The History of Merced County
Finally, when California became a state in 1850, Mariposa County covered much of the central valley, extending to a mutual boundary with San Diego and Los Angeles counties. In 1855, farmers of the lowlands decided they did not have much in common with the miners of the foothills and mountains and petitioned to have a section split off to form a new county. When the petition was granted, Merced County was formed by Governor John Bigelow on April 19, 1855. On 1857 tax assessment rolls, the new county boasted of a population of 277. The first county seat was in Snelling. Once the railroad came through the county, much of the business and the county seat moved to the new town of Merced, which incorporated in 1889.
For Merced County the growth, and the change coming with it, has continued.
District and Organization
The Beginnings of the College District Merced College is a California Public Community College operated by the Merced Community College District, which was formed by a vote of the people of the Le Grand and Merced Union High School Districts on February 27, 1962. The District, which comprised the eastern half of Merced County, consisted of the areas served by these two high school districts. The Governing Board consisted of five members elected at large in the District. The first members of the Board, elected in May of 1962, were as follows: Buddy T. Iwata, Chairman; George W. Clark, Vice C hairman; Byron Cunningham, John R. Hann, and Donald Robinson.
The Merced Community College District became effective for all purposes July 1, 1963.
Merced College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. The leadership and educational services provided by the College reflect and enhance the cultural, economic, and social life of the community and respond to its changing needs and interests. Recognizing that learning is a life-long process, the College provides preparation for a complex and changing society while maintaining high academic standards. The College also fosters individual learning and critical thinking to enhance awareness of the inter-relationship and inter-dependence of all persons.
Recognizing that education is never a mistake, Merced College serves as a gateway to the future by welcoming all students from our richly diverse region. We prepare our students for the next stage of their lives by providing the following:
◆ A supportive environment
◆ Committed and caring faculty, staff, and leadership
◆ Mutually beneficial community partnerships
◆ State-of-the-art facilities
◆ The latest technology
All students who enroll in credit courses "matriculate." Matriculation is a process that brings Merced College and each student into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student's educational objectives.
Within the State Matriculation Plan, Merced College provides: An admissions process; An assessment of basic educational skills and career goals; Pre-enrollment counseling/advising and course selection; An orientation to college programs, services, and procedures; A suitable curriculum or program of courses; Quality instruction; Continuous follow-up on student progress with referral to support services when needed.
As part of the Matriculation Plan, students agree to: Express a broad educational intent at the time of admission; Declare a specific educational objective within a reasonable period of enrollment; Complete the assessment process; Confer with counselors for registration approval and discussion of educational and vocational choices; Meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan once 15 units of course work have been completed; Attend classes and complete assigned course work; Seek out support services as needed; Complete courses and maintain progress toward an educational goal.
Merced College is a member of the
Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC). The mission of the Central
Valley Higher Education Consortium is to provide effective leadership
that promotes programs, policies, and performance designed to increase
higher education attainment by the people of the Central Valley.