Bakersfield College

Services

Challenging situations arise for all college students at one time or another during their college experience. The following resources and support information is designed to help students explore possible support resources on and off the campus to maximize their educational success at Bakersfield College.

Academic/On-Campus Services

The Counseling Center is located in the Student Services building lower level, located in the center of campus. Office hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Fridays.

Counseling Appointments

    Continuing or returning students may make a half-hour individual appointment with a counselor during the semester (availability permitting), or drop-in to see a counselor. Advisers are also available during the week days.

    Counseling appointments are not available during peak registration periods or during the summer.

    If you have 2 No Show appointments, you will not be able to schedule another appointment in the same semester, but instead will only be allowed to see a counselor on a drop-in basis.

    Counseling Workshops

    New Student Group Counseling Workshops
    Schedule an appointment for the workshop at 395-4421.
    No friends or family are admitted into the New Student Group Counseling Workshops due to limited computer seating.

    Disabled Student Programs & Services

    Disabled students should visit the Bakersfield College.edu Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) to view available services.

    Educational Advisers

    • Advisers are available in the Career Center located in the Counseling Department, Financial Aid Office, and Delano Center to assist students.
    • Advisers are available to assist students who have declared goals with course selections, course selection for majors, transfers, certificates and degree programs.
    • Advisers may also approve overloads, retest authorization forms, graduation checks and assist students in locating career information resources.
    • Advisers are available to see students on a drop-in, first come, first serve basis.

    Delano Community Campus

    Counseling services also are available at the Delano Community Campus, 1450 Timmons, Delano CA. Call 661.720.2000 to find out counselor availability.

    Student Development Courses

    Course Title Course Details
    STDV B1 Educational Planning The course introduces college survival skills and issues, including college expectations, a student’s responsibility for education, college resources, and academic policies. This course is designed to assist students in discussing strategies for choosing a major and/or career and to help them in making educational plans based on their individual career goal. AA/AS Associate’s Degree Applicable.
    Hours: 18 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges
    STDV B1 (Delano) Educational Planning The course introduces college survival skills and issues, including college expectations, a student’s responsibility for education, college resources, and academic policies. This course is designed to assist students in discussing strategies for choosing a major and/or career and to help them in making educational plans based on their individual career goal. AA/AS Associate’s Degree Applicable.
    Hours: 18 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges
    STDV B2 Career Decision Making/Planning This survey course is designed to increase academic motivation and career success throughout the lifespan. In particular, students will learn to examine how an individual’s psychological, social, and environmental factors impact academic, career and personal life choices. Through this exploration, students will apply these topics as they relate to their personal and professional self-development and to the discovery of many new options for improving all aspects of their lives. The historical view of careers, current career trends, and employment outlook will be studied. Various methods of researching academic and career opportunities will be explored to assist students. Satisfies the 0.5 educational planning graduation requirement for Bakersfield College.
    Hours: 36 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges
    STDV B2 (Delano) Career Decision Making/Planning This survey course is designed to increase academic motivation and career success throughout the lifespan. In particular, students will learn to examine how an individual’s psychological, social, and environmental factors impact academic, career and personal life choices. Through this exploration, students will apply these topics as they relate to their personal and professional self-development and to the discovery of many new options for improving all aspects of their lives. The historical view of careers, current career trends, and employment outlook will be studied. Various methods of researching academic and career opportunities will be explored to assist students. Satisfies the 0.5 educational planning graduation requirement for Bakersfield College.
    Hours: 36 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges
    STDV B3 Career, Life, and Educational Planning This course guides students through a decision-making process that will help them envision and plan for a future that is productive, achievable, and stimulating. The culmination of this process is the development of a career and educational plan that will create a pathway for students to reach their career and academic goals. Critical thinking skills will be utilized through a systematic approach to career development by examining values, interests, skills, life roles, personality types, personal self-management, decision-making and goal-setting throughout the life span. Satisfies the 0.5 unit educational planning requirement for graduation from Bakersfield College.
    Hours: 54 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges; CSU GE E
    STDV B6 Tools for College Survival Integrates personal growth, learning techniques, academic and career success, problem solving, critical, and creative thinking. The course focuses on the following topics: self-evaluation and assessment, goal setting, career decision making, educational planning, time and financial management techniques, instructor-student relationships, cultural diversity, stress management, campus resources, learning styles and strategies including lecture note-taking, test taking, memory and concentration. Satisfies 0.5 unit educational planning requirement for graduation from Bakersfield College.
    Hours: 54 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges; CSU GE E; BC GE E
    STDV B6 (Delano) Tools for College Survival Integrates personal growth, learning techniques, academic and career success, problem solving, critical, and creative thinking. The course focuses on the following topics: self-evaluation and assessment, goal setting, career decision making, educational planning, time and financial management techniques, instructor-student relationships, cultural diversity, stress management, campus resources, learning styles and strategies including lecture note-taking, test taking, memory and concentration. Satisfies 0.5 unit educational planning requirement for graduation from Bakersfield College.
    Hours: 54 lecture
    Transferable: CSU and private colleges; CSU GE E; BC GE E

