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Kern Community College District (Kern CCD) is one of the largest geographic community college districts in the nation.

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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 2023-2024 across the district exceeded 40,400 (76% of enrollments at Bakersfield College, 12% each at Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College), supported by an annual budget of $475 million (restricted and unrestricted).

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