Did you know?

  • Notable Bakersfield College attendees include:

    • MLB World Series pitcher Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers

    • Former Pro Bowl defensive back, running back and wide receiver Frank Gifford, who won an NFL title with the New York Giants

    • Richard Miles, a former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Georgia

    • American bodybuilder and retired professional wrestler Ric Drasin

    • Delbert Wong, the first Chinese American judge in the continental United States

    • Mary K. Shell, the first woman to serve as mayor of Bakersfield

    • Hank Pfister, two-time French Open Doubles tennis champion

  • Former Bakersfield College professor Chuck Wall created the internationally acclaimed “random act of kindness” movement.

  • Bakersfield College has hosted portions of the Amgen Tour of California, a prestigious road race featuring international elite cyclists.

  • In 1965, The Renegade Choir performed for Pope Paul VI at his summer home in Catlegondolfo in Italy, and for President Lyndon Johnson at the White House.

  • Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium was the site of the last world-record mile by an American man. On June 23, 1967, Jim Ryun from the University of Kansas ran the mile in a world-record 3 minutes, 51.1 seconds.

Science and Engineering Building

Bakersfield College

Providing 100 years of education to the community, Bakersfield College presents a rich history of programs and services to meet student needs in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester calendar as well as in a variety of non-traditional scheduling options: evenings, weekends, short-term vocational programs and online.

Points of Interest

William M Thomas Planetarium
Opened in fall 1962, the William M Thomas Planetarium is named for a former Bakerfield College professor of political science-turned U.S. Congressman. Congressman Thomas directed the $1 million in federal funds needed to move the planetarium into the 21st century. Dedicated to Thomas in 2006, the planetarium offers scheduled evening shows open to the public throughout the semester, as well as field trip opportunities for area students.

Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning & Center for the Humanities
Dr. Norman Levan’s historic $14 million gift to Bakersfield College, the largest single donation by an individual to a U.S. community college, launched an institute for the study of humanities and a vehicle for lifelong learning in the community. The center was dedicated March 4, 2010.  

Renegade Room
The Renegade Room Restaurant is a public restaurant operated by students of the Culinary Arts Program. The restaurant offers Tuesday dinners, Wednesday lunches and Thursday buffets. These gourmet meals not only help students prepare for a career in the food industry, but also give the Bakersfield community a chance to get involved with the Panorama Campus and support the students.

Bakersfield College Foundation

The Bakersfield College Foundation is responsible for the management of funds for more than 400 organizations, individuals and endowments. Fundraising events include the Sterling Silver Dinner and Red & White Wine & Food Festival.

The annual Sterling Silver Dinner benefits The Renegade Fund, a critical source of unrestricted revenue. In 2012, Chef William Bloxsom-Carter, Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, designed the gourmet meal.

In 2012, the Red & White Wine & Food Festival expanded, with three events over two days in April. A winemaker dinner featured Napa Valley vintner Andy Amador of MadoroM Vineyards. A panel of California winemakers discussed “The Evolution of Pinot Noir on California's Central Coast.” The highlight of the festival, Wine for the Soul, featured more than 50 California wineries – making it one of the largest tastings in Central California.


Bakersfield College will be known for its excellence. We will collaborate in community development, foster cooperative efforts and cultivate partnerships. We will ensure student success through innovation and high standards of service and achievement. Our success will be measured by the individuals and communities we serve.


With its heritage as a foundation and an eye toward the future, Bakersfield College provides the high quality education necessary for our socially and ethnically diverse students – whether they be vocational, transfer-oriented, developmental, or some combination of these – to thrive in a rapidly changing world.


  • Students are the primary reason for our existence
  • Education is life changing for generations
  • Lifelong learning is the cornerstone for personal growth
  • Both tradition and innovation are valued
  • Excellence is our standard
  • We are interdependent with our community
  • Teamwork is essential
  • Diversity is a resource and broadens our perspective
  • Everyone deserves respect
  • Success is measured by the people we serve

College Strategic Initiatives

  • Improve student access, retention, and success
  • Provide effective learning and earning pathways for students
  • Support student learning through appropriate technology
  • Support student learning through streamlined systems and processes

The Kern Community College District

Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves an area of nearly 25,000 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties, with a general fund of approximately
$97.6 million. Geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, the Kern Community College District serves a population base of about one million and an estimated enrollment of 38,600 (over 19,000 FTES) students with diverse religions, socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities. KCCD is comprised of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College as well as several centers and outreach sites plus an active distance learning program. While the district was established as a separate entity on July 1, 1968, educational services have been provided to residents of this area for many years prior to that time – at Bakersfield College since 1913; at Porterville College since 1927; and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951, now Cerro Coso Community College. All three colleges are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The mission of Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.