Bridge to BC: First-Year Student Success Course

Peer volunteers in We Are BC shirts.

Bridge to BC is an interactive, 1 day, in-person course that helps new students get a jump start on academic success.

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About Bridge to BC

Bridge to BC is a high-touch, high-tech, 1 day, in-person course required for all incoming freshman students. The Summer session of Bridge to BC is offered between June and August, with Monday through Saturday options. The class meets from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm on that day.

In Bridge to BC, interactive discussions and activities with faculty, peer mentors, educational advisors, and financial aid technicians will help first-year students get all of the support and guidance they need to be successful. Students will take a tour of the BC's campuses and web resources while engaging in hands-on activities that will teach learning strategies to overcome academic and personal barriers.

Students learn first-hand about all of the academic and student support resources that Bakersfield College offers. On a more practical level, the course will focus on effective communication, time management, library research, and other critical success skills. This isn't the "same old information" students learned in high school or with general online orientations. The topics covered during Bridge to BC are designed and proven to ensure students are successful during their first year in college and beyond.

Smiling student.
"For incoming students, I'd tell them to stay focused and organized, there's always a way to go forward."
Katheline Fierro
Psychology Major

If you are an incoming BC student, visit InsideBC to sign up for a Bridge to Bakersfield College course by selecting "Add or Drop Classes" from the MyBanWeb menu. Search for available Bridge to BC courses by searching the class schedule for available sections of Academic Development B55 (ACDV B55). Watch this short video on how to register on YouTube.

Find Your Bridge Session

Course Topics

The course runs Monday through Sunday for one week. Learn more about the following:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • One-on-One Academic Advising
  • Excelling in College and Beyond
  • Critical Academic Skills for Success
  • Waitlist Process
  • Online Success Strategies
  • Parking Hints and Tips
  • Email Etiquette
  • Virtual Campus and Website Tour
  • Networking with Fellow Students in Similar Career Pathways
  • Campus Employment
  • BC Swag

Contact Us

For more information, email You can also visit Bridge to BC on Facebook.

Office of Student Success & Equity (SS&E)
Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive
CSS Counseling Area
Bakersfield, CA 93305