Assemblymember Salas Awarded the Bakersfield College Foundation Service Medal

Salas honored at Bakersfield Colleges’ 14th annual Sterling Silver Dinner


BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was awarded the Bakersfield College Foundation’s Service Medal at their 14th annual Sterling Silver dinner for his dedication towards the school’s development and success in educating Central Valley communities. Salas has long championed the importance of education and the benefits of pursuing a higher education. Through his work locally and in the State Legislature, Assemblymember Salas has helped reduce barriers and increase access to higher education for students in the Central Valley. Most recently, Assemblymember Salas secured $14 million for a new expansion to Bakersfield College’s Delano campus. In total, Assemblymember Salas has secured approximately $22 million for projects, educational expansion, and workforce development at Bakersfield College.

“I am honored to receive the Bakersfield College’s Foundation Service Medal,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Thank you to the incredible faculty, staff, students and our amazing Chancellor, Dr. Sonya Christian for everything you have done to make our community stronger. I look forward to continuing to support more investment in our education system.”

“Assemblymember Rudy Salas is a tremendous champion of higher education and his heart for transforming lives is evident in his commitment to steward $22 million dollars to support community college students throughout Kern County,” said Kern Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Sonya Christian. “It’s no surprise that Assemblymember Salas was selected by BC’s Foundation to receive this years’ Service Medal. Just in the last six months, he has brought millions to expand BC’s nursing and healthcare programs and construct a new Learning Resource Center at BC’s Delano campus. His meaningful and bold work is fueled by a care for students, families, our communities, and is always focused on keeping the #ValleyStrong.”

In 2018, Salas advocated for $1 million in the state budget for Bakersfield College to expand workforce development programs. These programs ensure that students will be able to find employment in high demand industries after the completion of their curriculum. The program investment provided the resources necessary for the college to establish its first Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training program in Delano. This successful budget ask also expanded industrial automation and welding program offerings.

The following year, Salas continued to push for more funds and secured an additional $1 million for further growing Career Education programs and support for rural students. This year, Assemblymember Salas and Bakersfield College announced $14 million for a new 2-story multipurpose building, which will add classrooms and student support space at the Delano campus. There is also $6 million secured to expand and grow the college’s healthcare education programs. Salas has long stressed and been a strong supporter of expanding healthcare education programs in the Central Valley.