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Submitted By: Angela  Paquette, Kern Community College District

Innovative Rural Adult Education Practices

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: CTE Student, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
  • Program Area(s): Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Kern AEBG Consortium: Delano Joint Union High School District, Kern Community College District, Kern High School District, McFarland USD, Mojave Unified School District, Mono County USD/COE, Porterville Unified School District, Sierra Sands Unified School District, Tehachapi Unified School District, Wasco Union HS

The Challenge

The Kern County labor market has a high demand and pays a wage differential for welders. The main Bakersfield College campus is maxed out on its space to expand its welding certification program. The Delano Joint Union High School District had an underresourced welding program with an insufficient number of welding stations to serve a full high school class. The Bakersfield College Delano Center did not have space to establish a full welding lab either. During the AB86 planning process, the Bakersfield College Delano Center and the Delano Joint Union High School District identified this as a high priority need.

The Solution

The AB86 planning process included the establishment of a welding lab to serve a full high school / college class, co-located at the high school, and available to high school students during the day and adult students in the evening. The Bakersfield College main campus donated equipment to the project to establish 10 welding booths, 19 welders and ancillary equipment, including air filtration systems, and comsumable gases and rods. High school students will be able to take two courses (Welding B1A and B1B) and get college credit. The remaining four (4)welding certificate courses can be completed in a year and will be available at the Delano high school location.


The welding lab has been established for 5 semesters. To date, an estimated 150 adult students have successfully completed welding courses and earned college credit.

The Data

Informal estimates of student participation.

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