Bakersfield College gets additional $1 million to help train workers
- Will expand the number of industrial automation students
- “Expanding the skilled workforce in our region for employers in industrial automation”
Bakersfield College is getting $1 million in the new state budget to help pay for fund career technical education programs and the college’s Rural Initiatives program.
“Bakersfield College is committed to expanding the skilled workforce in our region for employers in industrial automation and in health careers,” says Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian. “I am proud of the faculty and staff at BC who have developed detailed plans for rural Kern County that can be immediately implemented as resources become available.”
The community college received a similar $1 million grant from the state last year, which was used to create and expand career technical education programs in industrial automation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); and electronics. The programs generated nearly 1,400 enrollments in northern Kern County rural communities, the college says.
The new funding will expand the number of industrial automation students at the Bakersfield College Delano Center through completion of the computer integrated manufacturing and advanced programmable logic controller labs.
The money also will fund courses in basic electronics and programmable logic controllers in Wasco and pay for equipment and supplies for all four courses at McFarland High School to establish a cohort of high school students pursuing a Bakersfield College Certificate of Achievement in industrial automation while still attending high school, according to Bakersfield College Executive Director of Rural Initiatives Abel Guzman.