Assembly Bill 86 was brought to legislation after seeing a correlation between poverty, unemployment and education. The Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) provided funds to Kern High School District (KHSD)’s Bakersfield Adult School (BAS) and Bakersfield College (BC) for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant was to expand and improve the provision of adult education via the Kern Community College consortia. The goal is to eliminate barriers for underserved students by taking the resources directly to them. Currently, Adult Education serves students in North and South Kern County in various locations such Delano Adult School, Wasco, Delano, and McFarland High Schools and most recently the Bakersfield Adult School.
Future of Adult Education
Leveraging the AEBG funds, BAS coordinated a partnership that will bring education and training programs to our underserved adult population in South Kern. The BAS expanded services through the newly launched Job Spot, a one-stop that is staffed by both KHSD and BC Advocate Team that include an Academic Liaison and Educational Advisor. The new BAS Job Spot featuring the BC One-Stop, serves as a Resource Hub by providing an innovative and creative space for Student Success. BC will collaborate with Bakersfield Adult School to co-locate and align basic skills and EMLS/ESL courses. Link?
Services Provided through Collaboration:
Bakersfield College is dedicated to providing support to BAS students directly on site at both the Job Spot and the Mt. Vernon locations.
The BC Advocate Team will include AEBG Program Manager, an Academic Liaison and Educational Advisor all dedicated to serving Adult Education students.
One on one career pathway development, academic support, resource coordination, and student advocacy are primary functions of the BC team directly on site.
The goal is to bridge multi-layer gaps encountered by many Adult Education students. Primarily those found within the transition from Adult School student to college student; allowing for streamlined transitions and increased student success rates.
Implementation of EMSL courses both for credit and non-credit directly at the Job Spot.
Provide an EMLS certificate as a first step for BAS students as they transition over to BC.
Identify Cohorts of students as potential for transfer to BC and provide transitional support over to BC main campus.
Create platforms for connectivity for BAS students to BC, such campus tours, workshops and career/ personal development opportunities.
Eliminating barriers by providing resources such as books, bus passes and school supplies.
Adult and Community Support Services
Phone: (661) 720 - 2054
As part of a national effort to assist vulnerable populations 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, Bakersfield College Delano is currently able to offer the following services free of charge. Delano/Wasco/McFarland/FIELD Adult Schools.
Multi-level English Classes - One of the greatest barriers to achieving career or educational goals is insufficient English language fluency; therefore, the support team offers beginner and intermediate conversational English classes weekly.
GED/HSE Tutoring - Students enrolled in GED or HSE programs often need additional assistance outside the classroom to gain the skills and confidence needed to pass required exams; therefore, the support team offers one-on-one or group tutoring in all subjects..
Career Planning/Assistance - This category is broad and includes all general career services: resume and cover letter writing, applications, internships,foreign degree consultations, college transfers, and career exploration..
Transitional Support - Adult school attendees who choose to further their education at Bakersfield College will continue to receive support from AEBG support staff for their first semester at BC. We believe that this promise encourages adult learners to attempt college coursework and provides a familiar and trusted person to turn to when they do make this monumental step and various issues arise.
We are excited to work with these humble and deserving communities. If you wish additional information about any of our services for yourself or a member of the community you think would benefit from our services, contact Kim Collins at email@example.com.