The College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees has approved a resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college.

The board's resolution was passed on the exact 50th anniversary of CR coming into existence.

On Jan. 14, 1964, the voters of Humboldt County approved ballot measures to create the Redwoods Community College District, issue $3.6 million in bonds to construct educational facilities and elect trustees from seven different trustee areas.

The resolution signals the kick-off to a year-long celebration of the College's 50 years of educational service to the North Coast communities it serves.

The first CR classes were held at Eureka High School on Sept. 13, 1965. Other high schools that offered classes were Arcata, Del Norte, Ferndale, Fortuna, Hoopa, McKinleyville, Redway and Miranda. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on the Eureka campus on Sept. 19, 1965.

The first CR graduation took place at Humboldt State College's Sequoia Theater on June 11, 1966, when 17 students graduated. Classes were held for the first time on the Eureka campus on Sept. 25, 1967.

The CR Del Norte Education Center facilities in Crescent City opened in January 1984 and the Mendocino Coast Education Center facilities in Fort Bragg opened in May 1987.

CR also offers classes at the Eureka Downtown facility, the Garberville Instructional Site and the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa.

Approximately 9,000 students a year take classes at one of CR's facilities.