Renegade Alums are everywhere. We are BC!

Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, October 3, 2020…a great day to be a Renegade.

Scholarship Season Begins at BC

Scholarships and FAFSA opened on October 1st. I encourage all of our Renegades to Apply 4 Money. Our scholarship manager, Amanda Stone, tells me that there is over $500,000 to give away! There is one easy online application to apply for nearly 300 unique opportunities. 70% of the scholarships are merit-based while 30% are need-based.  There are scholarships for all types of students and majors. There are even transfer scholarships available. Make sure to spread the word and get all of our Renegades to Apply 4 Money!

Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development

Bakersfield College and Kern Community College District are embarking on a region-wide strategic partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

A secure and stable energy future depends on an innovative coalition of public and private partners in an interconnected market where instability creates short-term winners and losers. Only the research capabilities of national laboratories and research universities, deployed for the workplace and workforce in a broad public/private alliance, have the potential to both hedge against short-term volatility and create long-term stability.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors spoke about this project at their September 22 meeting:

You can learn more about this effort at

On Wednesday, October 7, at 10 a.m. BC will hold our first Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development webinar on energy opportunities impacting the future of Kern County.

Featured speakers include Dr. David Mooney from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Lorelei Oviatt from Kern County Planning and Natural Resources; Leticia Perez, Chair, Kern County Board of Supervisors; Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Republican Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, CA 22 District; Cathy Reheis-Boyd, President Western States Petroleum Association; Sarah Kurtz, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Merced; and Richard Chapman, CEO, Kern Economic Development Corporation

Visit the webinar registration page to sign up and receive more information. 

You can find out more about this webinar on the BC website.

Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 – Dave Bazan

Next week, Dave Bazan, indie rock singer and songwriter will be showcased as part of the Panorama Creative Music Summit. Bazan, along with Pedro the Lion, will perform Tuesday, October 6, at 4:30 for about 20-30 minutes followed by a Q&A session with students. The session will be held on Zoom and broadcast free to the public via Facebook Live on the Bakersfield College Jazz Studies Facebook page.

You can also see videos from previous Panorama Creative Music Summit musicians on the Jazz Studies Facebook page.

There are lots more performances to look forward to through December, you can see the lineup on the Dave Bazan event page.

Job Corps Grant

Bakersfield College has received a grant for over $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide 80 Job Corps-eligible students with career technical training and career guidance.

Anthony Cordova
Anthony Cordova speaks at the Grand Opening from a previous blog

Thank you Tony Cordova and team for your work on securing this funding for our students.

Learn more at BC Receives Grant for Job Corps Scholars Program.

Manufacturing Day

On Wednesday, October 7, Bakersfield College will hold the annual Manufacturing Day 2020. Local High Schools and the Bakersfield Community are welcome to attend this day which will include virtual presentations on manufacturing related programs, along with virtual laboratory tours and demonstrations.

Our Industrial Technology department encompasses multiple areas related to manufacturing. There will also be representatives from the following programs: Occupational Safety and Risk Management, Welding, Industrial Drawing, Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Automotive, Ag Mechanics, Industrial Automation and Manufacturing. In addition, industry employers will participate with virtual informational sessions, answer questions, general inquiries, and demonstrate products and machines related to manufacturing. 

Anyone interested may register for Manufacturing Day.

Alumni Update

Tribute to BC Alum David Milazzo

This week, the Bakersfield Californian published a beautiful tribute to BC alum David Young Milazzo.

David was a talented architect whose work had a tremendous impact on Bakersfield’s landscape. He was also a devoted Rotarian and a loving husband and father who truly cared for the people in his community.

You can read it online at

Renegade Alumni Council interview

This week, the Renegade Alumni Council hosted a live interview on Facebook. 2019 BCCSGA President Ashley Harp interviewed 2019 graduate Ines Castillo. Ines is a first generation college student, and she shared her experiences at Bakersfield College.

I look forward to seeing more interviews with our alumni in the weeks and months to come!

