An example of a true grassroots school, Palo Alto College has grown quickly. From its beginnings as a college with less than 300 students in 1985 to a current enrollment of almost 8,000 students, Palo Alto College is a college that makes learning both fun and affordable while never forgetting how the whole school began.Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Palo Alto College offers a number of diverse courses for those working towards their associate̠s. It̠s possible to earn an Associate of Arts, An Associate of Arts in Teaching, an Associate of Science, and an Associate of Applied Sciences. In addition to those degrees, there are also a number of certification programs for short-term technical classes, as well as dual-enrollment programs for high school students.Some of the most popular areas of study at Palo Alto College include Aviation, Behavioral Sciences, and Logistics. The school is well-known for its Mexican-American Studies program, which incorporates a lot of time spent learning from and helping in the local community.