Prepare for careers in various accounting professions and develop a foundation in accounting and business.
Learn the prevention, discovery, control, and treatment of crimes, and prepare for the administration of justice field.
Study humankind around the world and throughout time to understand our evolutionary origins and our diverse cultures.
Gain occupational training that combines paid employment, on-the-job training, and job-related college instruction.
Take art classes including ceramics, photography, figure and portrait drawing, blacksmithing, sculpture, printmaking, and more.
A digital art and design education honoring traditional art foundations. Learn the latest tools and techniques in multiple areas.
Prepare for entry-level positions with integrated coursework in American Sign Language (ASL) and ASL-English interpretation.
Take Intro to Astronomy, Astronomy Lab, The Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, and more.
The Automotive Tech Programs combine classroom and hands-on shop experience to prepare for careers in the transportation industry.
Receive combined classroom and hands-on shop experiences to prepare for automotive service careers and repair all types of cars.
Understand the living world. Meet the challenges of the future, improve the quality of human life, and preserve biodiversity.
Find immediate employment and career advancement, including finances, entrepreneurship, managing, public administration, and more.
Prepare for first-time employment, re-entry, or career advancement in a variety of administrative and office settings.
Enjoy interactive classes that cover all aspects of chemistry and access Beacon, nationally award-winning peer-assisted tutoring.
Enjoy lifelong learning with fee-based classes, designed for educational goals that do not require college credit.
Take courses from multiple categories including computer applications, networking, programming, computer security, and web.
Take classes with a deaf-centered framework that embrace an empowered collaboration with people with deafness.
Using real-world applications, get the knowledge and skills for architectural, civil, and mechanical engineering careers.
Diesel/Clean Diesel Technology combines classroom and hands-on shop experiences for careers in the transportation industry.
Our classes meet the requirements for California Child Development Educational Permits. Includes lab work at a childcare center.
Study how individuals and societies use limited resources to produce and distribute goods and services for consumption.
Electronic and telecommunications training with specialties including robotics, fiber optics, and programmable controllers.
Training in solar photovoltaic (PV) system design, including cost estimation, sales, installation, and management skills.
Get the foundation in math, physics, and engineering to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a BA in engineering.
English as a Second Language (ESL) helps non-native speakers learn English to pursue their career and educational goals.
Study written and spoken English including composition and technical writing, literature, reading, creative writing, and education.
Fashion-related industries are the nation's largest employer. Get current, marketable, and competitive skills for this job market.
Take intensive training courses for a certificate or an associate degree. Instructors are experienced members of the fire service.
Take courses in foreign languages and develop a command of many languages necessary to pursue career, transfer, and degree goals.
Gain employment as funeral directors and embalmers. Courses include biology, funeral service management, and embalming.
GIS is a fast growing career field and is a computer-based tool used to map, manage, analyze, and model spatial information.
Study of the origin and evolution of the Earth using the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology.
Get a career providing services for the elderly and prepare to transfer for a BA in gerontology at a four-year institution.
Obtain the essential information for the evaluation and maintenance of individual health.
Bilingual students can prepare for effective language interpretation and cultural brokering in the healthcare setting.
Study history and gain cultural literacy, critical thinking, and well-informed perspectives on today's world.
Examine terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence analysis, natural disasters, negotiations, and conflict resolution.
Join our community dedicated to intellectual and personal enrichment in a diverse and challenging academic environment.
Horticulture improves plant culture methods, environmental sustainability, economic vitality, and quality of life.
From business theory to hands-on cooking, our classes focus on job skills and professional fine dining. And, work in our 4-star restaurant.
Classes include study skills, career exploration, transferring, life skills, peer mentoring, and learning strategies.
Learn to support breastfeeding families and recognize the need for multiple levels of breastfeeding training to improve outcomes.
Become a paraprofessional aide with agencies such as correctional institutions, welfare, mental health, schools, and childcare centers.
Study painting, sculpture, literature, music, theater, and philosophy to discover important ideas about our human condition.
Study literature and verbal and written communication skills. Gain a background in communication skills used in the workplace
Get a foundation in the expanding interior design field. Programs include interior planning and green building.
Receive a strong introduction to both general studies and a journalism or mass communication major.
