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In 1907, the California State Legislature passed the Caminetti Bill that allowed local California communities to form junior college districts to alleviate the financial burden of attending college by allowing students to stay home for the first two years of their higher education.
Ten years later, in the middle of World War I, the Federated Home & School Association of Santa Rosa agreed it was time that the community had its own junior college. During a special meeting on November 15, 1917, the association sent a recommendation to form a junior college to the Santa Rosa Board of Education. Santa Rosa Junior College was formally approved by the Board in spring 1918.
The next fall Santa Rosa Junior College offered its first classes at the Santa Rosa High School. Led by Associated Students Board President Sarah Fiske, SRJC’s student body numbered 19. SRJC’s first group of students was taught by a faculty of eight educators. It would be another 13 years before the College had a faculty of its own.
Floyd P. Bailey joined SRJC in 1919 as a Physics Instructor and became SRJC’s first President in 1934. Bailey summed up the College’s infancy when he said, “And so it was, without operating funds, using high school instructors on a part-time basis, in the face of a world war and a serious epidemic, in borrowed quarters with borrowed books, that SRJC began.”
Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges