Solano Community College, established in 1945 as Vallejo Junior College, was part of the Vallejo Unified School District until 1967 when the college became a countywide institution. The 192-acre campus is just off Interstate 80 and was completed in 1971. It opened with 5,000 students. Since then, facilities, programs, staff and services have expanded to meet the growing needs of a growing county.
The college’s service area encompasses the communities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo and Travis Air Force Base, as well as Winters in Yolo County. Many graduates of the area’s 16 public high schools and three private schools take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the college.
Solano’s classes are held during two semesters each year (spring and fall) and two summer sessions. The weekend college program offers expanded learning opportunities. Flexible scheduling includes day, evening and Saturday classes, held both on and off campus via television, online, home study and travel study.
With the current student population of more than 12,000 almost evenly divided between day and evening, the campus is alive at all hours offering academic study and occupational training.