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American River College is a state-funded community college, part of the Los Rios Community College District, which also includes Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College.

However, ARC's history pre-dates the Los Rios District. It opened its doors as California's 61st public junior college in 1955, but goes back to February 28, 1942, when Grant Union Junior College was established in Del Paso Heights to train civilian personnel for national service during World War II. In 1945 the name was changed to Grant Technical College.

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ARC Sign Original American River College Sign

ARC Campus Scene Historical photograph Business and Library in the Background

ARC Campus Scene Southside parking lot by Davies Hall

Old ARC River Cafeteria Old ARC River Cafeteria

Students gathered by Raef Hall Students gathered by Raef Hall

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[From the Orangevale News, May 13, 1981]

For a college that started out in Del Paso Heights with 14 barrack-type classrooms, American River College has come a long way.

The American River Junior College District was voted into existence on June 25, 1954, to serve students from north area high schools. In September 1955, the district began operating as American River Junior College, the 61 st junior college in California.