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January 28, 2013


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College is celebrating a milestone – 130 years of academic excellence. To recognize this milestone the college is hosting an anniversary celebration on the Fontana Campus on May 11, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Chaffey College opened through a vision of George and William Chaffey in 1883 as the Chaffey College School of Agriculture under the University of Southern California. The Chaffey brothers’ vision is similar to the vision of community colleges today; to provide an educated workforce.

Over the past 130 years, Chaffey College has become one of the most respected community college colleges in the state. For 130 years, Chaffey College has been providing quality education at an exceptional value for the residents of the Inland Empire.

City of Fontana leaders partnered with the college more than 20 years ago to bring Chaffey College to Fontana. In 1992 the first learning center opened in downtown Fontana offering a few general education courses. By 1995 close to 150 students were enrolled in classes. In 1996 the Fontana Center opened at its current location with over 1,000 students attending classes in the fall semester. In 2007 the Ralph M. Lewis Center opened, the second building on the Fontana Campus, and in 2011 a 30,000 square foot 2-story Academic Cente
opened. Today, the Chaffey College Fontana Campus serves close to 2,450 students.

“Celebrate 130” on the Fontana Campus
May 11, 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The community is invited to “Celebrate 130” on the Fontana Campus on May 11, 2013!

Various events and activities are scheduled including: a live performance by local band “Them Kool Kats,” interactive demonstrations, activities and exhibits.

The event includes a kid’s zone designed to engage and entertain kids of all ages. Kids will enjoy amazing face painting, balloon art, a petting zoo, and fun games and activities.

In addition to great entertainment and activities, the college is partnering with local restaurants including NY Pizza and Las Brisas, to name a few, who are preparing amazing food for the celebration.

The Fontana Campus will be open for everyone to tour. Come see our amazing biology and chemistry laboratories, dance and art studios, success center, classrooms, and library. For those interested in enrolling in classes, the student services offices will be open.

The Chaffey College Governing Board and Dr. Shannon, superintendent/president will host the 130th anniversary ceremony at 5:00 pm. Come hear about the history of the college, the Fontana Campus and enjoy some 130th anniversary cake.

Bring the entire family, the event is FREE and open to the public. Come enjoy food, activities, and entertainment. Bring the family to “Celebrate 130” on the Fontana Campus.

The Chaffey College Fontana Campus is located at 16855 Merrill Avenue - between Sierra and Citrus Avenues. The campus entrance is on Juniper Avenue. For more information visit the college website at:

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