Free Help/FAQ (Resources) for Students at Bakersfield College

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The Writing Center offers free help with all steps of the writing process, except proofreading. Professional writers help with anything from understanding an assignment, to thinking out your essay, to writing it. The Writing Center at the Panorama campus is located in Center for Student Success 133 and can be contacted at (661) 395-4735 or by email at Walk-ins or pre-arranged appointments are welcome. Hours Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am - 12 pm (noon). The Writing Center at the Delano campus is located in Room 1101 and can be contacted at (661) 720-2019. Until February 2, 2018, the hours are Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. After February 5, 2018, the hours will be Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 am - 6:00 pm with an one-hour break 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

The Student Success Lab offers FREE reading, writing and math guided tutorials. The lab is open Mondays+Thursdays at 8:30 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesdays+Wednesdays at 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am - 12:20 pm. It is located in CSS 143. The tutors are exceptional! New computer technology, upgraded PLATO software, and a friendly atmosphere are just some of the reasons to come to the Student Success Lab. Here's one more reason: It will improve your writing! Call for an appointment: (661) 395-4654 or email the Coordinator Kim Nickell at Available for credit or no credit:

The Math Lab offers free drop-in tutoring for Math 50, 60, and 70. It is in Center for Student Success 140 right next to the Student Success Lab. Workstations are available for students to work on their homework at tables or online on computers. The Math Lab also support the self-paced hybrid math classes in Math 50, 60, and 70. If students have questions about these classes they can come in and ask the faculty and assistants or call the Math Lab at 395-4530. Fall hours are Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:50 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 6:50 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

The Tutoring Center is upstairs from the Student Success Lab in room CSS 203. The Tutoring Center provides FREE tutoring to all students with drop-in tutoring for Math and English with pre-scheduled tutoring for most other subjects. Tutoring by appointment is available at the Delano Center in Room 1102. Tutoring is offered for multiple courses and provided by trained, certified student tutors. Hours Mondays+Wednesdays at 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesdays+Thursdays at 8:00 am - 5:30 pm; and Fridays at 8:00 am - 11:00 am. For more information call (661) 395-4430 or (661) 395-4430 or email the Tutorial Coordinator Sonia Avila at or Tutor Team Lead Bradley Cramer at . Tutoring at the Delano Center is from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Contact the Delano Center Tutor Coordinator Monica Huyck at (661) 720-2076 or via email at for more information.

The Department of Academic Development offers numerous classes that will help you succeed in this class, in college, and in life. They include, but are not limited to the following; study habits, problem solving, reading for academic success, and writing.

Library Research Skills Workshops: The library offers six different 60-minute workshops several times over the course of 10 weeks each semester. For a description of the workshops as well as the workshop schedule go to: .

Other Academic Support not listed above including English for Multi-lingual Students, Habits of Mind, Learning Center, Learning Communities, MESA, Supplemental Instruction, and more! Go to the Academic Support website at .

Counseling Department (first floor, Center for Student Success): Crisis Counseling, 395-4689 or 395-4421. Counselors and advisors are able to provide you with guidance in the following areas:

In addition to one-on-one advising and counseling sessions, the center also provides you answers to quick questions during peak enrollment times, drop-in advising, New Student Counseling workshops, Educational Planning workshops and transfer-related workshops throughout the Academic year.  In addition Counseling faculty also teach student development courses for educational planning, career development and student success.  Find these courses listed in the online class schedule under “Student Development”.

Financial Aid (second floor, Center for Student Success): 395-4428. Scholarships, tuition waivers, vouchers for textbooks for the start of the semester (so you don't start out your classes already being behind). Check out the Financial Aid TV for video answers to all your financial aid money questions. Warning for BOG waivers: Students with two consecutive semesters of not meeting academic and/or progress standards will lose their BOG Fee Waiver!

Health Center (Campus Center 3): Provides free physical and mental health services for students who paid their campus health fee (Most of you paid this; it's built into your registration fees). You may call for an appointment at (661) 395-4336. The clinical therapist (LCSW) has office hours at the following times: Tuesdays at 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Wednesdays at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and Thursdays at 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. A month into the semester, she begins offering group sessions as well. The physician, holds office hours daily: Mondays through Wednesdays at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Thursdays at 10:00am -7:00pm. Health Center hours are Mondays through Wednesdays at 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Thursdays at 9:30 am - 7:30 pm, and Fridays at 8 am - 12:00 pm (noon).

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) (second floor, Center for Student Success next to the Financial Aid Office) is a state funded program offering access and retention services including books for low-income, educationally-disadvantaged students. (661) 395-4351.

Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S) (Center for Student Success 10) provides services for students with physical disabilities (including temporary disabilities), psychological disabilities, learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, students who are blind or have visual impairments, students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and students with health limitations. Call (661) 395-4334 for more information.

Renegade Pantry: Provides free box of food once per month plus fresh fruit & veggies every Tuesday plus daily bread to BC students in need. In order to take advantage of this service, you can sign up for a food order before the actual day of distribution---see the online forms on the Food Assistance page. Schedule is posted at the Student Activities office in Campus Center 4 and on the Food Assistance page. Sign-up at Campus Center 4 or online. Delano Campus students sign-up at A&R on the designated dates. Daily bread hours are 8:30 am - 2:00 pm and fresh fruit & veggies hours are noon to 2:00 pm. See the Student Assistance website at for updated hours and assistance with clothing & hygiene.

Veterans’ Resource Center: Provides a place of respite for our veterans to decompress, enjoy a cup of coffee, access Wi-Fi, and unwind. It is located in Campus Center 36 and can be contacted at (661) 395-4312. The VRC holds a meeting for all veterans and the schedule is continually updated, so stop by or call for the newest schedule. Dean Paul Beckworth is the director for the center and can be reached at 395-4028. The VRC is open Monday through Thursday at 7:30 am - 5:30 pm and Friday at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Other services for veterans are given on the Veteran Services website at

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Community Resources: A lot of different organizations, agencies, groups available in the community to help you manage child care, provide food and housing, get mental health counseling, prevent suicide, recover from substance abuse, manage anger, find local support groups, get veteran's services, find jobs, get medical help, and more. Most people don't know the support services are available, so spread the word!

In case of emergency on campus, dial 4555 from any campus phone. Non-emergency security number 4554.

Where are Center for Student Success (formerly known as "Student Services") and Campus Center?

BC map highlighting Student Services and Campus Center

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last update: January 23, 2018

Adapted from a document by Erin Miller with additions from Kimberly Bligh, Alice Desilagua, Rae Ann Kumelos and Rachel Vickrey

Document author: Nick Strobel