Assemblymember Salas Secures Funding for Bakersfield College

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Assemblymember Salas at Bakersfield College

$1 million in state budget allocated for workforce development at BC

SACRAMENTO – The 2019-2020 state budget includes $1 million for workforce development at Bakersfield College.  This funding was allocated at the request of Assemblymember Salas to support the expansion of workforce development in the Valley.  Assemblymember Salas secured $1 million in the 2018-2019 budget for career technical education programs at Bakersfield College, which resulted in nearly 1,400 enrollments in the North Kern rural communities.     

“Bakersfield College is at the forefront of training students for the important technical careers that are needed to develop a thriving local economy in the Valley. Building on our success of acquiring $1 million in the State budget last year, we have now secured an additional $1 million to help expand access to Career Technical Education for our students and workers,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas.  “Under Dr. Christian’s leadership we have seen BC continue to expand opportunities for our students in rural communities. With this additional funding, more students can graduate with the Career Technical skills that will help them get a good paying local job in the Valley. I look forward to our continued partnership in delivering expanded opportunities in Career Technical Education and workforce training for our students.”

“Bakersfield College is committed to expanding the skilled workforce in our region for employers in Industrial Automation and in Health Careers,” said Sonya Christian, President of Bakersfield College.  “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.  I am very grateful to Assembly member Rudy Salas for his unwavering commitment to education to make our valley strong.”

Funding for Bakersfield College workforce development is in SB 76.

The additional $1 million in funding will:

  • Expand the Industrial Automation Program at the Bakersfield College Delano Center by funding completion of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Advanced Programmable Logic Controller labs
  • Provide resources for Bakersfield College’s program by funding courses in Basic Electronics and Programmable Logic Controllers in Wasco, CA.
  • 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 (COA) in Industrial Automation
  • Pave the way for improved health care skills in Kern’s rural communities through the creation and expansion of health career pathways in North Kern


Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.