The Cerro Coso Community College Foundation was stablished in 1977 as an auxiliary arm of the College. The fundraising efforts of the Foundation assist and support the College in fulfilling its role in serving the community of which it is a part. It does this by raising and distributing monies, properties and other assets for the construction of buildings, for the purchase of equipment and other outlay needs; and by using these assets for the awarding of scholarships, loans and grants to students based on needs and/or merit.
Why Your Support Matters
Although California Community Colleges educate over 75% of all undergraduate student in the state, they receive considerably less funding per student than other institutions of higher education. Nearly two-thirds of the students attending Cerro Coso Community College require some kind of financial assistance to help them attain their educational goals.
Cerro Coso Community College is a vital part of the success and growth of our community, and we need your support to ensure our students have an opportunity to learn and achieve their goals. Every gift to the CCCC Foundation strengthens our mission to support access, success, and excellence for the students, faculty, and staff at Cerro Coso.
How is the Foundation's Money Spent?
Phi Theta Kappa: The Foundation provides 120 membership scholarships to CCCC students to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK), opening the door to millions of dollars in scholarship opportunities. Funding includes student and advisor travel to the annual PTK Catalyst Conference where they meet fellow PTK members around the world and attend valuable educational sessions.
Cerro Coso Promise: The Foundation contributes to the Cerro Coso Promise scholarship program, which is currently one of the Foundation’s key funding priorities.
Cerro Coso Athletics: an auxiliary organization of the CCCC Foundation.
Student Vocational Nursing: The Foundation helps support this intensive educational program, which prepares students to become Licensed Vocational (Practical) Nurses (LVN/PN).
Alumni Association: an auxiliary organization of the CCCC Foundation.
Hunger Free Campus: This program was created to address food insecurity among our students; it is Cerro Coso’s firm belief that no student should have to learn on an empty stomach.
Scholarships: The Foundation awarded $115,400 in scholarships to Cerro Coso students in 2018.
Special Grants: The Foundation recently funded a Special Grant to entice students to donated unused textbooks to Access Programs that saved the students thousands of dollars in college textbook costs.
Employee Professional Development: The Foundation invests in the professional development of Cerro Coso employees, ultimately strengthening the backbone of the college.