    Community Resources

    Living Assistance

    PG&E CARE Program
    1-800-278-5472
    Provides a 15% discount off of utility bill to low-income households
    Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
    1-800-433-4327
    Provides once a year assistance for low–income households
    Housing Authority Of Kern County
    (661) 631-8500
    601 24th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    www.kernha.org
    Provides low income public housing
    Bakersfield Homeless Center
    (661) 322-9199
    1600 E. Truxtun Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93305
    www.bakhc.com
    Provides overnight shelter, Two hot meals a day, Clothing Distribution, Personal Hygiene items, Restrooms and Showers, Mail Service, Transportation to job Interviews, Case management, Job Training and placement, GED, Literacy and Parenting classes

    Health/Medical Assistance

    BC Health Center
    (661) 395-4336
    Panorama Campus, Campus Center 3
    http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/student/health
    General health services, Over-counter medication, Pregnancy tests, STD/HIV referral, Weight control, Campus accidents
    Planned Parenthood
    (661) 634-1000
    2535 16th St. Suite 100
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    www.plannedparenthood.org
    Reproductive Services, STD screening and Treatment, Pre-natal education, Various Cancer screening
    Medical/Dental Services
    www.clinicasierravista.org/
    East Bakersfield Community Health Center
    (661) 322-7881
    815 Lakeview Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Counseling services, WIC, Case Management
    (Bilingual)

    Legal Assistance

    Domestic Violence Self Help Center
    (661) 334-4663
    615 California Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93304
    Provides various free legal assistance, Prepare and file petition for protective order, Assist with court process
    Kern County Department of Child Support Services
    (661) 868-6500
    1300 18th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    http://www.co.kern.ca.us/childsupport
    Helps public Assistance and non-public assistance residents of Kern County establish the paternity of their child and pursue court ordered child support

    Counseling Services

    Kern County Mental Health
    (661) 868-8010
    P.O. Box 1000
    Bakersfield, CA 93302
    Provides individual, family and group therapy, case management and medication management, fees are covered by Medic-Cal or are charged on a sliding scale
    Crisis Hotline: (661) 868-8000
    Alliance Against Family Violence
    (661) 322-0934
    1921 19th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    www.kernalliance.org
    Counseling, Education, Family counseling, Child Abuse prevention, Domestic Violence prevention, Emergency Services for recent abuse
    Hotline: (661) 327-1091
    Child Guidance Center
    (805) 322-1021
    3628 Stockdale Hwy.
    Bakersfield, CA 93305
    www.hwmcgc.org
    Provides Early Intervention Programs, Individual/family and group therapy, Parenting classes, case management
    Ebony Counseling Center
    (661) 324-4756
    1301 California Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93304
    Provides affordable (Fees based on sliding scale) outreach programs Substance Abuse counseling, Family and child counseling, Job development, Parenting classes, HIV education, Pre-natal services, Individual and group services
    Angel Steps Counseling Center
    (661) 395-0588
    1705 30th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    Group, Individual therapy, Therapy for Crime Victims, Child counseling
    East Bakersfield Community Health Center
    (661) 322-7881
    815 Lakeview Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Counseling services, WIC, Case Management
    ** Bilingual **
    Haven Counseling
    (661) 327-4711
    730 Chester Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93304
    www.havencounselingcenter.org
    Parenting classes, Case Management, Family counseling
    Memorial Center
    (661) 398-1800
    5201 White Lane
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    Counseling, Assessment, Psychological Services, Community Services
    Crisis Stabilization Unit
    661.868.8000
    2151 College Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93302
    Crisis Mental Health Assessment & 24 hour care

    Self Help Groups

    Help Lines

    Kern County Collaborative
    (661) 392-8758
    Provides support and technical assistance to community groups, schools, individuals, and agencies who want to enhance the quality of life for children and families in our county.
    Helpline
    1 (800) 273-2275
    Information and referral to provide answers to questions about available (up to date) services in Kern County Program links client to resources available in the community.
    Warmline
    (661) 323-3531
    Warmline is an organization of volunteer mothers who conduct a telephone outreach service for families of young children.
    Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
    1 (800) 931-2237
    National Association for Anorexia Nervosa
    1 (847) 831-3438
    California Rural Legal assistance Foundation Immigrant Info/hotline
    1 (800) 447-7901

    Crisis Hotlines


    Crisis Counseling

    1-800-SUICIDE

    A 24 hotline for a major crisis


    Students that are in crisis may stop by the Counseling Center, located in the Student Services Building and ask to see the Crisis Counselor. This service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday or Friday 8:30-11:00 a.m. Students in crisis outside of the college hours can refer to the Crisis Hotline and/or community resources below.

    Kern Community College District