Friends of the Indian Valley Campus

October 19th, 2020 - 3:08pm


The Mission of the Friends of the Indian Valley Campus is to identify community needs and values that revitalize and renew the campus. Our goal is that IVC will always be a vital and outstanding hub for education and activities in the community.   Friends of the Indian Valley Campus

The Indian Valley Campus of College of Marin (IVC) was once a thriving campus. In fact, it was a separate college prior to being acquired by the College of Marin in 1971 due to anticipating rapid growth in Marin population that didn’t materialize. When recessions and funding cutbacks caused College of Marin to consolidate resources at the Kentfield campus, our Novato campus suffered from lack of maintenance and declining enrollment. ​ Over 5 years ago a new administration, a renewed economy, and local taxpayer support through 2 successful bond measures breathed new life into IVC!  There have been additional academic classes, 21st Century Career Tech courses like Smart Car repair in the new TransTech building, regional leadership in Biotech to better serve our local businesses, and other exciting new educational and community-serving programs. 

New partnerships with Novato’s high schools encourage dual enrollment for students wanting advanced classes. The new COMPASS program nurtures high school students from their freshman year through their graduation with a full year of college credit and also offers their second year at College of Marin tuition free! 

Measure B recently passed which will finally allow for the completion of modernization and upgrades of the Indian Valley Campus. Improvements include but are not limited to:

A NEW Olympic-sized pool 

Substantial improvements to the organic farm to include a teaching facility

A partnership with the Novato Rotary to create a $10-12 Million dollar Community Center for Novato,

New and upgraded science labs

The Friends of IVC requires community support and participation in order to reflect community needs and values. There are no dues. There are no regular meetings that you need to attend. There is only your signing up to be counted as a supporter of the revitalization and renewal of our Indian Valley Campus of College of Marin so it can be a hub for education and activities in our community. Sometimes you may be polled for your opinions, sometimes asked to attend a rally, a tour, a “visioning”, or other gatherings to demonstrate our support - and it will be fun as well as fruitful!