Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Admissions Form

An admissions form may be completed on the college web page at It must be filed prior to registration. The application should include the prospective student’s social security number. The Social Security number will not appear on class roll sheets.

Changing Identification Number

All students are assigned an identification number when a completed admissions form is submitted online. Students may use the assigned numbers or their Social Security numbers to access their academic records.

Changing Names, Address,
Telephone Numbers or E-mail Addresses

Students may change their name by bringing a photo identification to the Office of Admissions and Records. They may change their address, telephone number, or e-mail address on the web at To do that they must select “Register for Classes,” login and then select “Personal Information.”

Personal Identification Numbers

When prospective students complete their admission forms online, they will be asked to create a personal identification number (PIN). The number must be six digits that the students will be able to remember but that other people would be unlikely to know.

The first time that students login to register they will be asked to select a PIN hint question from a drop down menu. They fill in the answer to the question that they select with a one or two word answer. Then, when students forget their PINs, they can click the “Forgot PIN” button, and if they enter the correct response, they will be given a screen on which to enter a new PIN.

Matriculation - What is matriculation?

Every student should have an educational goal, a reason for going to college. Matriculation is the process that allows the college and the student to form a partnership which helps attain that goal. The college asks students to commit themselves to an educational objective and the college commits to fostering student success. To ensure the success of the partnership:

The college agrees to provide:

  • An admission process
  • An assessment of basic educational skills and career goals
  • Counseling/advising for the development of an individual education plan
  • Quality instruction
  • A wide variety of courses
  • Referral to support services as necessary
  • Follow up on student academic progress

Students are expected to:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Complete assessment
  • Declare a specific educational objective or career pathway after completing 15 units of course work
  • Attend classes regularly, complete assigned course work and seek out counseling services as necessary
  • Complete courses and maintain progress toward an educational goal as identified in the individual student education plan
  • Seek out support services as needed


Academic skills assessment is designed to determine students’ entry level skills in reading, writing and math.

Assessment Policy for Students with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who might require testing accommodations should contact Disability Resource Center. In compliance with federal and state laws, Porterville College assures each student an equal opportunity to demonstrate competency or knowledge in a subject area at each point in the educational process. Students with disabilities are expected to demonstrate the same competency or knowledge as other students.

Accommodations are made on an individual basis in the method or format of examination. Such accommodations may include, but are not limited to, an extension of time, the use of a typewriter, the use of a computer, the use of a spell checker or calculator, the use of a tape recorder and, where appropriate to the disability, an alternative mode of assessment. These tests take place in the Disability Resource Center.

Policy for Students Whose Native Language is not English

Persons whose primary language is not English are encouraged to take the ESL assessment.


Only students who have completed an Associate Degree or higher may be exempted from orientation, assessment and counseling; however, an exempt student wishing to enroll in a course that has a test score prerequisite must participate in the college’s assessment of English, reading, and math skills.

A student may also decline to participate in the matriculation process, but in so doing relinquishes the right to participate in early registration and may not be able to enroll in courses that have prerequisite requirements. Information is available in the Office of Admissions and Records and the Counseling Center.

Students have the right to challenge or appeal any allegation of violation of matriculation regulations.

Student Educational Plans (SEP)

When students have completed 15 units of course work, they are required to complete their Student Educational Plan (SEP) to identify their educational goals and the courses, services, and programs that will be used to achieve them. These plans may be revised at any time.