Porterville College, founded in 1927, is a two year community college and is a designated Hispanic serving institution. We serve the greater Porterville area of southern Tulare County, California, including the Tule Indian Reservation.
Porterville is 65 miles south of Fresno and 57 miles north of Bakersfield. Both Fresno and Bakersfield have a campus of the California State University which grants the Baccalaureate Degree
Several small towns make up the 4,000 square service area of Porterville College, the largest of which is Porterville with a population of approximately 40,000. We are in an agricultural community with a high minority population. Average unemployment rates are upwards of 17% while under 8% of the population has earned a Baccalaureate Degree. The combination of these factors provides a great challenge for the college, that is, to educate students not only to transfer to four-year institutions but also to produce an educated skilled work force for the immediate area.
Porterville College Foundation
"The Porterville College Foundation will support Porterville College in developing activities, programs and facilities to the best interest of students; will actively solicit gifts, bequests and other income; and will demonstrate prudent fiduciary responsibility in the administration of those funds."
The Porterville College Foundation, which recently reached the $3 million mark, is organized as an auxiliary nonprofit corporation for educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable purposes to promote the general welfare of Porterville College.
The 21 member volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of 15 community members, 3 College administrators, the elected district governing Board of Members, 1 student and 1 faculty member.
The Foundation completed its first capital campaign in 1997 raising $250,000 which was matched by $500,000 from the United States Department of Education Endowment Challenge Grant. The full corpus is held for 20 years during which time it is invested; during that period 50% of the earnings can be spent to support the college mission. The first year's spendable earnings yielded about $80,000 for college support.
Foundation Board members have pledged support for the new Agriculture Business and Agriculture Science program at the college as well as the elementary school outreach program known as the Science, Mathematics, and Resource Technology (SMART Lab) mobile science laboratory.
Through the Porterville College First Scholarship program, the Foundation offers local high school seniors with a 3.0 grade point average an academic scholarship for continuing his/her education at Porterville College. These scholarships are funded by proceeds from the swap meet held each Saturday morning at the College Stadium parking lot. Approximately $100,000 in academic support is awarded to deserving students who are continuing their higher education.
PCF Board of Directors – October 2011
Mrs. Paula Job – President
Mrs. Job has been a member of the board since January of 2007 and her term ends on September 2013. She enjoys being involved in the community as she has been on the Vandalia School Site Council for 12 years, the Pioneer School Council for two years, is a CASBO Central Section Associate Liaison, and currently serves as the Account Manager of an Office Supply Company for the past 23 years.
Mr. Antonio Salazar
Mr. Salazar became a board member in September of 2007 and his term ends September of 2010. He attended CSU, Fresno and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Mr. Salazar is the Chair of the Alumni and Friends Committee, and serves on the Scholarship and Executive Committees. He enjoys the rich agriculture of the San Joaquin Valley and enjoys helping the Foundation in the distribution of scholarships in order to help PC students continue their academic goals.
Mrs. Janice Castle – 1st Vice-President
Mrs. Castlebecame a board member in March of 2009 and her term ends September of 2011. The College Foundation Board has given her the opportunity to serve and give back to her community in a way that is very dear to her – the education and future of our youth. She began working for Bank of the Sierra in 1990 as a Credit Lending Assistant at the Lindsay Branch. Today, she is Senior Vice President and Area Manager for the Porterville / Lindsay area. Mrs. Castle is a graduate of Porterville High School and holds numerous Banking and Lending Certificates which include Porterville’s Woman of the Year in 2006. She is affiliated with the Sierra View District Hospital Foundation Board, the Porterville Breakfast Rotary, and the Las Madrinas Guild. She serves on the Executive Committee and the Investment Committees. Mrs. Castle states that it is an honor to serve on the Porterville College Foundation Board as education is a high priority and a must for our future leaders, and she is very proud that three of her five children are teachers.
