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Bakersfield College expands Back to College program with no-cost noncredit courses

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Posted at 3:56 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 19:03:18-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College has expanded its Back to College program with no-cost noncredit courses with enrollment starting today and classes starting June 15.

This program is a new four-week long back to college series.

The demand for unemployment benefits has reached historic levels in California due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s economy.

The Bakersfield College Adult and Career Education teams are launching Pathways to Employment as part of the Back to College program.

Pathways to Employment feature courses that will provide jobseekers with skills necessary to successfully gain employment.

“Pathways to Employment provides immediate access to courses for those community members who may need to strengthen their job skills to increase their marketability. There is no charge for these courses, and they are available to anyone,” said Endee Grijalva, program manager for Adult Education for South Kern. “Our team can provide services and job development support for these students, ensuring they have a full scope of services as they prepare to re-enter the workforce.”

The addition of non-credit courses will allow students to take courses that, when combined, can be evaluated to meet equivalency for course credits, that will allow students to start on the path to earning credits towards their Certificate of Achievement and/or Associate's Degree.

“Education has always been a vehicle to help individuals gain a competitive advantage, especially in difficult economic times,” said Anthony Cordova, director of Career Education. “Bakersfield College is glad to be able to offer support and training for those in our community who have lost their jobs. These courses were designed with the support of local employers with the idea that short term courses would be of most value to job seekers.”

Classes offered include Intro to Careers, Office Procedures, Best Practice in Customer Service, Intro to Word Processing, and Foodservice Sanitation and Safety.

The classes will be entirely online, while some can be completed in two days and others can be completed in four days.

Registration is now open, and the Adult Education team is available to assist with any questions about the courses or the registration process.

Check here for more information about the Back to College program, or to register.