Bakersfield College

Learn for Life

Learn for Life

Applying the Habits of Mind will carry you forward in future endeavors.

You will be able to apply past knowledge to new situations. Developing skills in gathering information will help you to make informed decisions throughout your life.

Good problem solving skills make you more employable - and better able to tackle life's challenges.

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Broaden Your Horizons

About the Tool

Your time in college offers an opportunity to widen your horizons and explore new areas.

We've created a checklist of ways you can get involved at Bakersfield College and partake in activities to enrich your life while you are a student.

What You'll Do

Discover activities and experiences on campus that will help you get the most out of your time as a Bakersfield College student.

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Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

Albert Einstein

Career Services

Bakersfield College has multiple resources for students in career/jobs:

Learn About the World


Part of Learning for Life is utilizing tools such as online news forums to inform yourself about the world around you. Looking at current events from points of view that differ from your own can be a powerful way to expand your knowledge! The following links will take you to several online news organizations with many different perspectives on US and world news, politics, social issues, etc.


Learn How You Learn

VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information.

Take the VARK Questionnaire

Levan Center

Check out the Levan Center for programs and events throughout the year - including public lectures, book discussion groups, the Gadfly Cafe and more!

Visit the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities Website

Levan Institute

The Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning offers courses for those who want to gain knowledge throughout their lives.

Visit the Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning Website

Math for Life


One question many students tend to ask themselves in a math class is, “When will I ever need to know this?” From calculating loan rates to doubling the recipe for your favorite chocolate chip cookies, math is all around us! The following links will show you some interesting, useful, everyday applications of college level math.


The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

B.B. King



We've prepared some presentations to help you understand what it takes to succeed. Professors - feel free to use these presentations in your classes!

These presentations are available in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Organizing Class Materials:

Managing Your Time:

Understanding Your Syllabus:


First Day Presentation (Version 1):

First Day Presentation (Version 2):

First Day Presentation (Version 3, thanks to Charles Kim):

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

Transfer Services

Visit the Bakersfield College Transfer Center to get more information on how to further your education after you leave Bakersfield College.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.



Student Videos

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Education is not a preparation for life; it is life itself.

John Dewey

TED Talks

Ben Dunlap: A Passionate Life


CAS Workshops

C.A.S. Workshops are free to all BC students, and you can just drop in whenever a course fits your schedule. Workshops are offered on the BC Panorama Campus and the Delano Campus.

You can find workshop schedules on InsideBC.

Example workshops include*:

  • What Successful Students Understand
  • Getting Organized
  • Writing Effective Essays
  • Maximize Memory
  • Understanding Parts of Speech
  • Rescuing Research
  • Successful Note-taking Skills
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Preventing Plagiarism
  • MLA Made Easy
  • Fixing Fragments
  • Powerful Proof Reading Skills

*Note - not all workshops are offered every semester.


Bakersfield College offers lots of opportunities for tutoring and extra help.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is located upstairs from the Student Success lab. The Tutoring Center provides FREE tutoring to all students with drop-in tutoring for Math and English and pre-scheduled tutoring for most other subjects.

Call (661) 395-4430.

Writing Center

The BC Writing Center is located upstairs from counseling, next to the Student Success Lab. It offers free tutoring by degreed writing consultants (drop in, or make an appointment), small group study rooms and computer access.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 12 pm.

Call (661) 395-4735 or visit their website for more information.

Math Lab

The Math Lab offers FREE tutoring in Math 60, 60 and 70, as well as other courses. Self-paced courses for credit are also available. The Math Lab is located in SS140.

Call (661) 395-4530 or visit their website for more information.

Library Workshops

The library offers workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. They last 60 minutes, and are held in L217 on the second floor of the library.

You're advised to come early, especially for popular workshops (those on Fridays and Saturdays). Stop by the reference desk to check in!

Workshop schedules are available on InsideBC.

Topics include:

  • Research Strategies
  • Finding Books
  • Finding Periodical Articles Online
  • Beyond Basic Google Searching
  • Ethics in Research
  • Internet Evaluation
  • Evaluation Print Sources

Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.

Henry L. Doherty
Kern Community College District