The Kern Community College District (KCCD), geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, provides leadership and educational resources to Bakersfield College, Porterville College, and Cerro Coso Community College, serving communities in over 24,800 square miles in southern California. KCCD addresses the educational needs of over 40,000 students annually through its colleges’ programs and services. The District’s overarching mission is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to its diverse students and communities. KCCD is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees that passionately pursues excellence in programs and services to develop student potential, achieve positive learning outcomes, and create opportunities for their communities.
KCCD’s students represent diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational goals. KCCD colleges each operate from a main campus but also have education centers and sites in communities throughout the district, offering convenient, localized instruction for residents who do not live near campus. Additionally, KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and technological advances has increased the opportunities for education through various media to individuals located throughout the District’s broad service area and beyond.
All three colleges are members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.