Established in 1913, Bakersfield College is one of the nation's oldest continually-operating
community colleges. The college serves 33,000 students annually on the 153-acre main
campus in northeast Bakersfield, at the Delano Campus 35 miles north of Bakersfield,
the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, and BC SouthWest in southwest Bakersfield.
We also offer classes at several alternative locations, including Shafter Learning
Center 18 miles northwest of Bakersfield, Arvin/Lamont, McFarland, Olive Drive Training
Facility in northwest Bakersfield, Wasco and other community locations.
Our students are diverse and represent the communities we serve, with BC holding designation
as a Hispanic Serving Institution. You can see details about our student population
on the BC Scorecard.
Classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester calendar as well as in a variety
of non-traditional scheduling options: evenings, weekends, short-term vocational programs
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Bakersfield College has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1913. Originally
known as Kern County Union High School, the institution transitioned into Bakersfield
Junior College in 1920, becoming one of the first junior colleges in the state. Over
the years, Bakersfield College has grown into a vibrant educational institution, offering
a wide range of programs and serving as a pillar of higher education in the Central
As a public community college in the state of California Bakersfield College provides
opportunities for students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds
to attain Associate and Baccalaureate degrees and certificates, workplace skills,
and preparation for transfer. Our rigorous and supportive learning environments promote
equity and foster students’ abilities to think critically, communicate effectively,
and demonstrate competencies and skills in order to engage productively in their communities
and the world.
Approved by College Council, March 03, 2023
Building upon more than 100 years of excellence, Bakersfield College continues to
contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of the communities
We foster curiosity, inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity within a safe and
rigorous academic environment so that we might be empowered to radically transform
our community into one that gives voice and power to all people.
We cultivate an ethical and moral consciousness which places the collective well-being
and health above the self; this principled environment allows for open, constructive
conversations and teaches us to trust each other’s vision so that we will be useful
and effective in providing support, resources, and encouragement.
We believe health and wellness to be integral, foundational elements of learning;
we understand that a holistic education improves all aspects of society and the individual,
including the mind, body, and spirit; through education, we will positively impact
the health of the individual, natural environment and the global community.
We insist that diversity be valued and promoted, recognizing that multiple perspectives
lead to a better education and knowledge of the world; listening and witnessing different
experiences helps us to understand and contextualize power and privilege related to
ability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexuality, socioeconomic status
in terms of access and barriers to resources and opportunities.
We commit to the well-being of all members of our community; we maintain strong ties
with the surrounding community, and we respond to their needs by serving as an open
institution which engages all students, faculty, and staff; in our college, we have
built and continue to build an environment in which all members participate as a community
through democratic engagement.
We recognize our responsibility for continuing and maintaining this institution which
has been shaped by over a century of resolute and tenacious labor and judicious foresight,
so we unceasingly place our energies into imagining how we might sustain and renew
our human, fiscal, and environmental resources into the future.
A Better BC
In November 2016, Kern County approved Measure J, a $502 million bond that will fund
crucial upgrades to Bakersfield College's campus. With additional support from state
grants, these funds will revitalize the campus, fostering a modern and innovative
learning atmosphere. As the transformation unfolds, our website will provide regular
updates, offering insights into the enhancements made to student services, community
events, and the continuation of memorable experiences at Bakersfield College.
Your insights are invaluable in shaping the future of our community. Take a moment
to share your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. Together, let's make our college experience
even better. Thank you for being a crucial part of the conversation!