If you haven’t heard much about the Renegade Alumni Council, I’d like to share two videos from Opening Day 2020.

Becki Whitson, BC Alumni Association President, and I discussed Renegade Alumni engagement and the new Renegade Alumni Council:

And previous BCSGA Presidents Alex Dominguez, Clayton Fowler, Matthew Frazer, Dezi Von Manos, Ashley Harp, and Samantha Pulido created this video to promote it:

You can find more videos from Opening Day 2020 at

First-Ever 100% Online Tutoring Conference

This past Friday, September 25, BC Tutoring embraced virtual interaction at a new level by successfully holding its first completely Zoom-based conference, hosted by tutors from the CRLA Level 2 Tutor Training course.

About 28 tutors, staff, and students came together in one of the Tutoring Center Zoom rooms and had a memorable time of learning and interacting, both as a whole group and in frequent breakout room sessions.

Professor Matt Jones was a guest speaker on the subject of peer learning and its unique power to help students reach their learning goals.

Other topics on the agenda included tutoring roadblocks, tutor hopes and fears, a pictionary game using the Zoom whiteboard, online tools for tutors to implement, and strategies for serving tutees with special needs as well as older tutees who may struggle with technology.

Thank you Eileen Pierce for this well-organized event. All that was lacking was a slice of pizza and a soda (maybe some background music, too). At the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, pulling off a virtual conference like this would have been beyond belief, but the Tutoring folks not only pulled it off–they did it with amazing skill!

We can all be proud of our Tutoring team!

BC at CCEMC Dual Enrollment Summit

Jean Fuller was keynote speaker at the CCEMC 7Th Annual Dual Enrollment Summit

This past Friday, BC had a large presence at the California Coalition of Early and Middle College (CCEMC) 7th Annual Dual Enrollment Summit. Though the convening of dual enrollment programs from across the state was originally planned to take place in Sacramento this year, the summit went virtual and had a great turnout.

I was able to catch a very special keynote address from our beloved senator emeritus, Jean Fuller. Dr. Fuller is a true advocate for education and for Early College students, particularly those from our rural communities. Needless to say, Jean was a big hit!

Another member of our BC team, Kylie Campbell, moderated the student panel at this summit. Kylie herself was a dual enrollment student in high school, and her connection with these students from throughout the state made for a very special session.

Students from different dual enrollment programs in California shared their experiences in the programs offered at their high schools, and also shared personal stories of how COVID has impacted their lives and education.

And then I saw this post from Abel Guzman, who was also a presenter with Elysa Vargas from Wonderful.

BC was in full force at this statewide summit, shining light on the trailblazing work happening here at BC. We are BC!

HVAC/R program update

I am proud to announce that the HVAC/R program has continued moving forward, despite the obstacles and challenges of today. 

From its inception the program has been meeting needs by acquiring the types of equipment and tools that entry-level technicians would need to work on in today’s modern air conditioning and refrigeration industry. 

Thank you to Rudy Salas for continued support of Bakersfield College!

Over the last six months of being mostly a virtual learning environment, the program has continued to stay current by acquiring a new commercial grade walk-in low temperature freezer. 

Steps are already being taken to begin the construction of the system. This will be a hands-on project for our students. Once completed the system will be used by students for diagnostic procedures, adjustment procedures, and component identification of a full-scale commercial refrigeration system. 

In addition to the new walk-in, the HVAC/R program has acquired a forklift to be used as the program expands. We are thankful for Assembly Member Rudy Salas who made this funding possible.

BC Presents at Statewide Equity Conference

I was proud to watch BC’s Director of Student Success & Equity, Lesley Bonds, present at the statewide California Community College’s Pathways to Equity virtual conference this week.  In their session titled, “Keeping Equity Central: Applying Lessons from the Central Valley,”the presenters discussed the ways in which students in the Central Valley have been affected by what I’m calling a “triple crisis” – COVID-19, the economy/unemployment, and racial unrest.