Take a wide variety of courses that improve physical fitness, sports skills, and dance performance abilities.
The LRC is an instructional facility that provides classrooms, a quiet learning environment, and instructional support services.
We are approved by the American Bar Association and have been preparing students for entry-level jobs in law for over 30 years.
Learn research skills and how to find and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources.
From communication to HR, our strong management focus provides the knowledge and skills you need to achieve a management position.
Acquire knowledge and training for careers in sales, advertising, and marketing and receive training for management positions.
Take math classes for your graduation requirements, or earn an AS in math to transfer to a four-year program in math or statistics.
Receive a rich foundation to develop as a professional musician through music theory, history, performance, and production.
Understand ecological systems and their interrelationships. Receive unique opportunities for hands-on, real-world field experience.
Take general education and nursing courses with related lab experience in local health agencies. Work to become a registered nurse.
Apply nutrition principles to improve health and quality of life. Prepare for transfer programs such as dietetics and health sciences.
Classroom, clinical, and field internship training prepares paramedics to assess and treat a wide variety of medical emergencies.
Philosophy is the critical, rational examination of fundamental questions that people have pondered for more than 2500 years.
Fulfill GE requirements and physics coursework for majors like biology, pre-health, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
Take courses including U.S. government, foreign government, Constitutional rights, international relations, and law and society.
Courses include psychology of death and dying, abnormal behavior, human development, human sexuality, and psychology of aging.
Receive high-quality, entry-level and advanced in-service training and educational programs for public safety personnel.
Learn practical applications in real estate, including legal aspects, practice, finance, economics, and appraisal.
Train for an entry-level career in recreation and leisure including public service, private recreation, and outdoor recreation.
A broad study in biological and physical sciences for transfer and continuing studies in upper division science courses.
Speech communication is essential for personal and professional growth. Learn theory and practice public speaking and critical thinking.
Learn to assist speech-language pathologists in treating communication disorders including articulation, voice, fluency, and hearing.
Study scientific disciplines to see how events are shaped by socio-economic, political, ecological, and geographical forces.
Study human behavior in society by focusing on systems and how individuals live, work, and interact with them.
Participate in faculty and administrative committees. Learn leadership skills and gain practical experience in student government.
Want to be a teacher? Get your two-year AA/AA-T degree. Includes two field experience courses working with credentialed teachers.
Take classes in all areas of theater and an expanding Film Studies Program. Enjoy a busy production schedule and our new facility.
Gain skills and knowledge in manual and semi-automatic welding processes used in the metal fabrication and construction industries.
Our experiential academic program is where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a work environment.
Become a CA licensed registered respiratory therapist and learn diagnostic procedures, treatment, and patient management.
Whether your goal is to earn a certificate or degree or to transfer to a four-year college or university, the Los Rios colleges are here to help you succeed. First-time students: complete these six steps and start your academic journey today!
I am a Mathematics major here at ARC. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and am looking at options for further formal education. In my spare time, I can be found tending my garden, cooking something delicious, or curled up in a comfy chair while knitting. I love the sense of community here at ARC and appreciate the support systems that exist for students. I have met many different students, professors, and other faculty with diverse past experiences. I have learned as much from others at ARC as I have though my actual college coursework.
My major at ARC is General Science and my educational and career goal is to work in the Heath Administration field. There are many reasons why I like ARC. Being a student at ARC has allowed me the opportunity to become a Student Help in the Career and Pathways Support Services office. This has been a wonderful experience for me because I have learned to be helpful and supportive for other students. I have gained so many work skills such as customer service, student support, and strong clerical abilities. Also, this allow me to interact with people from different countries and with different backgrounds. I am very grateful that as a student I have the opportunity to be part of the CalWORKs program, which helps me succeed with my future career. This program is so important for students with families to become independent. I enjoy reading books in my leisure time and my favorite novel is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
My major at ARC is Psychology. My educational goal is to obtain an A.A. in Psychology here at ARC, transfer to obtain a B.A., then continue to receive a Masters degree, and become licensed as a therapist/counselor. My career goal is to become a counselor or a therapist.
I get a kick out of helping people, so I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work here. I like to be the person who students can rely on to receive accurate information about the resources we have here at ARC. I understand the frustrations some people experience of not quite understanding how to navigate campus or the website, so being a student employee gives me the ability to help from an active student point of view.
