Porterville College is located in Porterville, California, and serves students and communities in the central valley.
Porterville is within three hours commuting time to the seashores of the Pacific or the metropolitan Los Angeles area. The population of the Porterville urban area is approximately 54,000 persons and that of the surrounding service area is 110,000 persons. Porterville provides a quality of life that includes inexpensive housing, outdoor recreation, excellent elementary and secondary schools, and friendly neighbors. Porterville serves as a gateway to a vast mountain wonderland and recreational area of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The high alpine wilderness is home to awe-inspiring giant sequoias, immense mountains, deep canyons and over 200 caverns.
Porterville College is the northernmost college in the Kern Community College District, which serves an area of some 24,800 square miles in all or portions of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino Counties. Other colleges in the district are Bakersfield Community College in Bakersfield and Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest.
Porterville College is a learning community that appreciates innovation and creativity, values diversity, and emphasizes interaction with students. Faculty, staff and administration work together in a participatory environment to support student learning. The accomplishments of our faculty and staff are many.
Porterville College meets the needs of its diverse student population through a broad range of offerings in its instructional programs and student services. We offer the Associate in Arts and Associated in Science degrees as well as certificates in a variety of vocational programs.
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.