In response to the growing realization that there exists a strong correlation between limited education and high unemployment and poverty and that current strategies are inadequate to equip adult workers, in 2008, the Senate and House of Representatives passed Assembly Bill 86. The bill mandated greater collaboration between community colleges and adult schools and provided funds in the form of The Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) to expand and improve the provision of adult education via community college consortium. The goal of the Kern Community College Consortia is to eliminate barriers for underserved students by bringing resources directly to them rather than expecting them to seek out and travel to resources. Currently, the Bakersfield College Adult Education programs in collaboration with local adult schools serve students in North and South Kern County in various locations such Delano Adult School, Wasco and McFarland, and most recently, the Bakersfield Adult School (BAS).
Leveraging AEBG funds, BC coordinated a partnership with BAS to bring education and training programs to our underserved adult population in South Kern. The services were expanded with the launching of the Job Spot, a one-stop job/education shop that is staffed by individuals from BC, BAS, and America’s Job Center of California. The new Job Spot is a resource hub and an innovative, creative space for student success. The new site will allow BC to collaborate more closely with BAS to align Basic Skills and EMLS/ESL courses in an effort to ease the transition from an adult school to a higher education program.
As part of a statewide effort to assist underserved populations to obtain employment and earn a livable wage, Bakersfield College has partnered with rural adult schools to provide additional services to adult learners. The goal is to identify students’ career aspirations and provide targeted services aimed at eliminating barriers into entrance into their respective fields.
As members of the Kern AEBG Consortium and in collaboration with other local educational institutions, Bakersfield College is currently able to offer the following services free of charge.
|Kim Collins||AEBG Academic Liaisonemail@example.com||
|Endee Grijalva||Program Manager, Advocate Team for South Kernfirstname.lastname@example.org||
|Jaime Lopez||Program Manager, Advocate Team for North Kernemail@example.com||