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Delano Graduation Celebration. Just wonderful!


Bakersfield College Delano Campus graduates with Rich McCrow, Director of BC’s Delano Campus and Rural initiatives

On May 15th, Bakersfield College celebrated the commencement ceremony for its 2015 graduates, an event filled with all the pomp, circumstance, grandeur and spectacle you would expect in seeing more than 1,000 grads complete their arduous, but ultimately rewarding academic journeys.

And while it’s a lot of fun to watch hundreds of students and thousands of friends and family celebrate such a monumental day, it’s just as satisfying for me to attend the vast variety of smaller, yet no less significant ceremonies honoring sub-sets of our sprawling graduation class during this hectic season.  Bryan Hirayama did the photos which you can find at http://bakersfieldcollege.smugmug.com/2015-Delano-Commencement/

delano_graduation_2015This May marked the 40th year that students were graduating from Bakersfield College’s Delano campus — and just as with the larger BC ceremony, it was with the same level of joy and pride that our executive team was on hand to watch 95 Delano students revel in their achievement at a pre-commencement celebration on this very special campus.

Most of those grads would also walk during the larger BC campus commencement later that night, but this joyous afternoon affair allowed those Delano students to congratulate each other and celebrate together in a more intimate, more familiar setting…..at the very same place they made their dreams come true.

With Rich McCrow, Director of the Delano Campus and BC’s Rural Initiatives, leading the ceremony and the spirited Mariachi Nuevo Grullense providing musical accompaniment, it was a fitting way to honor the hard work and dedication of those 95 students.

Even though the students were the focal point of the ceremony’s theme “A Celebration of Success,” that sentiment could also be applied to Delano and the campus as well. After celebrating the 100th anniversary of its incorporation two years ago, Delano continues into its second century as an agricultural hub, a hotbed of equality for farmworkers’ rights and one of the region’s true backbone communities.

And for the last four decades, Bakersfield College’s Delano campus has been furthering the city’s commitment to advancement through betterment of one’s self and the community around you. Since opening their doors in 1975, nearly 3,000 Delano students have earned their AA degrees, while another 1,300 have achieved professional certification.


Executive Vice President Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, President Sonya Christian, Vice President Zav Dadabhoy, Vice President Anthony Culpepper

I think I can safely speak for Rich and the rest of our BC leadership team at the ceremony — Anthony, Nan and Zav — when I say how privileged we all are to have contributed in ways great or small to the ongoing success of those new Delano grads.

They are a continuing testament to the amazing work being done 34 miles up the road.

Thanks to Rich and his incredible team for making this beautiful day happen.

Delano: Outreach to high school counselors

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Staying in touch with the counselors from local high schools is an important part of Bakersfield College’s outreach to our local community. Counselors in the high schools know their students better than just about any other educational professional, and can provide valuable information and insight into student needs. Ultimately, counselors are an important link to establishing a college-going culture in the communities served by Bakersfield College’s Delano Campus.

To support the ongoing communication with local feeder high schools, Delano Campus faculty and staff held their North Kern Counselor Community of Practice recently. Supported by the Delano College Center Foundation, the event was attended by 30 high school and college counselors. The group engaged in valuable dialogue and information-sharing that helps with the sharing of common problems across all grade levels of education, from area demographics and poverty rates to educational program needs in the northern areas of Kern County.

In turn, the counselors were able to communicate with Bakersfield College’s team about ways the college could help them, from assessment testing and new student workshops on the high school campuses, to discussion of student fees for students attending high school and college simultaneously.

Delano: Spring Tutoring Conference


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Found this post in my draft folder.  So let’s look at a Delano Campus activity last spring.

Delano Campus’ 2014 Spring Tutoring Conference kicked off with breakfast from Jennie’s Café and a table-top discussion of personal tutoring experiences. After introductions, Dr. Oliver Rosales spoke to the students about what he sees as an invaluable service, peer tutoring. He also shared his personal experiences of working as a tutor, and he explained what he feels the tutors should focus on when tutoring his history students. Finally, Dr. Rosales took questions from the tutors.

