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Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571
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Cerro Coso Community College

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Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) began in 1973 in the Eastern Sierra region of Southern California. The institution was inaugurated as a separate college that functioned within the Kern Community College District. The school offers both online courses and traditional courses for two-year degree programs and is recognized as one of the largest community college districts in the United States. It is spread across 18,000 square miles and houses five instructional sites, which includes the Eastern Sierra Center Bishop, the Sierra Center Mammoth, the Indian Wells Valley location, the Kern River Valley site and the South Kern site.


The course catalog outlines a unique variety of programs to students. The degree opportunities and departments include things such as art and a health career. There are also honors programs for those advanced students looking to push themselves academically. The college also offers programs in the administration of justice, human services, athletics, industrial technological, automotive technology, and trade practices. Other academic programs include robotics, social sciences, pre-engineering, child development, small business/entrepreneurship, management, business administration, career technical education, paralegal studies, machine tool technology, and mathematics.

Other programs include workforce education, wind turbine programs, welding technology, vocational nursing, computer technology, general sciences, fire technology, fine arts, emergency medical technology, and English.

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Unique Programs

Student Services

Academic services include a bookstore, a California Virtual Campus, student insurance, student housing, a learning resource center, a learning assistance center, a child development center, and a certification testing center. The business services offered on campus include the business office, the child development center, event scheduling, workforce education, transportation, facilities development and services, food services, a public information office and human resources.

Student services include a wide range of supports for learners. The college offers an academic calendar, a learning resource center, a library, registration assistance, admissions assistance, alternative media, special services, a student activities calendar, student employment, student housing, student records, final exam schedules, counseling services, a college placement exam, a career center, a bulletin board, book store, athletics, CalWORKs, a student education plan and degree program, scholarships, tutoring, veterans services, and a transfer center.

Online Programs

The online campus has been in existence since 1997. The program includes 19 associate degrees, with approximately 160 classes per year and 180 sections per semester. Some of the online courses include computer information systems, history, English, health science, paralegal and philosophy.


Admissions are non-competitive. For new enrollees, the process is compromised of an orientation, assessment and student educational plan. Continuing or returning students simply need to complete an update/enrollment form and can finish their registration, once the form has been processed. The orientation course is a two-part theory that extends to becoming a master student and personal development. It is recommended that you enroll yourself early in the course in order to jumpstart your study and at the same time enhance your chances at success.

International students are invited to apply by simply downloading and filling out the application and then sending it off to the designated address. Take note that international students must secure their unique student identification number prior to proceeding with the registration process.


The college offers an athletic club, a booknook, and many other clubs. Students are given direct communication options for contacting their Associated Students president. They are also provided with an extensive event calendar. This event calendar offers information on student meetings, student activities, student government, student housing, student insurance, and student policies.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Coyotes are the men’s baseball and women’s baseball team mascot. The baseball field at the college, constructed in 1992, is known as the “The Dawg Yard.” Dominated by Coach Dick Adams, the field is one of the most well-manicured playing arenas in the country and is complimented by a host of talented assistant coaches.

The softball field is located west of the baseball field and was introduced in 2001. It is nicknamed the “Coyote Den."

Local Community

The Indian Wells Valley Campus is located in Ridgecrest, CA and spans 420 acres. It is the largest of the campuses, serving a population of 28,000, including Trona, Ridgecrest, China Lake, and Inyokern. This particular center provides educational services to military and civilian personnel located on the base. The location also offers many clubs to students such as Project Hope House, Science Club, Current Events club, Care club, Students Intrigued by Technology, Special Service club, A.R.T.S. Action club, Student Vocational Nursing, Drama club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

The Kern River Valley Campus is located at Lake Isabella. This branch serves a community of around 5,000 people and stretches across 150 acres.

The South Kern Campus is located on the Edwards Air Force Base, encompassing 50 acres and providing services to a community with a population of nearly 1,000. This facet of the college provides opportunities for those in California City, Boron, Mojave, and Edwards Air Force Base.

The Eastern Sierra Campus is located in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, CA. These two sections are the newest in the college, offering a wide range of opportunities for those taking transfer courses, attempting to fulfill a career, accomplish technical education, or enjoy personal fulfillment.

Information Summary

Ranks 239th in California and 2539th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 88 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.04
Robbery 14 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 192 0.69
Larceny 292 1.05
Vehicle theft 37 0.13

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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population29,762 (27,274 urban / 2,488 rural)
Households11,769 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,722
Families8,101 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District623

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4070th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,288 $1,288 $6,608
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2 $2 $366
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $236
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,000 $3,000 $8,684
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,370 $15,370 $21,054
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,194 $6,194 $11,878

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,010 $1,290 $1,010 $1,290 $6,694 $7,450
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,638(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,996(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,194(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 663rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,480 ($80,168 male / $75,923 female)
Number of FT Faculty 58 (29 male / 29 female)
Number of PT Faculty 157
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,387,549

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