Founded in 1945, Solano Community College is located in Fairfield, California. Serving 11,000 students, our 600 faculty members and staff see students in our six locations (Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Travis Air Force Base, Auto Tech Center, and Aeronautics Center) as well as in the California State Prison – Solano and the California Medical Facility.
SCC Quick Facts
- 80 degree programs, 50 certificate programs, and Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) to the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing.
- $16.6 million awarded in financial aid in 2022-23
- The SCC Educational Foundation awarded a total of $69,999 to 91 recipients during the 2023 scholarship season
Who We Are
Located in Solano County, between San Francisco and Sacramento. Just over the hill of Napa County sits Solano Community College (SCC).
Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges SCC has multiple campuses spanning from Vacaville to Vallejo.
SCC campuses include the main campus in Fairfield, the Vacaville campus which houses our state of the art Biotech building and Bachelor degree program, our main Vallejo center and outstanding Autotechnology facility, our Travis Air Force Base center, and our Nut Tree Airport Aeronautics center.
Established in 1945 as Vallejo Junior College, Solano was part of the Vallejo Unified School District until 1967 when the College became a countywide institution. The 192-acre campus, centrally located just off Interstate 80, was completed in 1971 and opened with 5,000 students. Since then, facilities, programs, staff and services have expanded to meet the growing needs of a growing county.
Solano College is part of California’s public community college system of 116 campuses in 72 districts across the state. The College’s service area encompasses the communities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo and Winters, as well as Travis Air Force Base. Many graduates of the area’s high schools take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Solano Community College.
Solano’s classes are held during two semesters each year (Spring and Fall), plus Summer sessions. Flexible scheduling, designed for students’ convenience, includes day, evening and Saturday classes, held on and off the campus, and via the Internet, television, home study and travel study. Short-term classes, open-entry/open-exit formats, and special interest workshops and seminars add to this scheduling flexibility.
With a current student population of 11,000 almost evenly divided between day and evening, The Solano College campus, Early College High School, and centers are alive at all hours offering academic and occupational training programs to all residents.
Strengths and Opportunities
Solano Community College enjoys a positive reputation and numerous benefits are associated with strengths in many areas. Among those are the following:
Committed Faculty, Staff, and Leadership: Solano Community College stands out for its equally dedicated faculty, staff, and administration, all of whom share a commitment to student success and academic excellence. This united dedication across all employee groups ensures the effective execution of daily operations and strategic initiatives, enhancing the overall student experience.
Diverse and Inclusive Community: The college serves a highly diverse student body and maintains a culture that embrace this diversity, fostering inclusivity and equity.
Strong Community Ties: Solano has a strong connection to its local community, which includes a history of leadership and service, creating opportunities for impactful educational opportunities with community support.
Financial Stability: There’s a history of prudent fiscal management, ensuring the college’s operations and growth are sustainably funded.
Innovative Programs: The college offers unique and state-of-the-art programs, some of which are exclusive in the region, providing a competitive advantage in attracting students, such as the Bachelor Degree in Biomanufacturing and Rising Scholars programs.
Dynamic Student Body: The student community is recognized for its remarkable drive and enthusiasm, embodying a campus spirit where every learner deserves the best.
Excellent Facilities: The college campuses are noted for their great facilities, with new buildings offering excellent learning environments.
Student-Centric Flexibility and Inclusivity: A student-focused approach is central, reflecting flexible course scheduling and a commitment to prioritizing student needs and outcomes. This methodology aligns with the college’s broader themes of thoughtful decision-making, community engagement, inclusivity, and fostering a supportive environment where diverse experiences and opinions are valued and respected.
Familial and Supportive Campus Community: Solano Community College is characterized by a strong family-like atmosphere, where dedicated faculty, staff, and students collaborate in a close-knit and supportive community. This sense of belonging and shared commitment not only enhances the student experience but also fosters a nurturing environment conducive to both personal and academic growth.
Reflective and Integrity-Driven Culture: There is an opportunity to champion a culture that embodies reflective decision-making and integrity. This involves deeply understanding the community college system, valuing the diverse experiences within its community, and fostering a culture that emphasizes the community college experience through thoughtful and inclusive actions.
