - Engineering Graphics

Early Child Education

  - Early Childhood Education
  - Intervention Assistant
  - Assistant Teacher
  - Twelve Core Units Certificate 
  - Infant & Toddler Specialization


  - Electronics Computer Systems
  - Electronics Technology
  - General Electronics Core


  - Logistics Management 
  - Supply Chain Technology


  - Automated Systems Technician
  - Computer-Aided Production Technician

Mobile Application Development

 - Mobile Application Development 

Motion Graphics

  - Motion Graphics

Retail Management/WAFC

  - Retail Management/WAFC

Simulation & Game Development

  - Game Art
  - Game Design
  - Game Programming
  - Game Audio 

Grant Awards and Special Funding

Measure C

In March 2004, voters in the Riverside Community College District approved a $350 million bond measure to support the acquisition and modernization of classroom buildings and other facilities on RCCD sites.[21]

A portion of the RCCD Measure C funds were allocated to Norco College, and to date have funded the installation of an artificial turf soccer field and the construction of two new buildings:[22]

  • Industrial Technology Building (June 2009)[23]
  • Norco College Center for Student Success (October 2010)[24][25]

Title V

Since 2009, Norco College has been awarded two separate multi-million U.S. Government Title V grants. The Title V program is designed to support Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) of higher education (such as Norco College) and help these institutions expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.[26]

In October 2009, Norco College received a $2.8 million five-year grant to enable creation of a Game Art program with tracks for Game Design, Game Programming, and Game Audio.[27] A second component of the grant is the integration of games, simulations, and electronic portfolios into other transfer and career tech programs to increase student success and retention.[28]

In October, 2011, Norco College was awarded an additional five-year $3.8 million Title V grant to support development of new programs. Norco College is partnering with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), to create complementary academic programs in the fields of in commercial music, new media, game programming, and mobile application development—all structured to provide a seamless transition from the community college to baccalaureate level courses and degrees.[29]


  1. ^ "Riverside Community College District". Riverside Community College District. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Surman, Barry (15 December 1986). "College Campus Will Help Norco Make the Grade, Officials Say". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "RCCD History". Riverside Community College District (RCCD). Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Luxury meets the United State Navy". The Lake Norconian Club Foundation. 
  5. ^ "Actions taken on properties: 1/31/00 through 2/04/00". U.S. National Park Service, National Register Of Historic Places. 
  6. ^ "NSWC Corona Division: Base Facilities". Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Institutional Self Study in Support of Initial Accreditation 2007". RCCD Norco Campus. p. 3. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "RCCD History". Riverside Community College District (RCCD). Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Institutional Self Study in Support of Initial Accreditation 2009". RCCD Norco Campus. p. 7. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  10. ^ The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. "ACCJC Letter Granting Initial Accreditation (PDF)". Norco College Reports and Letters. Norco College. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "ACCJC Directory of Accredited Institutions" (PDF). The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). August 2011. p. 21. Archived from the original on 2011. 
  12. ^ Parrilla, Leslie (1 March 2010). "Norco and Moreno Valley campuses get recognition". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Rokos, Brian (6 February 2011). "Norco College gets new image -- and more". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Sullivan, Susan (26 January 2003). "Horse-centric Norco's a mix of trails and tails". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "About Norco". City Of Norco. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Norco Mounted Posse". Norco Mounted Posse. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Norco College Fact Book 2010" (PDF). Riverside Community College District. 2010. p. 59. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Norco College Fact Book 2010" (PDF). Riverside Community College District. 2010. p. 62. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Norco College Fact Book 2010" (PDF). Riverside Community College District. 2010. p. 61. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Report on Staffing for Fall 2011" (PDF). California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Data Mart. California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. 2011. p. 6. Archived from the original on June 30, 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Frequently Asked Questions". Riverside Community College District. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Completed Projects". Riverside Community College District.. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Norco College Industrial Technology Building". RCCD Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Norco College Center for Student Success". RCCD Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  25. ^ Ghori, Imran (27 August 2010). "Norco College opens Center for Student Success". The Press-Enterprise. 
  26. ^ "Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program -- Title V". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "NorTech: Portal to Norco Game Creation". Norco College. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Game Simulation Program Ramps Up to Meet Demand". Norco Campus Community Report. Norco College. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Norco College Wins $3.8 Million Grant". Riverside Community College District. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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