Laura Kemph gave a presentation in which she shared with tutors how to change the settings in their BC email so that they could use their personal email account. Then Monica Huyck, the Tutor Coordinator, lead a teamwork activity.

After a break, and a group photo shoot, Trina Goree led the group in a diversity activity. This was followed by a presentation from Raji Rivera and Jake Galo, both BC graduates who are now attending CSUB. They spoke to the tutors about their experiences since transferring, gave advice, and answered questions.

Finally, Jesus Jimenez and Jasmine Gonzalez led the group in creating a poster made up of advice from tutors to future tutors as well as a pledge to help students in the future by lending a hand!

Delano, u rock!

Delano in the news: Job Fair Unites Community with Employers

Visitors at Delano Campus Job Fest

Nearly 400 people visited the Job Fest, looking for contact with employers who are hiring right now.

I received an excited email from Delano Campus director Rich McCrow last week:

The job fest is underway with an exceptional crowd. The first 45 minutes had over 150 applicants. we have 50 employers and over 900 positions to fill. Good stuff.

Now, if you know Rich, you know there’s nothing that gets him going like knowing Bakersfield College is being of service to the community. A military veteran himself, Rich’s usually calm demeanor is often replaced with a friendly smile and warm handshake when new people come to Delano Campus.

I replied to Rich’s email, letting him know his email is the making of a great blog post. After all, that’s what Bakersfield College is here for – to help the community – whether it be through education or through access to employers.

Rich was talking about Delano Campus’ second annual Job Fair. Over the course of the event, nearly 400 job seekers had the opportunity to meet with employers who had over 900 positions ready and waiting for the right person. Positions ranged from local to the Delano area to some in Alaska, and the employers were ready to hire!

ImageIn addition, Delano Campus provided a series of workshops designed to prepare attendees to meet with employers. Sessions on resume writing, dressing for success, and interview skills were offered. Bakersfield College’s own Job Placement staff provided career advice, job coaching, and resume posting assistance, and the college’s Educational Advisors and volunteers staff gave out information about education and training opportunities.

Sponsored by the Department of Human Services, Bakersfield College Delano Campus, the Delano Chamber of Commerce, and the State of California Employment Development Department, the Job Fest is planned to be an annual event benefiting the people of Delano and surrounding communities.

As one engaged job seeker said: “This is the best opportunity I’ve had to actually apply for real jobs and start working.”

Good job, Rich and Delano Campus staff! That’s Renegade pride at its finest!

Filipino Community Gathers to Support Hurricane Victims. Nov 2013

Bakersfield College Team Donates to Filipino Hurricane Relief

Helen Calip, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Sonya Christian, Jay Tamsi, and Rich McCrow

In November, I headed to Delano, with Executive Vice President Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, with a check from the Bakersfield College Foundation to support the victims of Hurricane Yolanda.

The Delano Filipino community, under the leadership of Jay Tamsi, came together in a big way to organize support for the victims of the hurricane.

Rich McCrow, Director of the Delano campus presented the check from the BC Foundation to Jay Tamsi.  Helen Calip worked tirelessly in helping with this cause.

The day after the event, Helen took the time to email and update me on the success of the fundraiser.  Let’s hear from Helen:

Again, thank you all and to Bakersfield College for your presence and contribution yesterday. We are so thankful and proud of everyone who came out to help. It was a sight to behold yesterday as the Delano’s Filipino community came together in comradeship and support. We tabulated as of last night for just Sunday alone donations totaling $30,943.69. The amount from both Friday and Sunday totaled $171,943.69. Also, over 35 boxes filled with clothes, shoes, bedding, canned goods, water were packed ready to send by LBC (mail carrier who regularly ships to the Philippines) who will be shipping them free of charge. Our biggest thanks go to Jay Tamsi for making all the arrangements with the Red Cross and getting all the organizations together to make this effort happen. We all hope and pray that these funds go to buy all the necessary essentials so desperately needed in the stricken region. The Delano community will continue to do Typhoon Relief fundraisers in the months ahead, as I am sure the whole world will do the same. With gratitude in my heart and in solidarity and Renegade pride… Helen