The new Superintendent/President will focus on varied opportunities to pursue growth and improvement; among those are the following:
Organizational Structure: Reviewing and potentially adjusting the organizational structure to ensure it meets the college’s strategic goals and supports a successful student experience.
Program Development: Evaluating the opportunity to reintroduce or develop new programs that align with
current educational trends and community needs, especially in noncredit areas and disciplines attractive to nontraditional students.
Learning Modalities: Expanding and refining the balance between in-person and online learning to enhance accessibility for students while improving flexibility for employees to find and retain top talent.
Compensation Adjustments: Addressing wage and pay gaps to ensure equitable compensation that reflects the high cost of living and inflation in Solano County.
Operational Streamlining: Improving campus-wide processes for efficiency, from scheduling to administrative procedures, to better support faculty and staff.
Marketing and Promotion: Enhancing marketing efforts to promote SCC in the surrounding area (especially with local high schools) and attract more students to the diverse programs offered.
Campus Modernization: Continuing the physical development of the campus, such as the quad area, and considering remodeling to update spaces as needed. Evaluate whether campus housing is in best interest of long-term strategic plans.
Community Engagement: Strengthening community connections and fostering partnerships (particularly with K-12 and local industry leaders) that can lead to more cohesive educational pathways and community support.
Equity and Inclusion: Building upon initiatives for student equity, particularly focusing on historically marginalized groups, to create a more inclusive educational environment with efforts that also support faculty and staff as they support these student populations.
Institutional Culture: Addressing morale, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment through an interest-based approach, and promoting professional behavior among all constituencies (faculty, staff, management) to create a more cohesive campus community.
SCC Campus Centers
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) reaffirmed SCC’s accreditation in 2017 and the college is currently in the process of reaffirming its accreditation.
Fiscal Reports and Annual Reports
Other years can be found here.
Mission and Vision Statement
Solano Community College’s mission is to educate a culturally and academically diverse student population drawn from our local communities and beyond. We are committed to helping our students achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals. Solano Community College transforms students’ lives with transfer courses, career and technical education, and basic skills preparation leading to certificate programs, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and lifelong learning opportunities.
Solano Community College will be a recognized leader in educational excellence — transforming students’ lives.
- Integrity — firm adherence to a code of ethical values in thought and behavior
- Critical Thinking — the use of intellectually disciplined, logically sound processes involving data-driven decision making
- Mutual Respect — valuing the intrinsic worth of each person in an atmosphere of collegiality
- Collaboration — working together across areas of responsibility or interest to achieve common goals and objectives
- Innovation — the search for and use of effective processes or procedures
- Accountability — individual and collective responsibility for achieving the highest level of performance
- Student Well-being — considering and addressing the impact on students of any and all actions or inactions
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics serves to articulate values and characteristics that everyone is expected to embody and promote. Each employee of Solano Community College shall:
- Act with uncompromising integrity, dignity, respect, and fairness, and promote a spirit of collegiality campus-wide.
- Recognize and work to meet the college’s responsibility to all citizens of the District to provide an educational program of the highest quality.
- Maintain and support transparency, communication, and equity in governance of the College, and in relationship to the community.
- Commit to the advancement and protection of academic freedom for all members of the institution.
REFERENCES/AUTHORITY: California Education Code, Section 68015, Accreditation Standards III. A. l. d.
BP4100 Last Revised: February 17, 2016
Foster Excellence in Learning
- Obj. 1.1 — Create an environment that is conducive to student learning.
- Obj. 1.2 — Create an environment that supports quality teaching.
- Obj. 1.3 — Optimize student performance on Institutional Core Competencies
Maximize Student Access & Success
- Obj. 2.1 — Identify and provide appropriate support for underprepared students.
- Obj. 2.2 — Update and strengthen career/technical curricula.
- Obj. 2.3 — Identify and provide appropriate support for transfer students.
- Obj. 2.4 — Improve student access to college facilities and services for students.
- Obj. 2.5 — Develop and implement an effective Enrollment Management Plan
Strengthen Community Connections
- Obj. 3.1 — Respond to community needs.
- Obj. 3.2 — Expand ties to the community.
- Obj. 4.1 — Develop and manage resources to support institutional effectiveness.
- Obj. 4.2 — Maximize organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
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