Superintendent-President William H. Duncan IV – Photo by Darrell Stinchfield
Here in Placer County, we enjoy the resources of Sierra College, whose main campus is in Rocklin and motto is “Dream. Learn. Do.” Additional campuses are located in Grass Valley, Tahoe-Truckee and Roseville.
The myriad of programs offered for study range from agriculture to women’s studies and pretty much everything in between. Eighty-three associate degree programs and 78 certificate programs are offered in traditional, online, TV and hybrid courses. Superintendent/President Willy H. Duncan explains, “We have beautiful campuses, an excellent faculty and a broad and diverse curriculum.” There are more than 19,000 students of all ages enjoying the college and what it has to offer.
Along with associate of arts, associate of science, career technical education degrees, and vocational certifications, Sierra brings the most Associate Degrees for Transfer programs to the area with 23 different fields of study.
“In addition to the high quality of education, Sierra offers unparalleled support and services for our students to assist them as they pursue their educational goals,” Duncan says. One of the best is the Campus Life program, whose mission is to foster social, intellectual and physical growth in students by enhancing the educational experience. What’s more, it helps students stay informed, offers training and assists them in developing the critical thinking and interpersonal skills needed to become respected and educated leaders and citizens in our community. The Campus Life Office is an excellent resource center that’s dedicated to supporting the leadership opportunities for students, and serves as the operational hub for extracurricular student activities.
Sierra helps all types of students—from returning veterans and low-income to disabled and educationally disadvantaged—get the best education they can. “Sierra has a supportive environment, which is friendly and warm—[one where] students immediately feel welcome,” Duncan says.