Antelope Valley College (AVC) is in the city of Lancaster — the eighth-largest city in Los Angeles County and the ninth-fastest growing city in the United States. AVC held its first classes in 1929 as an extension of Antelope Valley Joint Union High School in Lancaster. Then known as Antelope Valley Junior College, the college was established by high school officials as a way to provide local residents with access to the first two years of a college education in what was then a remote, rural area.
The average daily attendance at the college was 13 during the 1929-30 school years. Enrollment at Antelope Valley College now exceeds 15,000 students. AVC has responded to the needs of south valley residents and growth by establishing a Palmdale site. Approximately 2,000 students attend the Palmdale location.
Dedicated to meeting the dynamic needs of a changing community, the college recognizes that it is uniquely capable of responding to the requirements of regional business, industry and public service, as well as the social and cultural needs of the Antelope Valley.
AVC is now hosting upper division and graduate level programs offered by California State University, Bakersfield, with its own satellite campus at AVC’s Lancaster campus.