Butte College, with an annual enrollment of 21,800, is a nationally accredited community college located just 75 miles north of Sacramento. The college rests on a 928 acre wildlife refuge which is often used as a hands-on laboratory for students.
Butte College offers a quality education where students can earn associate’s degrees, train for over 100 career options, or take general education classes to transfer to CSU, Chico, UC Davis, UC Berkeley --or even private universities. Butte College has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico, and many of our alumni have successful careers in fire, nursing, law enforcement, welding, business, computer science, and more. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. Many of our students, faculty and staff have been recognized nationally for their achievements in academics, leadership and community involvement. In fact, our international honor society, a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is ranked third in the world out of 1,280 chapters.
Recently, Butte College was the national recipient of the 2009 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and was also honored as one of the top four colleges in the nation for its sustainability efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Butte College has been named the 2008 Grand Prize Winner in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide competition. This prestigious award was given to Butte College for its comprehensive campus climate action plan. Butte College boasts a broad array of comprehensive global warming pollution reduction initiatives. A Sustainability Studies certificate is now part of our certificate programs accelerating students into sustainability careers.
Butte College Mission Statement
Butte College provides quality education, services, and workforce training to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.
Butte College—A National Leader in Sustainability
Butte College is committed to being a national leader in sustainability. In 2008, the College was named the Grand Prize Winner in the National Wildlife Federation's Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Award. A year later, the college earned the 2009 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership Award, and the 2009 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability (AASHE) Campus Leadership Award. Butte College remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint and integrating sustainability into the curriculum and all aspects of college operations.
Today, students can earn a Sustainability Studies Certificate which enables students to focus on sustainability career options while meeting general education requirements. The certificate provides students with an in-depth understanding of the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. Butte College also offers a Green Building Systems program which includes green building technology and renewable energy courses. Students in these classes use the green buildings and solar arrays on campus as learning environments. The Butte College Training Place, located inside the Chico Center, 2320 Forest Avenue, offers certification courses to develop job skills and promote sustainability practices.
Students are at the forefront of the sustainability movement at Butte College and utilize the 928 acre main campus, which is designated as a wildlife refuge, as an outdoor living laboratory. A number of campus clubs such as the Friends of the Refuge and Student Alliance for Sustainability hold events such as Campus Sustainability Day, Energy Awareness Fair, Focus the Nation, and Earth Day, among others.
By May 2011, Butte College will be the first college in the nation to be grid positive—producing more energy than it uses. The College also plans to be carbon neutral by 2015 and is employing energy efficiency upgrades and measures in all campus facilities.
Our Vision - To be the best community college in California.