About The Kern Community College District
The Kern Community College District (KCCD), geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, provides leadership and educational resources to Bakersfield College, Porterville College, and Cerro Coso Community College, serving communities in over 24,800 square miles in southern California. KCCD addresses the educational needs of over 40,000 students annually through its colleges’ programs and services. The District’s overarching mission is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to its diverse students and communities. KCCD is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees that passionately pursues excellence in programs and services to develop student potential, achieve positive learning outcomes, and create opportunities for their communities.
KCCD’s students represent diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational goals. KCCD colleges each operate from a main campus but also have education centers and sites in communities throughout the district, offering convenient, localized instruction for residents who do not live near campus. Additionally, KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and technological advances has increased the opportunities for education through various media to individuals located throughout the District’s broad service area and beyond.
All three colleges are members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
KCCD enjoys a positive reputation and numerous benefits are associated with strengths in many areas. Among those are the following:
Five “Strategic Goals” give a focus for District-wide planning, implementing, and evaluating annual and multi-year activities—maximizing student success; ensuring student access; providing workforce and economic development programs that respond to local industry; reducing equity gaps; and strengthening organizational effectiveness. Positive outcomes associated with ACCJC’s recent comprehensive accreditation evaluations is a strong testimony to KCCD’s three colleges and their efforts in this regard.
KCCD is guided by a clearly articulated set of “Values”—investing in students; fostering an inclusive learning environment; promoting a climate of trust and accountability; striving for and meeting the highest standards of performance; and committing to recruitment and retention of the best employees
The District retains its fiscal stability by maintaining a district-wide unallocated reserve of at least 15% and reducing unfunded debt liabilities
The seven-member Board of Trustees is experienced and exhibits a high level of professionalism and commitment to student success while respecting the authority granted to the Chancellor through Board Policy.
The colleges of the District, with their long and successful history of serving their diverse communities, have developed robust partnerships with business, governmental entities, and educational institutions across the District to advance economic development of the region.
The new Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administrative Services will focus on varied opportunities related to District functions including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, records management, investments, and capital projects planning and construction to support the following:
As a community college district with one of the largest geographical footprints in the United States, KCCD will continue to promote unifying its three colleges and the District Office into an integrated system that operates cooperatively, efficiently, and effectively in serving a diverse service area and student population.
The District will continue to seek to be a leader among the California community colleges in improving student achievement rates and reducing student equity gaps.
The District Strategic Plan will continue to be a focus for supporting students with diverse educational goals—transfer, career-technical education, general education, and developmental education—and providing the support services necessary to students becoming successful learners.
KCCD will continue to work to strengthen personnel and institutional effectiveness to achieve and sustain excellence as measured by student outcomes and organizational climate.
The District will continue to make every effort to maintain safe and healthy learning and work environments for faculty, staff, and students, particularly in times of unusual measures to combat the COVID 19 virus.
In light of the new student-centered funding formula for California Community Colleges, KCCD will continue to act effectively and creatively with the fiscal constraints and budget uncertainties associated with this evolving funding model.
The Kern CCD colleges and District-wide services will continue to adjust to the new normal with a focus on advancing and maintaining educational quality, access, and student success during and after the current pandemic crisis.
KCCD Board of Trustees