Bakersfield College

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Bakersfield College
Bakersfield College Logo.jpg
Type Public Junior College
Established 1913
Chancellor Thomas J. Burke
President Dr. Sonya Christian
Students 22,000[1]
Address 1801 Panorama Dr.
Bakersfield, CA 93305
, Bakersfield, CA, United States
Campus Suburban, 153 acres (62 ha)
Colors Red
Nickname Renegades
Affiliations Kern Community College District
Mascot Knight
Website www.bakersfieldcollege.edu

Bakersfield College (BC) is a public community college located in Bakersfield, California, United States. BC serves about 22,000 students each semester or 31,000 annually, and offers Associate's degree, certificate programs, and is one of fifteen California Community Colleges offering a Baccalaureate Degree for students to choose from. BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD), which is itself part of the California Community Colleges system.

History[edit]

BC was founded in 1913 and initially housed on the campus of Bakersfield High School (then Kern County Union High School) before moving in 1956 to its current location "on the hill" in northeast Bakersfield on the "Panorama Bluffs" that overlook the prolific Kern River oil field. BC is one of the oldest continually operating community colleges in the United States.

Campus[edit]

Administration Building and main entrance

The main campus is located on a 153-acre (62 ha) plot in Northeast Bakersfield, and it also operates three satellite campuses: the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, shared by the Kern Community College District, the SouthWest Campus also located in Bakersfield, and the Delano Campus in Delano, California, approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of Bakersfield.

Organization and administration[edit]

BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD).

Academic profile[edit]

BC serves about 22,000 students each semester. The college president is Dr. Sonya Christian.

Student life[edit]

Newspaper[edit]

The Renegade Rip is the student-run newspaper within the journalism department at BC. Published biweekly, The Rip currently has a circulation of approximately 4,000. An online edition is also available. The Rip is a regular contender and recipient of JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) awards at both the state and regional levels and in 2003-2004 won the Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Award. They are a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and compete in the Southern California region.

Rip reporters and photographers cover the campus. The students cover topics ranging from crime on campus, to student profiles, sports and local entertainment. The tradition of The Renegade Rip has always been to chase news stories and focus on what affects the student body at BC and the community of Bakersfield as a whole.

Performing arts[edit]

The Renegade Pep Band supports the college's athletic teams.

Golden Empire Performing Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) account of the Bakersfield College Foundation that supports the Bakersfield College Drumline and the Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps.[2]

Sport[edit]

The BC Renegades ('Gades) compete in the Western State Conference (WSC).

The college has an extensive athletics program including: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's swimming.

Renegades football has a long tradition of success in Junior College-level competition, and plays out of the 20,000-seat, on-campus Memorial Stadium.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Student_Term_Annual_Count.aspx.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Golden Empire Performing Arts". Golden Empire Performing Arts. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 

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Coordinates: 35°24′35.03″N 118°58′24.04″W / 35.4097306°N 118.9733444°W / 35.4097306; -118.9733444