About Butte College
Butte College serves 13,000 students each semester and is a regionally accredited community college located just 75 miles north of Sacramento. Butte College offers a quality education where students can earn associate's degrees, train for over 100 career options, or take general education classes to transfer to the California State University system, the University of California system, or private universities. Butte College has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico, and many of our alumni have successful careers in fire, nursing, law enforcement, welding, business, computer science and more.
The College's Mission Statement
Butte College provides quality education, services, and workforce training to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.
Butte College—A National Leader in Sustainability
In 2011, Butte College became the first college in the history of the United States to become 'grid positive,' meaning that the College has the capacity to generate enough electricity from its solar arrays to fully offset its electricity cost. Solar arrays were installed in three phases at Butte College with the first solar array installed in 2005, followed by another in 2009, and later completion of Solar Phase III in June 2011.
The College is now home to 25,000 solar panels and has the ability to generate 6.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year or 4.5 megawatts DC – enough to power over 920 homes. The College projects it will save millions over 30 years, even after accounting for project costs and interest, by avoiding future electricity rate increases.
Mission and Sustainability
The College has a long history of sustainability, resting on a 928 acre designated wildlife refuge. Due to its rural location, the College is unique among California Community Colleges because it operates as a self-contained city. It has its own water system, maintains its own sewage treatment facility, recycles most of its waste, and operates the largest community college bus transportation system in California. The College is a national leader for community colleges in sustainability due to student engagement both at the college and in the community, infusion of sustainability into the curriculum, workforce development focused on green jobs, LEED certified buildings, sustainable land use management, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
A few examples of how Butte College has integrated sustainability into its ongoing operations include:
Butte College educationally, economically, and culturally empowers the communities we serve by helping students define and achieve success.
Butte College Foundation
The Butte College Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) charitable organization and serves as the fundraising arm for Butte College. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who work throughout the year to develop partnerships and resources to benefit students at Butte College through scholarships, grants, and loans. Donations to the Foundation help support Butte College students and programs. Scholarships can be named in honor of a loved one to leave a lasting legacy. For more information, contact the Foundation at 530-895-2359 or visit www.butte.edu/foundation.
The College's Advisory Committees
To ensure that Career and Technical Education programs respond to the needs of business, industry, and government, the Butte-Glenn Community College District establishes program advisory committees whose members are industry leaders in occupational areas related to the College's programs.
Individual program advisory committees provide valued advice related to:
A campus Career and Technical Education General Advisory Committee consults with the campus on the broader issues related to the Butte College vocational mission.