About College of Marin
College of Marin Is Where Dreams Have Come True for Generations of Marin Residents
College of Marin has been a vital source of education, culture and opportunity to the people of Marin since 1926. Over 350,000 local residents have attended the College whether to seek a degree, transfer to a university, train for a new career, learn new skills, pursue the arts, or engage in lifelong learning. College of Marin continues to be, and will be for generations to come, a treasured community resource, a vibrant place for learning, and an enduring cultural center. As public sector support is reduced or threatened, enlightened private donors are critical to sustaining and keeping College of Marin strong. We are deeply grateful to the friends, neighbors, and alumni who provide unrestricted support as well as designated support of our various programs, facilities, and activities. They enable the College’s mission and duties:
Preparing Students for Higher Degrees and Achievement
Known for its academic excellence, accessibility, and affordability, College of Marin is the place where generations of Marin residents have started their higher education. Many of the best paying careers today require a college degree. College of Marin offers courses that satisfy the lower division requirements for transfer as a junior to the University of California, California State University System, private universities, and out-of-state universities. Many thousands of College of Marin students have transferred to universities and earned baccalaureate and higher degrees. Students earning the first two-years of their baccalaureate at College of Marin save tens of thousands of dollars on the cost of their higher education. Thousands of our esteemed alumni have been successful in transferring to UC Berkeley and other prestigious schools. Private support provides scholarships, faculty support, and enriched programs.
Developing Our Workforce by Delivering Learning Opportunities for New Careers
College of Marin’s workforce preparation programs offer vital career training and skills development for students seeking good jobs in high demand fields. Our students study nursing, automotive technology, court reporting, multi-media, accounting, organic farming, dental assisting, and more; and earn an Associate in Science Degree (generally a two-year program) or a Certificate of Proficiency (generally a one-year program). The curriculum for each program is driven by industry demand and most require new classroom technologies. Instructors too must keep their skills and certifications up to date. Only with community support can College of Marin maintain its programs and adapt to new demands.
Providing Essential Resources for Those in Need of Basic Skills or
English as a Second Language
It is very difficult to succeed in life or find a good paying job without basic English and math skills. Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Skills classes at College of Marin provide students important opportunities to improve their English speaking, listening, reading, math, and writing skills. These classes help thousands of students each year with pre-employment preparation, community interaction, cultural enrichment, and professional advancement. Those who speak English as a second language are the fastest growing population in Marin. By helping people become self-supporting members of society through education, College of Marin offers cost-efficient and accessible options to help increase employment and contribute to the overall quality of life in our community. We welcome donations to help to make these opportunities available to a broad audience.
Offering Opportunities for Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning at College of Marin provides high-quality courses and activities that challenge, inform, entertain, and enrich the lives of students of all ages. Our popular Emeritus College (EC) was established in 1974 for older adults. There are no previous educational requirements to participate in the array of exciting courses and activities offered through College of Marin’s Community Education Program, which is designed for students with a lifelong passion for self-enrichment. In addition to knowledge and new life skills, lifelong learning is known to increases self-confidence and improves health and well-being.
You Can Make an Enduring Difference!
Private support is crucial to the ongoing operation, quality, and service of College of Marin. We welcome donations of cash, stock, or property of all amounts. We are honored to discuss any options for support. Exemplary and generous philanthropy is invited and welcomed! Thank you for your consideration.