Folsom Lake College

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Folsom Lake College
10 College Parkway

School typePublic Community College
School districtLos Rios Community College District[1]
PresidentArt Pimental[2]

Folsom Lake College is a public community college in Folsom, California. It is part of the California Community Colleges system and the Los Rios Community College District. It was opened in 2004 and has two educational centers: The El Dorado Center in Placerville, California, and the Rancho Cordova Center in Rancho Cordova, California. It also has a Visual Performing Arts Center which is one of the most well-known centers of art, music, and entertainment in the Sacramento area.[3] The current president is Art Pimental who began in January 2023.

History[change | change source]

Folsom Lake College first opened in 1993 as a center of Consumnes River College. At that time, it consisted of mostly portable buildings. The first permanent building, Aspen Hall, which currently houses the admission office and student services center, opened in 2001. Folsom Lake College was established on January 9, 2004.

In 2005, the college expanded with the addition of the school library in Aspen Hall and the addition of Buckeye Hall and Cypress Hall. Cypress Hall houses science labs and the reading and writing center. The school cafeteria, Falcons Roost, opened in 2006 and currently includes the bookstore and career center. Both Dogwood and Lilac Halls, the former which houses a music lab and practice rooms and an early childhood education lab, opened in 2007.

In 2009, the physical education building, located near the Falcon's Roost, opened.

In 2011, the Visual Performing Arts building, then known as Three Stages, opened. It includes an 850-seat main theater, a 200-seat city stage, and a 100-seat recital hall. A year later, the center was renamed the Harris Center in honor of Brice Harris, former chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. Meanwhile, the recital hall was named after Thelma Scott-Skillman, founding president of Folsom Lake College.

In 2013, the athletic complex expanded to include a soccer field, baseball and softball stadiums, tennis courts, a track and field complex, and a cross country course. The portable buildings on the main Folsom campus were demolished and replaced with a gymnasium, which opened in 2015.

In October 2015, the Rancho Cordova Center opened.

In 2016, the DSPS center relocated to a space in Aspen Hall just across from the library. It was originally located next to the admission office.

In 2018, the innovation center opened in Aspen Hall.

In 2010, the college began its own Athletic program with Men's and Women's golf and Men's and Women's tennis. Women's Soccer was added in fall 2013, followed by Men's Soccer in fall 2014, Men's Baseball in spring 2015, Women's Softball in spring 2016, Women's Volleyball in fall 2016, and Men's and Women's Basketball in fall 2017.

Presidents[change | change source]

  • Thelma Scott Skillman (2001 - 2012)
  • Rachael Rosenthal (2012 - December 2016, August 2022 - December 2022 as interim)
  • Kathleen Kirklin (January 2017 - September 2017 as interim)
  • Whitney Yamamura (September 2017 - August 2022)
  • Art Pimental (2023 - present)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Folsom Lake College". Folsom Lake College. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  2. "College Administration". Folsom Lake College. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  3. "Our History". Folsom Lake College. Retrieved 8 September 2021.