Cerro Coso Community College

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Our Mission and Philosophy


The mission of Cerro Coso Community College is to provide tailored programs and equitable services to the students in the communities and rural areas we serve. We demonstrate a conscious effort to produce and support student success and achievement through traditional and distance delivery.

To accomplish this mission we will provide:

  • degrees and certificates in transfer and career technical education,
  • remedial instruction,
  • comprehensive support services,
  • learning opportunities that develop ethical and effective citizenry, and
  • continuing education that is compatible with the institution's primary mission


Cerro Coso Community College will be recognized as a leader in higher education, a source of programs and services for tomorrow’s workforce, a model for student learning, and a partner with its diverse clientele and communities.


The Values at Cerro Coso Community College provide the foundation for all student, academic, and community activities.


  • We are committed to student’s learning and achievement;


  • We encourage individual and collective creativity in a rapidly changing world:
  • We implement best practices that facilitate and encourage innovation and success;


  • We model a culture of life-long learning;


  • We celebrate the diversity of each individual: student, staff, and faculty;
  • We strive to deliver equitable services to all students at all sites; and
  • We foster community partnerships and the relationships we build with them.

Service Philosophy

The Cerro Coso Community College Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 focuses on five strategic goals. These goals are:

  • Strategic Goal #1: Student Success
    1. Increase Completion
    2. Improve Milestone Achievements
    3. Increase Student Engagement
  • Strategic Goal #2: Equity
    1. Close Achievement Gaps
  • Strategic Goal #3: Access
    1. Optimize Student Enrollment
    2. Be the Higher Education Option of First Choice
  • Strategic Goal #4: Community Connections
    1. Provide Workforce and Economic Development Programs that Respond to Local Industry
    2. Reflect the Communities We Serve
  • Strategic Goal #5: Organization Effectiveness
    1. Provide Effective Professional Development
    2. Meet and Exceed Internal and External Standards and Requirements
    3. Increase Trust and Create a Collaborative Culture
    4. Improve Facilities and Maintenance
    5. Improve Institutional Effectiveness
    6. Generate Revenue

General Education Philosophy

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights. Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, to use mathematics, to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines, to be aware of other cultures and times, to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems, and to develop the capacity for self-understanding.

Central to an Associate Degree, General Education reflects the conviction of Cerro Coso Community College that those who receive their degrees share certain basic principles, concepts, and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. College-educated persons must be able to use this knowledge when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture, and the society in which they live. General Education should lead to better self-understanding and involve students in actively examining values inherent in proposed solutions to major social problems.

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