The Early College Program is an innovative strategy that gives Kern County high school students an opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate while in high school.
Over the past few years, BC has offered Dual Enrollment courses to high school students with research showing high school students in BC Dual Enrollment courses performing at a 90% or better success rate. The Early College Program expands on the Dual Enrollment concept by having freshmen complete a package of college courses throughout their four years so they can earn a college certificate or associate degree by the time they graduate with their high school diploma.
Retired State Senator and Bakersfield City School District Superintendent Dr. Jean Fuller has partnered with BC to lead this initiative. A longtime advocate of education, Fuller, who grew up in rural Kern County and has been at the forefront of state issues, knows firsthand how the Early College program can serve as a game changer for Kern County.
Early College will ensure:
Find your high school below for courses and pathways available at your school site. If your school is not listed below, or your school site does not offer the courses or pathway you desire, visit the Pre-level section. This section will provide you with your opportunities, the steps you need to take, and contacts for you at both your high school and BC.
As Bakersfield College connects the Dual and Concurrent Enrollment courses occurring on high school campuses to college pathways, levels of implementation have been created to help students and school sites understand their current level of access to Early College opportunities. Courses and pathways will be updated as high school and college teams work together to plan future opportunities.
The high school students currently do not have access to dual or concurrent enrollment courses on the high school campus, but opportunities are available at nearby high school and college campus locations. Search nearby schools in levels 1-3 to see what they're offering.
The high school students can complete college courses on-site through a combination of dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment offered on the high school campus.
The high school students can complete a college degree or certificate on-site through a combination of dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment courses offered on the high school campus.
All incoming ninth grade students are on a pathway to earn between 9 and 60 units towards completing a college degree and/or certificate through a combination of dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment courses offered on the high school campus.
All incoming 9th grade students will be on a pathway to complete between 12 and 60 college units counting towards Career and Technical Education Certificates, General Education Certificates, and/or Associate Degrees by the time they graduate from high school.
See all of McFarland's Early College Pathways.
For more information, visit McFarland High School
For the latest Early College news and updates, visit Jean Fuller's Press Releases.