Registration is now open for Project Next Step, a free one-day conference and resource fair held at Bakersfield College.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 and open to Kern County high school students and middle school graduates, along with their parents. To register, visit

Project Next Step is a collaboration between educational leaders and community organizations to support and prepare students on the next steps of their education and career.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain resources on A-G completion and college options, homework support and intervention, classroom etiquette, test-taking strategies, scholarships, how to handle peer pressure and gain leadership skills.

This year’s keynote speaker is James Burton, a local business owner, Project Best Advisory Board member and a former probation officer.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served. GET Bus passes are also available.

For additional information, contact Erin Briscoe-Clarke, Kern High School District public information officer, at (661) 827-3171 or, or Odella Johnson, coordinator of Project Next Step, at (661) 302-3817 or

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