BAKERSFIELD, California – Bakersfield College is one of 20 schools to receive $ 1,186,900 from a US Department of Labor-sponsored $ 24 million Job Corps scholarship program.
This program is aimed at eligible students and offers them free tuition for the first year of the program.
“Bakersfield College is always looking for new ways to support our students and the community during these challenging times,” said Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College. “With 40 million Americans unemployed and the country facing a long economic recovery, empowering young people at risk and leading them to success in the workforce is more important than ever.”
The portion of the fund that BC will receive will be used to develop professional training, counseling services and job opportunities for a group of 80 participants.
Students are recruited through resource fairs, career fairs, 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 institutions including those serving care and homeless youth, nonprofits, communities , general public and youth programs, employers, other employment and training programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies and businesses.