Porterville College


Many courses offered by the college require the completion of prerequisite courses taken at Porterville College or their equivalent at another accredited institution. Students are advised to consult the course descriptions found in the current college catalog or semester schedule for the identification of the prerequisites for a course. Prerequisites are approved through the Porterville College Curriculum Committee. They may be revised or adjusted during the school year.

For specific information, contact the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office.  

Prerequisite Overrides

If you are looking to override or waive a pre-requisite, please contact a counselor. You may fill out this form, which is also available in the counseling office. Overrides can be emailed to any counselor below.

All overrides must include: first and last name, date of birth, student ID #, current phone number, student email, class name, semester and attached copy of unofficial transcripts. 

Name Position Email Phone Location
Araceli Carranza Counselor and EOPS Coordinator acarranz@portervillecollege.edu 599-791-2367
Ana Ceballos Counselor, Teacher Education ana.ceballos@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2326
Carmen Martin Counselor cmartin@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2281
Maria Roman Student Services Division Chair / Counselor mroman@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2230
Patricia Serrato Counselor pserrato@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2376
Jessica Shadrick Counselor jshadric@portervillecollege.edu
Miles Vega Professor mvega@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2327

Important  Definitions

If you should see the words prerequisite, co-requisite or recommendation in the catalog, it is important for you to understand the definition of these terms.

  • Prerequisite means a condition of enrollment which a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. 
  • Co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course which a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.
  • Recommendation means a condition of enrollment which a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.

Procedures for Prerequisite Challenge

Students may petition to challenge prerequisites based upon the following criteria:

  • The prerequisite has not been made reasonably available.
  • The prerequisite was established in violation of a regulation or in violation of the district-approved processes (student documentation required).
  • The prerequisite was discriminatory or applied in a discriminatory manner (student documentation required).
  •  The prerequisite has been met based upon the student’s knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite (student documentation required).

Location of Prerequisite Challenge Petitions

Prerequisite Challenge Petitions are available in the Learning Center (LRC). 

Recommended Skill Levels

For most courses listed in the catalog, recommended basic skill levels have been assigned in reading and writing and, where applicable, in mathematics. Students are advised that they should have at least these skill levels for academic success. Specific course skills levels are available in the Counseling Center.

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