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Bakersfield College (BC) is a public community college located in Bakersfield, California, United States. BC serves about 22,000 students each semester or 31,000 annually, and offers Associate's degree, certificate programs, and is one of fifteen California Community Colleges offering a Baccalaureate Degree for students to choose from. BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD), which is itself part of the California Community Colleges system.
|Chancellor||Thomas J. Burke|
|President||Dr. Sonya Christian|
1801 Panorama Dr.,
Bakersfield, CA 93305
|Campus||Suburban, 153 acres (62 ha)|
|Affiliations||Kern Community College District|
Founded in 1913 as Bakersfield Junior College, the school was initially housed on the campus of Bakersfield High School (then Kern County Union High School). In 1947, the school dropped "Junior" from its name. In 1956, Bakersfield College moved to its current location "on the hill" in northeast Bakersfield on the "Panorama Bluffs" that overlook the prolific Kern River oil field.
The main campus is located on a 153-acre (62 ha) plot in Northeast Bakersfield, and it also operates three satellite campuses: the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, shared by the Kern Community College District, the SouthWest Campus also located in Bakersfield, and the Delano Campus in Delano, California, approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of Bakersfield.
Organization and administrationEdit
BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD).
BC serves about 22,000 students each semester. The college president is Dr. Sonya Christian.
The Renegade Rip is the student-run newspaper within the journalism department at BC. Published biweekly, The Rip currently has a circulation of approximately 4,000. An online edition is also available. The Rip is a regular contender and recipient of JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) awards at both the state and regional levels and in 2003-2004 won the Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Award. They are a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and compete in the Southern California region.
Rip reporters and photographers cover the campus. The students cover topics ranging from crime on campus, to student profiles, sports and local entertainment. The tradition of The Renegade Rip has always been to chase news stories and focus on what affects the student body at BC and the community of Bakersfield as a whole.
The Renegade Pep Band supports the college's athletic teams.
The BC Renegades ('Gades) compete in the Western State Conference (WSC).
The college has an extensive athletics program including: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's swimming.
Renegades football has a long tradition of success in Junior College-level competition, and plays out of the 20,000-seat, on-campus Memorial Stadium.
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