CCC student leaders 1950s

Contra Costa Community College District was established on December 14, 1948, with boundaries nearly identical to those of Contra Costa County. There are three colleges in the district: Contra Costa College (San Pablo), Los Medanos College (Pittsburgh), and Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill).

Contra Costa College was the first of the three colleges in the district to be established. Originally named Contra Costa Junior College, West Campus, it began in 1949 at the old Kaiser Shipyards in Point Richmond. The first classes started February 14, 1950, with a beginning enrollment of 500 students. In 1956, the college moved to its present location, an 83-acre site in the rolling hills overlooking San Pablo Bay.

The College Archives, located in the Library, maintains a record of the past and current history of our college. The archival collections include the college catalogs and course schedules, yearbooks, photographs, student publications, college newsletters,  and a clipping file of articles about the college from local newspapers.

These collections are open, by appointment, to anyone who is interested in researching the history and development of the college. Researchers may make an appointment to use the archives during the library’s regular weekday hours by calling the library Reference Desk at 510-215-4897.

CCC campus 1960sSome archived items, such as college catalogs and course schedules, are listed in the Library’s online catalog. Printed indexes to the student newspapers (up through 1974 at this time) are available in the Library’s Reference area.

Discover more about CCC’s history by taking the History Tour, viewing the collection of digital photographs, and/or browsing the events listed in the Chronology section.

Interviews with some of CCC’s first students are contained in a video segment created by the AUP Digital Technology Academy’s “An Exploration of Our History: West Contra Costa College,” produced and directed by Doug Harris.