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West Hills College-Lemoore

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West Hills College-Lemoore grew out of an extension office for the main campus of West Hills College in Coalinga. In 2002, the King County Center began the process of becoming an independent community college within the West Hills district. Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges came in 2006, with construction of new facilities continuing through 2008. The town of Lemoore is a mere thirty miles from Fresno and a few hours from both San Francisco and Sacramento, yet the atmosphere of the region is thoroughly rural and agricultural.


The health sciences represent one of the most popular tracks for students at Lemoore. Students with an interest in nursing should enroll in the Intro to Nursing course so as to get acquainted with the rigors of the curriculum. Once accepted into the program, students can pursue the Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Professional certifications are also offered to quickly prepare graduates for a number of health-related careers, including EKG technician, sterile processing technician and emergency medical technician. West Hills-Lemoore provides licensed vocational nurses the opportunity to follow an intensive one-year program in preparation for the NCLEX, an exam required for all aspiring registered nurses.

West Hills-Lemoore provides several options for students wishing to earn a degree or certificate in the area of business. The Associate Degree in Business gives students a broad knowledge of basic practices and prepares them for entry level work in numerous business-related careers. Certificate programs in bookkeeping, business management and retail business management allow participants to quickly gain specific skills. Students who plan on continuing their education past the two-year degree should consult the catalog of their chosen four-year institution and tailor their studies at Lemoore to their advantage.

The Associate of Science Degree in Engineering demonstrates proficiency in mathematics, physics, chemistry and problem-solving. Several corporate partners offer internships to students working through the program. Students typically transfer their credits to a four-year college and pursue the bachelor’s degree. Among the possible concentrations for engineering students are computer engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Most Popular Fields of Study


West Hills College-Lemoore practices open admissions; anyone who meets the basic requirements can enroll. The process begins with an admissions application. First-time college students must supply high-school transcripts or GED scores.

Placement testing determines which levels of math and English a new student can skip over and whether any remedial coursework is necessary. An appointment must be set up to take the tests, which can take up to 4 hours.

International applicants must fill out a paper application. High-school transcripts in English should be forwarded to the International Students Program. Prospective international students also need to demonstrate financial ability to meet all of their first year expenses at West Hills-Lemoore.

Financial Aid

After applying for admission to West Hills College-Lemoore, the next step will be to acquire a PIN (personal identification number) from the United States Department of Education. The PIN will be used to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The information provided by the student and her parents on the FAFSA will help federal and state agencies determine the financial needs of the student. Students at West Hills-Lemoore can receive three kinds of aid: grants, scholarships and loans.


The Federal Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are awarded to students with financial need. Additionally, the state of California offers Cal Grants on the basis of need. National SMART Grants are geared towards students majoring in a scientific or technical field. Grants represent gift money and will never have to be repaid.


A financial aid counselor or academic adviser can help students identify sources of scholarship funding. The Admissions Office website at West Hills-Lemoore has a listing of all available internal scholarships. Academically talented students are encouraged to seek every possible avenue of funding.

Federal Work-Study

West Hills-Lemoore students can take advantage of the work-study program to help pay college expenses and build their resume. Generally a part-time position, a work-study placement includes funds directed towards the student’s tuition and fees, in addition to a biweekly paycheck.


The federal government administers both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans. The maximum loan amount is determined by the student’s class. Eventually, loans must be repaid, plus any accrued interest.

For short-term emergency situations, West Hills-Lemoore financial aid officers can loan out small sums of money which must be repaid within 30 days.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5230th for the average student loan amount.
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Of the more than 4,000 students enrolled at West Hills College-Lemoore, over 60 percent are women. An ethnically diverse campus, nearly 40 percent of students identify as Latino or Hispanic. A significant number of students at the Lemoore campus have a physical or learning disability. Student services are in place to address any accommodation a student might need.

The Career Center at West Hills-Lemoore helps students transition into their chosen career. Resumé help, mock interviews, job search advice and career fairs are just some of the services provided. The Career Center also proctors the placement tests that all new students must take before their first day of class.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Teams for West Hills College-Lemoore compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association and are known as the Golden Eagles. Intercollegiate teams include cross-country, soccer, golf, and men’s wrestling.

Local Community

Lemoore is a modest Central Valley community of just under 25,000 people. About 40 percent of permanent residents are Hispanic or Latino. The Lemoore Naval Air Station sits just outside of the city limits. The economy of the community is based around agriculture, though the downtown business district has proven resilient even in tough times. As with most locales in California, exciting outdoor recreation is never far away. Both the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada mountains are a few hours’ drive from Lemoore.


  • The College Board. West Hills College: Lemoore. 2011. Web. 26 July 2011.
  • Gale Group. The College Blue Book. 37th ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2010. Print.
  • West Hills College Lemoore. West Hills College Lemoore. 2011. Web. 26 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 256th in California and 2671st 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 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.10
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 61 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 12 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 130 0.52
Larceny 496 2.00
Vehicle theft 77 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lemoore, CA 93245
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population30,402 (25,766 urban / 4,636 rural)
Households9,273 (3.16 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,652
Families7,458 (3.49 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District621

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3680th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,380 $1,380 $9,000
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $300
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 $3,036 $3,036 $10,656
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,156 $18,156 $25,776
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,311 $7,311 $14,931

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $864 $1,380 $864 $1,380 $5,256 $9,000
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,500 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,000 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,000 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,000 $4,275

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 338th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $92,872 ($94,403 male / $80,435 female)
Number of FT Faculty 37 (24 male / 13 female)
Number of PT Faculty 130
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,625,487

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