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Mount San Jacinto Community College

Mt. San Jacinto College is a community college in Riverside County, California, United States and is part of the California Community College system. MSJC consists of two campuses: one located in San Jacinto and one in Menifee.



1499 N. State St
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College History


The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District was formed in 1962 by a vote of the citizens in Banning, Beaumont, Hemet and San Jacinto. The college enrolled its first students in the fall of 1963, holding classes in rented facilities in the San Gorgonio Pass and San Jacinto Valley. The San Jacinto Campus was opened in 1965 with two buildings and has grown into a comprehensive college campus serving the needs of students and the community. In 1975, the residents of Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Perris and adjacent areas voted to join the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, increasing the college�s area to the present 1700 square miles. Although the boundaries have remained stable since 1975, the District has changed dramatically, especially since the 1980s. In recent years, unprecedented population growth has fostered the highest rate of enrollment increase of all 111 California community colleges. In response to this intense growth, Mt. San Jacinto College opened its Menifee Valley Campus in October 1990. By the end of its first year, there were 2,100 students attending classes at the new campus. Today the campus serves more than 7,000 students each semester. With the rapid growth in enrollment being experienced at both campuses, the District has engaged in extensive planning and development to ensure state-of-the-art learning environments for Mt. San Jacinto College students. The San Jacinto Campus has been master-planned and essentially will be rebuilt over the next 15 to 20 years to accommodate 12,000 to 15,000 students. In the fall of 1993, the Alice P. Cutting Business & Technology Center opened to students with new laboratories for Business, Computer Information Science, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Photography. In the fall of 1995, a state-of-the-art music building opened on the San Jacinto Campus. The 1995-96 year saw a vast increase in classroom space on the Menifee Valley Campus with the opening of the Allied Health and Fine Arts buildings. The master plan for the Menifee Valley Campus will ultimately provide for 15,000 to 20,000 students. A new Learning Resource Center on this campus opened during the Spring 2006. The construction of two new childcare centers in 2002 paved the way for a major expansion of the Child Development and Teacher Training Center at MSJC. On May 19, 2011 groundbreaking began for a new Social Sciences and Humanities building on the Menifee Valley Campus. The state approved funding for the project in 2008, but funding was delayed because of California�s budget crisis. Funding was appropriated again in 2010 after the state was able to sell bonds. This new building will allow MSJC to move some classes that are currently held in aging portables into the new facility with state-of-the-art equipment. MVC Building I is expected to open its doors to students by Fall 2012.

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Mt. San Jacinto College, a California Community College, offers accessible, innovative, comprehensive and quality educational programs and services to diverse, dynamic and growing communities both within and beyond traditional geographic boundaries. We support life-long learning and student success by utilizing proven educational methodologies as determined by collaborative institutional planning and assessment. To meet economic and workforce development needs, MSJC provides students with basic skills, general and career education that lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates. Our commitment to student learning empowers students with the skills and knowledge needed to effect positive change and enhance the world in which we live.



Art Matthew Antichevich, the artist who created the Cardiff Kook (officially titled Magic Carpet Ride) statue at Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. John Seed, professor of art and art history, writes for the Huffington Post. In the early 1980s he worked for the Larry Gagosian Gallery and spent time with Jean-Michel Basquiat. Life Sciences Roy Mason, an NSF fellow and associate professor of biology, is a population and community biologist who specializes in animal behavior and population genetics. Nick Reeves, who studied genetic mutations in Drosophila melanogaster while at UCSD, is currently an associate professor of biology at MSJC. English Yvonne Atkinson, associate professor of English, is a noted African-American literature scholar and President of The Toni Morrison Society. Rickianne Rycraft, associate professor of English, is a founding editor of the online literary arts journal Serving House Journal. According to the biography provided in the journal, she "has published stories, essays, reviews, and interviews in a number of journals and anthologies, including PIF Magazine, VerbSap, Perigee, The MacGuffin and Calyx. She is winner of an Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor�s Choice Award for 2008 and a Special Mention for the 2010 Pushcart Prize." Philosophy Thomas Donovan, who serves as department chair of philosophy, is a scholar of the philosophies of Gy�rgy Luk�cs and J�rgen Habermas.