Dr. Rosa Flores Carlson – Executive Director (interim)
Dr. Flores Carlson has been at Porterville College since 2006 as President of the College and Executive Director (Interim) of the Foundation since 2008. Dr. Carlson was raised in the Central Valley and is a product of the California Community College system. She attended Fresno City College receiving a BA in Foreign Languages and Classical Studies. Her Masters of Arts Degree is in Educational Administration and Supervision from CSU, Fresno, and her Educational Doctorate from UC, Davis/CSU, Fresno joint doctoral program is in Educational Leadership. Dr. Carlson has more than 30 years experience in education. She promotes linking the college and the community by serving and/or participating in the Porterville Chamber Board, Rotary Club, and several Porterville Unified and Porterville College partnerships.
Mr. Geary Austin
Mr. Austin became a board member in August of 1995 and his term ends September of 2012. He is in the Terra Bella Lions Club, Tulare County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee, and has served for 22 years as a member of the Porterville Unified School Board. He serves on the Foundation board to help the college accomplish its mission by using his community contacts and together benefit the students. Mr. Austin is the Chairman of the Foundation’s Finance Committee and also serves on the Smart Lab Ad-Hoc Committee.
Mr. Richard Christenson - Past President
Mr. Christenson became a board member in August of 1996 and his term ends September of 2012. He is the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and is a member of the Charitable Giving Committee. Mr. Christenson is an alumnus of Porterville College, playing on the basketball and tennis teams. Mr. Christenson graduated from BYU with a BA and a Juris Doctor in 1976 and 1979 respectively. He is currently an attorney in Porterville. He is very involved outside of work and is heading the Fee Arbitration Department, was a past president of the Tulare County Bar Association, is a member of the Optimist Club of Porterville, the Sierra View District Hospital Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is a Boy Scout volunteer.
Mr. John Corkins – Advisory Member, (District Trustee)
Mr. Corkins is on the KCCD Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Porterville College Foundation Board as an advisory member since August of 1997. He is the President of Research For Hire, Inc., a diversified Agri-Business Corporation; farms olives, kiwis, and citrus in Tulare and Kern Counties; and is a partner in developing commercial property in Tulare County. He serves as a Governor appointee to the 24th District Ag Association Board of Directors and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Mr. Corkins serves as an advisor on the Foundation Swap Meet Ad-Hoc Committee and the Investment Committee.
Mr. Phillip Duncan – Advisory Member (student)
Mr. Duncan is the ASPC President of Porterville College and student trustee for KCCD. He is majoring in Social Science with an emphasis in English. His desire is to earn a Master’s Degree in English and to return to the community to teach college courses. He is the president of Phi Theta Kappa and member of the Anthropology Club. Mr. Duncan was Student of the Year for 2009-10, recipient of the Bill Richardson Scholarship in 2010, the Willie Mac Award winner- Tulare County Coach of the Year in 2008, 3rd place award winner for Fiction at Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) regional (California/Nevada) Convention,
Ms. Julissa Leyva
Ms. Leyva became a board member in October of 2007 and her term ends October of 2013. Ms. Leyva serves on the Scholarship and Alumni Committees. She attended Porterville College where she earned an A.A. in General Education. She attended CSU Bakersfield and received a B.A in Liberal Studies, a teaching credential, and a Masters Degree in Education Administration with a clear Administrative Credential. In 2007 Ms. Leyva was the Vice Principal of Westfiled Elementary School for 1 1/2 years and is presently the principal at Roche Avenue School. Ms. Leyva was born and raised in Porterville. Ms. Leyva's passion is in educating students and empowering them to feel that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to with hard work and dedication. Ms. Leyva is glad to be part of the Porterville College Foundation.
