Applied Leadership

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Are you interested in enhancing your leadership skills, but limited on time and funds? Then the Bakersfield College Applied Leadership program is for you!

What is Applied Leadership?

Applied Leadership explores leadership theories and strategies through a creative and engaging curriculum. The program is designed for people with various leadership backgrounds and experiences starting with no leadership exposure to those in leadership positions. The courses are cost-effective and can be completed in as fast as 3-terms (summer, fall, and spring). Candidates who complete the courses will be eligible to apply for a certificate of completion in Applied Leadership.

The Value of a Leadership Skills Certificate

According to Harvard University, a leadership skills certificate can help you grow and advance professionally during various stages of your career. Many colleges and universities offer Leadership Skills Certificate programs for a cost. Depending on the institution, you could be paying thousands of dollars. The Bakersfield College Applied Leadership Program offers noncredit courses, designed to be free of cost to you. Take advantage of this new program and start working towards your professional growth and promotion!

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Learning to Lead

Program Background

The concept for this program was developed in collaboration with former Senator, Dr. Jean Fuller, and the Bakersfield College Education Department. Dr. Fuller is passionate about the educational opportunities available to residents of Kern County. Dr. Fuller has extensive leadership experience varying from educational, political, and organizational settings.

Applied Leadership Certificate

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Individuals enrolled in the these courses will learn how to apply leadership theories and strategies in their employment, education, and community.

Applied Leadership Curriculum

The curriculum is comprehensive, and each course will be taught in 8-week sessions, which allows students to complete the program quickly.

Applied Leadership suggested sequence:

  • Summer: EDUC B20NC
  • Fall: EDUC B21NC, EDUC B22NC
  • Spring: EDUC B23NC, EDUC B26NC

Applied Leadership Careers

This Certificate of Completion can be applied to many careers and involvement in your community.

These are just a few examples of careers that a Certificate of Completion in Applied Leadership can help improve.


For more information on the program or help enrolling in the courses, contact Dr. Maria Wright at

Academic Department: Education

Career & Learning Pathway: Education Pathway

Courses: Education (EDUC) Course Descriptions

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