Office of the Superintendent/President

Office of the Superintendent/President

Administration Building, Room A126
661-722-6300 x6301
661 722-6333 (fax)

Ed Knudson

From its humble beginnings in a single classroom at Antelope Valley Joint Union High School in 1929 with an enrollment of 20 students, Antelope Valley College has grown to a campus of over 135 acres, serving an annual total of over 18,000 students at its main campus in Lancaster, satellite locations, and a full academic center in Palmdale. Through its 89 years, the college has gained a national and international reputation for its service to the community and industry.  Today the college offers comprehensive offerings for degrees and certificates, training opportunities for career enhancement, basic skills instruction and lifelong learning opportunities.

In addition to the wide array of course and program offerings, the college is one of fifteen community colleges across the state of California to offer a baccalaureate degree program.  The college began enrolling students in the Airframe Manufacturing Technology program in the fall of 2016. 

Further, the college boasts of being one of twenty-four community colleges in the state to offer a 2+2+3 articulated law school initiative; one of just four colleges to pilot inmate education programs; an AVC2CSU two-year guarantee transfer program; and an Honors Program in conjunction with a transfer alliance with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). These programs are in addition to the twenty-two associate degrees for transfer that are articulated with the entire California State University (CSU) system. Moreover, our graduates are transferring to prestigious universities across the country.

Further, throughout its history, the college has maintained strong partnerships with business and industry in the Antelope Valley, developing programs of study to ensure entry into professional careers and fields such as public safety, health sciences, aviation, business and engineering.  These strong ties to local industry also ensure workplace opportunities for our graduates in the technical trades.

With the passage of Measure AV, a $350 million bond measure, the college will pursue the build out of its ten-year Facilities Master Plan which will replace many original buildings on main campus and lay the foundation for the long-term future of the college.  Additionally, the college has moved its Palmdale Center to a new location to expand course offerings and provide better service the southeastern portion of the college service area.  

Antelope Valley College is a very special place that prides itself on the professionalism and expertise of its administration, faculty and staff.  Every employee is dedicated to your success as a student at the college, and as a citizen in your community.  I have every confidence you will find your time at Antelope Valley College to be well-spent and enriching.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Antelope Valley Community College District, and the entire college community:  Welcome.  Thank you for choosing to share your collegiate experience with us.  We stand ready to support your personal journey to achieving your goals.

Ed Knudson

Ed Knudson



Last updated: January 17, 2019