Cerro Coso Community College

3000 College Hts Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571

School Details

CC Online is the distance education campus within Cerro Coso Community College that provides students with a wide range of associate’s degrees and certificate programs.


With nearly 30 different degree and certificate options, students can explore fields of justice administration, business, child development, computer information systems, English, liberal arts, management, mathematics, medical assisting, paralegal studies, psychology, and web development. In addition, more than 150 courses are delivered via the Internet. While classes are asynchronous, meaning students can attend at a time convenient for them, virtual classrooms feature structured lectures, videos, discussion boards, and exams, like that of traditional counterparts. The same student services that provide resources to on-campus students are available to eLearners as well, including technical support, tutoring, counseling, and library.


First established in 1973, Cerro Coso Community College is a two-year, public school, and one of three higher educational institutions within the Kern Community College District. In addition to the online campus, campus locations include the 320-acre main Indian Wells Valley Campus in Ridgecrest; the Eastern Sierra College Center; the Kern River Valley Campus; and the East Kern Center administered by Edwards Air Force Base. As part of the school’s mission and philosophy statement, CCCC retains a vision to “be recognized as a leader in higher education, a source of programs and services for tomorrow’s workforce, a model for student learning, and a partner with its diverse clientele and communities.”

Cerro Coso Community College is approved to award Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and these include degrees for transfer into four-year programs. Added programs of study include certificates, career development, job skills, occupational training, and workforce education programs. Cerro Coso maintains an open admissions policy and accepts individuals over the age of 18 with a high school degree, GED certificate, and/or California High School Proficiency Exam certificate. To apply for admission, students must complete the online application, submit all official transcripts, attend an orientation, and complete assessment tests.


After submitting the application for admission, future students are highly encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Title IV school code: 010111. Types of aid include grants, including the California state-supported Board of Governors Grant Fee Waiver (BOG);  scholarships; student loans; and Work Study. CCCC Foundation scholarships include awards based on academic merit and achievement, and financial need. Military veteran benefits supported by CCCC include:

  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Chapter 30
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation, Chapter 31
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill, chapter 33
  • Dependent’s Education Assistance, Chapter 35
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserves
  • VRAP - Veterans’ Retraining Assistance Program

Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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