College Profile: Cerro Coso Community College
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Cerro Coso Community College was established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District. Cerro Coso has five instructional sites (Eastern Sierra Center Bishop & Mammoth, Indian Wells Valley, Kern River Valley, and South Kern), which together form the largest geographical service area (18,000 square miles) of any community college in California and which serve a population of approximately 85,000. A leader in online education, Cerro Coso has been offering online classes since 1997 and offers 19 Associate degrees entirely online and as many as 160+ classes online each year, with approximately 180 sections per semester.
The Indian Wells Valley Campus, located in Ridgecrest, California, 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is situated on a dramatic site overlooking the Sierra Nevada, Coso, Panamint, and Argus mountain ranges. At an elevation of 2,800 feet, Cerro Coso aesthetically emphasizes the rugged beauty of one of America's most famous deserts, the upper Mojave Desert. The IWV campus features an Astronomical Observatory and a Solar Photovoltaic Field, two features that make our campus, and our college, unique amongst California Community Colleges.
From the Indian Wells Valley Campus, the College serves the communities of Ridgecrest, China Lake, Inyokern, and Trona, this area is more commonly referred to as the Indian Wells Valley (IWV). The IWV is the second largest population base in Kern County. Population and distance (over one and a half hours from the next largest town) dictated the need for educational opportunities at the local level as early as the mid-60's.
760-384-6221 (financial aid)
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|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
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||Employment services for students||Yes
||Placement services for completers|
||On-campus day care for students' children||
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||Distance learning opportunities|
||ROTC: Air Force||
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Cerro Coso Community College Website
Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
|Open admission policy
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||Student Body Size||No
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College Levels Offered
||Less than one year certificate||Yes
||One but less than two years certificate|
||Two but less than 4 years certificate|
All Academic Programs
- Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert.
- Small Business Administration/Management.
- Child Development.
- Engineering, General.
- Criminal Justice/Police Science.
- Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
- Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General.
- Chemical Technology/Technician.
- Fire Science/Fire-fighting.
- Business Administration and Management, General.
- Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician.
- Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
- Visual and Performing Arts, General.
- Engineering Technology, General.
- Art/Art Studies, General.
- Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
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