The Bakersfield College Student Government Association will focus on poverty with a day-long workshop featuring poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle. The Poverty 101 workshop will be held March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the John Collins Campus Center at Bakersfield College. Poverty 101 is free, and includes lunch. Approximately 75 percent of Bakersfield College students are on need-based financial aid, and anecdotal information points at a large number of Bakersfield College students as being homeless. California itself is ranked highest in the nation for poverty, with 23.5 percent of the population being classified at or below the poverty line. One out of three children in Kern County lives in poverty – an 18 percent increase since 2008. Dr. Donna Beegle is an expert in America’s poverty crisis, and has been inspiring and educating entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at just 15 years old, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family to not be incarcerated. After being homeless herself for 28 years, Dr. Beegle achieved her doctorate in educational leadership, and has worked to assist people with moving out of poverty. To attend the Poverty 101 workshop, RSVP by February 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-395-4051. Event is free.