The Bakersfield College Academic Development Department provides quality developmental education in a supportive environment in order for students to achieve academic, personal, and occupational success.
Academic Development promotes its mission by:
CAS (Critical Academic Skills) Workshops are offered at the Bakersfield and Delano campuses.
C.A.S. Workshops are free to all BC students, and you can just drop in whenever a course fits your schedule. You don't even need to make an appointment. To find a workshop that best suits your needs, check the monthly C.A.S. below or keep an eye out for our colorful fliers. Each workshop offers active learning activities and some individual assistance. Just make sure to arrive on time since latecomers are not admitted.
Upcoming workshops can be found on InsideBC.
For more, see the CAS Workshops page.
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 (EMS) 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 EMS website.
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 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!
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, proofreading 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 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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cynthia Quintanilla is the counselor for all STEM students (STEM = “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”). STEM students are those majoring in one of the STEM fields and are in calculus-based STEM classes.
Tutoring is a wonderful service available to all currently enrolled Bakersfield College students. Our primary goal is to help you succeed in your academic endeavors and best of all it is a FREE service. Our one-on-one peer tutoring is done by trained and certified students who can assist you with most Bakersfield College courses. We look forward to seeing you!
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!