Umoja Sahku has shown me so many things I was convinced were impossible. It is by far the best community I've ever been involved in. They make sure you have no excuses as to why you cannot demonstrate and produce excellence. Aside from school I like to play soccer, work on motorcycles, and dance with friends and family - Salsa, Rumba, Timba, and Changui are just a few I was taught growing up. However my most favored hobby is playing Xbox live. GT: Rocket 1100
Shea's experience at American River College has been motivational, encouraging, and has propelled her towards her goal of earning a Ph.D. in International Studies and becoming a college professor.
In her time at American River, she has served as President of the Model United Nations club for a year and interned at the non-profit SHARE Institute, run by ARC Anthropology Professor Dr. Soheir Stolba.
Shea has enjoyed working with other motivated students here at ARC, and she is looking forward to her spring transfer to UC Berkeley.
Rebecca has had a unique experience at American River College by predominantly taking online courses, which she feels were of high quality with responsive and flexible instructors.
She's enjoyed the atmosphere of those courses and has gained valuable information to help her continue on her path to earning a Bachelor's of Science in nursing through Sacramento State University's RN to BSN program. Eventually, she wants to get into the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UC Davis to become a certified nurse practitioner.
Andrew is on the road to success as an automotive technology major. He has plans to work at a local dealership or independent repair shop after graduating and to eventually become an ASE Master Technician.
His time at American River College has gained him experience and confidence in his field. He has won the Early Ford V-8 Club and Osher Scholars scholarships and maintained a 4.0 GPA, preparing him for the future and his long-term goal of opening his own automotive repair business.
April is a dedicated student who manages her academics alongside her extracurricular activities as a former Treasurer and current President of the Accounting Society Club, as well as being an active member of the Honors Club and volunteering for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
Her experience in the Accounting Society and working in the Business and Computer Science Departments at ARC has prepared her to transfer to a UC, with UCLA being her first choice. After obtaining her BA in Business Economics, April plans to take the CPA exam and become a Certified Public Accountant.
Olesya's experience at American River College has been a stepping stone to a four-year education and motivated her into declaring a major in math.
Olesya says that math professor Anthony Barcellos's teaching style and dedication to his students led Olesya to choose mathematics as her major, and she aspires to graduate with a bachelor's degree from UC Davis. She intends to apply her area of study to a career as either a high school math teacher or a college professor.
She is proud of herself for staying on track and managing her time between work, school, and track and field.
Danielle has been involved in many beneficial programs at American River College, including the Umoja Sakhu Learning Community and working for two years for the Journey Program assisting students in overcoming their obstacles.
She has gained practical skills in studying, creating resumes, writing, and mathematics that are propelling her toward her goal of earning a Bachelor's of Science from UC Davis.
Brenton's passion for trains and railroads has pioneered his choice of major. American River College has given him the knowledge to apply this to his future career, as well as to his volunteer work at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento where he works as a signal maintainer.
He has appreciated the quality of ARC professors and small class sizes at American River. To earn acceptance to UC Davis, he had to complete rigorous requirements for his major, including physics sequences, linear algebra, and differential equations.
After completing his bachelor's degree, Brenton wishes to become a manager of electrical systems for a railroad company.
Angelica is extremely proud of her work as a student assistant in the Health Center at ARC. She appreciates how the position has allowed her to interact with her peers and make lasting friends and memories.
Her time at ARC has prepared her for the National and State Board Exams. After earning her AA in Science, she plans to successfully pass her exams and hopes to be a licensed funeral director and embalmer by age 21. She has gained both academic and personal skills and feels that her time and efforts at ARC have motivated her to be a better individual and to reach out to others.
Derrick has loved jazz music ever since he was a little kid. He has been playing both the clarinet and saxophone since he was in junior high school.
He decided to pursue a music major and focus solely on the saxophone after winning a top soloist award in high school. Even though Derrick lives in Vacaville, which is a considerable commute, he chose ARC because the music program is renowned and considered one of the best in the state.
His goal is to transfer to the University of Reno because the music faculty are exceptional.
At ARC, Yowty has gained the necessary skills to apply to his future career as a nurse practitioner and developed personally as a student, individual, and active member in his community.
