Porterville College

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The College

With more than 90 years of experience and tradition, Porterville College provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs and interests of students and community members. Classes are offered during  16-week semesters, with opportunities for non-traditional scheduling options such as evening, weekend, and online classes and short-term vocational programs. Non-credit community education courses provide vocational training, professional development, and recreational enjoyment to members of the community.

Porterville Student Fast Facts

Porterville Employee Demographics

KCCD Employee Demographics

Porterville College Organizational Chart

2018-2019 KCCD Adopted Budget

Porterville College Planning Documents

KCCD Board of Trustees

KCCD Elements of Decision Making

KCCD Strategic Plan

Porterville College Foundation

Porterville College Accreditation Report

Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP)

 

Strengths and Opportunities

Strengths

  1. Collegiality: One of the strengths identified in a recent faculty/staff survey is the collegial open dialogue amongst departments and between administration and faculty. PC strives to provide an avenue for open communication amongst departments and divisions in order to ensure consistency and continuity in our operations. Faculty and PC Administration have a good working relationship that is open and collegial.
  2. Fiscally Prudent: The College has developed and implemented practices intended to insure it is able to sustain its operations. The college makes an effort to ensure that expenditures are connected to program goals, program review, and department/institutional plans. Additionally, PC continues to set aside “rainy day” (reserve) funds in the event of any changes in the economy.
  3. K-12 and Community Partnerships: Porterville College has a strong working relationship with its community and K-12 partners. The early college program through dual/concurrent enrollment is a joint programmatic effort between PC and the K-12 schools to provide students in high schools with an early start into college. Additionally, PC works well with its K-12 and industry/employers through advisory boards, pathways, industry/school convening’s, internships, etc. to support student success and real-world applications.

Opportunities

  1. Landlocked: Porterville College sits on 61.7 acres and is geographically landlocked making it difficult to grow physically.  Additionally, the college has an aging infrastructure that needs replacement. Furthermore, while the campus has embraced technology, it is still limited in scope in comparison to the K-12 schools in the community.
  2. Limited Enrollment Opportunities: There are five comprehensive high schools and three charter schools within the college’s service area.  There are four neighboring colleges within a 60-65 mile radius of the college that have an impact on enrollment/recruitment.  Porterville College does not have access to educational centers or inmate education.  Changes in the local economic conditions and employment outlook have an impact on the enrollment patterns at the college.  With these listed limitations, enrollment growth is a foreseeable challenge.
  3. Attracting full-time/part-time faculty: With the competition of neighboring colleges and our rural location, attracting qualified full and part-time faculty can be a challenge.

Points of Interest

Robust Dual Enrollment Program

Job, Entrepreneur and Career Center

State of the Art Learning Center

Porterville College Art Gallery
Porterville College is fortunate to have one of the finer galleries to be found on a community college campus. The Art Gallery provides students and members of the community with a dedicated space in which to experience the visual arts. Exhibits include artwork from local, regional, and occasionally, national or international artists, as well as Porterville College students.

Veterans Resource Center and On-Campus Veterans Monument
Porterville College honors and supports the sacrifices of those who have served in our nation’s military and is approved as an institution of higher learning for the training of veterans and dependents of veterans who are entitled to educational assistance. The Veterans Resource Center provides a place for academic support services, camaraderie, and wellness. The Veterans Monument recognizes past and current veterans who have served our country and includes space for the recognition of future veterans.

Athletics
Porterville College fields teams for seven different sports throughout the academic school year, providing student-athletes the opportunity to expand their academic experience with competitive endeavors in their sport. The Porterville College campus community, as well as the larger Porterville community, can encourage their teams and players as well as support the school in general at Porterville College Pirate sporting events.

Porterville College Foundation
The Porterville College Foundation currently has net assets of over $6.6 million and is organized as an auxiliary nonprofit corporation for educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable purposes to promote the general welfare of Porterville College. Three major projects to be supported include the new Agriculture Business and Agriculture Science program, the SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Resource Technology) Lab mobile science laboratory, and PC First, scholarships offered to local high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA to attend Porterville College.

Mission

With students as our focus, Porterville College provides our local and diverse communities quality education and support services that promote intellectual curiosity, innovation, creativity, personal growth, and lifelong learning, while preparing students for continuing education, career enhancement, and skill development and personal success.

Values

Porterville College's core values define the character of the institution and are active ingredients in all that the College does. These values include:

  • Collaboration - working together to encourage input and dialogue in a collegial and cooperative manner.
  • Respect - treating each other with respect, trust, and dignity.
  • Innovation - nurturing and supporting exploration of new ideas, programs, and services to enhance our service to the community.
  • Accountability - continuously assessing where we are as a College and to assume responsibility for all that we do.
  • Equity - reducing achievement gaps between demographic groups.
  • Participation - fostering and encouraging the involvement of staff and students in campus activities and the various aspects of the College decision-making process.

The Kern Community College District

 The Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest, and Porterville College in Porterville. KCCD serves nearly 33,000 students.

Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens. All three colleges are proud members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.

Kern Community College District