The KCCD Community
The region served by the Kern Community College District offers a huge variety of recreational and quality of life amenities. Nestled in the heart of sunny southern California, the KCCD region includes desert, mountains, lakes, rivers, and is only hours away from skiing, the coast, and Los Angeles proper. To say that there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to fulfill every lifestyle is not an understatement! This area is truly the central portal to everything in California.
Among other unique aspects of the Kern Community College District is the quality of life found in the area. Bakersfield, Porterville, Ridgecrest, and Kern County all boast very affordable cost of living, especially when compared to the rest of Southern California. Housing is very affordable, providing ample space for a family or entertaining with many homes featuring abundant square footage for living space and typically include an inground pool and easily maintained yards. The educational environment is very strong and serves its diverse populations well.
The area enjoys a rich, stable economy due to a variety of multinational companies headquartered here, as well as a strong small-business climate which often include generational businesses and services that are proud of their heritage and success in serving their neighbors. Finally, the KCCD benefits greatly from its culturally diverse population, which includes a variety of cultures, faiths, and backgrounds which enrich the quality of life for all residents.
Each community served by the colleges within the Kern Community College District can boast of its unique character and points of interest. Listed below is just a sample of the variety and breadth of activities available:
Bakersfield College - Bakersfield
With a population near 400,000 people, Bakersfield is the most urban of the three communities served by the Kern Community College District. The city and surrounding area offer a diverse range of activities and interesting things to do, both indoors and outdoors. Its location in the southern Central Valley guarantees sunny days—on average 272 of them, making it a wonderful place to live, work, and enjoy. Adding to its allure, Bakersfield is easily accessible to other popular destinations: LA is 110 miles, Sequoia National Park is less than 130 miles, Yosemite is 170 miles away, and Las Vegas is only 285 miles. Bakersfield is a prime location for young families and seasoned adults alike. Known for music, good food, and no lack of things to do, Bakersfield can keep you busy every day of the year!
For more information about BakersfieldBakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Bakersfield Economic Development
City of Bakersfield
Cerro Coso Community College — Ridgecrest
Cerro Coso Community College’s main campus is located in Ridgecrest in the upper Mojave Desert and is referred to as the Indian Wells Valley campus. This campus features an astronomical observatory as well as a solar photovoltaic field, making it unique among other community colleges in California. Other campus sites include Edwards Air Force Base, Lake Isabella, and Mammoth Lakes/Bishop
Ridgecrest is known for its beautiful sunsets and its warm, sunny days. Situated between the Sierra Nevada range and the deep desert of Death Valley, Ridgecrest is within an hour’s drive to popular fishing, hiking, hunting, sailing, and skiing locations. Points of interest in and around Ridgecrest include:
East Kern Campus (Edwards Air Force Base/Tehachapi)
The East Kern Campus at Edwards Air Force Base offers classes that are accessible to the general public. The other towns served by this location include Mojave, Boron, and California City and other communities in San Bernardino and Kern Counties in California.
Eastern Sierra Campus (Mammoth Lakes/Bishop)
At an elevation of 7,880 feet, Mammoth Lakes lies at the edge of a geologically active area that includes hot springs and rhyolite domes. There is a ski area, mountain hiking, and forest hiking—camping and fishing are popular summer activities. Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is the top ski destination in California.
Porterville College — Porterville
Porterville is a community of approximately 60,000 people located in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, California. It’s small-town charm and family-oriented atmosphere make it an attractive place to live and work. Porterville serves as the gateway to the great outdoors and is only three hours from the coast or metro Los Angeles.
Great OutdoorsSequoia National Forest
Giant Sequoia National Monument
Kings Canyon National Park
Activities and EventsHistorical landmarks
Eagle Mountain Casino
The Barn Theatre