About the College




The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has provided quality education to residents of the Bay Area for over 30 years. The formation of a "junior college district" was approved by the voters on January 10, 1961 and the first board of trustees elected on April 18, 1961.
The District is composed of two community colleges. Chabot College, in Hayward, primarily serves residents of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City. Las Positas College, in Livermore, primarily serves residents of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol. The District serves 18 public high schools and four parochial schools.
In addition to the traditional and vocational curriculum offered at the Colleges, the District conducts an active outreach program in contract education to help business, industrial and public organizations develop training programs tailored to meet their needs.
The California Community Colleges operate under the governance of the State Chancellor, the State Board of Governors appointed by the Governor, and local districts with their own locally elected governing boards. The State Chancellor's Office and Board of Governors oversee the distribution of funds apportioned by the State Legislature for use by the Community Colleges and "lobby" the State Legislature on behalf of the Community Colleges. California's Community Colleges are organized into 72 community college districts. Each college within a district has a president or superintendent, and each district has its own elected Board of Trustees who apportion funds and govern the colleges within its district.
Las Positas College is located on 147 acres in Livermore, in the midst of one of California's fastest-growing regions for business and scientific industry.
Las Positas began as an extension center of Chabot College in 1963, offering 24 classes and enrolling 810 students at Livermore High School and two other sites. By 1965, the program had expanded and moved to Granada High School in Livermore; it subsequently grew to include Amador and Dublin High Schools as well. The district purchased the Livermore site that same year, intending to develop a comprehensive community college. However, in 1970 and again in 1972, bond issues to build the rural college failed--despite Tri-Valley voters' overwhelming support--because the district's largest voting population lived outside the service area for the proposed college. Lacking funds to develop a second comprehensive community college, the Board of Trustees voted to develop a small education center at the Livermore site. On March 31, 1975, "Valley Campus" opened as the Livermore Education Center of Chabot College.
Las Positas College has since developed into a fully accredited comprehensive institution. In 1988 the College was designated by the Board of Governors to be an independent college. Las Positas College received full accreditation on January 7, 1991 from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Las Positas College currently enrolls approximately 7,000 day and evening students. The College offers a two-year curriculum for students seeking career preparation, transfer to a four-year college or university, or personal enrichment. Students who come to the College can choose any of 24 Occupational Associate Degrees, 16 Transfer Associate Degrees, and over 30 Certificate Programs.
Academic rigor is maintained in a friendly, personal atmosphere. Las Positas faculty and staff are distinguished by their energy, creativity, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the students they serve.
Las Positas College's Mission Statement is reviewed annually to ensure that the College and the Mission are aligned and that they are both in agreement with the needs and principles of the community.


Las Positas College is committed to creating a learning environment of excellence and student success.


The Mission of Las Positas College is to provide:
s high-quality, comprehensive educational programs and services;
s educational and training opportunities adaptable to changing needs;
s access for all students in our community; and
s superior faculty and staff committed to facilitating student success.


In fulfilling its Mission, Las Positas College cultivates in studentsinquad its students:
s a strong foundation of knowledge and skills;
s the ability to think critically;
s understanding and respect for difference and diversity;
s humane decision making which is informed and ethical;
s adaptability for the workplace;
s participation in society as responsible citizens.


We, the faculty, staff, and administrators of Las Positas College, support the basic democratic tenets that all individuals be afforded opportunity to reach their highest human potential as responsible members of society and that all individuals be given an equal opportunity to prepare themselves to assume the privileges and responsibilities of self-governance in a world of diverse philosophical values and political practices.
We believe that the qualities of an educated person include knowledge, competency, mental and physical well-being, concern for the environment, and respect for the dignity of diverse peoples and cultures.
We offer students the opportunity to participate actively in the educational process, to make significant choices, and to achieve increasing self-direction in an atmosphere in which the freedom to create and to explore ideas is encouraged and supported.
We also encourage and support creativity and innovation among faculty, staff and administrators whose values reflect those of the community and whose presence and leadership serve as models for students.
We support an environment that provides educational programs, learning resources and student services to a culturally-rich and diverse student population. We are sensitive to students with varying needs, interests, physical abilities and learning differences or difficulties.




General education programs are accepted as a significant part of the program of studies in American colleges and universities. The term general education refers to a program of studies which introduces the student to areas of study that mature the mind, enrich family, and widen social and ethnic relationships. They develop skills and aptitudes that can aid the student in furthering personal and social usefulness, and in living in the environment as a thinking and contributing citizen.
It is a program, furthermore, that activates the imagination, deepens the perspective of life, and gives life direction and purpose. The general education program is eminently well-suited to a democracy where every person is eligible to enjoy the cultural riches of the world and to become a useful citizen in dealing with local, national and world economics, and cultural, social and political problems.




Las Positas College is a public, two-year community college accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (3402 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95304, (707) 569-9177), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Appropriate courses are accepted for transfer by the University of California, California State University, and private universities and colleges.


The College is approved for the training of veterans and for the education of foreign students.


Las Positas College maintains an atmosphere that is welcoming to all students and conducive to their academic and personal success. The College provides an environment free of all forms of harassment, in which all students and employees are treated with dignity and respect.


Las Positas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, physical ability, religious belief or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Las Positas is in full compliance with:
s Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964)--pertaining to race, color and national origin;
s Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964)--pertaining to religion and gender;
s Title IX of the Educational Amendments (1972)--pertaining to gender;
s Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)--pertaining to disability;
s Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1974)--pertaining to age; and
s Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)--pertaining to disability.
Limited English skills are not a barrier to occupational programs and services of the College.
No person shall be subjected to sexual overtures or conduct--verbal, visual or physical--which is intimidating, hostile, offensive or unwelcome. Such conduct by employees or students is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the College.

For inquiries regarding the application of Affirmative Action policies contact:

Sylvia Rodriguez
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Records and
Affirmative Action Officer
(925) 373-4942

For inquiries regarding the application of Sexual Harassment policies contact:

Corey Kidwell
Dean of Academic Services
(925) 373-5824

For inquiries regarding the application of Disability Issues and Student Concerns and Grievances contact:

Karen Halliday
Vice President of Student Services
(925) 373-5805

Inquiries may also be addressed to the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Old Federal Building, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 437-7700.




Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this catalog, students and others who use this catalog should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of statutes enacted by the Legislature, rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Chabot-Las Positas College District, or by the Chancellor or designee of the institution.


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Our website includes:
On-line Application for Admission
On-line Registration
Unofficial Academic Record (Summer 1994 to present)
Course Descriptions
Class Schedule
Instructional Home Pages
Entrance Requirements, How and When to Register, and Fees
AA and AS Requirements, Transfer Information and Career Opportunities
Counseling, Financial Aid, Students with Special Needs, and Learning Resources
Maps and Photos of the Campus
Information About College Activities and Sports, including Soccer, Cross Country, and Fencing