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