West Hills College Coalinga was established in 1932 in Coalingaa and serves the residents of the San Joaquin Valley. In 2004 West Hills College became a multi-college district with two colleges: West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore.
The MetLife Foundation and Jobs for the Future recently honored West Hills as the smallest community college nationwide that best exemplifies helping under-served youth and adults to prepare for higher education and career advancement.
Small class sizes and the latest in science and technology facilities are features of both West Hills College Coalinga with 1,200 students, and West Hills College Lemoore with 3,200 students.
The college is well known for its English as a second language curriculum. Associate degrees and/or certificate programs are offered in almost 30 areas from administration of justice to trade, technology and industry. An associate degree can be earned entirely online.
It is one of the only community colleges in California to offer residence halls and it features sports programs that attract athletes from throughout the country. Men may participate in football, basketball and baseball. Women can compete in volleyball, softball and tennis. A coed rodeo team competes against both two- and four-year schools from throughout the country and is consistently one of the best teams in the nation.