Bakersfield College

Student Assistance

Welcome to the Renegade Pantry!

The Renegade Pantry began in 2009 when there was a massive cut to California Community College special needs programs, which led to a growing need among students. Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) responded back to the needs of its constituents and developed the initial Renegade Pantry program to help maintain the health and welfare of Bakersfield College students through organized college, and community sponsorships, and donations of nonperishable food items. The Student Assistance program, under the Office of Student Life, incorporates the Renegade Pantry and other basic needs services and focuses on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among current Bakersfield College students. 

In Spring 2022, Senate Bill 129 (Budget Act of 2021) requires each California community college campus to establish a Basic Needs Center (BNC) and designate at least one staff person as the Basic Needs Coordinator to provide holistic, comprehensive basic needs services and resources to students to support their successful matriculation through the California community colleges system and beyond. “Basic needs insecurity directly impacts a student’s ability to succeed in college. Basic needs services are part of the non-academic support that contribute to the third pillar of the colleges’ Guided Pathways, which help students stay on their path (Chancellor’s Office, 2017).” The BNC is intended to be a one-stop, specific location and point of contact for students to more easily access and gain awareness of basic needs services and resources.

Welcome to the Renegade Nexus!

In efforts to meet the state requirements and to re-energize the BC student assistance program, Student Life rebranded a fresh look to the pantry program while expanding basic needs services beyond just the simple pantry program, opening up the new and improved Renegade Nexus in October 2022. The new area will contain a suite of support services and programs to assist students in meeting their academic achievements while supporting the college’s efforts of persistence, retention, and completion.  

What is the Renegade Nexus?

Through centralized, direct support, Renegade Nexus connects students to critical on-campus and community resources that promote academic achievement and holistic student wellness. Renegade Nexus provides connections to the essential resources Bakersfield College students need to thrive in their educational journeys.

To better support BC students, Renegade Nexus services will: 

  • Ensure students receive max aid from the College’s Financial Aid office  
  • Assess student needs and provide monetary aid for student living expenses 
  • Supply relevant school supplies  
  • Supplement aid with books vouchers  
  • Provide access to hot meals during academic hours  
  • Supply nutritious, fresh, and sufficient foods to student homes 
  • Secure access to local transportation  
  • Provide hygiene and personal care products 
  • Connect homeless students with proper community benefits and resources  
  • Refer students to safe, secure, and adequate housing 
  • Assist students in enrolling in utility assistance programs 
  • Promote sustained mental and physical well-being 
  • Foster connections to affordable academic technology tools  
  • Analyze the profile of service users  
  • Collaborate with EOPS/CARE/CalWorks/DSPS programs to maximize student aid  
  • Enroll students in WIC, Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal, and other community support programs 
  • Manage and track student applications for CalFresh, CalWorks, and Medi-Cal through BenefitsCal as a community-based organization 
  • Provide tax preparation workshops through VITA programs 
  • Coordinate referrals to legal assistance and services 
  • Ensure students have adequate clothing and professional attire for class and work  
  • Connect students with Student Employment or part-time work  
  • Connect with SOC interns to case manage students to ensure successful completion  
  • Assist students in re-integrating with community support systems  
  • Host workshops that cater to students need to be self-sustaining 
  • Develop a referral system for faculty and staff to ensure support and follow-up 

Shower Facilities

If you are currently a homeless student that needs access to on-campus shower facilities please email nexus@bakersfieldcollege.edu for more information.


Need to Borrow a Chromebook?

Do you not have a computer? Need a Loaner Chromebook? If you choose to borrow a Chromebook, please complete the Chromebook/Electronic Equipment Advance Application found on the Financial Aid website. The computer is a lightweight Chrome OS android Chromebook. Chromebooks are not used to download any other software programs on itself, and it is mainly used to ensure you have access to the web-based online tools for most BC classes, including Canvas, Microsoft Office, Zoom, and other student-related services. You will need to provide your own access to WiFi in order to get on the Internet.

Currently, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis as inventory is available.
Submit a Chromebook/Electronic Equipment Advance Application!