Bakersfield College

Summer Bridge participants

Bridge to BC: First-Year Student Success Course

About Bridge to BC

Bridge to BC is an exciting, intensive one-day First-Year Experience course recommended for incoming freshmen and returning students. During this interactive day, students will engage with faculty one-on-one and in group settings, tour the BC campus with experienced and knowledgeable student mentors, and participate in hands-on activities that help them be successful in college and overcome barriers. In this way, students learn first-hand about the academic and student services resources that Bakersfield College offers.

Students will hear from faculty and support services staff about how to best access and utilize campus resources during engaging sessions and demystify questions for ALL new students. On a more practical level, the day will focus on introducing skills necessary for college success, including effective communication, time management, library research, and other critical skills. This isn't the “same old information” students learned in high school—the topics covered at Bridge to BC are designed, and proven, to ensure students are successful during their FIRST year in college.

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. Searching for available Bridge to BC courses by searching the class schedule for available sections of Academic Development B55 (ACDV B55).

Orientation Activities

The orientation activities will take place from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each scheduled day and include the following:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Career Center
  • Academic Support Services
  • Decoding Schedules
  • Waitlist Process
  • Parking
  • Email Etiquette
  • Campus Tour
  • Networking
  • Mentoring
  • BC Swag
  • Bridge to BC Textbook
  • Lunch included for all attendees!

Contact Us

For more information, contact Christina Maldonado at (661) 395-4620 or

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