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At West Hills College Lemoore, we offer degrees and certificate programs that lead to viable employment in the real world. We know you are considering enrolling in college because you want get a better job. Preparing for a career that is right for you means choosing the right path to get you there. West Hills College Lemoore offers Career Technical Education (CTE) packaged in two formats: CTE Academies and CTE Programs.


Mission & Vision

“The relentless pursuit of student success”

The West Hills Community College District, a trusted steward, actively engages, encourages, enriches and empowers students, faculty, staff, and communities to reach their full potential academically, socially, and economically.

West Hills Community College District has a rich history of serving the educational needs of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley for more than 80 years.


The district traces its roots back to 1932, when the Coalinga Extension Center for Fresno State College was founded to offer classes through the local high school district. In the 1940s, Coalinga College ended formal ties with Fresno State and came under the control of the Coalinga Union High School District. In 1956, a new 40 acre campus for the school opened on Cherry Lane in Coalinga. In 1961, the school separated from the high school district and, in 1969, became known as West Hills College.

As time went on, the college expanded its reach into surrounding communities. In 1962, Lemoore and Avenal became a part of the district. The following year, Riverdale and Tranquillity High School Districts followed suit. Outreach increased in Firebaugh with the opening of the North District Center in 1971 and in Lemoore, with a West Hills presence at both Naval Air Station Lemoore and Lemoore High School.

While classes were offered as early as 1964 in Lemoore, a classroom and office were built in 1981 on land purchased from the city and named the Kings County Center. In the early 1990s, the California Postsecondary Commission designated West Hills College as the community college provider to the Hanford and Armona areas.

The approach of the new millennium brought even more changes. Online classes were offered starting in 1999. In 1998, approximately 107 acres of land was donated by the Pedersen-Semas families for the building of a full-fledged campus in Lemoore. The same year a $19.5 million bond measure, Measure G, passed to fund the building of the college and remodeling at both the Coalinga and Firebaugh campuses.

The first new community college built in California in this century opened in 2002 west of Highway 41 on Bush Street. The campus earned college status from the Board of Governors in 2001 and full accreditation in 2006, giving the district two separate colleges, jointly governed by the West Hills Community College District. WHCL became the 109th community college in California; there are now 112, making it the largest system of higher education in the U.S.

That was just the beginning of a new phase of construction running into the 21st Century. In 1998, NDC Firebaugh moved to a new building. Several major bond measures were passed in 2008 and in 2014. Voters passed Measure C in 2008, which benefited West Hills College Coalinga and provided $11.6 million in funds to build new agriculture facilities at the Farm of Future and modernize several campus buildings.

Measure E was passed in Lemoore at the same time, providing $31 million in funding for several planned new buildings. The state of the art Golden Eagle Arena opened in 2011 and a new 23,000 square foot student center is scheduled to open in 2016.

Measure Q, an $11.8 million measure, was also passed in 2008 to provide funds for the North District Center, Firebaugh.

Measure T, a $20 million bond issue, was passed in 2014 to fund district-wide ongoing technology upgrades for the next 20 years.

California Proposition 51 was passed in 2016, which has provided remaining funds needed to build a new 41,633 sq. ft. North District Center in Firebaugh. The center has an anticipated completion date of December 2021 and will be comprised of over 41,000 square feet of classroom, lab, library and office space.

A new district office in Coalinga is another building project completed in this new phase.

The district covers nearly 3,500 square miles with colleges in Lemoore and Coalinga, the North District Center in Firebaugh, a District office in Coalinga, eight child development centers throughout neighboring rural communities, and the Farm of the Future facility at the north end of Coalinga.

Planning is underway for further improvements at all three WHCCD sites.

WHCCD has also continued its commitment to innovation. WHCCD has earned three California Innovation Awards for Higher Education. The Innovation Award for Higher Education was created by the State of California Department of Finance as an incentive to urge colleges to focus on innovative reforms, in an effort to increase completion rates and make college more affordable. They recognize California districts and colleges that help reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees and credentials, reduce the total cost of attendance for students, or do both.



