West Hills College – Coalinga is one of two West Hills College campuses in the San Joaquin Valley in California. Established in 1932, it serves roughly 1,200 students each year. Its sister campus, Lemoore, was built in 2002 and serves 3,200 students – significantly more than Coalinga.
West Hills College-Coalinga is a two-year community college, appealing students from diverse backgrounds and with varied experiences.
Because it is one of the few community colleges in California that offers dormitories and on-campus housing to its students, WHC-Coalinga attracts students from around the world. In fact, the school is so committed to its international identity that it actively recruits international students to enroll. Once foreign students are enrolled, the institution is generous with its English as a Second Language course offerings, ensuring that these international students succeed.
Apart from ESL courses, both academic and vocational programs are offered at WHC-Coalinga. Its two-year programs are designed to provide students with Associate Degrees and Certificates that prepare them for further study or for entry into the working world.
Prospective students may be surprised to find out how many different degree programs are offered at the institution, ranging from Administration of Justice to Social Work to Precision Agriculture. The most popular fields of study at WHC-Coalinga are: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Business Administration and Administrative Assistant.
This Western Association of Schools and Colleges-accredited institution also works in tandem with SCU-Fresno with its Bachelor’s Degree Program and its Dual Admission Program, making a student’s transition from a two-year to a four-year institution more fluid.
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To be eligible for admission to West Hills College – Coalinga, students must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
-High school graduation or successful completion of the California High School Equivalency Examination or G.E.D.
-Attainment of adult status (18 years of age or older).
-Recommendation of the principal of an entering high school student and parental permission.
Students eligible for admission are asked to complete an application online. In the California Community College system, no application fees are required, meaning that applying to WHC-Coalinga is free.
International students should take note that they must follow other admissions procedures, including a written application. Additional application fees may also apply.
The Student Financial Aid Department of WHC-Coalinga is to provide students with timely and sufficient financial aid with public, institutional and private funds. Scholarships, grants and loans are available to West Hills College – Coalinga students who fit the criteria and apply.
Coalinga students wishing to apply for financial aid should first fill out the FAFSA form online. Staff will help students with the process, providing guidance and advice along the way. Once the FAFSA form has been completed and financial aid eligibility has been decided, students will receive further assistance from Financial Aid staff regarding work-study, outside scholarships and applications for further loans.
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As mentioned, one of the most unique aspects of WHC-Coalinga is the fact that it is one of few community colleges that provides students with on-campus housing in dormitories. There are two residence halls on the Coalinga campus – Gordon Hall for male students and Ivans Hall for female students. Nearly 200 students live in these dormitories, which are equipped with cable television, wireless internet, laundry facilities, computer labs, television and recreational rooms. Students living on campus and off are also invited to enjoy a meal at the school’s dining hall.
Regardless of whether a student lives on campus or commutes, however, WHC-Coalinga makes an effort to get everyone involved in the community. Students are encouraged to join organizations such as Students in Free Enterprise and Alpha Gamma Sigma.
Special assistance is given to international students, who are provided with an International Students Program and coordinator to help them to get the most out of a WHC-Coalinga education.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Falcons and Eagles are members of the NJCAA. Both West Hills College campuses offer sports programs. At Coalinga, male students participate in football, baseball and basketball. For women, volleyball and softball are offered. Plans have been made to expand the competitive athletics programs offered at WHC-Coalinga. For now, the school takes a significant amount of pride in its top-ranked co-ed rodeo team.