BC and the KHSD held an informational conference on the Early Career Pathway Program

Hugo Maldonado Garcia, Editor in Chief

The Kern High School District partnered with the Bakersfield College Early Career Pathway Program brought together an informational conference on Mar. 7 to discuss available college opportunities. 

The early pathway program is set in place for current high school students who wish to enroll in college level courses. Students have the opportunity to complete an associate degree by time they graduate high school.

According to Bakersfield College Advisor, Maria Herrera “this BC early pathway program does not replace high school. The courses will be required in addition to completion of high school courses.”

Early college students’ success rates are shown to be beneficial from the ages of 14-19 to be set at 80% or higher for this BC program. Some available courses can be found at the  of the available pathways include associate degree like Industrial Automation and Public Health Science offered at Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) with student transportation included. 

Other available pathways at the new BC Southwest campus include an associate’s degree in Psychology and Administration of Justice for transfer, but transportation is not included at this center. 

According to the KHSD Director of Educational Services, Ryan Coleman “there is limited space in each pathway. Student’s grades, GPA’s and written application responses will be taken into consideration for selection by a panel of KHSD and BC administrators.” 

As of right now most Summer 2022 courses are currently scheduled to be held online through Zoom. Students who get accepted into the early pathway program would be provided with additional support from Joise Guillen, Chase Brown and Maria Herrera from the BC counseling and advising team on their future goals and education plans. 

This year all 2022 KHSD Early College Pathway must be submitted before Mar. 31 by the students who wish to be considered for this program. Students who get approved will be notified via email by April 22 and those denied for the program get the chance to apply next school year.