As instructional activities shift to online or alternative environments, please stay in close contact with your professors for the most up-to-date information regarding your own classes.
COVID-19 Updates.

Cerro Coso Community College

Ridgecrest / IWV Main Entrance

Ridgecrest / Indian Wells Valley

Student Services Update for Ridgecrest/IWV Students

Please be aware of these additional important notices for Monday, March 23rd.

  1. Face-to-face classes that have been transitioned to remote delivery will be reopened in online mode. Please be in close communication with your professor for instructions how and when to access the online component of your class.
  2. Classes with hard-to-convert laboratory or hands-on instruction will resume in face-to-face mode if they fall into the category of providing training in the essential infrastructure sectors as defined by the state. These classes are being reconfigured to meet all department of public health guidelines for small group gatherings and appropriate physical distancing. All other hard-to-convert classes will be suspended. Please visit the Course Status page on the college website for the most up-to-date list of face-to-face courses transitioned to online mode, suspended, cancelled, or continuing to meet. As always, please be in close communication with your professors.

The Indian Wells Valley campus, located in Ridgecrest, CA, 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is situated on a dramatic site overlooking the Sierra Nevada, Coso, Panamint, and Argus mountain ranges. At an elevation of 2,800 feet, the campus aesthetically emphasizes the rugged beauty of one of America's most famous deserts, the upper Mojave Desert. The Ridgecrest/IWV campus features an Astronomical Observatory and a Solar Photovoltaic Field, two features that make the campus, and the college, unique amongst California Community Colleges.

From the Ridgecrest/IWV campus, the college serves the communities of Ridgecrest, China Lake, Inyokern, and Trona. This area is more commonly referred to as the Indian Wells Valley. The Indian Wells Valley is the second largest population base in Kern County. Population and distance (over one and a half hours from the next largest town) dictated the need for educational opportunities at the local level as early as the mid-60's.

Parking permits are required at the Ridgecrest/IWV campus.

Programs Offered

The following is a list of programs that can be completed by taking classes only at this site and not online. Students are always allowed to take classes at more than one site in order to complete a program. The full list of programs is available at

Contact Information


3000 College Heights Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571

Phone Numbers

Phone: (760) 384-6100
Fax: (760) 384-6270

Campus Hours

M-Th: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Campus Maps

Schedule of Classes

List of classes that are transitioning online beginning March 23.

Kern Community College District