Cerro Coso Community College is one of three colleges in the Kern Community
College District. Our two sister colleges are
Bakersfield College and
The multi-campus Kern Community College
District serves an area of approximately 24,800 square miles in parts of
Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties.
Geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United
States, the Kern District serves a population base of about 700,000 and an
estimated enrollment of 22,500 with an annual operating budget of
approximately $82 million.
While the District was established as a separate entity on July 1, 1968,
educational services have been provided to residents of this area for many
years prior to that time: at Bakersfield College since 1913, at Porterville
College since 1927, and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951, now Cerro Coso
There are many community education centers offering courses at locations
away from the colleges. The District has embarked on a distance education
venture which includes the use of sophisticated technology. All three
colleges are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The District is a charter member of the
League for Innovation in the community colleges.