Butte-Glenn Community College District provides low-cost career and technical education options for local residents in allied health, business and information technology, engineering and industrial technology, agriculture, and welding. For some students, it is the gateway to a four-year degree via partnerships with the state university system. Butte enrolls over 12,000 students and offers over associate’s degrees and certificate programs. A number of courses are offered at the Chico Center, in addition to the main campus 15 miles south of Chico.
A number of Butte College programs have achieved recognition beyond the north state, including welding, the Firefighter Academy, the Law Enforcement Academy, agriculture and health professions. For companies seeking trained employees, Butte offers specialized training in computer networking, applied computer graphics, automotive technology, heavy equipment operation, retail management and office skills, to name a few examples. There are over 160 programs from which to choose.
The Training Place, located at the Butte College Chico Center, provides low-cost short courses for employees throughout the year, covering everything from forklift safety to supervisory skills to lean manufacturing.
Small Business Assistance
Businesses seeking assistance with issues such as marketing, business planning and financial management can contact the Small Business Development Center, also located in the Chico Center. SBDC provides training and consultation.
Butte College is a longtime leader in sustainability. The college became the first “grid positive” college in 2011, employing 25,000 solar panels with a capacity of 6.4 million kWh‚ enough to fully offset its electricity cost. The campus has taken a number of additional measures related to LEED certified buildings, land use, and green jobs. Moreover, the 928-acre main campus, 15 miles south of Chico, is a designated wildlife refuge. It is not uncommon to peer out from a classroom and see deer and other wildlife grazing in the natural surroundings.