915 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, California 93277
College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, was born of the need for locally-controlled, post-secondary opportunities for high school graduates. At the turn of the 20th century, UC Berkeley was the only public university available in California. Because Tulare County students had few opportunities to attend any university due to expense and distance, local educational leaders decided that a Junior College needed to be established to meet the growing demand for a college education.
Visalia Junior College (VJC) was opened in 1926 at the site which later became Redwood High School. It was under the control of the local school superintendent and used many of the same faculty that taught at the high school. Lower division college curriculum was offered to the initial 63 students to prepare them for transfer to either a public or private university. So many of the students who attended VJC were from Dinuba, Woodlake, Exeter, Tulare, Strathmore and Orosi that bus service was established to facilitate travel.
Once the college’s enrollment reached close to 500 students, it was decided that it was time to open a campus exclusively dedicated to collegiate endeavors. The 50-acre campus on Mooney Boulevard was opened in 1940, much to the chagrin of local cynics who thought it was too far out of town and too large for local demand. In 1949, the name of the “jaycee” was officially changed to College of the Sequoias.
Today, the 70-acre Visalia campus enjoys the benefits anticipated by its prescient founders. State-of-the-art study and learning centers are complemented by ample athletic, vocational and performance facilities which make the campus one of the premier, post-secondary institutions in the Central Valley.
Tulare College Center
4999 East Bardsley Avenue
Tulare, California 93274
The Tulare College Center is located on 495 acres near the City of Tulare. The campus is located adjacent to Mission Oak High School, off Mooney Boulevard on Bardsley Avenue. Phases I and III of the project are complete. The campus was officially opened in January 2013. The campus currently hosts over 125 sections of courses each semester with over 2,500 seats filled and a student count of over 1,650 students.
Phase I includes over 90,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space with a 12,000 square foot welding and construction shop. Phase III includes 65,000 square feet of equine, livestock and horticulture facilities.
The Tulare College Center offers a complement of student services including counseling, financial aid, tutorial and other services in addition to a wide variety of educational programs. Students can get their transcripts, financial aid, Associated Student Body Cards (and bus passes), photo identification cards, counseling appointments, and assessment tests in Building A on the campus. Building A also includes a health center, bookstore, food service area, library, tutorial center, student success center, and other services offered to students as part of the college experience.
The Access and Ability Center, Extended Opportunity & Services Programs, Work Experience, Veterans, and Cal Works Departments will also have representation on the Tulare campus. With over 100,000 square feet of instructional and student services space, the Tulare College Center has all of the facilities necessary to provide students with a comprehensive college program in higher education.
The full-service campus has an educational facility that offers degrees and certificates in Agriculture, Liberal Arts/Blended Studies, Architecture and Graphic Design. Phase II of the construction plan will see the relocation of the Environmental Technology, Automotive, Industrial Maintenance, Electronics, Construction Technology and Information Technology programs from the COS Visalia Campus.
A complete horticulture facility provides students with practical landscape experiences while working in the unit during class laboratories or after hours at student worksites. The farm laboratory provides students with worksites in animal science, horse production, dairy, ornamental horticulture, floriculture, turf culture, crop production, and soils.
Also located at the Tulare College Center is the Training Resource Center. The COS Training Resource Center provides training and consulting solutions to Tulare and Kings County organizations. Our mission is to advance the economic growth and global competitiveness of business and industry in our region. Our vision is to be the preferred partner and provider of training and consulting services.
Hanford Educational Center
925 13th Avenue
Hanford, California 93230
The COS Hanford Educational Center offers courses ranging from transfer courses to career technical education courses. The transfer classes include general education requirements such as history, political science, English, math, communications, sociology, psychology, and business/computers, foreign languages, and science.
Career Technical Education programs offered the Hanford campus are Police Training, Fire Training, Industrial Maintenance, and Electrician Training. There are three POST Basic Police academies every year, two of which are offered in an intensive format which meet daily, and an extended academy which lasts ten months and meets primarily on the weekends. The firefighter academy is offered each Spring semester.
Additionally, COS Hanford can meet a variety of student services needs at the Hanford Hub located in the Vocational Building. Services which can be obtained at the Hub include, but are not limited to: transcripts, financial aid, Student Body Identification Cards, Activity Benefit Stickers, transit passes, counseling appointments, and assessment tests.
Other services available for students at COS Hanford include the following: computers which are located in the library and available for student use, a Health Center, and regularly scheduled visits by personnel from the Access and Ability Center, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Work Experience, Veterans Resource Center, and Cal Works departments.