Las Positas College will celebrate its 40th anniversary today.
The celebration will kick off with a ribbon cutting to open the new Library and Veterans' Center at 2:30 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be guided tours of the new buildings, and the childcare center, performing arts center and science building..
The college opened its doors in 1963 as an extension center of Chabot College, offering 24 classes and serving 810 students at Livermore High School and two other sites.
By 1965 the program had expanded and moved to Granada, Amador and Dublin High Schools. The district purchased the Livermore site that same year, intending to develop a comprehensive community college.
On March 31, 1975, "Valley Campus" opened as the Livermore Education Center of Chabot College.
Las Positas College has since developed into a fully accredited, comprehensive community college, and in 1988 was designated by the California Community College Board of Governors as an independent college. LPC received full accreditation on January 7, 1991 from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College.
Parking for the anniversary event will be complementary, and there is no admission fee.
Las Positas College currently enrolls approximately 9,000 students and offers curriculum for students seeking transfer to a four-year college or university, career preparation, or basic skills education. The College provides university transfer classes, retraining classes for those in need of employment or career advancement, a first-time educational opportunity for many adults, enrichment classes for those seeking a broader perspective, and career and technical training for those entering the technical and paraprofessional work force.