Crafton Hills College is one of the California Community Colleges. Since its opening in 1972, learners of all ages interests and backgrounds have passed through the doors of CHC, taking advantage of this first step to higher learning. As new businesses and industries settle in this region, CHC continues to increase in importance as a source for a college education and employee training. Crafton Hills currently serves approximately 6,200 students and offers both day and evening classes. CHC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the accrediting body for California and the Western Pacific. Located on rolling hills above the Yucaipa Valley and surrounded by an undisturbed natural environment, Crafton Hills offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, vocations and technical studies.
The College is located in San Bernardino County, but is near the border of Riverside County. Thus, we serve students of both areas. The latest statistics (Feb. 2002) for the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area are as follows:
- Population density 85.2 persons per sq. mile, San Bernardino County
- 214.4 persons per sq. mile, Riverside County
- Personal income $22,060 per capita (77% of national average)
- Housing tenure 64.5% owner occupied; 12.1% vacant
Area employers include retail, health care & social assistance; accommodations & food services have the largest numbers of establishments.
Crafton Hills College, then, serves a community where the constituents must commute to work or school, where the poverty and unemployment rates exceed the state average, and where the income is below the national average.