Project HireUp

In Spring 2020, Bakersfield College launched Project HireUp, a collaboration between BC, the Mission at Kern County, the faith-based local non-profit City Serve, and industry partners including Adventist Health, Bolthouse Farms and Housing Authority. Today, thanks to expanded partnerships with CAPK- M St., Opendoor Network, Bakersfield Recovery Services, and Keepers Transformation House, we have seen 6 cohorts graduated with over 80 lives transformed!

Project HireUp Overview: The goal of Project HireUp is to decrease homelessness in Kern County through a creative and innovative partnership that supports students who are currently experiencing housing insecurity in continuing their education and securing employment.

The program was intentionally created with 3 major components woven into the design: Personal, Education and Career Development. The goal is to create pathways to self-sufficiency. By utilizing this design as its framework, some of our community's most vulnerable have the opportunity to go from homeless to a job within 6 months. When we lift up those facing homelessness and empower them to own their journey, we see incredible outcomes. Individual lives are changed, families reunited and communities made stronger.

Program Curriculum

8 weeks intensive programming includes:

  • Personal Development - CityServe Team
    • Wrap around courses leading to certificate
    • Connection to Personal Development Coach
    • Financial Literacy Courses - BOA
  • Education Development - BC Adult Ed Team
    • Workshops - Navigating Your educational Journey
    • Connection to Educational Advisor/Counseling Team
    • Basic Office Skills Courses leading to a certificate
  • Career Development
    • Job development Workshops
    • Resume Building, Interview etiquette, Mock Interviews, etc.
    • BConnections to employment opportunity upon completion

Currently offering 3 cohorts per year (Fall, Spring & Summer) seat cap of 25 students per cohort. Located at CityServe Educational Collaborative Center located at 1431 L St. 93301.