On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration and staff, I welcome you to the exciting learning environment of the Yuba Community College District.
As a growing District, YCCD spans eight counties and nearly 4200 square miles of territory in rural, north-central California. Its two colleges, Yuba College and Woodland Community College, offer degrees, certificates and transfer curricula at college campuses in Marysville and Woodland, educational centers in Clearlake and Yuba City, and through outreach operations in Williams and on Beale Air Force Base.
New facilities were recently constructed at all five campus locations as part of the District’s $190 million facilities bond program passed in 2006 by local voters and joint state funding for some of the projects. The Yuba College Sutter County Center (YC-SCC) in Yuba City and the Health and Public Safety Building on the Marysville campus are now open. On the Clear Lake Campus three new buildings opened for Fall 2012 including the Student Services Building, Culinary Arts/Multipurpose building, and a science classroom facility. The Woodland Community College - Colusa County Outreach Facility (WCC-CCOF) in Williams opened its doors to students in Spring 2011. The Woodland Community College Building 700 was renovated to house all student services in one location and Building 100 was also renovated to house the college administration offices. The Yuba College Building 1100 renovation is is completed and provides students with a Learning Resource Center that is fully equipped with a library, computer labs, study rooms, café, tutoring labs, and success center.
The Colleges’ highly-qualified faculty provide both traditional and non-traditional instruction in a wide array of arts and sciences, career technical education, and athletic programs, many with national recognition and award-winning accomplishments. The college is a leader in the state for hybrid automotive technology, and has embarked on a progressive program for sustainability, education, and training for green collar professionals and technicians.
An extensive distributive education program with enhanced classroom technology, wireless access, and on-line classes is in place to enhance teaching and learning for the nearly 16,000 headcount of students enrolled annually across the District.
Administrative and classified staff provide a full range of strong support services for a highly diverse, amazingly talented student population. We strive to provide learning opportunities and support services that prepare students for the contemporary workplace, to be contributing members of society, and to pursue future educational goals.
Both colleges are regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The colleges most recent evaluation occurred in October 2012, and a follow-up visit is scheduled for October 2013.
Please enjoy your exploration of the YCCD web site to learn of the many exciting educational opportunities available in our District.
Dr. Douglas B. Houston serves as the Chancellor of the Yuba Community College District (YCCD), his second CEO position in the State of California. Dr. Houston's 37-year career has been in various leadership roles: as an administrator to several community colleges, as commander of various military units, as a Boy Scout leader, and in various leadership roles in his church and community. He has taught full and part-time at the community college and university level, including as a Physics Professor at West Point. A strong believer in servant leadership, he feels public higher education is a sacred trust and thinks of his job as a "calling."
The son of a career Army officer, he grew up and attended school in various countries including Germany, Thailand and of course in various parts of the USA. An Eagle Scout, he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Physics from the University of Florida where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was recognized with the George Catlett Marshal Leadership Award, one of fifty honorees nationally. After leaving active military service, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
He currently serves as a member of the California Community Colleges' Economic Development Policy Advisory Committee (EDPAC), and as a board member for the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and NextEd (the Sacramento area P-20 Council); he also serves on the advisory committees for Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research at U.C. Davis and the CSU Sacramento Educational Doctorate programs.
Prior to coming to YCCD, Dr. Houston served as the Superintendent/President of Lassen College in Susanville California, successfully leading the College's accreditation and fiscal recovery. While in Susanville, he initiated the development of the Lassen Educational Collaborative; a partnership of education, business and community to establish K-14 seamless transition and improve student success in rural Lassen County, and served on the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium / Workforce Investment Board and the Lassen Economic Development Council.
Before his Presidency at Lassen College, he served in various administrative positions at Butte College in Oroville California and at Barstow College in Southern California. While at Butte College, he was recognized with an Award for Excellence from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for work in support of faculty development and classroom-based research. He was also instrumental in the development of the Butte College Leader Development Institute, a signature program in California, to groom future administrators and faculty leaders at the college. While at Butte College, he also served on Microsoft's National Community and Technical College Advisory Council. At Barstow College Dr. Houston was the first administrator in the college's history to be recognized by the Associated Student Body with the James Hvilstead Hawk Leadership Award. He represented the college and the community of Barstow on the California High Desert Regional Economic Development Authority and served on the California Community Colleges Research and Planning Group Task Force on College Planning.
Dr. Houston's home is, with his wife Kathryn on a small ranchette south of Paradise, California ... along with some two dozen pets including horses, dogs, cats, chickens and other birds ... Kathy is a veterinarian! Their son Samuel is a UC Davis graduate currently serving as an officer in the U.S. Army and daughter Anna Marie is completing her baccalaureate studies at CSU Sacramento. He enjoys camping, biking, boating, fishing, riding, woodcarving and carpentry; but most of all he enjoys the fellowship of family and friends.