BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College (BC) launched its first HVAC Certificate and Associate of Science Degree programs this Fall 2018 targeting North Kern, which includes the cities of Delano, Shafter, Wasco, and McFarland. This program is a part of BC’s Rural Initiatives, which targets surrounding communities to equip more residents with workforce skills through college education. Ground was broken this summer and on hand to celebrate was Sonya Christian, president of BC, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), and Kern Community College District (KCCD) Trustee Romeo Agbalog.

“Investing in our students and rural communities is an investment in our future,” said Salas. “Workforce development programs like the HVAC program in Delano will prepare students with the skills they need to get into good, high-paying jobs and to start their own businesses. I applaud President Christian and BC for their continued commitment to our rural communities and empowering students to lead successful careers.”

He helped secure the funding for this program and other Rural Initiatives programs at Bakersfield College in the 2018-19 state budget.

“Since receiving notification of the $1 million dollars secured by Assemblyman Rudy Salas in July, Bakersfield College has been working diligently to implement the workforce programs funded by this award.  The College is proud to announce the launch of the very first of these programs in Delano, the HVAC Certificate and Associate of Science Degree Program," said Christian. “This would never have been possible without the support of Assemblyman Salas, a champion of education as a driver for economic improvement of communities, particularly those in the rural parts of our region.”

The funding will support expansion and creation of Career Technical Educations courses and open pathways for students throughout Kern County to complete their education through the Rural Initiatives program.

Publication date: 10/31/2018


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