Mr. Monte Moore
Mr. Moore has been a board member since October 2010 and his term ends on September 2013. Mr. Moore graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1952 with a B.S. in Radio-Television Broadcasting. Afterwards, he enrolled in the U.S. Army and was a 1st Lieutenant in Psychological Warfare for two years. From 1955 through 1992, he held several sports director and news broadcasting positions in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and California. In 1962, he was named as the lead announcer for the Kansas City Athletics mayor league baseball team. He broadcast 3,000 consecutive games for the A’s and the World Series games for NBC-TV and NBC Radio in 1972, 1973, and 1974. In 1978, he purchased KTIP and K100 radio stations in Porterville, CA. and sold the stations after 17 years as manager/owner. During this time, he signed a five year contract to broadcast the Oakland A’s games on their TV network including three more World Series appearances in 1992. Mr. Moore retired from broadcasting in 1996. In 1997, Mr. Moore became the Public Information officer for Porterville College, retiring in 2010.
Mr. Richard Osborne – College Member
Mr. Osborne is a Professor of Anthropology at Porterville College. He graduated from Fullerton College, transferred to CSU Fullerton where he received a BA, and later graduated from CSU Bakersfield with a Masters Degree. Mr. Osborne is involved with the Society for California Archaeology, California Community College Anthropology Teachers Society, Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP), and serves on the Foundation Scholarship Committee and the Alumni and Friends Committee. He became a voting member of the Board of Directors in September of 2009 and his term ends September of 2011. His desire is to represent the faculty of Porterville College and be able to make positive contributions on their behalf that benefit the students and the community. In addition he enjoys camping, kayaking, and off-road exploration.
Mr. John Rankin, Jr.
Mr. Rankin has been a board member since 2000 and his term ends 2011. He has served on several foundation committees including Swap Meet and Finance Committees. Mr. Ranking has served on the Porterville Fair as a Board Director for the past 12 years, served on the City of Porterville’s planning committee and was city mayor from 1987-1989. He is a retired school administrator,
Mrs. Mimi Stoneburner - Past President
Mrs. Stoneburner has been a board member since July of 2000 and her term ends September of 2011. She is President and co-owner with her husband of K-TIP Radio. Mrs. Stoneburner is a member of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Broadcasters, California Broadcaster Association, PADS, and has served as President of the Porterville College Foundation. She is a member of the Investment, Finance, and Nomination Committees. She comes from a multi-generational family that values education and is proud to be on the Foundation Board as the college is a very important link to the community.
Mr. Milt Stowe – 2nd Vice-President
Mr. Stow has been a board member since October 2010 and his term ends on September 2013. Mr. Stowe graduated from Wasco High School in 1970, attended Porterville College from 1970-72, transferred to California State University, Sacramento, where he graduated in 1974. While attending Porterville College he was involved in student government from 1970-71 as a Student Body Representative and from 1971-72 as the Student Body Vice-President. During his stint at PC he was also a dual sport student-athlete, playing basketball and baseball which earned him honors in both sports. While he was a student at Sacramento State University, he also excelled in athletics, lettering two years in baseball with honors. Mr. Stowe returned to Porterville College in 1975 to become the Head Baseball Coach, he was at the helm for seven years. During a portion of this time he also coached women’s basketball, volleyball, and assisted with men’s basketball. He was inducted into the PC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 for his achievements in baseball. Mr. Stowe is the Director of Parks and Leisure Services/Deputy City Manager for the city of Porterville.
Mr. Gary Wallace
Mr. Wallace became a board member since
September of 2008 and his term ends September of 2013. He has been a part of Porterville
College for 31 years as he began this career in 1977 as the Bookstore Manager. He was later promoted to Maintenance
and Operations/Auxiliary Services. In 2010 Mr. Wallace retired. Mr. Wallace received an AA at Porterville College and continues to stay
s involved with the college as his desire is to keep the
college a vital part of the community. He is the Director of the Swap Meet Operations for the Foundation, is
active with the Porterville Breakfast Lions, and Fraternal Order of
Eagles. Mr. Wallace enjoys working
around his yard, golfing, and bike riding.