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

To help you succeed in your classes and complete your degree!

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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 Center is located in Student Services 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 - 6:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am - 12 pm (noon).

The Student Success Lab offers FREE reading, writing and math guided tutorials. The lab is open Mondays+Wednesday at 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesdays+Thursdays at 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am - 12:20 pm. It is located in SS 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 Kimberly Nickell at Available for credit or no credit:

The Tutoring Center is upstairs from the Student Success lab in room SS 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 is offered for multiple courses and provided by trained, certified student tutors. Hours Mondays+Thursdays at 8:00 am - 5:30 pm and Tuesdays+Wednesdays at 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. For more information call (661) 395-4430 or email the Tutorial Coordinator Midge Ladd at

Critical Academic Skills Workshops are free, short workshops for all BC students with no appointments needed! Workshops in Reading, English, and Student Success. Dates and times vary: see "InsideBC" (under the Student tab) for scheduled sessions or the BC CAS website or the Delano CAS website. For more information call (661) 395-4005 or email the coordinator Christina Mody at

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 Workshops: The librarians offer 8 different 60 minute workshops several times over the course of 8 weeks each semester. For a description of the workshops as well as the workshop schedule go to:

Counseling Department (first floor, Student Services): 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, Student Services): 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.

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, Student Services 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) (first floor, Student Services) 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 two times per month to BC students in need. In order to take advantage of this service, you can sign up for a food order the week of distributions, all sign ups must be done before the actual day of distribution. Distributions will always be on Thursday unless otherwise noted. Schedule is posted at the Student Activities office in Campus Center 4 and on the Renegade Pantry website. Sign-up at Campus Center 4 on the designated dates. Delano Campus students sign-up at A&R on the designated dates. Distribution date hours are 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon) and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Veterans’ Resource Center: Provides a place of respite for our veterans to decompress, enjoy a cup of coffee, access Wi-Fi, and unwind. The center holds a meeting every other Tuesday from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. It is located in Campus Center 36. History Professor Paul Beckworth is the advisor for the center and can be reached at 395-4586. It is open Monday through Thursday at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Other services for veterans are given on the Veteran Services website at

Find It Here: concise, one-page sheet that answers questions of the type: "Where is <xxx> at BC?" How do I <xxx> at BC?" (PDF)

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

Where are Student Services and Campus Center?

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last update: January 16, 2014

Adapted from a document by Erin Miller with additions from Kimberly Van Horne and Alice Desilagua

Document author: Nick Strobel