About CR

Vision Statement

College of the Redwoods will create and sustain the conditions that will enable all students to experience an educational journey that is intellectually, socially, and personally transformative. We will inspire participatory citizenship grounded in critical thinking and an engaged student body.

Strategic Directions

Meet the needs of internal and external communities by:

  • providing lifelong education and training that produces graduates with the skills necessary to sustain individual career success within a global economy
  • providing employers and communities with the human resources they will require for economic success and community engagement
  • taking a leadership position to promote effective education and other related public policies
  • being responsive in a timely fashion to the changing needs of our community by providing targeted programming that improves the skills, knowledge, and economic progress of our workforce

Make College of the Redwoods the college of choice by:

  • providing high quality, innovative, and responsive transfer and career education and training programs that lead toward certificates and degrees
  • entering into alliances with industry, community, and academic partners to enhance the education of our students
  • promoting the unique features, culture, and character of Redwoods’ campuses
  • providing an effective, supportive, safe, accessible and affordable learning environment using appropriate technologies
  • being vigilant for opportunities to improve the delivery and quality of instruction

Make College of the Redwoods the employer of choice for management, faculty and support staff by:

  • partnering with faculty, staff and managers to provide relevant professional development
  • providing an effective, supportive, safe, secure and accessible working environment
  • nurturing continuous improvement of working relationships through mutual respect at all levels in the college
  • implementing outreach practices that enhance diversity of recruitment pools

Value and respect our diversity by:

  • sustaining an operating environment that capitalizes on the unique contributions of our diverse communities
  • equipping our students with the skills necessary to respond to the opportunities and challenges associated with ever-changing societal demographics
  • appreciating the viewpoints, attributes, capabilities and differences of each individual

CR History


The Redwoods Community College District was formed in January of 1964 by an election of the voters of Humboldt County. A bond issue of $3,600,000 was passed for the initial construction of what is now the college’s Eureka Campus.

From 1965-1967, the college offered courses and programs on the campus of Eureka High School. More than 1800 students registered at the College in 1965-66. The initial staff of the college consisted of 31 full-time faculty and administrative staff and approximately 85 part-time faculty.

In May of 1975, the residents of coastal Mendocino County voted for annexation into the Redwoods District, and in July of 1978, Del Norte County joined the district.

The initial construction of the college’s Eureka Campus, seven miles south of the city of Eureka, began in 1968 and was completed in 1975. The Del Norte Education Center in Crescent City was constructed in 1981; and the Mendocino Education Center, just south of Fort Bragg, was constructed in 1986. The college also maintains the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site on the Hoopa Indian Reservation, approximately 60 miles northeast of Eureka.

The college celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.

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