About BC

Bakersfield College

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 and online.

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Bakersfield College At A Glance

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History of BC

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 Valley region.

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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.

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