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Coordinates: 38°16′29″N 122°16′32″W / 38.27472°N 122.27556°W / 38.27472; -122.27556[1]

Napa Valley College
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Ronald Kraft
Location, ,
United States
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Napa Valley College, formerly known as Napa Junior College and Napa Community College, is a public community college in Napa Valley, California. It is one of California's 113 community colleges. The tree-lined main campus in Napa, California sits on 160 acres overlooking the Napa River and includes a Performing Arts Center, a Child Development Center, a Business Development Center and the Napa Valley Vintners Teaching Winery. An Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena includes the Napa Valley Cooking School, training aspiring chefs. In 2014-2015, the total enrollment was about 8,559.

The college was founded in 1942 after voters in Napa County passed a bond initiative in 1941. From 1942 to 1964, it operated as a four-year junior college, incorporating grades 11 through 14.[3] The original campus was located on the same property as Napa High School. The College was later moved to its current location in 1965 when a campus was established on surplus state property which originally was part of land belonging to Napa State Hospital.[4]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Napa Valley College
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  3. ^ Winter, Carl G. (1964). History of the Junior College Movement in California (PDF). Bureau of Junior Colleges. p. 13.
  4. ^ Dills, Isabelle (June 15, 2012). "Napa Valley College marks 70th birthday". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2012.

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