Porterville College

Welcome to PC!

President's Message

President Rosa Carlson

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administrators, please allow me to welcome you to Porterville College. Our mission is to provide quality academic programs, comprehensive support services with students as our focus. Since opening in 1927, we have been providing opportunities for educational advancement to those living in Tulare County and the surrounding areas. Porterville College has a rich history, and a current reputation of providing affordable, quality higher education and applicable training opportunities for area citizens.

Whether you want to start a new career, better prepare for college, or transfer to a four-year university, all of the information you need to know about attending Porterville College is contained within this catalog. Porterville College is proud of the highly qualified faculty, staff and administrators whose passion and dedication is to focus on providing you with a positive learning environment to meet your educational needs. All instructional programs have goals and are focused on two things: student learning outcomes and student success and retention.

Currently, Porterville College participates in several partnerships that provide up-to-date and applicable education and training to employees and students with local business, industry and other educational entities. These partnerships include: the City of Porterville, the Porterville Chamber, Porterville Unified School District, Tulare County Office of Education, California State University of Fresno, California State University of Bakersfield, Sierra View District Hospital, Porterville Developmental Center, among others.

Porterville College is prepared to change and adapt based on the training needs of the community. As a comprehensive community college, we provide general, transfer and career education at the undergraduate level; training and services for updating skills in the existing workforce; and basic skills courses intended to better prepare students for a college level education. In addition, we offer various athletic programs and student clubs in order to provide students with a well-rounded college experience. Our academic and vocational curriculum is developed and updated in a timely manner in order to meet the needs of the students and the community.

Porterville College is located in Tulare County and is part of the Kern Community College District which includes Bakersfield and Cerro Coso Colleges.

For many, Porterville College has made a difference – it can also make a difference in your life. Porterville College is the place to both begin and accomplish your goals.

Best wishes,

Rosa Flores Carlson, Ed. D., President


January 28, 2016
Kern Community College District