Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Food Services

Breakfast is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch and evening meals are available Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learning Center

The Porterville College Learning Center offers the lab component of several writing, reading and math courses. Writing, reading, Spanish, science, and math instructors are available to help students with specific academic questions and concerns. The Learning Center also houses the mentor program, a drop-in service for students who need help with writing assignments, and tutorial services. For more information, call 791–2242.

Library and Services

Porterville College Library houses over 30,000 print books and 50 magazine, journal, and newspaper titles. The Library provides students and staff with access to 50 databases of full-text online information from periodicals and books. The PC community also has access to three electronic book collections of over 30,000 full-text titles. The Library’s unique, special preservation collection “Valley Writers” offers over 500 titles from over 200 Central Valley authors.

Wi-Fi is available as well as 15 computer workstations for students. Library users can view and listen to library media resources. Study rooms, carrels, and the Reading Room provide study spaces. Faculty-reserved materials can be viewed and copied. For further information, call 559-791-2318 or visit the library web page as


Students may enjoy the many offerings at Porterville College. A rich tradition of choral music (including numerous successful tours by PC choirs) provides vocal students with many opportunities for group performance. Academic classes in music (such as Music Appreciation and World Music) prepare students for transfer-level coursework.


Porterville College has many scholarships ranging from $250 to $4000. These scholarships are awarded to students presently enrolled and attending Porterville College, as well as graduating sophomores continuing their education at a four-year institution.

Applicants are considered for all awards for which they qualify. Applications are available online at For additional information on scholarships, contact the Porterville College Foundation Office at 791-2319.

Student Activities

Student activity programs are supported largely by the sale of Associated Student Body Cards, and students are encouraged to support the program. PC offers opportunities for students to participate in student government, campus activities, recreation, and cultural and social events. Student activities are monitored by the Student Senate, which meets twice weekly.

Student Clubs

Formation of clubs is encouraged at Porterville College to provide outlets of expression for specialized interests. All clubs are coordinated through the Associated Student at Porterville College (ASPC).

The PC student clubs and organizations are:

  • Agriculture Club
  • Anthropology Club
  • Art-O-Holics Club
  • Associated Students of Porterville College
  • Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine
  • Entrepreneurs of the Future
  • Human Services Club
  • MEChA Club
  • Muslim Student Association Women on Islam Study for Education
  • Music Club
  • Native American Club
  • One in Christ Club
  • PC Pride Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Photography Club
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Support on Wheels
  • Veterans Club

Student Conduct

Students are expected to formulate and observe among themselves a proper standard of conduct, showing such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as ins demanded of good citizens. Failure to do so will be sufficient cause for disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct is available in the office of Student Services, AC-126.


The SWAT Team (Students with Anthropology Training) is a subgroup of the PC Anthropology Club and was organized in 2003. SWAT Team members visit local elementary schools and provide programs to fourth graders featuring the culture and practices of the Yokuts Indians who occupied the San Joaquin Valley and foothill area from prehistoric times up to the present day. The Team brings an array of traditional artifacts into the classroom and each team member gets the opportunity to give a brief presentation on some aspect of Yokuts culture.

This program allows PC students who are pursuing a teaching career to actually stand in front of a “live audience” and gain some valuable experience. Aside from benefiting our students, the program has been embraced by the elementary school students and teachers.

In today’s world, with tight budgets and other restrictions, it is difficult for teachers to arrange field trips. The SWAT Team, essentially, brings the field trip to the classroom. Since its inception, the program has proven to be one that costs nothing and benefits many.

The SWAT Team Program is open to any PC student with an interest in teaching and/or Native American culture.


Porterville College makes education available at the lowest possible cost for all students who attend. Supplies and “new” or “used” textbooks may be purchased at minimum cost in the college bookstore in the student center. Many titles are also available as “rentals” and/or “ebooks” at up to 60% off the “new” textbook price. The college bookstore stocks textbooks, school supplies and school spirit items. As a Barnes & Noble store, it can also special-order most non-course related books, and sticks a selection of reference books, bargain books and national best-sellers. It is open Monday-Thursday from 8 am -6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 am-11 am, with extended hours during Rush and Finals weeks. Please visit the bookstore website at for current store hours and course textbook requirements. The bookstore also offers exclusive promotions online at

Transfer Services

The Transfer Center is available to assist students in making their transition to a four-year college or university a successful one. Here you will find resources and services that will assist you in researching public and private universities. Among the many services available to students are:

  • Current catalogs from UC, CSU, private, and out-of-state colleges and universities
  • Transfer related reference materials
  • Computers for use in Internet access to college and university information, major exploration, and completing online college applications
  • Visits by university representatives
  • CSU and UC application workshops
  • Workshops for prospective transfer students including: transfer requirements, Internet resources, and financial aid
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
  • Individual counseling appointments

The Transfer Center is located in AC-126. Visit us to explore the resources available to you or call 791-2329 to make an appointment with the Transfer Coordinator.