Cerro Coso Community College

COVID-19 Student Updates

In order to keep our community updated on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, Cerro Coso is providing this webpage. Our goal is to provide you with resources and the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Campus Pass App

Coming to Campus – Please download the app and complete screening prior to arrival

KCCD Campus Pass App
for Scheduled classes and Prearranged appointments

Emergency Grants

Cerro Coso Cares Grants, Finish Line Grants, Disaster Relief Grants information

Emergency Grants
View information for grants and download the application

COVID-19 Alert: Daily Pre-Screening Update

As a result of the updated Cal/OSHA regulations, you will notice that we have added a vaccination status self-attestation question to the pre-screening form. At this time we are asking only for self-attestation and we will not be requiring documentation of vaccination status. The daily pass you receive upon completion of the form will not indicate your vaccination status. This information is retained in the system and is only accessible by the system administrators.

Campus Update:

For the safety of all, Cerro Coso asks that everyone wear a mask when in any college building.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

All Kern County Residents 12 and older are Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine. Residents can make an appointment through myturn.ca.gov, which has been available to the public since February. Local pharmacies are also making appointments online.

Those seeking the COVID-19 vaccine can also call 833-422-4255 for help to determine availability and navigate the state website.

Visit the Kern Public Health Services site for more information on the ties and providers at Vaccine Schedule

Vaccination Sites

Testing Sites

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

CARES Act Funding

If you are Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) student with expenses related to the disruption of CCCC operations due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, you may qualify for a federal CARES Act grant recently approved by Congress, which provides emergency funding for college students. There are limitations placed by the Department of Education on eligibility for these funds. Please review the eligibility below. Because this eligibility is tied to these federal funds, Cerro Coso does not have flexibility in applying these eligibility requirements.

Please contact Financial Aid by phone (760-384-6221) or email (cc_faid@cerrocoso.edu) for access to the application and for more information.

Once received, please follow closely the instructions for completion of the application and complete each section thoroughly. Any incomplete application may result in no award or delays in awarding grant funds. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of receiving funds or receiving the amount requested, but we will do anything we can within the funding regulations to assist you.

Eligibility Requirements


CARES Act - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Cerro Coso Community College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Cerro Coso has received $3,207,195.00.

Cerro Coso has awarded $3,206,135.00 in funds to 717 students as of March 31, 2022.

The total number of students at the institution eligible to participate and receive Emergency Financial Aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub L.

This is estimated to be 6,419 students for Spring term 2022.

The methodology used for student selection was structured using eligibility determined by the Department of Education. This used student data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as enrollment data to determine student eligibility for the first round of awards. Eligible students must be enrolled for summer, enrolled in an on-campus program, and eligible for the FAFSA. The second round of students will be those who are eligible to file the FAFSA (US citizens, HS graduates or GED, males registered with Selective Service), and the same enrollment criteria as above. These student populations are sent an electronic link to an Emergency Grant request form to be completed and returned for evaluation and awarding. Instructions and guidance are provided on the form.

All federally required reports can be found on this page: CARES Act: Emergency Financial Aid.

CARES Act – Institutional Portion and more

Parking Permits for Fall 2022

Parking permits are not required to park in Cerro Coso Community College parking lots at this time.


CC Bookstore

The CC Bookstore will be open at the Ridgecrest Campus August 2-5 and 9-12, Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and August 16-20 and 23-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Books can be ordered online at CC Bookstore Online Orders will continue to be accepted for delivery to your home. Order early for best results.

Coyote Kitchen

Pony Espresso at the Ridgecrest Campus hours will be Monday - Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning August 22, 2022.


Training Videos

corona virus

Online Classes

  • Wholly or partially in-person. Consistent with state guidelines and in support of critical infrastructure sectors, the college is continuing to offer in-person instruction in essential workforce activities. These are selected classes in administration of justice, emergency medical technology, health careers, machine tools, and welding only. While a portion of these classes may be delivered in some form of remote instruction, the nature of the coursework requires hands-on training that must take place in person. Please know that Cerro Coso will be abiding by all protocols for offering these classes safely: required facemasks, social distancing, limited sharing of equipment, regular deep cleaning, among others. Students in these classes will be required to play an active role in maintaining a healthy environment, such as wearing a face mask and not coming to class if sick. If you cannot abide by these requirements, you must contact the counseling department to enroll in a different class that keeps you on track for your educational goal.
  • Scheduled Zoom. These classes will meet virtually during the same days and times already scheduled so that students can directly interact with the instructor to hear lectures, ask questions, engage in discussions, practice skills, and carry on many of the same classroom activities they are used to in in-person classes, except in a remote environment. Although the Scheduled Zoom class will be supported with an online Canvas shell, students must make time to attend all live Zoom class sessions, as this is when instruction happens in the class. If your in-person class is being transitioned to Scheduled Zoom and you are not sure that you have the technology resources you need to be successful, such as a powerful enough device or reliable internet service, please contact studentservices@cerrocoso.edu to see what the college can do for you.
  • Online. These are very likely the classes you think of when you think of “online instruction”: maximally flexible, instruction happening on a week by week or unit by unit basis but at the time of your choosing. There are no required meeting times, either in person or virtually. Coursework is posted to and accessed through a Canvas shell that includes all the class elements: lecture, exercises, assignments, assessments. Regular effective contact is built into the class between instructor and student and among students through such features as discussion forums and journal entries. And some instructors may still use Zoom to provide opportunities to work with them. If your in-person class is being transitioned to Online and you are not sure it is the right learning modality for you, please contact CC-Online to schedule an assessment of your fit for Online learning as well to access tutorials and other help or visit the Online Student page at CC-Online-Student
  • Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants, including the CARES Act grant funds. If you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you have already demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. If you have not filed a FAFSA but are eligible to file a FAFSA, you may receive emergency financial aid grants.  You do not have to have eligibility for any other forms of financial aid to be eligible for these funds, only eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must provide an explanation of expenses related to the disruption of Cerro Coso Community College operations due to COVID-19. 
  • According to the CARES Act legislation, students who are in a program that is entirely online are not eligible for CARES Act funds.
  • At this time, students must be currently registered for a class(es) at Cerro Coso.
  • Students must have a high school diploma or GED or have completed high school in an approved homeschool setting. According to the legislation, concurrent enrollment or dual enrollment students are not eligible for these funds.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program that is approved for Financial Aid funding to be eligible for these funds.
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service as required by law.

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