Porterville College

Welcome to PC!

President's Message


On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administrators, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Porterville College. With students as our focus, Porterville College provides our local and diverse communities an excellent educational experience that fosters intellectual curiosity and growth, lifelong learning, and prepares our students for personal and academic success.  Porterville College has a rich 90-year history. We are proud to provide local students and families with high quality, affordable higher education, and job training in Tulare County and the surrounding areas since 1927. 

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, National University and the University of Fairbanks Alaska, among others. 
Porterville College is prepared to change and adapt based on the training needs of the community. As the cost of attending public universities is six times greater than that of community colleges, more and more local students, military veterans, and their families are relying on Porterville College, for affordable education and local job training. Our community’s higher educational needs are estimated to continue expanding resulting from recent investments in the Porterville area.  

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. 
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




Kern Community College District

Chancellor, Thomas Burke

Board of Trustees
President, Kay Meek
Vice President, Mark Storch Clerk, Romeo Agbalog
Dennis L. Beebe 
John S. Corkins
Kyle W. Carter
William M. Thomas
Student Trustee, Jose Herrera

August 31, 2017

Kern Community College District