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Public & Human Services

People attracted to careers in this pathway like to work with people. This career path includes programs related to economic, political, and social systems. These may include education, law and legal studies, law enforcement, public administration, child and family services, religion, and social services.

BC Programs - Family & Consumer Education

Child Development

Child Development Program provides a quality educational experience that will prepare a student for direct entry into the workforce, an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year college or university. In addition to the regular schedule of courses, the Early Childhood Development Distance Learning Program provides required courses via televised broadcasts and on-line. The Early Childhood Education Employment Readiness Academy provides required courses in a one semester intensive schedule.

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Culinary Arts

This program emphasized quality food production and service in commercial and institutional food service operations. Course work includes practical training in the campus restaurant, the Renegade Room.

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Dietetic Services

This program provides training for students planning employment in the food service department of a health care operation. Courses in this program met State of California Department of Health Services certification requirements.

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Food & Nutrition Program

An associate in science degree shall be earned by students who satisfactorily complete one of the following programs options: Child Nutrition Program Management or Food Service Management. General requirements for an associate in science degree shall be met as specified in the graduation section of the current catalog. The Professional Management Development Program is also available from the National Restaurant Association.

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BC Programs - Human Services

What is Human Services?
The field of human services is very broad. It is concerned with meeting human needs and improving the overall quality of people's lives. The field is interdisciplinary, meaning that the knowledge from a variety of other fields of study is applied to the overall goal of helping people. Employment of human services workers is expected to grow much faster than most occupations.

What do Human Services workers do?
The primary purpose of the human services worker is to assist individuals, families, and/or communities to function as effectively as possible. Human services workers can be both professionals and paraprofessionals, depending on their academic training. The human services degree from Bakersfield College prepares students for entry-level positions.

Where do Human Services workers work?
Human services workers work in a variety of different settings including group homes and halfway houses; correctional, disability, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and the fast-growing field of aging. Working conditions vary depending on the setting and the type of organization, including government, non-profit, and for-profit agencies.

What should I do if I'm interested in a Human Services major?
If you are interested in a major in Human Services, speak with your counselor about a course in career exploration. Knowing more about yourself is the first step in preparing for work in the human services field. The Human Services office at B.C. is located in the Language Arts building, room 220.

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BC Programs - Public Safety Training Programs

Correctional Program

Corrections are part of the criminal justice system responsible for juveniles and adults who have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offense. It involves working with the individual at the local, state, or federal level of government. The Corrections professional subscribe to philosophy of protecting society and aiding in the rehabilitation of the offender. The correctional Administration Program is designed to expose the student to different aspects of the correctional system. This pattern of coursework has been endorsed by the Joint Apprenticeship committee of the California department of Corrections, California Youth Authority, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association as a program, which would be of benefit to apprentices, and correctional peace officers.

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Fire Technology

Bakersfield College's Regional fire Technology Program is authorized by the California Fire Service Training and Education System. Programs of study lead to certificates in Fire Technology with specialization in hazardous materials, wildland fire control, and rescue and life safety. Certifications include Fire Officer, Chief Officer, Driver/Operator, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Volunteer Firefighter. Certificates meet the National Fire Protection Association professional qualification standards.

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Law Enforcement

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PC 832 Arrest and Control Techniques
Provides student with the required competencies and certifications in PC 832, Arrest & Control Techniques. This is a one course, 40 hours.(STC/POST Certificate)

PC 832 Firearms Training
Provides students with the required competencies and certifications in PC 832 Firearms. This is a one course, 24 hours. Students must be legally able to possess a firearm. ADMJ B60, PC 832, Arrest and Control Techniques course must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. (STC/POST Certificate)

Campus Security
Provides students with the required competencies in accordance with SB 1626. This is a one course, 32 hours.

Peace officers' Basic Academy (P.O.S.T.)
Provides student with competencies set forth by P.O.S.T. to obtain a position as an entry-level peace officer. Covers introduction to law enforcement, administration of justice, criminal law, evidence and investigation, community-police relations, patrol procedures, traffic control, juvenile procedures, physical fitness, defensive tactics, forearms, first aid and CPR, vehicle operations, domestic violence, field training and evaluation, and other related basic law enforcement topics. This is a one course, 760 hours. (POST Certificate)

BC Department Websites

Criminal Justice Department
Family & Consumer Education Department
Department of Fire Technology

To further explore career possibilities in this career pathway, try these sites:

Community and Social Services
Education, Training, and Library
Personal Care and Services
Military Specific
Protective Services

Professional Associations

If an association has a website, you may find the information you need there. You may also write to request helpful career information. Be sure to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

California Association
California Department of Corrections (CDC)
Recruitment Unit
P. O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
Phone: 916.445.7682
Publications: Career Qualifications Website ( Recruitment Website (


American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
410 North 21st Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2798
Phone: 719.636.1100
Comments: Job posting, Career information



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
650 Massachusetts Ave. NW., Rm. 8290
Washington, DC 20226
Phone: 866.927.9257 / 202.927.9257
Publications: Various Publications (Visit Website). Quarterly Bulletin. Newsletter.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association (FBIAA)
P. O. Box 250
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: 914.235.7580
Publications: Quarterly Newsletter.

International Association for Identification
2535 Pilot Knob Road Ste. 117
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1120
Phone: 651.681.8566
Publications: Education opportunities in: Fingerprints, Crime Scene, Forensic Photography & Electronic Imaging, Bloodstain Pattern Id, Footwear-Tire Track Analysis, Forensic Art & Odontology

International Crime Scene Investigators Association (ICSIA)
15774 S. La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462



American Polygraph Association (APA)
P. O. Box 8037
Chattanooga, TN 37414-0037
Phone: 423.892.3992 / 800.272.8037
Publications: Membership Directory. Quarterly Journal. Bimonthly Newsletter.

American Rescue Team International (ARTI)
236 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
Phone: 415.533.2231

American Rescue Team International-ARTI


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