Located in the state of California, Folsom Lake College (FLC) is a comprehensive, public community college serving the higher education needs with a variety of certificate programs and degrees. It started its operation since its inception in 1991 as a center of Cosumnes River College. The classes started in spring of 1993. It is the 109th community college in the State of California and the fourth member of the Los Rios Community College District. Folsom Lake College offers classes at the main Folsom campus at 10 College Parkway, two outreach centers – the El Dorado Center in Placerville and the Rancho Cordova Center and various off-site locations in communities of the region. The El Dorado Center established in the mid-1960s serves the educational needs of more than 2,500 students. The Rancho Cordova Center is an outreach center operated by Folsom Lake College offering comprehensive English as a Second Language curriculum, and general education, computer science, physical education, administration of justice, and business courses. In January 2004, Folsom Lake College received initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and received reaffirmation of accreditation in January 2010. Folsom Lake College is committed to enriching and empowering students by providing rigorous academic programs and comprehensive support services, opportunities for leadership and growth, and a collaborative and innovative learning environment.
The college offers a wide range of academic divisions and departments that meet the need of the variety of students. The students get to choose from 30 different Associate of Arts or Science degree options, as well as more than 30 certificates in numerous disciplines. It offers a variety of degree and certificate options in disciplines such as Accounting, Art, Business, Communication Studies, Early Childhood Learning, Fire Technology, Geology, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies for Elementary Education, Management Information System, Psychology, Real Estate and many others. The college has a the career and technical education (CTE) area with the mission to provide instructional offerings is to respond to identified needs of business and industry through the development of market-responsive instructional programs that address the workforce training needs, issues, and technical assistance preferences of area employers. The degrees and certificates are assessed and evaluated twice annually by Advisory Boards. Since 2005, the college has developed and deployed numerous CTE certificates and degrees. The courses have been broadly divided into categories such as Business, Library, Science & Information Technology, Language & Literature, Math, Science and Engineering, Kinesiology, Health, Athletics & Career Technical Education, Visual & Performing Arts, General Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities. In 2011, the Folsom Lake College Visual and Performing Arts Center opened to the public. The center includes an 850 seat main theater, a 200 seat city stage, and a 100 seat recital hall.
Folsom Lake College offers a variety of distance education opportunities for students with Fully online classes where almost all work is carried out online (with the possible exception of campus orientations and exams), Hybrid classes which is a mix of online and on-campus work and Televised Instruction
which offers live interactive television (iTV) courses including instructor broadcasts from the main Folsom campus. The students may participate from classrooms at the Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center (EDC), or the Rancho Cordova Center (RCC). All distance education courses are held to the same academic standards as traditional courses with the provision that students enrolled in any of these courses can complete some or all of their online assignments in one of the campus computer labs or from home or other off-campus locations. Folsom Lake College even welcomes students with a variety of disabilities and provides them with physical, psychological and learning disabilities services through Folsom Lake College's Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSP&S). International students are considered a very important part the Folsom Lake College and is home to people from all over the world. For the deserving students, FLC provides financial aids in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.
In addition to providing quality education, Folsom Lake College makes sure that the students have a great college life. It offers various counseling facilities to students to help them overcome any challenging situation be it at college, home or work. It has a Counseling department that provides prospective and current students with comprehensive academic, career, transfer and personal counseling necessary to successfully reach their educational, career and personal goals. The counseling services include academic assistance, career assessments, crisis intervention, short term personal counseling and multicultural counseling. Folsom is actively involved in various sports programs and in 2010, FLC instated its own athletic program. Men's and woman’s golf and tennis began in Spring 2010. Folsom Lake is home of the Falcons and are represented by the colors teal & black. It also proudly owns a Health & Wellness Center, bookstore, cafeteria, computer lab, and many more.
One of the largest community colleges in the state of California, Folsom Lake College currently serves approximately 800 students. The recent information depicts that the main Folsom Campus enrolls 5324 students, El Dorado Center enrolls 1986 students and Rancho Cordova Center enrolls 636 students, as of spring 2014. The college is welcome to all and has wide range of students based on ethnicity be it African American or Asian or Hispanic or Native American or White. With so much to offer and that too at a reasonable price, the Folsom Lake College is definitely one of the most sought after universities. The university’s website contains detailed and current information.