Cerro Coso Community College

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The Kern Community College District has opened its search for Cerro Coso Community College’s next President. The Kern Community College District’s Board of Trustees and the Cerro Coso Community College campus community are seeking a forward-thinking, problem-solving educator and proactive team player to lead our dynamic and highly diverse institution.


Forums: July 23, 2020

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Established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District (KCCD), Cerro Coso Community College is one of three colleges in the District which also includes Bakersfield College in Bakersfield and Porterville College in Porterville.

The mission of Cerro Coso Community College is to improve the life of every student it serves. Through traditional and distance delivery, the College brings transfer preparation, workforce education, remedial instruction, and learning opportunities that develop ethical and effective populations to the rural communities and unincorporated areas of the Eastern Sierra. In doing so, they promise clarity of educational pathways, comprehensive and equitable support services, and a commitment to equity.

The President of Cerro Coso Community College reports to the District Chancellor and the KCCD Board of Trustees, and works collaboratively with the other colleges in the District to promote and enhance the educational opportunities for all students in the KCCD geographical region.

Classes for Cerro Coso students take place on six instructional sites (Eastern Sierra Center Bishop & Mammoth, Ridgecrest, and East Kern that includes Lake Isabella, Edwards AFB, and Tehachapi), which together form the largest geographical service area of any community college in California and serves a rural population of 85,000 individuals over a four county region of eastern California. A leader in distance education, Cerro Coso has been offering online classes since 1998 and offers 19 Associate degrees entirely online. The College also has a thriving education program for incarcerated students (ISEP), offering classes at two correctional facilities.

The Ridgecrest campus is the main Cerro Coso location situated on a dramatic site overlooking the Sierra Nevada, Coso, Panamint, and Argus mountain ranges and serves the communities of Ridgecrest, China Lake, Inyokern, and Trona. This area is more commonly referred to as the Indian Wells Valley and is the second largest population base in Kern County. The College serves more than 2,800 FTE students total.

Cerro Coso seeks a president that understands the unique challenges and opportunities of a rural college spread out over 18,500 square miles that meets the educational needs of the diverse communities it serves; and a leader who can build on the traditions of the past, capitalize on the unique opportunities available, and move forward with strategic planning and actualization of long-term goals for the College, the communities it serves, and the students who seek a well-rounded, highly competitive education.