Assemblymember Salas Brings Home $6 Million for Bakersfield College

Funding in the state budget will be used to expand nursing, healthcare training and student support programs

Assemblymember Salas Brings Home $6 Million for Bakersfield College

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), applauded the Governor signing Assembly Bill (AB) 132, the higher education budget bill, which includes a $6 million direct investment in Bakersfield College (BC) to expand and implement workforce training programs related to nursing and healthcare. This funding is in addition to the $44,442,000 that Assemblymember Salas secured for a range of Central Valley projects and educational investments this year.


“I am happy to champion more money coming to Bakersfield College,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This additional $6 million will help train more nurses and health professionals for the Valley so that our local families will have greater health access and options.”


“Assemblymember Rudy Salas makes things happen and his work embodies keeping the #ValleyStrong. We have been able to scale up many meaningful programs thanks to the approximate $22 million dollars in funding that Assemblyman Rudy Salas has brought to BC in recent years. His continued commitment to career education directly supports students in ways that matter to their futures, health, and success,” said Dr. Sonya Christian, Kern Community College District Chancellor and past president of Bakersfield College. “This is also a recognition of our amazing nursing students who volunteered countless hours through the pandemic to get our community vaccinated.”


Bakersfield College will use the direct $6 million investment for the following programs:


  • Expanding the Rural Health Equity and Learning collaborative.
  • Expanding the certified nursing assistant and registered nurse programs.
  • Providing nursing scholarships for students who volunteered to serve in vaccination clinics.
  • Expanding the Allied Health Simulation Laboratory.
  • Expanding the radiology technology mammography and sonography programs.
  • Adding the Mental Health Worker Certificate.
  • Adding postpandemic student health and wellness services.
  • Providing educational services to prevent chronic illness among at-risk rural residents.


AB 132 also provides an unprecedented $47.1 billion investment in college affordability and access including:


  • $115 million for Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree grant programs and open educational resources at community colleges to help address the rising costs of textbooks.
  • $100 million to create Basic Needs Centers to help homeless and food insecure students with accessing resources and enrolling in CalFresh.
  • $100 million for community colleges to increase student retention rates and enrollment.
  • $2 billion to address housing and space needs at the UC, CSU and community colleges.
  • Provides $20 million for CCCs to establish and expand High Road Training Partnerships and High Road Construction Careers workforce development programs.
  • Provides $6,000 per student in non-tuition support for Cal Grant students who are former foster youth.
  • Expands the California Kids Investment and Development Savings Program to provide $500 base deposits to for college savings accounts for public school students from low-income families, English learners and foster youth.
  • Establishes the Learning-Aligned Employment program to help underrepresented students with financial need gain relevant work experience, promoting long-term employment opportunities.
  • Establishes the Golden State Education and Training Grant Program to provide grants for education or high-quality training for workers displaced by the pandemic.
  • Authorizes community colleges to use federal emergency relief funds to waive student fees for students who have unpaid fees due to impacts of COVID-19.