Our Mission

The West Hills Community College Foundation enthusiastically engages residents, corporations, foundations and communities of the San Joaquin Valley in financial support and advocacy for the West Hills Community College District. We are entrepreneurial partners with the Colleges as we plan and implement programs to build relationships and raise funds.


Educational Services and Workforce Development Office

Welcome to the Educational Services and Workforce Development Office

The Educational Services and Workforce Development commitment (ES&WD) of the District is accountable for planning and implementing strategies and direction of efforts for the following WHCCD departments: Educational Services, Workforce Development, Curriculum, Child Development Centers, Categorical Funding and Grants, State and Federal Programs, Information Technology and Management Information Systems (MIS) reporting and the Westside Institute of Technology (WIT)

Essential Elements

West Hills Community College District (WHCCD), in partnership with numerous agencies, continues its Essential Elements for the Future of the San Joaquin Valley, a premier public affairs series that gathers California’s public policy and private sector leaders to confront the crises and challenges in the Valley. The intent of the series is to organize hands-on partnerships and create action steps for the future of the San Joaquin Valley while coping with climate change. Essential Elements will be held at Harris Ranch Inn and Conference Center. Each session will include guest speakers and panel discussions.

West Hills Community College District Supports Students with Help From Generous Donors

Chevron donated $75,000 to help fund computers and internet hot spots for students. West Hills Community College District announced in March that most classes were switching to online only due to COVID-19 and this will continue to be the case through the summer semester.“We have some students in the district who do not have computers at home or
access to the internet,” said Alex Perez, Executive Director of the West Hills Community College Foundation. “West Hills has tried to provide laptops and hotspots
to as many students as we can, but we need the help of donors like Chevron to
meet the need in our district. Their gift will help students attend classes online
and finish their degrees.”The $75,000 will help to support students as they face continuing challenges in the face of the global pandemic and ensure that they have access to their online classes. Chevron is a long-time supporter of West Hills and has supported programs ranging from robotics competitions to a science camp for elementary school students.

West Hills College Lemoore has been focusing on food insecurities, especially
during these very difficult times. Thanks to the generosity of Leprino, who donated
$15,000, West Hills has been able to continue fight against student hunger.
Students in need are identified in coordination with the financial aid office. “We
saw an increase in need during the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 virus,”
said Perez, “and although some students were eligible for federal grants under
the CARES program, not all students received those resources.”

The funds provided by Leprino were especially important as they allowed West Hills to provide food resources to over 60 students during the spring semester. Students received boxes of produce through our partnership with Sandoval Produce, which were safely delivered to their homes. Each student received 2 such deliveries over a four week period. WHCL plans to continue to continue to provide these healthy food
deliveries to students in need this fall. This program would not be possible if it weren’t for Leprino’s donation.

This apprenticeship opportunity combines coursework in early childhood education and on the job training. Students who apply, complete the interview process and are accepted into the apprentice program will begin courses, online starting August 2021.

These courses are no cost to the student! These courses will help students qualify for an assistant teacher permit. As students continue in the program, West Hills College Coalinga will assist apprentices obtain their assistant teacher permit, develop a resume, help with interview prep and assist with future job placement.

Benefits of this program include: 

  • Gain 21 units in early child education at zero tuition cost
  • Fully online courses
  • One-on-one education support and mentoring
  • Teaching permit workshop in early Fall 2021
  • Resume and interview workshops in late Fall 2021
  • Employment placement assistance starting December 2021
  • Apprenticeship Completion Certificate awarded
  • Continued education pathway support if desired


If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please reach out to Nickolas Trujillo, Director of Apprenticeships, at or call (559) 934-2707. The application period for this program will run from March 22nd to April 23rd with interviews for potential apprentices to be scheduled in May so ensure your contact information is valid and correct!

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