Entrepreneurship and Small Business

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Bakersfield College offers noncredit certificates designed to help you learn the skills and knowledge required to start and manage your own business successfully. 

This program is perfect for anyone who has a passion for entrepreneurship but may not have the time or resources to commit to a traditional credit-based program. The noncredit certificates provide a flexible and affordable option for individuals to gain practical knowledge and skills without the pressure of earning academic credit.

These certificates are ideal for entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to enhance their understanding of entrepreneurship, sharpen their skills, and connect with other like-minded individuals in the business community. The noncredit certificates offer a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

What is Noncredit?

The classes required for the noncredit certificates of completion are tuition-free. They do not affect your GPA or Financial Aid. They are offered at convenient locations, online, and online hybrid. You must enroll in all required courses and pass with a ‘P’ to earn the certificate of completion. We have many to choose from to build skills for running your small business.


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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Academy Series

Business Skills Enhancement Series

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Paying For Education

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Don’t let finances get in the way of your goals. Get help paying for college costs like tuition, books, or sometimes even the rent with a variety of financial aid options to help you reach your educational and career goals.

Academic Department: Business Education

Career & Learning Pathway: Business Pathway

Courses: Office Technology (OFFT)


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