On Tuesday, April 16, KCCD Board Trustee Romeo Agbalog sat down with KNZR 1560AM radio show host Terry Maxwell to discuss Bakersfield College's collaborative efforts with rural high schools throughout Kern County to move the needle on degree attainment and workforce preparation in our community. Romeo and Terry discussed the bold and meaningful actions of Bakersfield College's Early College Initiative—a program launched to drastically impact the low higher-education attainment rate of 16% in Kern County, and 9% in rural areas.
Play the video below to hear about the Early College work that has been done in partnership with The Wonderful Company, and how the program has been taken to a new level in the community of McFarland—where all incoming 9th grade students will begin their college pathway and all students will graduate high school with between 12 and 60 college credits.
Terry Maxwell's words at the end of the show say it all:
"The oak tree starts from a little old acorn. You may be growing the oak tree that helps to save the educational system of this nation. And it takes something like McFarland, not just a movie, but an educational system that shows some success and helps everybody out."
Terry Maxwell, KNZR 1560AM Radio Show Host
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