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