The Norco Campus had its beginnings in the 1980s when the District recognized its obligation to meet the needs of Norco and Corona, rapidly growing communities located in the southwestern portion of Riverside Community College’s service area.
In the mid-1980s, the District purchased a 141-acre parcel of land for one dollar from the U.S. government. After securing appropriate funds, a building plan was approved, and construction began on the new campus. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on March 13, 1991, the Norco Campus opened its doors in April 1991, offering a shortened spring semester. The event was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Riverside institution.
Phase II construction on Norco Campus began in 1993, with the Airey Library and Applied Technology buildings completed in 1995. The addition of portable buildings forming the West End Quad in fall of 2007 has served the campus well while more permanent structures are under construction.
Phase III construction is well underway. The Industrial Technology Building is near completion with an anticipated occupation date during the summer of 2009. The initial stages of our Athletics & Recreation facilities are also currently under construction with our soccer field scheduled for completion in time for the fall 09 soccer season. In addition, the construction of the Student Success Center and the Network Operations Center will begin soon with an anticipated completion date of September 2010.
The Educational Master Plan and Long-Range Facilities Master Plan for the Norco Campus detail the campus’ plans for future development and expansion.
Norco began as a satellite campus with district-wide academic departments centralized at the Riverside City campus. In fall 1999, three academic departments housing our entire faculty were established, and Norco Campus assumed responsibility for its own schedule development. In fall 2004, the three-department structure expanded to four (4) departments. Today academic disciplines are divided among five (5) departments as established in fall 2005: Arts, Humanities, & World Languages; Business, Engineering, & Information Technology; Math & Sciences; Communication and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Beginning with 3,088 students in April of 1991, enrollment rapidly increased at Norco Campus. By fall 1994, the enrollment headcount was 3,782 and by fall 2000, it was 6,681, a 77 percent increase. Enrollment in fall 2008 exceeded 10,000 students.