A commitment to improve the maintenance of and secure funding for college facilities, technology, and infrastructure for the next thirty years.
For more than 100 years, Bakersfield College has proudly served the community with educational programs relevant in today’s economy and important to the vitality of local industry. As times have changed, Bakersfield College has modernized our courses, programs, and equipment within the constraints of our 60-year-old campus in northwest Bakersfield and 10-year-old campus in Delano. Thanks to the support of the community and local industry, Bakersfield College has had the opportunity to bring buildings such as the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library and Simonsen Performing Arts Center into the 21st century, and address modern issues such as sustainability and green initiatives. Continuing upgrade efforts is essential to providing education to the students of today and tomorrow.
In the past ten years, Bakersfield College has constructed the Science and Technology Center at the Delano Campus, performed extensive bathroom upgrades on the Panorama Campus, modernized the Simonsen Performing Arts Center, and renovated Memorial Stadium to accommodate soccer as well as football competition. The college has added a large solar field to offset our energy costs, constructed a water tank to provide cooled water to run our air conditioners, replaced sprinklers with low-flow models, and completely replaced our aging water and gas lines. Upgraded security lighting helps students and staff alike feel safe in the evening hours, a campus-wide fire alarm upgrade provides modernized emergency alerts, and elevators on the Student Services and Math/Science buildings have been modernized.
With all this work, however, there is more to be done that will bring the rest of Bakersfield College into the 21st Century. Plans for the near future include the replacement of the air conditioning system in the Gil Bishop Sports Center, an outdoor mass notification system for emergencies, the addition of security cameras, the remodeling of the Language Arts basement to improve classroom space, the addition of the Community Learning Center, the creation of the STEM neighborhood, and the construction of a Maintenance and Operations Building.
I encourage our students, staff, and our community to look at the information on this page to see what plans are ahead for Bakersfield College.
The following documents are PDF files.
An informational session on a potential bond for 2016 was held on Monday, July 20.