Using regional data and BC survey data that recently revealed the challenges students are navigating due to the transition to an online environment, Lesley made the case that equity leaders throughout the Central Valley need to unite for system-wide reform to secure resources and spark policy change to address the digital divide, food and housing insecurity, and mental health concerns.

#RealTalk with Danny Morrison

On Tuesday the 29th, Bakersfield College hosted the 9th Episode of #RealTalk with moderator Danny Morrison. This episode focused on DREAMers and their journey at Bakersfield College. You can view the full show on Danny Morrison Media’s page HERE.

Two recent BC graduates, Jared Torres a sociology major and Karen Cid, a psychology major, shared the challenges they have faced as undocumented students. Karen recently earned an Associate’s degree from BC in Psychology and has successfully transferred to CSUB and is working towards a Bachelors in Psychology. Jared also graduated this past May with four Associate’s degrees and a certificate. 

Karen talked about EOP&S and the other financial and social networking support that BC provides to undocumented students. For more information on the resources available, click here.

Jared gave a special shout out to our EOP&S faculty counselor, Manuel Rosas, who helped orchestrate the Latinos Unidos Por Educación (LUPE) student organization. Thank you to Imelda Simos-Valdez, Manuel Rosas, Rafael Centeno, Pedro Ramirez, and the many other members of the completion coaching community who support our Dreamers.

I really enjoyed listening to the students’ stories that led to their success. #SomosBC

#LightACandle: A Juneteenth Conversation

On the final day of our #LightACandle: A Juneteenth Conversation programming, we shared a series of commitments from local and state leaders.

Today, I’m sharing three of those commitments.

State Senator Shannon Grove:

Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh:

Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry:

You can find more information, including videos from all the productions, on the BC Juneteenth Website.

Community Voices

BC graduate Lanie Camarillo – who transferred to Western Oregon University – wrote a Community Voices piece in the Bakersfield Californian titled “The life-changing BC volleyball program.”

She wrote of how coach Carl Ferriera pushed his players and encouraged them to invest in themselves and each other.

“My last two years with the Renegades were ones of complete transformation. At first I struggled, something that my teammates and I would learn was part of the process. We would come to understand that struggling was the key component to growing and we began to embrace it.”

Spotted on Social Media

Endee Grijalva, Adult Education Program Manager, South Kern, shared this tweet about the Californians Deserve Credit Town Hall this week:

On Instagram, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce shared these photos from the COVID-19 testing at the BC campus this week:

Also on Instagram, the BCSGA shared this throwback photo on their Instagram page, of a Lucille Parmenter’s typing class, Circa 1958:

Librarian Mindy Wilmot shared this photo of her dog helping her out this week:

Associate Professor of History Olivia Garcia showed that her son is following in her footsteps –

“Proud mom moment. When your son volunteers to read to his class about the Sumerians and Hammurabi’s Code.”

Educational Advisor Isabel Castaneda also shared a photo of her son doing some virtual work through Dual Enrollment:


Throwback to 2018 Football Media Day

This week in athletics we’re going to throw it back to our 2018 football media day held at Memorial Stadium. While this event was only two years ago, with all we’ve been through in the last six months during the pandemic it seems like it could have been longer.

The highlight of the day included four of Renegade football student athletes – Cameron Roberson (22), Elisha Ortiz (5), James Thomas (35) and Carson Olivas (10) showing up in a fire engine to greet the crowd in their new Nike game uniforms. What an entrance!

Nick Ellis 661.706.7999

Each of those four went on to earn post-season All-Conference awards due to their play in the 2018 season. Cameron is now playing for UMass, James in now playing for Houston Baptist University and Carson just finished his playing time at UCLA. We are proud of all our Renegade student athletes and are very much looking forward to being back together for times like these!

Nick Ellis 661.706.7999



That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya –
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

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One thought on “Renegade Alums are everywhere. We are BC!

  1. Michael O'Doherty October 4, 2020 at 7:01 am Reply

    A lot of really good work and organizing going on. You continue to amaze me.

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