Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream LogoFor 100 years, Bakersfield College has been committed to meeting every student, wherever they are, and helping them progress and achieve their educational goals and transforming their lives.

Achieving the Dream will provide a rigorous and comprehensive approach to ensuring that this work continues. Achieving the Dream is an approach to student success which will be integrated into the fabric of what we do, every day, at Bakersfield College.

The program brings in the framework to help Bakersfield College fine-tune the work we already do to help every student succeed.

Bakersfield College will be “underlining” all students.

Certain populations are disenfranchised, and we are all-too aware of this ongoing issue. Scores and data indicate a widening achievement gap.

Using the model from Achieving the Dream, we will identify, in a disaggregated manner, those student populations not achieving at the same level and develop targeted interventions to help them succeed.

Process Map

To see the latest, you can view the Process Map

Team Members

Persistence & Process Mapping

Maximizing Financial Aid

Jennifer Achan
Helen Acosta
Amber Anderson
Alexandro Castro
Grace Commiso
Dr. Zav Dadhaboy
Robert Dean
Victor Diaz
Rebecca Farley
Laurie Fladd
Jenny Frank
Erineo Garcia
Consuelo Gonzalez
Dan Hall
Craig Hayward
Christina Howell
Jennifer Jett
Sooyeon Kim
Jackie Lau
Marisa Marquez

Denice McCauley
James McGarrah
Erica Menchaca
Bill Michal
David Moncayo
Krista Moreland
Laurel Mourtzanos
Melissa Myers
Bob Ngo
Sean Nickell
Ben Perlado
Paula Pitcher
Lysander Ramos
Derek Robisnon
Michelle Smith
Imelda Valdez
Stephen Waller
Ashlea Ward
Virginia (Ruthie) Welborn
Mindy Wilmot

Amber Anderson
Alex Castro
Grace Commiso
Tony Cordova
Robert Dean
Victor Diaz
Rebecca Farley
Laurie Fladd
Jenny Frank
Patsy Garcia
Connie Gonzalez
Consuelo Gonzalez
Dan Hall
Craig Hayward
Jennifer Jett
Sooyeon Kim
Jackie Lau
Marisa Marquez
Anna Melby

David Moncayo
Krista Moreland
Bob Ngo
Sean Nickell
Ben Perlado
Paula Pitcher
Lysander Ramos
Imelda Valdez
Stephen Waller
Ruthie Welborn

Core Team

  • Primavera Arvizu, Director of Financial Aid, CARE EOP&S & CalWorks
  • Kimberly Bligh, Professor and Faculty Chair, Education
  • Lesley Bonds, Student Success Program Manager
  • Henry Covarrubias, Equity Program Manger
  • Zav Dadabhoy, Interim President
  • Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Brian Hirayama, Professor, Communication
  • Odella Johnson, Director of Equity & Inclusion
  • Keri Kennedy, Educational Advisor
  • Marisa Marquez, Interim Director, Transfer Center
  • Erica Menchaca, Faculty, Education, Math
  • Emmanuel (Manny) Mourtzanos, Dean of Instruction
  • Stephen Waller, Dean of Instruction
  • Jessica Wojtysiak, Faculty, Education, English