Bakersfield College has announced a one-week course beginning July 27 that will allow individuals to gain employability skills needed to provide contact tracing for employers and the community.

BC's Contact Tracing Course is open to all community members.

It's targeted for current employers who might need their employees to act as contact tracers for the organization, individuals who are currently in the health sciences, and those who've been laid off during the COVID-19 period and are looking to re-enter the workforce with a new skill set.

The course is a one-credit online class, a total of 18 course hours. Students will learn about coronavirus, infectious diseases and develop skills needed to perform contact tracing. 

“We’re excited to open this course up to the community. Aggressive contact tracing is the quickest route to re-opening our country and state. We are doing our part to train this needed workforce,” said Charles Daramola, professor of Public Health Science. “While a background in health care will make it easier to absorb the material in this fast-paced course, anyone can learn the methods used to perform contact tracing. The four-part series will teach everything you need to know about infectious disease theory and develop the skills needed to be an effective, compassionate contact tracer.”

While not a requirement, it's recommended students have a background in public health services. 

To enroll in the Contact Tracing Course or to find more information, contact the Public Health Sciences department at publichealth@bakersfieldcollege.edu or visit www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/student and request support from the Student Information Desk now available with extended hours and weekends.

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