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Report 02-2: Needs Analysis for the West Hills College at Lemoore, West Hills Community College District

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

February 2002

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This report reviews the proposal by the West Hills Community College District (WHCCD) to transition its off-campus center in Lemoore to full college status. It will then be known as the West Hills College at Lemoore.

The district service area includes parts of three San Joaquin Valley counties -- Kern, Fresno, and Kings -- and the rugged and sparsely populated eastern sections of Monterey and San Benito counties. Fall 2001 enrollments for the West Hills District totaled 4,281 students, with the majority coming from Fresno and Kings counties. The proposed West Hills College at Lemoore will provide the district with additional, much need capacity to accommodate the burgeoning demand for higher educational services in the fast-growing communities of Lemoore and Hanford. Given the expansive territory the district covers (3,464 square miles), enrollments at other district facilities are not impacted adversely by the new Lemoore campus.

The proposalís objectives include:

  • Establishing a new comprehensive college that will serve approximately 1,700 full time equivalent students (FTES) by 2015; and
  • Providing greater access to higher educational opportunities for an underserved population of the district and improve community college attendance rates in the region.

Related Topics: Facilities Review

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