Students and the community: They love our faculty and staff

BC Colleagues:

You are the most talented, the most dedicated, the most caring group of folks that I know.  I am so happy to be back at BC.  Here is an email that I received and a video that I captured of folks just expressing their delight with BC.

Enjoy these messages as much as I did.


From the fabulous Cindy Pollard, CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, sent on October 8, 2014 thanking the team that put together the Legislative Forum.  Here is the team: Amber Chiang, Bill Parker, Chris Counts, Officer Robert Fore, Alex Gomez and Penny Loos, Somaly Boles, Kristin Rabe, Manny De Los Santos, Ramon Puga.  Jennfier Marden was the team leader and Michele Bresso brought the event to BC.

Hi Sonya –

Cindy Pollard Karen Goh Sonya Christian KCBCC Sep 2014

Cindy Pollard and Karen Goh with Sonya Christian at the Kern County Black Chamber annual gala. Sep 2014

This is a very belated thank you to Bakersfield College for allowing us to hold the Kern County Legislative Forum in the Fireside Room a couple of weeks ago!

So sorry you were unable to attend! Had your schedule allowed, you would have seen the extraordinary job and tremendous efforts of Bakersfield College’s “Team Awesome,” under the leadership of Jennifer Marden. Wow—they were fantastic!

We ended up with about 150 people in attendance, though we were only expecting about 70 or so. Lots of student turnout and participation, which was great, but I’m sure you can imagine our surprise and the challenges that came along with that surprise in a room set for 70.

No problem for Team Awesome, though! We were able to reset the room—removing tables and adding lots more chairs—in the span of less than 10 minutes! Talking about rising to the occasion–they truly were AWESOME and absolutely great to work with.

I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated all that they did and hope that you will pass our appreciation on to the entire team of awesome people who helped with this event!

This event at Bakersfield College has become the model for similar BIPAC events across the country!

BIPAC was really impressed with the first event we did last year. They were blown away by this one.

Hats off to you and your team for helping create the success!

Warm regards,


Cynthia D. Pollard

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

The photographer for the KBCC event was a BC student, Robert Perez.  He was so enthusiastic about his classes at BC particularly in the Art department that I asked him if I could get a short video of him.  Here it is:


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