West Hills College-Coalinga
- West Hills College Coalinga strives to become a premiere interactive learner-centered community college recognized for its contribution to the educational, social, cultural, and economic vitality of the region and the state.
- The teacher population of 49 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|West Hills College-Coalinga||(CA) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||49 staff||97 staff|
|Total Enrollment||2,650 students||7,516 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||54:1||44:1|
|# Full-Time Students||869 students||1,613 students|
|# Part-Time Students||1,781 students||5,903 students|
|Total Dormitory Capacity||177||144|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$31,700||$34,600|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- West Hills College Coalinga (WHCC) is a member of the 109-campus California community college system. Several transformations have occurred in the past 73 years as the college has transitioned from an extension center to an independent institution to one of two colleges in the West Hills Community College District (WHCCD).WHCC is located in southwest Fresno County on State Highways 33 and 198, approximately twelve miles west of Interstate 5, almost midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The population for Coalinga is 11,668. The college also serves the rural communities of Huron, Mendota, Firebaugh, San Joaquin, Tranquillity, and Avenal. The college is located on a forty-acre campus, has a 137-acre campus farm, a 230-acre new farm, and one off-campus center in Firebaugh, approximately 55 miles northeast of Coalinga. The main college campus has two residence halls housing 180 students, and offers an extensive transportation system utilizing mini-vans. North District Center(NDC) provides student support services that relate directly to the college's mission and demonstrate the institution's commitment to providing student-centered learning opportunities for the center's diverse population. NDC provides Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and a Mini-Corps program, as well as the traditional admissions, records, counseling, advising, financial aid, learning communities, learning resources, student activities, and cultural events to assist and educate its students. At West Hills College Coalinga you will receive a personal education from faculty and staff who have a deep understanding of and commitment to academic excellence. We offer a strong broad-based liberal arts curriculum; a variety of occupational training programs to strengthen local, regional, and statewide economic needs; a basic skills development core which prepares students for success; and an excellent residential campus experience not found in many two-year colleges.
- The nearest community college to West Hills College-Coalinga is West Hills College-Lemoore (31.5 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 3,976 students | 31.50 Mi555 College Avenue
Lemoore,  CA  93245
- 22,307 students | 52.80 Mi1101 E. University Ave
Fresno,  CA  93741
- 1,608 students | 55.60 Mi8344 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia,  CA  93291
- n/a students | 55.70 Mi4985 East Andersen Ave
Fresno,  CA  93727
- n/a students | 56.90 Mi295 East Sierra Avenue
Fresno,  CA  93710
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