Bakersfield College awarded job corps funding for at risk youth

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 15:29:39-04

BAKERSFIELD , Calif. — Bakersfield College is one of 20 schools to receive $1,186,900 of a $24 million Job Corps Scholars Program funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

This program is for eligible students and serves them by providing them free tuition for their first year in the program.

“Bakersfield College is always seeking new ways to support our students and community during these challenging times,” said Sonya Christian, President of Bakersfield College. “With 40 million Americans out of work and the country facing a long economic recovery, it is more crucial than ever to provide support to at-risk youth and guide them to success in the workforce.”

The part of the fund BC will receive will be used to develop career education, counseling services and workplace opportunities for a group of 80 student participants.

Students will be recruited through resource fairs, career expos, community events and referrals.

Community partners include Kern High School District, Wasco Union High School District, Delano Joint Union High School District, McFarland Unified School District, social service agencies including those that serve foster care and homeless youth, non-profit organizations, communities, general public, youth programs, employers, other employment and training programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies and businesses.