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Cerro Cosso Community College

Tap into your creative side and take an art class at Cerro Coso Community College this fall. Interested in art history, meeting new people, rekindling a lost-passion, or just because you want to, Cerro Coso is offering a variety of Art classes at the Ridgecrest Campus.

Don Rosenberg will instruct ART C105 (72460) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:40 to 10:05 a.m. This course provides an overview of western art and architecture from prehistory though the Middle Ages.

ART C115 (72466) Three-Dimensional Design will meet with Professor Loren Sandvik on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:10 to 8:20 p.m. An introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical references related to three-dimensional design and spatial composition, this course includes the study of the elements and organizing principles of design as they apply to three-dimensional space and form.

Lisa Darty will instruct ART C121 (72470) Drawing I on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:10 to 8:20 p.m. A studio arts course introducing the principles, elements, and practices of drawing, employing a range of subject matter and drawing media. A strong focus is placed on perceptually based drawing, observational skills, technical abilities, and creative responses to materials, and subject matter.

ART C131 and C231 Painting I and II, will meet with Tanner McGuire on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m. This beginning level studio arts course introduces the materials, methods, and techniques of painting as a means of creating two dimensional art images.

ART C141 and C240 Ceramics I and II will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m. with instructor Gaysha Smith. Students in this course will be exposed to ceramic materials, concepts, and processes including basic design techniques, firing and ceramic terminology.

The fall 2018 term at Cerro Coso Community College begins August 20, 2018 for on campus classes. Complete registration and course information is available on the web at www.cerrocoso.edu or contact the Counseling Department at 760-384-6219.

Studies have shown that students who take art classes do better in school overall. Explore your potential at Cerro Coso Community College this fall.

Becoming a Student at Cerro Coso

Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for admission to Cerro Coso Community College:

General instructions are below. There are also specific instructions for

  1. Fill out the application form online.
  2. Send us your transcripts, if we ask.
    Credit earned from other accredited colleges or universities may be transferred to Cerro Coso upon admission. Students will need to provide official transcripts showing satisfactory scholarship and an honorable dismissal. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be mailed directly to Admissions and Records:
    Admissions & Records
    Cerro Coso Community College
    3000 College Heights Blvd
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: (760) 384-6374
    Fax: (760) 384-6377
  3. Attend orientation .
  4. Take the assessment tests .
  5. Meet with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) for your first semester at Cerro Coso.
  6. Get Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov .

    Cerro Coso's Federal School Code (010111) must be entered on your FAFSA so that your information will be transmitted to us electronically. You will also need a pin to sign the FAFSA electronically. Apply for a pin at www.pin.ed.gov . Parents of dependent students must also apply for a pin.
  7. If you qualify, also apply for a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) on the Financial Aid webpage.
  8. Register for classes.
  9. Pay fees within ten days of registering for classes (unless you have an approved fee waiver. [See Financial Aid .])
  10. Attend classes. Students who do not attend the first day of class will be dropped .
  11. Meet with counseling each semester to further develop your SEP and discuss meeting your education and career goals.


About Cerro Coso

Cerro Coso Community College is one of three colleges in the Kern Community College District. The College is charged with the responsibility of providing educational opportunities for the widely separated desert, mountain, and valley communities within a sweeping 18,000 mile, four county, region of eastern California.

Cerro Coso's service area includes a population base of just over 85,000 individuals. The College officially opened in the fall of 1973, and within the year began expanding its service area to include the present region.

Cerro Coso, as an institution, has a long history of valuing students as individuals with unique capabilities and needs and a teaching-learning process that motivates students towards excellence.

Campuses and Centers

Cerro Coso Community College (established 1973) is a comprehensive community college serving the eastern Sierra Nevada and eastern Kern County regions of the State of California. Cerro Coso has four instructional sites which together cover the largest geographical service area (18,200 square miles) of any community college in California, serving a population of approximately 85,000.

The 320-acre Indian Wells Valley Campus is located in the upper Mojave Desert in the community of Ridgecrest, with a population of 28,000. Ridgecrest is located 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 120 miles east of Bakersfield.

The East Kern Center serves the communities of Edwards Air Force Base, North Edwards, Mojave, Boron, and California City. The program is administered from Edwards Air Force Base where the college maintains an office provided by the United States Air Force. Associate degree programs in Liberal Arts are offered through the East Kern Center.

The Eastern Sierra College Center serves the communities of Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine, Independence, and Death Valley, as well as other locations in Inyo and southern Mono Counties. A comprehensive educational program with both day and evening classes is provided, including courses for transfer, general interest, general education, and occupational programs. College Centers are maintained in the communities of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes.

The Kern River Valley Campus serves the communities of the Kern River Valley from its campus at the Kern Valley Plaza in Lake Isabella. Students in Lake Isabella, Wofford Heights, Kernville, Mt. Mesa, South Lake, and Onyx can find easy access to the campus via public and private transportation. The campus offers both day and evening classes to provide educational alternatives including two-year programs leading to transfer to the university level, two-year AA and AS degrees, short-term vocational programs, single-course options which may lead to immediate employment, personal enrichment classes, and professional upgrade classes. Kern River Valley Campus offers testing, counseling, advisement, and financial aid assistance, which can enable students to meet their educational goals.

CC Online , Cerro Coso Community College's virtual campus, currently offers 18 associate degrees online, the general education courses necessary to meet transfer requirements to a four year institution, and student support services. CC Online has an international reputation for excellence and provides an extraordinary opportunity for those too distant from a community college or too involved in business or family to pursue higher education during traditional hours.



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