Porterville College

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The Community

Educational Partners

California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Fresno

Porterville Unified School District

Burton School District

National University

Porterville and Tulare County

Porterville is a community of approximately 57,000 people located in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, California. It’s small-town charm and family-oriented atmosphere make it an attractive place to live and work. Porterville serves as the gateway to the Sequoia National ForestGiant Sequoia National Monument, and Kings Canyon National Park, and is only three hours from the coast or metro Los Angeles.

Great Outdoors

In addition to the Sequoia National Forest, Porterville is also on the Tule River and a man-made lake called Lake Success. Many outdoor activities are available year-round!

Activities and Interest

A variety of historical landmarks can be found in Porterville and the surrounding area, including the Porterville Historical Museum. Additionally, Porterville has a long history of successful and talented high school marching bands which are being recognized and memorialized with a huge outdoor mural.


Whether you enjoy golf, gaming, theatre, or the rodeo, Porterville has something for you! Several golf courses will challenge your long and short game, the Eagle Mountain Casino offers gaming sports, and cultural events often take place at the Barn Theatre and the Frank “Buck” Schaffer Auditorium.

Festivals and Events

Several festivals and events take place throughout the year in Porterville and the surrounding communities. Community involvement through attendance and high rates of volunteerism ensure the success of each event. Popular events include the Iris Festival in April, Porterville Fair in May, and Pioneer Days in October.

Additional Community Events

Porterville Chamber of Commerce

Porterville Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Buck Shaffer Spectacular

World Ag Expo

Kern Community College District