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EMT Students Help Children at Jamison Center

Want to hear about the great things Allied Health students do in our community, and have your heart touched at the same time? See the note from Brent Burton, the training coordinator for Hall Ambulance and adjunct instructor in Bakersfield College’s Emergency Medical Technician program. Nine EMT students volunteered their time and money to help 24 children at the Jamison Center celebrate Easter. The Jamison Children’s Center is a 24-hour emergency shelter and protective custody facility, operated by the Human Services Department of Kern County. As the only emergency shelter in Kern County for abused, neglected, and exploited children, Jamison provides temporary housing for children taken into protective custody by law enforcement or social workers. The children at Jamison Center are from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Thank you to our students Chris Collier, Victor Jaquez, Mitch Royal, Natalie Roberts, Larra Collins, Victoria Saldana, Veronica Sanchez, and Ruth Alvarez, and especially to Brent Burton, for making this possible.

“We had two bounce houses for the kids to enjoy as well as coloring books, crayons, Easter Baskets for every kid, and a wonderful BBQ of hotdogs and hamburgers and all of the fixings that goes along with a BBQ and even music with our very own DJ for the festivities. This was all donated by our students in the EMT Program at Bakersfield College. We all had a great time and especially the kids. We had 24 kids age from 4 to 17 who were there enjoying the festivities all afternoon. All of the kids expressed their gratitude and excitement throughout the event. Some of the kids had said this was their best day ever. One of the staff members from the Jamison Center said that one of the kids who was there had never showed a happy expression or even smiled since she had arrived at the center and Saturday she was all smiles and enjoyment. Our students and I truly enjoyed the experience!!!

I look forward to many more events with the kids from the Jamison Center. Next one will be this summer during our next class of EMT students. I have a 4-hour block already set-aside from the City of Bakersfield McMurtrey Aquatic Center.”

Allied Health Open House Welcomes 80 Potential Students. Feb 24, 2014

On Feb 24th, Bakersfield College’s Allied Health department, which houses nursing, radiologic technology, and EMT education programs, held an open house with visiting high school students from Arvin High School and East High School. Both of these schools have health academies, which do preliminary training for students who know early on that they wish to seek a health career. About 80 students attended the event, which was made possible by an SB 70 grant and donations of supplies from several Bakersfield College departments.

The event kicked off at 9:00 AM in Renegade Park with a warm welcome talk by Cindy Collier, Dean of Allied Health/Nursing. From there, the students split into 3 groups and headed off to different demonstrations.

One group stayed at Renegade Park for a spirited talk by RN Nursing Department Chair Jennifer Johnson. She advised the students on the importance of taking more than the required math and science classes in high school to better succeed in college, and also informally shared her personal experiences in studying for and working within the Nursing profession.

A second group headed over to the Math&Science building to the “Allied Health Skills Lab” to see demonstrations on medical mannequins used by Nursing students to gain experience with techniques, and try them out firsthand using stethoscopes to listen to artificial heartbeats and breathing rhythms. There were other medical mannequins as well – one of them could cough and retch in an unexpectedly realistic way. But it was “venipuncture” that elicited the most enthusiasm and interest, however, both from the brave few that volunteered to try it out, and their classmates who watched earnestly.

The third group went to the Radiologic Technology Lab in MS21 for demonstrations by volunteer “RadTech” students. Morgan Dang showed a group of students from Arvin High School how to perform X-Rays of patients’ torsos. Students got to experience first-hand what a patient would experience.  Students also learned about all of the safety methods Rad Technicians practice – including wearing the same lead-lined aprons that technicians wear when performing X-Rays. Robert Perez explained specific machines while walking students through various safety procedures, like wearing RadTechs goggles.

All three groups of students reassembled at Renegade Park to have lunch provided by the BC Culinary Students. The various tables were abuzz with conversation, laughter, and excitement. East High Senior Kevin shared that while he originally was not sure if he was really going to pursue a career in the medical field, going through the open house changed his mind. Both students and teachers seemed extremely pleased with the outcome of the day.

Harvey Hall and AmbulanceThe event concluded with a driver from Hall Ambulance talking to the students after lunch. He spoke on his initial interest in operating an ambulance, and shared his experiences pursuing training and the various highlights of his career and gave them advice he’d learned along the way.  Thank you Mayor Harvey Hall for your continued support of BC in multiple ways.

In the end, this was truly an amazing event. Organizers of the event, including CTE Advisor Pamela Gomez and Allied Health/C6 Advisor Dinorah Castro, acknowledged all the people who made the event an amazing success, including Cindy Collier, Jennifer Johnson, Nancy Perkins, Nancy Mai, David Taylor from Hall Ambulance, Gabi Martin, Carol Harrison, Sandy Davis, Ann-Marie Michalski, Christine Dunn, Pam Gomez, and Antonio Alfaro. Special thanks go to students Aisha Hassan, Harjet Kaur, Brianne Muirhead, Janelle Digilio, Marben Foronda, Morgan Dang and Robert Perez, and to Dinorah’s daughter, Natalie, who is in high school and provided event coordination efforts!

Great work, team!

BC Featured: Collier Talks Health Care Needs with Assembly Committee

Great long, relaxing weekend.  Right now watching the Trojan-Bruin game and working on this blog about the amazing Cindy Collier.

cindy collierBakersfield College made its presence felt at the recent California Assembly Select Committee on Workforce and Vocational Development, an event facilitated by 32nd district Assemblyman Rudy Salas in Bakersfield. The hearing featured information about health care needs, issues and trends as presented by local and regional experts, including Bakersfield College Dean of Allied Health and Nursing Cindy Collier.



Dean Collier shared that California’s healthcare workforce needs are projected to increase dramatically due to both the population growth as well as the population aging. The increase in people accessing healthcare due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will only intensify this need, Collier reported. The issue is compounded because funding for health science education at community colleges and universities—the primary sources for training Allied Health professionals—is inadequate. As a result community colleges like Bakersfield College have limited capacity for training, even though the need in Bakersfield and Kern County for healthcare workers is growing. A lack of qualified faculty to increase offerings in local programs exacerbates the problem.


Dean Collier urged Assemblyman Salas to 1) support more equitable state investment in education programs, 2) consider allowing community colleges to develop classes or programs in which fees paid by a group of students cover the entire cost of the class; 3) provide planning and implementation grants to institutions of higher education focusing on education, training and retention; 4) open more avenues for loan repayment and scholarships; and 5) encourage more public-private partnerships with Allied Health programs.

Political Leaders Nov 2013 at BC

Rudy Salas earlier at BC, on a panel with David Valadao, Shannon Grove, and Jean Fuller. Moderator Cindy Pollard.
Source: Bakersfield Californian

Assemblyman Salas acknowledged Bakersfield College’s critical role in training local healthcare professionals and pledged to continue to consult our knowledgeable faculty and administrators as he crafts legislation to improve the flow of healthcare services to the residents of our communities. Congratulations Dean Collier for representing Bakersfield College and for being a voice speaking on behalf of our students!  And thank you Assemblyman Salas for spotlighting this important issue.