Established in 1913, Fullerton College is an educational and economic powerhouse in North Orange County and is among the largest and oldest community colleges in the state of California. The value of Fullerton College influences both the lives of students and the county economy. Fullerton College promotes economic growth in Orange County in a variety of ways. The college is an employer and buyer of goods and services, and the living expenses of students benefit local businesses. In addition, Fullerton College is a primary ;source of education to Orange County residents and a supplier of trained workers to county industries.
The overall impact of Fullerton College on the local business community during the analysis year 2016-2017 amounted to $793.6 million in added income, equal to the sum of the operations spending impact, the student spending impact, and the alumni impact.
Impacts created by Fullerton College in FY 2016-17
Return on Investment to Students, Taxpayers, and Society
Top industries impacted by Fullerton College in FY 2016-17
Measure J and Other Campus Projects
Over the next 20 years, Fullerton College will roll out comprehensive construction and renovation projects thanks to Measure J, a voter-approved bond from the November 2014 election. The initial priority projects include a parking structure; a Lab School (childcare center) and a horticulture building.
Additional plans include among others, a Welcome Center, which will house student/veteran services, a classroom building, a performing arts center and final renovations to the classroom buildings that were not included in the previous bond, Measure X. Formally called the Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure, Measure J generates $574 million for facility improvements, upgrades, and repairs at North Orange County Community College District schools which also include Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.
The college offers a vibrant lineup of arts and cultural events that are open to the surrounding community as well as plant sales and athletic competitions. Many of the events are free and appropriate for the whole family. Visit the Fullerton College News Center for current event details at news.fullcoll.edu.
Dia de los Muertos
For more than 20 years, the college has attracted over 1,000 visitors to the annual Dia de los Muertos festival in the fall. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday devoted to celebrating and remembering those who have passed. The event features DJs, Aztec dancers, a Folklorico dance group, food, and numerous handmade ofendras. Enjoy these photos from the 2017 festival.
Visit the renowned Fullerton College Art Gallery in Building 1000 for the best in established and up-and-coming artists from around the world and around the corner. The Artist in Residence program attracts acclaimed artists each year and pieces from the college’s extensive private collection often rotate through the exhibitions. Visit the gallery’s website.
FC Night at Angel Stadium
Each year, the college partners with the Angels of Anaheim to host a group night. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and the college’s Food Bank. Enjoy these photos from the 2018 FC Night at Angel Stadium.
Each spring, Fullerton College welcomes thousands of people to campus for the Love Fullerton volunteer appreciation barbeque. The annual day of service has grown to include the cities of Buena Park, Brea, Orange, Placentia, La Habra and Anaheim. See the 2018 photos on Facebook.
Theatre and Music Events
The Fullerton College Fine Arts Division offers numerous live music and theater performances throughout the year. Contact or visit the Box Office to purchase tickets.
French Film Festival
The French Film Festival occurs each spring and has proven to be a great opportunity for students and community members to immerse themselves in French cinema. Visit the French Film Festival’s page to learn more.
Plant and Tomato Sales
The Horticulture Department hosts sales each year to provide gardeners with plants, herbs, and vegetables as well as events for Fullerton Beautiful, Orange County Master Gardeners and the California Landscape Contractors Association. Visit the Horticulture department to learn more.
Numerous men’s and women’s athletic competitions are offered throughout the year ranging from our national championship football team to our state championship women’s water polo team. Visit Athletics to learn more.
More than 23,000 students attend Fullerton College each year. Many of these students learn about the value of higher education and their potential at Fullerton College long before they fill out their college application. Partnerships like the Amgen Biotech Experience, Anaheim Union Educational Pledge, Fullerton Partnership, Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership, Orange County Biotech Education Partnership, High School Theatre Festival, Jazz Festival and annual KinderCaminata event for kindergartners, help the college instill the importance of higher education in students during their formative K-12 years.
Public and Private Universities
Fullerton College is No. 1 in transfers to the California State University system due to a strong culture focused on transfer success and proactive relationship building with numerous public and private universities. Please visit the Transfer Center website to see the breadth of transfer agreements open to students.
Fullerton College is committed to partnering with numerous community organizations for the betterment of North Orange County and beyond. Partner organizations include:
- North Orange County Chamber
- St. Jude Medical Center
- Brea Chamber of Commerce
- City of Fullerton
- Love Fullerton/OC United
- Angels of Anaheim
- Fullerton Collaborative
Fullerton College utilizes FCCareerConnect, a Career Management System powered by Symplicity. This system is designed to increase effective communication between students, faculty, and employers. Employers interested in hosting an intern from Fullerton College may register today at https://fullcoll-csm.symplicity.com/. Select “Employer,” then “Sign Up and Post Job. For questions, please contact Jennifer Merchant in Fullerton College’s Career and Life Planning Center at 714-732-5542.
Bachelor and Graduate students
Please visit Grants and Economic Workforce Development to learn more about opportunities. Additionally, the Graduate Student Mentorship Program (GSI) pairs graduate students up with faculty mentors in order to provide assistance to Fullerton College basic skills students. With faculty mentor guidance, the interns provide tutoring and course-specific workshops throughout the semester. In addition, this program offers the graduate students who may be interested in teaching in the community college valuable hands-on experience. Learn more on the Basic Skills website.
Many Fullerton College facilities are available for community use, including the Campus Theatre, Wilshire Auditorium, conference rooms, classrooms and more. Facility reservations may be submitted up to one year in advance, but must be submitted no less that 14 days from the start of the event. Rentals are subject to fees and clients will be asked to provide insurance, and a copy of an IRS 501(c)(3) letter if using non-profit rates.
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