Our colleges transform lives. We are agents of equity, compassion, and excellence, building
upon the diverse strengths of our students, faculty, and staff. We thrive upon the learning
and success of all of our students.
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform students and
communities; to cultivate and sustain a culture of wellbeing, learning, success, and
achievement for all students.
As a District we are dedicated to continuously increasing our ability to serve the evolving
needs of our students and community by providing accessible, equitable, innovative and
outstanding higher education learning opportunities and support services.
All decisions about resources and policies are informed by looking at access and success
data through an equity lens.
The following five areas of educational focus advance the Mission:
General and Transfer Education: Providing a challenging education in the liberal arts and sciences and providing career opportunities and transfer to four year institutions.
Economic and Workforce Development: Supplying relevant and timely career and technical education to develop skills for the global workplace and to contribute to the region's economic vitality
Basic Skills: Preparing students for success in life and academic programs by improving their skills in math, reading and writing
English as a Second Language (ESL) Education: Implementing quality language programs for students speaking English as a second language
Lifelong Learning: Offering a variety of courses and experiences that support learning throughout a lifetime
The Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) was founded by a public vote in December 1948 and first opened its doors in 1949. It is one of the largest
multi-college community college districts in California. CCCCD serves a population of 1,019,640 people, and its boundaries encompass all but 48 of the 734-square-mile
land area of Contra Costa County. The District Office is located in historic downtown Martinez.
The Contra Costa Community College District is governed by an elected five-member Governing Board who serve four-year terms. One student member, selected by student
government, serves a one-year term on a rotational basis among the Colleges. The Chancellor, appointed by the Governing Board, carries out the policies of the District.
In 2009, the District celebrated its 60th anniversary with a variety of events and activities. A set of history boards were created and traveled throughout the county, revealing some historic events and past leaders of the District. A closing event was held at the Craneway Pavilion, located in Richmond and near Shipyard #3 where the first District classes were held in 1949, and a history book titled “Sharing Memories Contra Costa Community College District 1948-2008” was published to share our rich legacy with the community. To view the history boards, photos of the 60th anniversary closing event or view the book, click here.
For 60 years, our institutions have been a vital part of Contra Costa County. Young and old alike are encouraged to take advantage of an incomparable array of educational
choices, including studies leading to an associate degree, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, short-term training to update professional skills, and specialized
vocational and technical training programs - many in partnership with local businesses and industry - to help build a strong workforce in Contra Costa County.