Bakersfield College & Openclassrooms Combine Forces to Launch A New Innovative Tech Apprenticeship Program

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Bakersfield College and OpenClassrooms announce a new partnership to fund apprenticeship programs. OpenClassrooms is a leader in online education and Bakersfield College is one of the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges in California.

OpenClassrooms received a grant from the California Community Colleges in partnership with Bakersfield College, to train a minimum of 25 local apprentices within two years on OpenClassrooms’ four Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Application Developer, Data Analyst, Helpdesk Technician and Digital Marketer.

OpenClassrooms is a private, B-Corp certified distance-learning organization that recently had these four apprenticeship programs approved by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. OpenClassrooms operates a fully online competency-based education model that brings together online courses, real-life projects, high-touch one-on-one weekly mentorship, and peer community to teach skills and competencies needed for in-demand jobs.

With today’s huge demand for technology skills, apprenticeships have been growing fast, with the hot labor market driving a 41% increase last year in registered apprenticeship programs in tech fields.

“OpenClassrooms acts as an intermediary for Enterprise companies needing to find talent for hard-to-fill in-demand professional positions. We are thrilled to partner with Bakersfield College to empower students with skills in tech programs to boost their career development. Together, Bakersfield College and OpenClassrooms will provide students with a unique career development opportunity. It’s a natural fit for both institutions to come together as we share the same vision of advancing human potential that will lead to job creation” says Pierre Dubuc, co-founder and CEO of OpenClassrooms.

“This collaboration with OpenClassrooms will empower our students by providing flexible, relevant, and high-quality education which we know has the power to transform their lives and bring them to gainful employment in meaningful careers,” said Anthony Cordova, BC’s Dean of Instruction. “Bakersfield College’s students are agile and diverse so offering this flexible learning solution just makes sense.”

About OpenClassrooms

Established in 2013, OpenClassrooms has quickly grown to become one of Europe’s largest education-to-employment platforms with 355,000 students across 140 countries, thousands of full-time diploma students and hundreds of corporate customers, such as Capgemini, PwC, AXA, Amazon Career Choice, Deliveroo, Randstad, Dentsu, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and more. It is a higher education institution and Registered Apprenticeship Program, issuing its own Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s level Diplomas and registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France.

OpenClassrooms is a private, B-Corp certified distance-learning organization registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France. It operates a fully-online competency-based education model focused on vocational training in knowledge-economy fields - 600+ courses and 55 curricula in high-demand professions including coding, IT, product management, data management, marketing, communications, and UX design. The model blends top quality online coursework with one-on-one mentorship, project-based learning, career coaching, and a job guarantee.