Bakersfield College and The Open Door Network Partner to Serve Vulnerable Populations

Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh speaking to attendees

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Bakersfield College Adult Education and celebrated its inaugural graduation ceremony for students of The Open Door Network on December 4th.

The Open Door Network and Bakersfield College guided a cohort of 13 students through the Basic Office Skills Certificate of Completion offered by Bakersfield College. One of the central goals of the BC/The Open Door Network partnership is to provide professional development and work-based skills for individuals who have experienced substance abuse, housing insecurity, and other traumatic life events by providing no-cost, non-credit coursework.

Students in the cohort learned office procedures, best practices in customer service, and computer literacy. The program is designed to equip students with the skills and experience necessary to secure gainful employment and continue their education.

Brian Rodriguez, Director of Rural Initiatives and Adult Education, highlighted the importance of the collaboration with The Open Door Network in providing critical training and services to underemployed and vulnerable populations. “BC’s dedication to collaborating with community partners has enabled us to expand our capacity and reach in delivering educational services and life opportunities to populations in need.”

With the first cohort complete, The Open Door Network and BC partnership will expand its offerings in spring, building students’ skills in more advanced technology and office practices.

city administrator speaking to ceremony attendees
outdoor reception after ceremony
decorative cookies handed out during ceremony
Mayor Karen Goh speaking during ceremony