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Porterville, CA 93257
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Porterville College

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Located in Porterville, California, Porterville Colleges serves the local communities of the central valley. A stone’s throw from everything, Porterville College lies within commuting distance of not only the Pacific Ocean beaches, but the Los Angeles area. Set amongst stunning natural scenery, this friendly, tranquil community provides students with an opportunity to enjoy natural and mountain recreation within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, all while receiving a top education.

At Porterville College, associate degree and certificate granting programs are offered in order to prepare students for either directly entering the working world, or completing an associate in arts degree. After the satisfactory completion of such a program, the student is awarded either an associate’s degree, a Certificate of Achievement. Programs of study are available in exciting areas like accounting paraprofessional, administration of justice, applied design, commercial art, studio art, the child development associate teacher certificate, the child development teacher permit, human services, information systems, instructional aide, office technology, psychiatric technology, technical illustration art graphics, technical illustration photography and vocational nurse.

While studying at Porterville students have made available to them a wide variety of academic resources. The Library media services department holds nearly 30,000 books and archives of printed materials, as well as scholarly magazines, journals, and newspapers. Students have access to top media technologies like DVDs, CDs, and VHS videos. Students can access eight databases of online periodicals as well as 22,000 textbooks available in the NetLibrary, from either the Anthropology Library or the Health Careers Library. In addition to a wide variety of academic resources, students may use free tutoring services available from Porterville, as well as the Learning Center which provides English, math, reading, vocabulary and spelling assistance. An innovative program, Writing Mentors pairs students with strong writing skills with students in need of assistance on a drop-in basis in the Learning Center offices. All students may receive assistance in transitioning to a four-year college or university via the campus Transfer Center.

Highlights of the Porterville College course and cultural enrichment offerings include the music program and the campus art gallery. A strong choral music tradition, as well as voice, piano and guitar instruction are behind the musicality of this community campus. With classes geared towards all skill levels, students leave courses prepared for transfer-level musical study. The unique structure which houses the Porterville College Art Gallery exhibits not only local and student art work, but professional and semi-professional artists as well.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is the accrediting organization of Porterville College. Porterville is approved by the Board of Governors, California Community Colleges

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In order to integrate local community history with experiential student learning, Porterville runs a student program called CHAP, or the Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program. Since 2002 CHAP has allowed student members to choose a theme related to local history, and complete a year-long investigative research project under the guidance of Porterville faculty and staff. Highlights of the program include field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and video and other presentations.


Prospective Porterville students must begin by completing and admissions application online. Then, applicants must complete assessment testing in writing, reading and mathematical skills should the student plan on taking any such course, earning a degree or certificate, or transferring. Next, students complete the student orientation and academic advising stages of the application process before registering for classes.

Financial Aid

While the cost of attendance at Porterville is kept economical to encourage wide community participation, nonresidents of California should expect to pay much higher tuition and enrollment fees than residents. Students may qualify for a variety of federal and state financial aid packages including grants, loans, federal work study, and merit based scholarships. Interested students should begin the process of applying for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA online. Students interested in applying for scholarships should fill out an application available at the Porterville College Financial Aid Office.

Other forms of financial aid available specifically to Porterville College or California colleges and universities include the Cal Grant, the CalWorks Program, the Extended Opportunity Program and Services, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education, and/or the Board of Governors Waiver.

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Life on campus can cause students to require a bit more guidance, which can be sought out through the Student Services department. Advising and counseling is available on both an academic and personal level from counselors, advisors, and faculty advisors. All students may access Career Services, for computerized career assistance on everything from job openings to resume writing. Those students with children may be able to take advantage of campus child care facilities if they are taking 12 or more credits, and the child is at least 3 months of age. Additional campus resources include the disability resource center, and the wellness center.

While on campus Porterville students have many opportunities for relaxing, socialization and out of the classroom learning. Whether just grabbing a bite to eat from Food Services, or participating in one of many student activities, there are plenty of chances to mingle and get involved. All students are encouraged to participate in student government, campus activities, recreation, cultural and social events all overseen by the Student Senate. While students are always encouraged to form new clubs, current Porterville clubs include the anthropology club, the Native American club, the Pirate athletic council, support on wheels, Phi Theta Kappa, and entrepreneurs of the future. Additionally, the SWAT Team, or the Students with Anthropology Training group is a special organization that visits area elementary schools to teach the cultural practices of the Yokuts Indians who once occupied the San Joaquin Valley.

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The Porterville College Pirates field intercollegiate competitive sports teams in baseball, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. The Pirates compete in the Central Valley Conference, and are members of the California Community College Athletic Association governed by the California Community College Commission on Athletics.

Some club sports like Water Polo may also be available during certain academic terms or years.

Information Summary

Ranks 223rd in California and 2433rd 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 2 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.14
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 161 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 5 0.01
Robbery 58 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 519 0.95
Larceny 1,222 2.23
Vehicle theft 196 0.36

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Porterville, CA 93257
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population65,552 (57,523 urban / 8,029 rural)
Households19,524 (3.26 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,995
Families15,215 (3.68 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 4066th 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 $34 $34 $398
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 $3,032 $3,032 $8,716
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,402 $15,402 $21,086
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,226 $6,226 $11,910

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,042 $1,322 $1,042 $1,322 $6,726 $7,482
  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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 228 23 2 96 1 365
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2 4
Agriculture, General 3 2 5
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 35 6 12 53
Business Administration and Management, General 14 1 9 25
Business/Commerce, General 4 2 6
Child Care Provider/Assistant 28 3 7 1 41
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 39 1 7 47
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 5
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 8 1 1 4 15
Information Technology 4 1 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 1 3 17
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 10 5 4 19
Mathematics, General 3 1 4
Photography 3 3
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 2 8 18
Social Sciences, General 2 43 2 23 74
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 6 12
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 4 4 8
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 482nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,571 ($91,604 male / $79,993 female)
Number of FT Faculty 59 (27 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 140
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,452,897

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