Transforming Learners. Transforming Communities. Transforming Lives.
Mt. San Jacinto College offers quality accessible, equitable and innovative educational programs and services to students aspiring to achieve their academic, career and personal development goals. We provide students a safe environment in which to pursue basic skills, career and general education pathways. Our programs lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates, which meet workforce development needs in our diverse communities. Our commitment to learning and achievement empowers students to enrich our communities and to participate meaningfully in today’s complex world.
We are students, employees and a community. We believe that the act of teaching and learning is vital to a thriving community that enriches and, at times, saves lives. We commit to opportunities that inspire the following values in ourselves:
Excellence – We challenge students by setting high standards for learning and critical thinking, which we model with action.
Collaboration – We believe the best results are achieved through communication and participation among students, employees, industry and the community we serve.
Relationship – We nurture a community built on positive interactions and a genuine concern for the welfare of others.
Innovation – We cultivate a creative environment that promotes that promotes the development of new ideas for continuous quality improvement.
Relevance – We create educational experiences that have meaningful applications in a local and global context, today and tomorrow.
Access – We ensure the equitable rights of all students by removing barriers to a quality education and promoting a network of support that improves learning opportunities.
Leadership – We empower people throughout the community to support and facilitate positive change.
Diversity – We respect and embrace the power of sharing our differences in thought, opinion, culture and background to optimize our collective strength.
Integrity – We believe in being true to our core values by consistently demonstrating our character, as well as an institutional commitment to do the right thing.
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Systematic Planning and Assessment
Institutional Pride and Organizational Culture
Community Partnerships and Service
Mt. San Jacinto College is dedicated to the following Core Competencies:
Communication: The student will communicate effectively, expressing thoughts, goals and needs through use of appropriate modes and technologies.
Critical Thinking: The student will reason and think critically.
Aesthetic Awareness: The student will possess aesthetic awareness.
Social Awareness: The student will demonstrate societal awareness.
Responsibility: The student will display personal and civic responsibility.
Scientific Awareness: The student will possess an awareness of the physical and biological principles related to science.
Information and Technology Literacy: The student will access, interpret, evaluate, and apply relevant information sources and digital media effectively, and in an ethical and legal manner.
As part of a single college, multi-campus district, Mt. San Jacinto College faculty and staff from both campuses and all sites work together to provide the highest quality curriculum and student services possible. The Board of Trustees, the Superintendent/President, and all of the faculty and staff of Mt. San Jacinto College have made the commitment to provide the highest quality transfer and occupational education programs and services in a supportive teaching and learning environment. As the college continues to grow in the years ahead, the tradition of building for the future, which began in 1963, will continue to guide Mt. San Jacinto College in its quest for excellence, both now and throughout the 21st century.
The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District serves about 27,000 students in an area covering 1,700 square miles in central and southwestern Riverside County, one of California’s fastest-growing and most dynamic regions.
The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District was formed in 1962 by a vote of the citizens in Banning, Beaumont, Hemet and San Jacinto.
The college enrolled its first students in the fall of 1963, holding classes in rented facilities. The San Jacinto Campus opened in 1965 with two buildings and has grown into a comprehensive college campus serving the needs of students and the community.
In 1975, the residents of Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Perris and adjacent areas voted to join the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, increasing the college’s area to the present 1,700 square miles. Although the boundaries have remained stable since 1975, the District has changed dramatically, especially since the 1980s. Unprecedented population growth in the region helped MSJC become one of California’s fastest growing community colleges.
In response to this intense growth, MSJC opened its Menifee Valley Campus in October 1990. By the end of its first year, there were 2,100 students attending classes at the Menifee Valley Campus. Today the campus serves 12,000-plus students each semester.
With the rapid growth in enrollments being experienced at both campuses, the District engaged in extensive planning and development for state-of-the-art learning environments for MSJC students.
In the fall of 1993, the Alice P. Cutting Business & Technology Center on the San Jacinto Campus opened to students with new laboratories for Business, Computer Information Systems, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Photography.
In the fall of 1995, a state-of-the-art music building opened on the San Jacinto Campus. The District opened the Allied Health and Fine Arts buildings on the Menifee Valley Campus in 1995-96.
In 2006, MSJC opened its new Learning Resource Center on the Menifee Valley Campus. The state-of- the-art-building provides a library, tutoring services and more for students.
MSJC again experienced rapid expansion in 2008. The Business & Technology Center opened on the Menifee Valley Campus, providing cutting edge instruction in Geographic Information Systems, Multimedia, Photography and more.
The college also opened the Temecula Education Complex, giving residents of the Temecula and Murrieta areas one location to register, receive counseling and placement testing and also take classes. The District ended its lease for the Temecula Education Complex in 2019 after purchasing a permanent site in Temecula.
The college opened its San Gorgonio Pass Service Center in 2008 to provide counseling, registration and other services to the Banning and Beaumont areas. The college also expanded course offerings in the San Gorgonio Pass.
By November 2010, counseling and enrollment services offered at the former San Gorgonio Pass Service Center moved to the new San Gorgonio Pass Campus located south of Interstate 10. In January 2011, students began attending classes at the newsite. The campus is on two of 50 acres MSJC owns.
MSJC opened the Humanities & Social Sciences building on the Menifee Valley Campus in 2012. The two-story building provides state-of-the-art equipment for student learning.
In 2014, the college opened its second site in Temecula: the Temecula Higher Education Center. Also in November 2014, voters of the District approved Measure AA, a $295 million facilities bond. It is the second bond in the District’s history. In 1978, when the District only operated its first campus in San Jacinto, voters passed a $3 million facilities bond.
A new facility purchased by the District in 2018 is slated to open as the Temecula Valley Campus in 2020, allowing MSJC to combine services for this area into one facility.
The District remained the fastest growing of California’s 114-college system with enrollment growing by more than 11 percent in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The college’s master plan calls for ultimately providing for 15,000 to 20,000 students on the Menifee Valley Campus and up to 15,000 on the San Jacinto Campus. Classrooms are being added or renovated on both campuses to meet the educational demands of the area. The master plan also includes serving about 3,600 students in the Pass area and nearly 4,000 students in the I-15 corridor over the next several years.