Bakersfield College


Intersegmental Pathways Symposium

Bakersfield College Presents

Intersegmental Pathways Symposium:
Meeting California's 2030 Baccalaureate Completion Goals

Join us for an educational symposium in California's Central Valley to focus on statewide intersegmental pathways that enhance baccalaureate completion. Bring your cross-functional Guided Pathways teams to this event where practice and policy will meet to advance the agenda of student completion!

Friday, November 15, 2019
Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center

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Bakersfield College serves over 37,000 students annually and we continue to grow, having seen a nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment in the past five years. Many of our students hail from our surrounding rural communities – some reaching as far as an hour away from our campus.

According to data reported by the California Department of Education, Kern County’s baccalaureate attainment rates are roughly half the statewide rate. In rural service areas, fewer than three in every 100 residents holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Over 28 percent of those in BC’s service area lack a high school diploma.

Low baccalaureate attainment rates in the Central Valley have a massive impact on the health of our communities. The per capita income in the area is among the lowest in California, at just $21,094 – well below the state average of $31,458. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate in Kern County well exceeds the national rate at 7.7% while nearly a quarter of residents live below the poverty line. In many of our service-area rural communities, residents experience poverty rates topping 35% and debilitating unemployment over double the national average.

Yet, beyond the borders of Kern County, there is a widely recognized shortage of educated workers in California. The Public Policy Institute of California has estimated that the state will have a shortfall of 1 million workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2025.

I invite you to engage in this important dialogue. Together, we will blur the lines between our educational segments in the interest of student equity and completion. Together, we will catalyze policy solutions to the issues that affect our most vulnerable students to that our innovations can be scaled and sustained at all of our institutions across the state. Together, we will rise to meet the demand for more baccalaureate graduates by 2030.

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Schedule of events for the Intersegmental Pathways Symposium

*Agenda subject to change

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Fellowship

8:15 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.


Tom Burke, Chancellor
Kern Community College District

Dr. Sonya Christian, President
Bakersfield College

About Sonya Christian

Lesley Bonds, Director of Student Success & Equity
Bakersfield College

About Lesley Bonds

Dr. Craig Hayward, Dean, Organizational Effectiveness
Bakersfield College

About Craig Hayward

8:45-9:35 a.m.

Panel #1: Pathways from High School to Community College


Linda Collins Executive Director of the Career Ladders Project

About Linda Collins

Dr. Kristin Clark, President
West Hills College Lemoore

About Kristin Clark

Dr. Lori Bennett, President
Clovis Community College

About Lori Bennet

Kevin Tallon, Principal
Wasco High School, Early College

About Kevin Tallon

Christian Chavez, KCCD Student Trustee
Porterville College

--> About Christian Chavez

9:35-10:20 a.m.

Panel #2: Pathways from the Community College to the University

Moderator: TBD

Dr. Joe Wyse, President
Shasta College

About Joe Wyse

Jackie Cruz, VP of Advancement & Development
Hartnell College

About Jackie Cruz

Noemi Donoso, Sr. Vice President
The Wonderful Company

About Noemi Donoso

Issac Garcia, Student
Bakersfield College


10:20-10:35 a.m.


10:35-10:45 a.m.

Strategies to Address Baccalaureate Attainment

Dr. Sonya Christian, President
Bakersfield College

About Sonya Christian

10:45-11:35 a.m.

Panel #3: Intersegmental Curricular Data Sharing


Dr. Craig Hayward, Dean, Organizational Effectiveness
Bakersfield College

About Craig Hayward

Justin Derrick, Principal
McFarland High School

About Justin Derrick

Kris Grappendorf, Kinesiology Faculty
CSU Bakersfield

About Kris Grappendorf

Dr. Joanna Schilling, President
Cypress College

About Joanna Schilling

Samantha Pulido, BCSGA President
Bakersfield College

About Samantha Pulido

11:35-12:20 p.m.

Panel #4: Effective Partnerships: Lessons from Presidents/Chancellors


Dr. Sonya Christian, President
Bakersfield College

About Sonya Christian

Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, Chancellor
Riverside Community College District

About Wolde-Ab Isaac

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
CSU Bakersfield

About Lynnette Zelezny

Dr. Gregg Camfield, Exec. Vice Chancellor and Provost
UC Merced

About Gregg Camfield

12:20-12:55 p.m.


12:55-1:10 p.m.

Strategies to Address Baccalaureate Attainment

Dr. Sonya Christian, President
Bakersfield College

About Sonya Christian

1:10-2:10 p.m.

Keynote Panel

Introduction by: Sonya Christian, President, Bakersfield College


Assemblymember Rudy Salas 32nd California Assembly District

About Rudy Salas

Eloy Oakley, Chancellor
California Community Colleges

About Eloy Oakley

Tony Thurmond, Supt. of Public Instruction
CA Dept. of Ed.

About Tony Thurmond

Lande Ajose, Sr. Policy Advisor
Gov. Newsom's Administration

About Lande Ajose

2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Dr. Sonya Christian, President
Bakersfield College

About Sonya Christian

Resources and Links


The Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center is the official hotel for the symposium. The event will take place in the Marriott Ballroom and a block of discounted rooms has been made available for symposium attendees at $109/night. To reserve a room, you may book online or by phone at (844) 745-6336 or (661) 323-1900.

Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
801 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(844) 745-6336
(661) 323-1900

Twitter Engagement

Follow Bakersfield College on Twitter for the latest information on the Symposium.

Speaker Handles

  • Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College @BAKcollege / @SonyaChristian
  • Kristin Clark, president of West Hills College Lemoore @WHCLemoore / @DrKristinClark
  • Lori Bennett, president of Clovis Community College @ClovisCCC
  • Kevin Tallon, principal of Wasco High School @wascohighschool
  • Craig Hayward, dean of institutional effectiveness, Bakersfield College @doc9x
  • Justin Derrick, principal of McFarland High School Early College @McFarlandHigh
  • Kris Grappendorf, chair of Kinesiology Department, CSU Bakersfield @CSUBakersfield
  • Joanna Schilling, president of Cypress College @CypressCollege
  • Samantha Pulido, president of Bakersfield Student Government Association (BCSGA) @SamanthaPulido5
  • Wolde-Ab Isaac, Chancellor of Riverside Community College District @mvcollege / @NorcoCollege / @RCCSocialmedia
  • Lynette Zelezny, President, CSU Bakersfield @CSUBakersfield
  • Gregg Camfield, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Merced @ucmerced
  • Lande Ajose, senior policy advisor, higher education, for Gov. Gavin Newsom @CAGovernor / @GavinNewsom /@Lande_Ajose
  • Eloy Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges @CCGRAdvocates / @CalCommColleges / @EloyOakley
  • Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction @TonyThurmond
  • Joe Wyse, president Shasta College @ShastaCollege
  • Jackie Cruz, vice president, advancement, Hartnell College @HartnellCollege
  • Noemi Donoso, senior vice president at The Wonderful Company @wonderful
  • Lupita Alcala, chief deputy superintendent at California Department of Education @LupitaCAlcala
  • Lesley Bonds, director of student success & equity at Bakersfield College @lesley_bonds

Symposium Sponsors and Partners

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