Early College & Dual Enrollment

Kern Community College District (Kern CCD) is a three-college district located in the Central Valley of California. The three colleges are Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College. All three colleges have established Early College, Dual Enrollment, and Concurrent Enrollment programs for students to earn college credit while in high school. Each college waives enrollment fees for participants in one of these high school programs, providing a significant cost benefit to students.

High school students taking college courses in Kern CCD have two options:

  • they can register for courses on a college campus, a satellite location, or online through Concurrent Enrollment
  • they can be enrolled in courses that are offered on their high school campus through a Dual Enrollment partnership, which is defined by an MOU Agreement between Kern CCD and the high school district.

Some high school partners also offer tailored Early College programs for students to complete college credits, certificates, or degrees while in high school, but these programs vary by college, district, and high school.

Each college has slightly different definitions and processes for the programs that they have established for students to earn college credits, certificates, and/or degrees while in high school. To support program and enrollment growth across the district, the dual & concurrent enrollment transition teams were formed by each college and at the district office.

Early College Events

To see a list of events, please see our Early College Events page.

Contact Us!

If you would like to inquire about starting a Dual Enrollment agreement with Kern CCD or if there is anything we can assist with, please contact us at DualEnrollment@kccd.edu or (661) 395-4008.