The Bakersfield College Academic Development Department provides quality developmental education in a supportive environment in order for students to achieve academic, personal, and occupational success.
Academic Development promotes its mission by:
Dr. Kimberly Bligh envisioned a support service for students in Basic Skills math courses at Bakersfield College. Through Title V grant funding and department support, Extend the Classroom (ETC) was formed. Students are referred to ETC through weekly assessments. Then, Peer Mentors empower students to learn the weekly material as well as provide holistic support. An educational advisor helps track and follow-up on students entering and exiting the ETC program.
Summer Bridge to BC is an intensive day-long orientation program required of all incoming Freshmen. During this interactive day, students will engage with faculty one-on-one and in group settings, tour the BC campus with experienced and knowledgeable student mentors, and participate in hands-on activities that orient them to the Freshmen experience. In this way, students learn about the academic and student services resources that Bakersfield College offers and experiences them first hand.
Students will hear from faculty and support services staff how to best access and utilize campus resources during engaging sessions and demystify questions that ALL new students have BEFORE their first semester begins. On a more practical level, the day will focus on introducing skills necessary for college success, including effective communication, time-management, library research and other critical skills! This isn’t the “same old information” students learned in high school….the topics covered at Summer Bridge to BC are designed, and proven, to ensure students are successful during their FIRST semester in college.
If you are an incoming BC student for the Fall 2017 semester, visit your InsideBC to sign up for a 2017 Summer Bridge to BC course by searching for available sections of Academic Development B55 (ACDV B55).
For more information and to find all of the Summer Bridge dates, visit the Summer Bridge to BC page.
Free tutoring is available to all currently enrolled Bakersfield College students in Tutoring Centers located on the Panorama and Delano campuses.
More information is available on the Tutoring Center in the Just For Students section of the website.