Kern CCD serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College.
Established as a district in 1968 to be governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s three colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for citizens throughout the service area. All three colleges are federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and are accredited by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Student headcount in 2022-2023 across the district exceeded 30,000 (78% of enrollments at Bakersfield College, 11% each at Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College), supported by an annual budget of $47 million.
The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to its diverse students and communities.
The vision of Kern CCD is that the district is recognized as an exemplary educational leader, partnering with its communities to develop potential and create opportunities; and that successful students will strengthen their communities and, along with the faculty and staff, become life-long learners.
Invested in all students by assisting them to achieve informed educational goals.
Fostering an inclusive learning environment that celebrates the diversity of people, ideas and learning styles.
Promoting a climate of trust and accountability through the open sharing of ideas and information.
Focused to strive for and meet the highest standards of performance in everything done.
Committed to recruiting and retaining the best employees.
Strategic Direction 1: Maximize student success, ensure student access, and reduce equity gaps
Strategic Direction 2: Provide workforce and economic development programs that respond to local and regional industry
Strategic Direction 3: Strengthen organizational effectiveness
Today, in addition to the college main campuses, education centers and sites in Delano, downtown Bakersfield, the Mammoth/ Bishop area, Edwards Air Force, and the Kern River Valley offer convenient, localized instruction for thousands of residents. KCCD's commitment to distance learning and other technological advances provides opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals across the broad service area and beyond.
Kern Community College District is one of the 73 single-college and multi-college districts in California. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office provides legal, administrative, and communications support for the 116 community colleges across the districts in fulfilling state regulatory requirements and allocation of state funds. As a state agency, the Chancellor’s Office is accountable to the governor and reports annually to the state legislature. California’s community college districts are independently governed by elected boards of trustees. The boards ensure that the colleges are meeting local educational needs and that budgets, policies, and business practices align with external and internal requirements.
Kern Community College District is a multi-college district with three colleges: Porterville College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Bakersfield College. It is governed by a seven member elected board of trustees. The board appoints and delegates authority for the oversight and operation of the district and colleges to the chancellor. The chancellor delegates executive leadership responsibility for the colleges to the three presidents.
The Kern CCD Chancellor has an executive team that includes the Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Educational Services, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services,
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, and the Executive Director of Institutional Research and Reporting. A broader group that includes administrators from the colleges makes up the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
Participation by college constituents in governance is a valued and key component of policy, planning, and decision-making at Kern CCD. Faculty, classified staff, and student participation in governance is regulated by state law, district policy and college procedures. Each of the Kern CCD colleges has an academic senate, classified senate, and student government which name representatives to participate on committees and in institutional planning, including at the district level. The District Consultation Council, formally representing the management, faculty, classified staff, and student constituent groups, participates in district planning, policy development, and assists in resolving issues.
The faculty and classified staff of Kern CCD are represented by bargaining units as to working conditions and salary. Bargaining agreements are negotiated at the district level and are administered locally at the colleges by college administrators and union representatives.
In support of institutional effectiveness, student success, community responsiveness, and sustainability through fiscal stewardship, the Kern CCD provides support to the three colleges through six administrative units.
District Business Services' primary role is to be an extension of the college Business Services Offices providing them direct support in accomplishing their service objectives at each of the district's colleges. The services provided include Accounting Services, Finance and Treasury Services, Economic and Cost Analysis, Budget and Financial Forecasting, Contract Services (Business Contracts), Risk Management (General Liability), and Business Process Training.
The Construction and Facilities Planning department provides support and project management services for a wide variety of construction projects. These projects include supporting the most recent Measure J bond, and previous Measure G bond, as well as other key district construction projects.
The major responsibilities of this office include directing the coordination of district-wide instructional and student services programs to enhance articulation, matriculation and student learning outcomes. Other responsibilities include implementing policies and procedures of the district, serving as the accreditation liaison with the colleges.
The responsibilities of this department are include participating in the Central Valley Mother Lode Regional Consortium (CRC), the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF), Adult Education, Career Education, Contract Education, the 21st Center Energy Center, and the California Compliance School.
Human Resources serves a dual role: as an internal consultant to management on HR-related matters and as an advocate for employees. Human Resources is wholly committed to the development and implementation of HR programs that will assist or enable employees to better serve the greater learning community of the Kern Community College District. Human Resources responsibilities include new hire orientation, employee benefits, employee/labor relations, collective bargaining, safety, salary administration, job classification, Board and HR policy, employee discipline and terminations, workers' compensation, training and equal employment opportunity.
Information Technology (IT) Services provide students, faculty, and staff high quality technology solutions, support, and innovation in the delivery of information technology products and services supporting the education of our students. IT offers a transparent and collaborative environment for technology discussion, direction, and information encouraging district-wide collaboration and communications by working though IT on technology issues.
The Institutional Research Office provides quality information and analysis to support planning, decision-making, and assessment throughout the Kern Community College District. All three colleges utilize data to inform decisions around student success, achievement, completion and demographic information and the department provides critical analysis to support the decisions of the colleges and district.