University reps on hand for BC transfer day

Mayan Lara, Photo Editor

Every year colleges from across the state gather at Bakersfield College for a day to give students the latest information on degrees and major programs, admissions and housing information.  That day is called Transfer Day. This year’s Transfer Day was held on Sept. 9 in the Campus Center.

35 college representatives attended this year’s Transfer Day. Among the list of 35 representatives were two newly added colleges. Bakersfield College welcomed the University of Alaska Fairbanks and California State University San Marcos.

After years of increased Bakersfield College students transferring to the University Alaska Fairbanks, the college decided to send Recruiting Coordinator, Amy Arkwright, to BC.

Along with the most commonly asked questions about degrees and major programs, Arkwright was also asked about the temperature and environment. Arkwright believes that the environment in Alaska is “something different” than what most students might see everyday. She said that if students were to attend school there, “you might see a moose wandering around campus one day.”

Although the number of transfer students is still low, compared to other colleges, they’re still hopeful that more students will be interested in their popular engineering and mines program.

California State University San Marcos Admissions Officer, Colleen Manthey and Academic Advisor, Maritza Baida worked the crowd as BC students gathered around the CSUSM college booth. Manthey and Baida were answering all kinds of questions that day. Questions from what kind of classes they offer to when can people apply. According to Baida, CSUSM has a year round admission due to non-impacted programs and the college’s Temecula campus.

The college gets a little over 7,000 applications a year and by having a simple, yet “easy on the eyes” booth at BC’s transfer day, they hope to improve or at least maintain that number.

Transfer Services Counselor, Sue Granger-Dickson, coordinator of the Transfer Day event, hopes to get Bakersfield College students to successfully transfer out. Granger says, “I heard from a lot of representatives today (Sept. 9) that a bachelors degree is really important now in the job market. By having events like this, students get to further learn about different degrees and majors available at those colleges,” states Granger. She also states that the BC Transfer Day “helps support our mission here at Bakersfield College, which is to transfer students out.”