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Contra Costa College (CCC) is the oldest and most diverse of the three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. A proud Hispanic Serving Institution, serving predominantly Latinx, African American and Asian students, CCC is situated in a socioeconomically diverse, resilient and culturally vibrant community. The college is located on 83 acres of a beautiful, naturally landscaped site accentuated by Wildcat Creek running through the rolling hills of San Pablo and Richmond. Since opening in 1949, CCC has provided exemplary educational services as the only institution of higher education in the West County area. CCC serves over 7,000 students each year, with superior faculty and staff dedicated to creating a premier learning environment. Both CCC and the District take great pride in their effective participatory governance structures and processes. The campus has a new college center that opened in the fall of 2016. Students now enjoy a new activities building that houses all student functions, a bookstore, and a new facility for the culinary arts program that contains a dining center. The campus center also includes a new classroom building and a community hall, and there are new campus administration spaces as well. Slated for renovation/construction in the next few years are a new science building, remodeled physical education and athletic facilities, and a new campus safety center. The Applied Arts Building is newly renovated and has just re-opened for fall 2018. CCC has been recognized for many of its academic and career education programs locally, statewide and nationally. The Center for Science Excellence, a mentoring program providing a solid foundation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as transfer preparation, is funded through multiple grants including the National Science Foundation. Most recently, the college received a second Title III, part F HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) STEM grant to continue the goal of increasing the number of students from under-resourced communities in the fields of science, technology and math. One of the fastest growing curricula is that of “green energy” programs. The Career Education (CE) experience at CCC is notable for the Electric/Hybrid Automotive Technology Program and offers the only Hybrid Technician Certification in the Bay Area. The Culinary Arts Program has also become one of the signature, job-training programs on campus. The program operates the elegant Aqua Terra Restaurant and hosts an annual Food and Wine fundraising event that has enabled CCC students to travel to Italy, China and France to study with notable chefs.