About WHC District

Frank GornickWelcome to the West Hills Community College District. I hope you will find a world of opportunity in the pages of our website and at our locations in Coalinga, Firebaugh and Lemoore.

At the West Hills Community College District we pride ourselves on serving the needs of a diverse student population. Whether you’re 19 or 90, we have classes and programs that will interest you. If you are planning on a career as a mechanic or in medicine, you’re at the right place. Are you the first in your family to consider college? We have programs that will help you succeed. In fact, in 2002 the MetLife Foundation, a nationwide organization with headquarters in New York, selected West Hills as the small community college nationwide that best serves the needs of a diverse student population.

There is a long tradition at West Hills. Coalinga College, now West Hills College Coalinga, started serving students in the 1930’s as an extension of Fresno State. I’m proud to say that I earned my first college degree in Coalinga!

We made history in 2002 when West Hills College Lemoore opened its doors as the first new California community college of the 21 st century.

Our North District Center, Firebaugh offers a model of service for small, rural communities that allows residents to earn an AA degree close to home.

Naval Air Station, Lemoore is the home to another of our centers. Serving our neighbors at the base who serve their country as sailors and marines is an important part of our mission.

West Hills was also one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer an AA degree entirely online. We understand the needs of community college students. Time and travel are often impediments to earning a college education and we’re helping to overcome those obstacles with distance education.

At West Hills, we believe that all students can learn and receive a quality education. We have an outstanding disabled students program (DSPS) staff. One of our students who is legally blind recently earned a web design certificate with the help of dedicated instructors and support services that are in place. That kind of support and service is what makes the West Hills Community College District unique. I hope that you will take the time to look over our web pages and then come for a visit. As we say in Spanish, “Mi escuela es su escuela” (My school is your school).

With best regards,
Frank Gornick

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