He plans to transfer to a four-year university, earn his Bachelor's degree, and eventually work as a nurse practitioner, but his passion lies in helping villages in Thailand, Laos, and Southeast Asia.
After receiving his degree, he wishes to volunteer overseas in those villages and improve the health of their inhabitants, providing general medical services.
In his time outside ARC, Yowty volunteers as a tennis coach, is a music instructor at his church, and will be teaching English in China during the summer.
My major is Social Work and my dream is to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Undoubtedly, the Student Services personnel make the college stand out from other educational institutions. For me, CalWORKs is the program that changed my life completely. It helped me to believe in myself, and it became the second family that gave me love, great friends, and needed skills to grow in my future career. I'm thankful for all Student Services departments and I really appreciate their help. However, CalWORKs will always have a special part in my heart. Thank You, CalWORKs!
Brian's experience with American River College has been both intellectual and physical, as he juggles his computer science major with his extracurricular activities in track and field.
He's proud of himself for getting into college, as well as for placing third in the 400M hurdles at the state competition. He hopes to use his skillset to achieve a bachelor's degree at a four-year university and eventually work for Microsoft in creating new technologies.
I am studying Psychology at ARC and, after obtaining my AA/AS here, I am planning to transfer to Sac State for my BA in Psychology. My goal is to obtain my Master’s degree in counseling and to become a counselor.
I really enjoy my time here at ARC both as a student and a student assistant. I love helping other people, especially when it is helping them with college-related issues. Since the first day I started working on campus, I have been given the opportunity to help others. Also, by working in different departments I learn new things every day and that is something that keeps me happy and encourages me to do my job in the best way it can be done. I like how the staff here are passionate about helping new and continuing students to achieve their educational goals. I am glad to be part of this incredible team.
A fun fact about me is that I have been doing photography as a side job and I will be pursuing it even more professionally by obtaining new skills in the ARTPH and ARTNM courses that are available here on campus.
I graduate in spring 2019 with an A.A. in Social Science and plan to transfer to UC Davis in the fall to double major in Political Science: Public Service and Sociology: Law and Society. My main goals with political science and sociology are to greatly influence and enhance the education system, as I strive to make all campuses ones that are conducive and equitable for all students no matter what walk of life they are from. My goals are to get my Masters in Divinity and PhD in Education so I can be a positive role model, political powerhouse, and youth pastor, as I have a gift for helping people navigate their purpose by turning their pain into passion. As an Achieve peer mentor, community intern for UNITE, and Vice President of Umoja I get to help and encourage students on a daily basis and implement the things I want to change within the education system, without waiting for my degree to solidify my destiny, which in turn allows me to be the change I wish to see. A couple fun facts about me is that I am extremely goofy and currently my favorite book is called “Battlefield Of The Mind” by Joyce Meyers.
Christian's passion lies in the field of marine biology, and he's appreciated the accessibility and enthusiasm of the staff at American River College in helping him to achieve his goals.
He started college at age 16, and he is planning to transfer to UC Santa Cruz to obtain a doctorate in marine biology.
His time at ARC has been beneficial in preparing him for graduate school and his future responsibilities in forming a successful career.
Vinson has a lot to be proud of. He has received five scholarships from the ARC Foundation and is working toward transferring to a four-year university. He plans to obtain a Bachelor's degree, followed by a Master's degree, and work for a reputable company.
His time at ARC has gained him skills in time management, troubleshooting, communication, and general leadership, which he plans to use to benefit his career and the company he eventually works for.
Shelby has gained valuable experience in theater arts in her time at ARC, working behind the scenes on multiple productions for the Theatre Department.
Her proudest moment was working on Pride and Prejudice as the lead dresser for the entire show. Her work in costuming has inspired her to transfer to UCLA to complete her Bachelors of Arts degree and eventually go on to do costuming for shows, specifically Broadway productions.
Kesha is the mother of three children (ages 11, 9 and 5 years old) who are all excited for mom to start law school.
Kesha will be the first in her family to become a lawyer. She currently enjoys doing motivational speaking because it has helped her overcome the many challenges to continue school and graduate.
She says she has been homeless, married, divorced, and has suffered from domestic violence, but she has never given up because as she says, "Giving up is not an option."