The Kern County Veterans Service Department said it has drastically reduced wait times at its main office thanks to a restructuring.

The department said it is currently scheduling appointments to assist Kern County veterans within one week at its Bakersfield office on Golden State Avenue. That marks a 90 percent reduction from previous wait times, which were usually more than a month.

After wait times for appointments began to go over a month, the department said, it began looking at ways to reduce wait times while still being able to provide quality care to its clients.

With the help of Kern County Human Resources, the department went through a restructuring that reclassified an existing unfilled position into a new Veterans Service assistant position to help speed up services provided to clients. The position was filled in February.

Since then, the department said it has been able to serve more veterans and their dependents throughout the year and is looking at ways to do the same for other county communities.


With its Class of 2018 graduated just earlier this month, Bakersfield College is wasting no time in getting a head start on the fall 2018 semester.

The college said that students are already able to register for fall classes, and applications are already being accepted. Students can begin the application and admission process at bakersfieldcollge.edu/steps.

New students who apply must attend an orientation, complete assessment tests for various subjects and develop an education plan with the help of a counselor.


The Kern High School District has announced that three school sites have been named to the 2017-2018 California Honor Roll.

Foothill, Highland and Independence high schools have been honored for their leadership in getting students up to grade level and beyond. The schools will be given a banner to display their accomplishment on their campuses.

The honor roll is presented by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. They will both feature the schools on their websites to serve as models for educators and policymakers looking to replicate their successes.


Bakersfield College is offering its summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy from June 4 through July 17.

The academy will feature seven academic courses aimed to challenge students’ knowledge, such as 3D printing and design, architecture and design as well as mobile app development. The academy is for students in middle school and up.

Most courses last from two to four days, with the longest lasting 11 days. All courses are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All of the courses are provided at no cost to students.

Those interested in participating must apply and submit a journal entry on why they want to attend the academy.

Applications can be found at facebook.com/STEMatBC and can be submitted to Yadira.Guerrero@BakersfieldCollege.edu. It can also be mailed to: Attn: Yadira Guerrero (FACE16), 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA, 93305.

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