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Academic Support


The Bakersfield College Education Department provides quality developmental education in a supportive environment in order for students to achieve academic, personal, and occupational success.

Education promotes its mission by:

  • Preparing students to become independent, lifelong learners.
  • Offering coursework that increases retention and success rates in academic, vocational education and basic skills courses.
  • Continuing to work with employers and support workforce retraining.
  • Respecting diverse talents and learning styles.
  • Communicating high expectations through active learning withing a collaborative setting.
  • Evaluating curricula to respond to student and community changes.
  • Sharing our knowledge and skills within the college community.

For more information, visit the Education Website.

English for Multilingual Students

The English for Multilingual Students program welcomes local bilingual/bicultural students seeking to improve their language skills, as well as English language learners from around the world. The program is designed to equip English learners with language skills required for academic work at the college or university level.

The mission of the English for Multilingual Students (EMLS) Department is to help our students develop critical thinking skills as well as become fluent speakers, listeners, readers, and writers of the English language in order to succeed in and contribute to the academic, professional, and social settings of their choosing.

For more information, visit the EMLS website.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S)

EOPS is a state-funded program that serves students from low-income, educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Services include academic, career, and personal counseling, peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarship information, transfer assistance, grant checks and other support services.

The CARE component offers additional grants and/or services to full-time students who are single parents, AFDC recipients, and have at least one child under the age of fourteen. Participants must qualify for financial aid.

For more information, visit the EOP&S website.

Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind is an initiative that strives to show students it's POSSIBLE at Bakersfield College.

Using the acronym POSSIBLE (Persist, Organize, Strive for Excellence, Stay Involved, Innovate, Be Focused, Learn for Life, Emphasize Integrity), students are shown various tools and resources to help them succeed at Bakersfield College.

There's even an app!

Visit the Habits of Mind website for more information.

Learning Center

The Jerry Ludeke Learning Center offers a variety of learning opportunities, well-trained instructors and tutors, reading, math, and writing classes, learning and study skills courses, open-entry math classes, a basic skills computer lab, writing assistance services, and FREE Critical Academic Skills (CAS) workshops.

For students who wish to improve their memory, note-taking or test-taking skills, the Learning Center has short-term classes and free workshops in these and other study skills subject areas.

Individuals who want to study mathematics may enroll in an open-entry/open exit math class in the Learning Center. The math lab offers courses in arithmetic, pre-algebra, elemetary algebra and intermediate algebra. In the lab, students work at their own pace; they study and test independently in a pleasant and relaxing environment.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities provide linked classroom experiences to help students establish a strong academic foundation. In a Learning Community, a group of students takes courses together, becoming a support network for each other and with the participating teachers. Students use discipline area texts in the reading class to develop reading skills using meaningful materials. (Also see BC Class Schedule)

Library Workshops

The Grace Van Dyke Bird Library hosts a series of research workshops each semester to help students learn how to conduct research properly and succeed in their courses.

Workshops are free, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Upcoming workshop schedules are available on InsideBC.

Visit the Library website for more information.

Math Hub

In MS 113, the Math Hub offers tutoring from full-time math tutors who can assist with Pre-Algebra through Calculus and Statistics and Probability. For more information, visit the Math Support page.

Math Lab in the Learning Center

Need a Math Class? Struggling in a math class that is going too fast or too slow? Ready for a fresh start?

Consider enrolling in a HYBRID course in the Math Lab!

We offer:

  • Math B50 Modern College Arithmetic/Pre-Algebra (4 units)
  • Math B60 Beginning Algebra (5 units)
  • Math B70 Intermediate Algebra (5 units)

Classes are taught using a combination of the Internet-based program ALEKS and one-on-one help from instructors in the Math Lab. You can work at your own pace and take up to two semesters to finish a course.

Visit the Math Lab in the Learning Center's website for more information.


MESA Community College Program (MCCP) is one of the country’s oldest programs that provides academic support to educationally disadvantaged students so they can excel in math and sciences studies and graduate with degrees in engineering, science and technology.

MCCP is a rigorous academic support program that strives to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged community college students who transfer to four-year institutions and earn a degree in math-based, science-based, engineering or computer science fields.

The MESA Center is located in the Science and Engineering building room 46.

For more information, visit the MESA website.


STEM students are those majoring in one of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and are in calculus-based STEM classes.

For more information, visit the STEM website.

Student Success Lab

The Student Success Lab provides students with assistance and NEW computer technology.

Why should you come to the Student Success Lab? For the Upgraded PLATO Software and the Friendly Atmosphere of course! Below are a few more good reasons for dropping by:

  • Increase your reading level
  • Improve your grammar skills
  • Enhance your math skills
  • Highly qualified staff to assist you in the learning process
  • Supportive learning environment
  • FREE no unit courses

For more information, visit the Student Success Lab website.

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

  • Group tutoring sessions set up for specific courses or subjects
  • Each session is led by a student, known as an SI Leader, who has already passed the course successfully
  • SI Leader attends your course meetings all semester along with you, so that he/she knows exactly what the instructor is requiring
  • SI sessions involve group discussion of course concepts with an emphasis on study skills and learning strategies
  • Students who regularly come to SI get higher grades!!

For more information, visit the SI website.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is a proven student success service that provides FREE tutoring to all currently enrolled Bakersfield College Students. Our one-on-one peer tutors are trained and certified students who can assist you with many Bakersfield College courses. Assistance with course content, required papers (at any stage) and/or academic skills are available through drop-in and scheduled appointments for most BC courses.

See the Tutoring website for more information.

Writing Center

Our Writing Center is open to assist students across campus with all types of writing projects at any stage of the writing process. Drop in and use our quiet study areas or reserve a group study room. Write papers in our computer lab or see one of our highly trained writing consultants. It's all free!

For more information, visit the Writing Center's website.